What’s New with the MetraSCAN Black Elite

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Creaform has just released the next generation of their large volume scanning solution, the MetraSCAN Black Elite. Here, we’ll cover some highlights of what has changed in this new and improved scanner. Blue Lasers: Upgrading from red to blue lasers, as well as a refined data filtering process, allows for even easier scanning of surfaces with no special preparation. Shiny and dark surfaces can now be captured with ease. Dynamic Environmental Compensation: Users of the previous generation of MetraSCAN are […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Blog Series

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 is nearing release and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for the next version of SOLIDWORKS. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2021 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd, the CATI Technical Team will be starting our 7th annual What’s New Blog Series. The team is planning daily posts covering the new features and functions […]

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Create a CREAFORM Customer account

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CONNECT TO THE CUSTOMER CENTER & DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE Getting Connected to CREAFORM’s Customer Center is essential with the purchase of a 3D scanner. The customer center provides useful tools such as: software & license downloads, training files and tutorials, interactive E-learning, accessories for your newly purchased scanner and much more. All of this is provided to you as a customer at no extra charge so it’s a huge benefit to get access to these online tools. Here’s how:  Step 1:Web […]

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The Best Solution for Complex Reverse Engineering

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                    Perhaps you have a project where you need to reverse engineer many complex parts and must bring the data over to your native CAD software. What are the best hardware and software solutions to get the job done as quickly and accurately as possible? The problem is 2-fold. First, we must capture our parts’ 3D data quickly and accurately so that we can trust the data in our downstream reverse […]

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A Real-World Example of Re-engineering and Customization

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I recently purchased a cross-over toolbox for my small truck. I was very careful to check with the vendors to make sure that the toolbox would fit into my year/make/model of truck and that I was getting the best price. Well, my toolbox arrived and guess what? It does not fit properly in the bed of my truck. I made the foolish mistake of not getting the critical measurement from my truck bed and comparing them to the manufacturer’s specifications […]

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Tips for Using Manual Surfacing Tools in Creaform’s VxModel

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The manual surfacing tool in Creaform’s VxModel software is a very powerful tool when reverse engineering complex surface parts. However, this power can be a challenge to tame. To help you take advantage of this powerful tool I have created this short guide. The main concept behind using this tool is creating 4 sided shapes covering any area of interest on your part. To start creating the shape, left click on the scan and proceed to add intermediate points with […]

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Introducing innovate3D

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  We’re sure many of you were excited to attend AMUG, Rapid, and various other industry trade shows this spring, and so were we. That is why starting on March 31st we’re presenting a web series called innovate3D: bring your ideas to life. We will be making all of our trade show presentations and demos, as well as some of our more popular 3DEXPERIENCE World presentations, available to you for free through this virtual series. You won’t even have to […]

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SPC with Polyworks Inspector

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The Polyworks Inspector software has a very robust and powerful Statistical Process Control (SPC) tool built into it. This is very useful for measuring the repeatability between multiple pieces. It allows you to quickly and easily evaluate your manufacturing process for predictability and quality. Polyworks Inspector SPC offers two different flavors: Object Control SPC and Surface Data SPC. Object Control analyzes object dimensions like diameter, Flatness, and lengths for repeatability. Surface Data SPC analyzes the part shape using color maps. […]

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Streamlining In Process Inspections With Handheld Scanning

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Streamlining In Process Inspections With Handheld 3D Scanning In process inspections are a necessary evil when producing machined parts. They can be time consuming, especially in the case of parts with complex geometries. Either a part has to be checked in the machine with hand tools only taking simple measurements or removed from the machining center and placed in a CMM to gather all of the measurements and GD&T data. One way provides more information about the part but costs […]

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3D Scanning Basics: Merging Scans

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Welcome back! So you’ve definitely read my other posts and know the basics of what 3D scanners do and how to get around the need for targeting parts if they’re too small, have too many curved surfaces or features, or you have a large amount of parts so you’ve set up a fixture to help expedite the scanning process. Awesome! Except there’s one big problem to scanning a stationary object without targets on the part which VXelements luckily has a […]

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