Reports & Analysis
Within the dense point clouds generated by a 3D scanner or the precise measurements from a touch probe lie the facts about your product. Using these 3D measurements, our reporting and analysis tools will tell you exactly what the “as-built” condition is and how much it varies from the pristine, “as-designed” CAD model. For those older legacy parts or worn tools and dies, we can also report and analyze the “as-exists” state so you know precisely what you are starting with.
Whether your application is a work-in-progress, brand new or well-worn, Exact Metrology can provide visual documentation and tabular data that completely defines the tool, product, plant or building you are working on.
These amazing references, which are also call 3D CAD comparisons and deviation plots, are what set 3D scanning apart from conventional CMMs and optical gages. With no need for an inspection plan, a vivid illustration of the difference between the scanned object and its nominal design is available almost immediately.
With one glance, anyone in the room will be able to see the problem areas on a molded part or the misalignment of a piping run. 3D color maps are an exceptional diagnostic tool that deliver information and facts that aren’t possible without 3D scanners.
First-off sampling reports
While still dialing in an injection mold or performing die tryouts for a metal stamping, combine 3D color maps with dimensional reporting on regions of interest. This combination of data will confirm that the tool is ready to make parts or show you where additional machining is needed.
Using first-off reporting will expedite your product launch and prevent a premature investment in a full-blown, first article inspection.
First-article inspection reports
Until the manufacturing world shifts to model-based definitions for quality assurance, metrology professionals will continue to invest countless hours in producing these exhaustive reports. While they still take longer that a first-off report or 3D color map, there are some big benefits when combining scanner and touch probe data.
- Inspection time (measurements) drastically reduced
- Reporting time cut in half (on average)
- New measurements available without another set-up and inspection
- Unlimited measurements from a single scanning session
Statistical process reports
Over the weeks, months and years of service, you can use your 3D scanning data to monitor the changes in your manufacturing operations. Combine the original CAD design data with the scan data from the first article inspection and scan data from the most recent production run to analyze the changes over time. Your statistical process report will include color maps and detailed, tabular data.
Once we have delivered your inspection report, you can continue to view the information in new ways and pick up new dimensions. With the free PolyWorks/IMView™ application from InnovMetric, you can take control of your scan data in 3D space and pick up any dimensions that you need.
If you are ready to see exactly what your “as-built” conditions are, give us a call to discuss your inspection project or visit our request for quote page. And while you are at it, check out some examples of our work on our download page.