Aligning Multiple Scans of a Single Object
Something people may not think about is the processes used to align multiple scans of a single object, as many parts require more than one scan to fully cover the object. Sometimes the part may be too large for the equipment to cover from one spot, or a part may need to be flipped over to scan the bottom. When this happens, two or more separate scans must be conducted by scanning the part in one position, then moving it and scanning again. Some parts have enough unique features to use for alignment, by signaling the software to use those features as the basis for aligning.
Traditional FAI & PPAP
Traditionally FAI (First Article Inspection) and PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) inspections include a complete look at all the print dimensions. A typical dimension may take 10-minutes to fully program, collect the data and report using traditional methods. Because prints can easily have between 150 to 1,000 dimensions, this becomes a significant time and resource constraint for many projects.
When it comes to engineering services, we know there are many options to consider. To better explain how our services compare to the competition, we created a video that answers the question:
What differentiates 3D Engineering Solutions from scanning bureaus?
The American Society For Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) is the leading technical society for nondestructive testing professionals. I am honored to have accepted an invitation to present to the Central Ohio section later this month.
The topic of the presentation is, “Precise Non-Destructive Inspection of Complex Parts and Assemblies with Inaccessible Internal Cavities“.
With 3D Engineering Solutions adding two new industrial CT scanning systems from Nikon Metrology, and the upcoming opening of an industrial CT scanning Center of Excellence (the first of its kind in the United States), I thought it would be a good idea to record my answer an important question about the technology:
Do you have any other questions or comments about industrial CT scanning or its uses? Please let me know. Feel free to contact me or call our offices at (513) 771-7710.
3D Engineering Solutions was recently hired to re-engineer military aircraft components, including parts for large helicopters and jets.