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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Ideas for Using Scans to Make Custom 3D Printed Fixtures

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I have this really cool model of a hand we 3D printed on our J750, and I wanted it to stand out in our displays as a real medical model and not just another 3D print. So, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show off how easy it is to create custom holders or fixtures using scanning and 3D printing combined. This same process could be used if instead of a scan, we already had an actual […]

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GoSCAN Scanning Tips

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The GoSCAN 50 and 20 are very versatile machines. They collect the surface data by projecting out a square of structured light, it looks a lot like a QR code, and figures out what the surface shape is based on the distortion of the pattern. Because of this type of scanning the scanner can collect texture data and also track the objects geometry and natural features. This lets the scanner be able to scan large parts without needing to apply […]

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Geomagic Design X: The Impact of Regions when Reverse Engineering

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As discussed in my previous blog, Geomagic Design X gives engineers a very powerful tool for reverse engineering.  One of the reasons mentioned was the segmentation of the mesh into regions.  This allows users to start sketches off of the planar regions.  Also, primitives, both solids and surfaces, can be created by selecting regions.  Surfaces can also be fit to regions to create more organic shapes. The first step is that the mesh needs to be segmented using the Auto […]

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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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Customer Story: Avance Design

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Step into Avance Design in Indianapolis, IN on any given day, and the whole team’s firing on all cylinders. Just speaking with Business Development Manager Bill Fletcher briefly, the array of projects their team is working on at the moment is incredibly diverse: they’re 3D printing 90 fixtures, designing the CAD model of a snow shovel, creating CAD data from a 3D scanned part for a machine part where the original data was no longer on file with the manufacturer, […]

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3D Scanning: Using a Work In Progress (WIP) Model with a Roland CNC

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Creaform 3D Scanners can be used for many more things beyond quality control/inspection of parts or reverse engineering existing parts. With more uses comes less downtime on your Creaform scanner resulting in a better return on investment. One of the less prominent areas you can use your scanner for is to make a ‘Work In Progress’ (WIP) model for use with CNC machining. Sometimes when machining you will have a part that is part way machined from the stock but not […]

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Benefits of Using Geomagic Design X in Reverse Engineering

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VXmodel is a great tool for reverse engineering (RE). It has a direct transfer to SOLIDWORKS, SolidEdge, and Inventor. The process, as shown here, is a simple one. Create entities in VXmodel, transfer them to CAD, and then use them to guide the RE process. However, like Tim Taylor, I sometimes like “More power!” That extra power comes with Geomagic Design X. Unlike VXmodel, Design X comes with it’s own CAD backbone. This means that the entire RE process is […]

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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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Creaform Scanning with HandySCAN 700

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How fast can you scan a part? Some of the most common questions asked during a Trade Show Creaform Product demo fall along this thread: “How fast is the scanner?” “What does a 1min scan look like?” “Can you get good data in under a minute?”  “What if I only care about this one section of the part, will that speed up the process?” In order to better understand their needs, I ask about their current measurement methodology. I also […]

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