Scanning the Tallest Man in the World

Scanning the Tallest Man in the World The Guinness Book World record for tallest man in the world was a man named Robert Wadlow from Alton Illinois who stood at 8 ft 11.1 in tall.  Since he died in 1940, I obviously did not get to scan him.  But courtesy of the Collections of the St Louis Science Center, St Louis, Missouri; I was able to scan one of his shoes.  For this scan I used the Creaform GoScan 20. […]

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Highlights of the Creaform Handyscan

Highlights of the Creaform Handyscan By now you’ve probably seen some blogs or videos of ours regarding Creaform scanners.  Maybe you’ve seen live presentations or demos.  Today we are going to talk about the benefits of the Handyscan 3D scanner, looking particularly at the Handyscan 700.  We’ll also go over who potentially can get the most out of this scanner. First thing is that the Handyscan is fast!  By moving the scanner around the object being scanned as if you […]

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Even More Power with VXelements 6.1

As an industry leader, Creaform is always looking to improve and enhance the functionality of its scanners and software.  With VXelements 6.1 set to be released soon, we will have even more power in inspection and reverse engineering. One thing many users want to know is how easy is it for beginners to use the scanners to inspect their product.  From personal experience I can say that geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) has a lot that goes into it and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Geometric Tolerance Options – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Geometric Tolerance Options – #SW2018 As ASME standards change and new Geometric Tolerancing (GD&T) options are created, SOLIDWORKS will always keep up with these changes. Accordingly, per ASME Y14.8 requirements, we have two new GD&T options. All Over This Side This is to apply a requirement to all features all over one side of a parting line. All Around This Side This is to apply a requirement to all features all around one side […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Asset Publisher and Magnetic Mates Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Asset Publisher and Magnetic Mates Enhancements – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2017, Magnet Mates were introduced.  This made it much easier to design facility layouts.  In SOLIDWORKS 2018, this functionality has been improved!  My favorite enhancement is the ability to have multiple ground planes in the assembly.  Now multi-level layouts can be accomplished! Before, when positioning components using magnetic mates, it could sometimes be difficult to orient the components because they would try to snap to […]

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Creaform VXelements has been updated!

VXelements, the software used with Creaform 3D scanners has been updated to version 6.0!  The update includes a major overhaul of the interface.  Now VXelements has a home page. You can choose which aspect of the software you will be using.  One of my favorite enhancements is part of the VXinspect and VXmodel.  Now you can choose from recent CAD files!  SOLIDWORKS has had this for a long time, and now VXelements has it also! When in VXscan, the workflow […]

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Creaform 3D Scanning: Colormap, the Quick Go/No-Go of Inspection

Colormap, the Quick Go/No-Go of Inspection The HandyScan 700 3D Scanner is a great tool for inspecting parts for Quality Control engineers.  Using VxElements, PPAP inspection reports can be created being as simple or as complicated as needed.  After importing a CAD model, either .iges or .stp, the scan can be compared to the “perfect” CAD model.  One of the useful tools within VxElements is the ability to create a colormap of the differences between the CAD model and the […]

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Creaform 3D Scanners: Reverse Engineering the Death Star

Reverse Engineering the Death Star No, I’m not on my way to becoming the next Emperor Palpatine, so no worries there. Last Christmas season, my family found a Death Star Planetarium while shopping.  We had the idea of using it as a tree topper for our Christmas tree.  Our only problem was how to get it to stay.  It came with a stand, but it didn’t immobilize the Death Star. I could get calipers and other measuring tools out, but […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Tips for Faster Dimensioning

Tips for Faster Dimensioning in SOLIDWORKS   In the CAD world, there are few things that might be more important than correct dimensions. And like all parts in the design process, the quicker the better. SOLIDWORKS has designed a variety of methods that allow for quick and efficient dimensioning.   Let’s first take a look at all of the dimensioning options. They are found on the far left of the Sketch tab on the CommandManager.     For me personally, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: PhotoView 360 Rendering Options – What Do They Do??

PhotoView 360 Rendering Options   “A picture is worth a thousand words” is a well-known adage. PhotoView 360 allows SOLIDWORKS users to create photo-realistic renderings of designs before they have even been prototyped. These images can then be used for marketing purposes. There are a lot of variables that can go into creating renderings, that unless you are into photography, you probably don’t understand. I know I didn’t when I first started doing renderings.     First, is the picture […]

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