What’s New Vxinspect 7.0

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CREAFORM are showing their true dedication to their customers by adding more and more improvements to their technology and software. If you haven’t already seen the new HandySCAN Black and Go!SCAN Spark released by CREAFORM and their incredible new functionality, then you must check them out.  Vxinspect 7.0 includes new features such as caliper tools, annotation upgrades, additional filter options and more. One specific filter to highlight is the Outlier filter. This filter allows the user to inspect features better by […]

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What’s New: Vxelements 7.0

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CREAFORM has just released the Vxelements 7.0 platform which will support their new HandySCAN BLACK and Go!SCAN SPARK. Vxelements 7.0 includes new features such as caliper tools in Vxinspect, custom NURBS patching in Vxmodel, and a new workflow tool for the novice user.  But one of my favorite new tools is the use of a tool called clipping reference. This tool is located in Vxscan and allows the user to utilize a CAD file to eliminate unwanted data. For example: […]

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3D Scanning: Airfoil Inspection

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The current process for inspecting complex airfoil designs are too slow for full-rate production and ongoing design changes. Turbine engines have hundreds of airfoils, consisting of complex arrays and are inspected at an average of one airfoil an hour using a conventional Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). Utilizing a Handheld 3D scanner from CREAFORM expedites the inspection process by creating an associated mesh that can be compared to nominal CAD for critical feature deviation and reported on an AS9102 within minutes. […]

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Verifying Concentricity with 3D scanning

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Concentricity is considered one of the most difficult GD&T measurements to acquire due to the need to create many center points along a cylindrical feature, yet its a critical measurement in many industries. In the automotive industry, concentricity is used in applications from transmission gears which need to be coaxial to avoid wear, all the way to airbag pneumatics to prevent loss of pressure. But what makes concentricity so difficult to do? Well, we can use the example of verifying […]

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From Scan to SOLIDWORKS in a Few Simple Steps

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One of the great benefits of 3D scanning is the ability to quickly turn a physical model into a digital model for CAD design.  There are 2 main methods for achieving a CAD model using 3D scanning: Method 1. Extract information from the scanned data in parametric form to rebuild in CAD software. Method 2. Extract a non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) Surface from the scanned data. Both methods result in a usable CAD model, method 1 requires the user to […]

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New Feature of Vxelements 6.3

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New to CREAFORM’s Vxelements 6.3 is the ability to perform an automatic pre-alignment between your scan and CAD model for inspection. One of the most powerful things about inspection software is the ability to perform fitting calculations and with this new functionality, extracting critical feature information is that much easier.   Prior to release 6.3, CREAFORM used a point-pair method for creating best-fit alignment. Essentially the user would pick a minimum of 3 points that are in the same location […]

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3D Scanning for Custom Footwear Part 1

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  On-Demand Personalization is on the Rise In today’s modern age, the new size is custom. With giant strides in technology like 3D printing and 3D scanning, what used to be cost-prohibitive customization is now possible. With the movement of e-commerce by consumers, it also brought about the ability to do away with off-the-shelf, one-size fits all purchasing. Consumers are looking not only at aesthetics and beauty in products but also quality, comfort and unique fit. This movement can be […]

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Automating Inspection Reports with CREAFORM and PolyWorks

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    Batch inspections in metrology When we have to measure large batches of parts with precision and speed, it’s imperative to find every advantage to improve our repeatability and minimize cycle time. Traditional CMM (coordinated measuring machine) measuring systems and the associated software are usually too slow to meet the very short cycles required for batch inspection. Moreover, they create a bottle neck in the operation workflow with every part flowing through one QC operator. When this happens, a […]

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What’s New in Creaform’s VXmodel 6.2 – Assemblies

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Scan Assemblies CREAFORM just released VXelements 6.2 which includes new features and enhancements. One of the top features in VXmodel is the ability to create assemblies with scanned parts. This enhancement has been a long time coming and now allows the user to scan individual components and align them the way they would fit together, almost like a mate feature in SOLIDWORKS. Prior to this build, users could only assemble scans using manual maneuvers or some crafty superposition with the […]

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Calibrating the Metrascan: Playing Video Games at Work

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As we move toward the future, we find ourselves using less paper and pens in the work place and more computer graphical software to perform our day-to-day tasks. This is no surprise to most though considering today’s average consumer spends 33,120 minutes a year on their cellphones. The more interesting fact is that on a mobile phone less than 24% of that time is spent on phone calls. The other 76% is spent playing video games and browsing social media. […]

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