2017

Virtualize Inspection Gauges to Slash Manufacturing Costs

Virtualize Inspection Gauges to Slash Manufacturing Costs

While gauges have been invaluable in the manufacturing quality process since the industrial age, they represent certain drawbacks for today’s manufacturers, who are under constant pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiencies while maintaining high quality.

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3D Scanning for Incoming Inspection

3D Scanning for Incoming Inspection

To ensure that incoming parts meet spec, some manufacturers perform incoming inspection. This is typically a sampling process, but in some cases can also be 100% inspection. A solid incoming inspection process reduces defects and costly manufacturing problems down the road.

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Part Replication with a 3D Scanner

Part Replication with a 3D Scanner

At some point, most manufacturers will need to replicate a part for which there is no original CAD file. Perhaps it’s a tool nearing the end of its life, a legacy part that was designed in the pre-CAD days, or a component that was modified after the CAD model was created…

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First Article Inspection with a 3D Scanner

First Article Inspection with a 3D Scanner

Performing a thorough First Article Inspection (FAI) on new production parts is the norm across most industries, but the methods and tools used for FAI vary greatly. Recently, manufacturers have adopted 3D scanners as their main tool for FAI.

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Bringing Prototypes to Life with a 3D Scanner

Bringing Prototypes to Life with a 3D Scanner

Prototyping is a critical step in manufacturing, and accurate prototypes are required to prove out concept designs, validate research, and to help stakeholders visualize and buy in to new product innovations. 3D scanners are particularly effective at describing and representing even the most complex shape in CAD, CAM, or CAE systems.

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Achieving Cost-Effective Model-Based Design with a 3D Scanner

Achieving Cost-Effective Model-Based Design with a 3D Scanner

For many original design and equipment manufacturers (OEMs/ODMs), model based design (MBD) is becoming a favoured method to flow requirements to their manufacturing suppliers. But it may be difficult for many manufacturers to support while maintaining promised lead times and keeping prices competitive. But, a 3D scanner provides an answer to this conundrum.

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Enhance Injection Mold Tryouts with a 3D Scanner

Enhance Injection Mold Tryouts with a 3D Scanner

Injection-mold tryouts provide mold makers with an important means of testing and documenting the quality of their products for customers. Tryouts are used to prove out the mold and repair any defects before it is shipped to customers.

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Measuring & Inspecting Medical Parts with a 3D Scanner

Measuring & Inspecting Medical Parts with a 3D Scanner

Medical device components, such as implants and prosthetics, pose a number of challenges for manufacturers. In addition to being highly complex, they need to be extremely reliable for use in human patients. Moreover, some medical devices are custom “one-of-a-kind” parts with very specific measurements for an individual patient.

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