Many measurement and reverse engineering requirements require more than simple caliper or micrometer measurements. Whether you are conducting a First Article Inspection (FAI), troubleshooting a manufacturing issue or reverse engineering a legacy part for improvements, one or multiple of the modern data collection methods may work – but what is best and what are you compromising on by using any particular method? Do you do this work yourself or hire out an experienced service provider?
Non-contact or touchless dimensional measurement devices are the modern new comer to an array of contact devices that have been traditionally used. Contact devices are discussed in this link on Common Contact Measurement Devices. All of the non-contact devices generate a point cloud or voxel data set as their most raw form of data. The exception is the optical comparator which has been around since the late 1920s. It does not expressly produce digital data, but some of the variant equipment that evolved from this equipment does.
Industrial CT scanning continues to gain popularity for use in measurements. The real question to be asked is: Is the data extracted from CT scans accurate? Since its inception, CT scanning has been used to visualize internal structures from people to industrial items. It is unparalleled in its ability to see those things that are hidden inside an assembly. It is also important for measuring the effects of an assembly in its assembled state. Using CT data to provide accurate measurements has always been around but there was no universally agreed upon ways to ensure the validity of the measurements.
Every day, we in industry find ourselves in need of verifying the parts we have designed and built. Part of this verification comes in the forms of physical testing, as well as measurement and analysis. Whether you are looking at a prototype component or have a need to create an inspection plan for a production component, you will need someone who is proven capable in the science of measurement, otherwise known as the field of metrology. A simple Google search will reveal that there seems to be no lack of companies offering the services of metrology.
Since shortly after X-Rays were discovered in 1895 they have been widely used in many diverse applications. The medical field was an early adopter of this technology, using X-Rays throughout the world within the first year. As it developed in medicine other uses emerged on the industrial side.
With the advent of new ways of creating medical implants that promote bone ingrowth, an updated method of evaluating their effectiveness should be employed. 3D Printed Additive manufacturing and other creative manufacturing techniques have been developed to create porous structures that promote bone ingrowth. Traditionally, the effectiveness of these structures is tested by taking 2D cross sections of harvested implants and applying calculations to define pore size and interconnectivity. In this way, researchers can test and compare the Osteoconduction ability of the new structure.
The F400 Fusion 3 3D printer offers best-in-class print speed and quality. This equipment allows for the development of customized fixtures able to enhance efficiency, reduce cost, and increase repeatability of 3D Engineering Solutions CT scanning capabilities with our industry leading suite of CT Scanners.
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.
3D Engineering Solutions’ state of the art, temperature controlled, and ISO17025 accredited metrology lab offers certified digital radiography services. Our metrology lab and 30,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space can accommodate customer’s needs; from single part projects all the way up to production part projects for tens of thousands of parts. We have bar code logging capabilities for projects requiring full traceability and 100% data accountability.
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?