Case Study – Exact Metrology

Corporate Summary

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS 9100 certified company that offers contract measurement & scanning services, metrology equipment solutions, and hardware & software rentals. They offer several product offerings and services including: 3D scanners, laser scanners, 3D body scanners, long and short-range scanners and many more. They take pride in going the extra mile to make customer’s measuring needs manageable from the most intricate small part to pieces covering mile(s) wide cities.

The Challenge

When Exact Metrology first started they were limited in what they could provide customers. They used Non-Uniform Rational B-Spline or NURB files, but quickly discovered that these files make it difficult for engineers to machine the parts and to truly reverse engineer a product.

The Solution

After purchasing SOLIDWORKS Premium and integrating it with 3D scanning software Design X, Exact Metrology immediately could see the impact. Matthew Martin, Project Manager at Exact Metrology explains, “Since switching to SOLIDWORKS we can provide our client a high-end product, when before it was just a simple file you couldn’t do CAD work on, you would have to take the NURB file and completely redesign it in CAD. Now I’m providing the complete package with SOLIDWORKS.”

Many customers of Exact Metrology only providing a physical part or 2D Drawing and expect the reverse engineering process to be tedious. Fortunately, Exact Metrology is now able to share time savings gained in SOLIDWORKS and pass it along to the customer. “The time we’re saving the customer could be endless. Now they have the ability to redesign at their fingertips and build off the machine.” explains Matthew. Not only are parts produced faster and easier, but with the help of simulation and FEA tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium Exact Metrology is helping customers test and design better products.

The engineers of Exact Metrology can provide excellent service helping customers from the design process to the end product. To gain and expand their skills they enrolled in both Essentials and Advanced SOLIDWORKS Training. Matthew explains that training has helped his team tremendously, “Training has been top notch. It’s been a night and day difference; they now have that foundation of design in order to do what we reverse engineer.”

Summary and Metrics

  • SOLIDWORKS gives ability to send customers complete, clean CAD files
  • No rework needed to reverse engineer or redesign a part or assembly
  • Time savings using a 3D CAD model
  • FEA and Simulation of products helps design better, more efficient products
  • Engineers can provide expert consulting after SOLIDWORKS training

Exact Metrology is taking reverse engineering to a new level with the latest in 3D Scanning solutions. Together with 3DVision Technologies and SOLIDWORKS Premium they provide specific tailored solutions for their clients measuring needs.