3D Scanning Services and Equipment

Aerospace Industry 3D Scanning

Aerospace Industry 3D Scanning

What makes aerospace stand out from the other manufacturing industries that we serve is the volume of 3D scanning and large-scale metrology that is performed. Aerospace was an early adopter of 3D scanners, PCMMs, and laser trackers, and it continues be a top consumer of scanning data.

We have worked with engine manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, sub-assembly suppliers and metal casting foundries. Through these projects, we have seen, first hand, that this one industry uses the full spectrum of metrology products to address the complete range of applications.

Technologies

  • Short-range metrology
    • White light scanners
    • Laser scanners
    • Portable CMMs (Arms)
    • CT scanners
  • Long-range metrology
    • Portable CMMs (trackers)
    • Hemispherical scanners
    • Optical trackers

Applications

  • Design
    • Reverse engineering (see airfoil article)
    • Legacy part re-manufacturing
    • Repair and rework
  • Analysis
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for aerodynamics
      (See case study on the SAAB Draken)
  • Insepctions
    • In-process inspection
    • Die tryout
    • First article/product acceptance
  • Manufacturing
    • Assembly (part location)
  • Plant engineering
    • Facilities layout
    • Equipment relocation

Combining Technologies

When called out to the assembly area or the tarmac, we come armed with an array of scanning and digitizing tools. For a single project, we may have to zero in on a small detail within the cockpit while capturing the full aircraft from nose to tail. For aerospace, we have done it all…everything from reverse engineering of a flight control to 100% capture of an entire fighter aircraft. And we have done this work within the stringent specifications for aerospace applications.

Industries We Serve

“Exact Metrology got the job because if its unique experience in long-range and short-range scanning. It also helped that Exact metrology could react right away.”
- Lockheed Martin


For more information on services in this industry, please feel free to contact us at any time or request a quotation.

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