We often have to capture data for parts that have thin edges such as on turbine blades, airfoils, propeller cores, and many other items. This proposes an interesting problem, it is very common for these items to have tolerances that require them to be scanned using our structured light systems but wrapping data around these thin or “sharp” edges to bridge data from both sides of the part is very difficult.
In the past year 3D Engineering Solutions acquired a Zeiss O-Inspect 863. The unit is a state of the art optical / tactile inspection system that adds to our scope of accreditation, for ISO 17025, a capability to measure parts on a scale that we were unable to accomplish prior to having this equipment.
When doing a dimensional inspection of a machine part, the print often has callouts for position that use three datum, most often datums A, B and C. This ABC datum structure is the datum reference frame to which geometric dimensions and tolerances of the part are defined.
3D Engineering Solutions (3DES), North Americas’ most Advanced & Proven Center of Excellence For Metrology & Engineering Services is pleased to announce their ongoing strategic partnership with Nikon Metrology, Inc (NMI) of Brighton, Michigan. 3DES recently purchased two additional advanced industrial computed tomography (CT) systems from NMI. These systems use X-rays to penetrate components and assemblies to retrieve all surface and internal details.
How is the Medical Industry Taking Advantage of Industrial CT Scanning?
The medical industry uses 3D Engineering Solutions industrial CT scanning services for many different applications. Some of them involve implants, devices that are used for patient care, and even for court cases related to medical items.
3D Engineering Solutions recently acquired the new FARO Focus S 350 long range scanner to compliment its growing customer demand for increased accuracy in long range scanning services. This new ‘best in class’ long range laser scanner offers outstanding features over the existing field of competitive equipment.
What is additive manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing is the process of taking a powder generally of a metal, for example for aerospace, and using lasers to center the powder together and build a part up layer by layer.
Recently, 3D Engineering Solutions was asked if we could detect porosity of a 0.2mm in a customer casting.
Finding your 0.2mm porosity should not be an issue.
We use Perkin-Elmer 16”x16” Panel detectors with a 0.200mm pixel pitch. That means that for each of the thousands of x-rays taken of your casting, the individual pixel size is 0.2mm x 0.2mm. So basically, the panel will see right at a 0.2mm defect. Beyond this, two other factors work in our favor: magnification and Sub-Voxel Resolution.
Recently I had a client who was purchasing micro motors from a Chinese company. These motors were very specialized for their required function as it has a gear reduction box attached to the output shaft.