VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 is the high-end software for the visualization and analysis of industrial computed tomography (CT) data. It can be expanded to fit your individual needs with the help of many add-on modules or industry specific module bundles.
Innovative companies not only use VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 in non-destructive testing, but also increasingly integrate it into their future-oriented development and production solutions.
Easily apply a conventional measuring plan to voxel data
Measure even the most difficult-to-access surfaces of a component. The VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 Coordinate Measurement Module has been designed to fit ruled geometries such as planes or cylinders to the respective structures of a scanned object in order to perform measurements between these objects. All results from coordinate measuring can be documented both graphically and statistically in a user-defined measurement report. Not only can ruled geometries and measurements be presented in 3D views, but also visualized in 2D views as in conventional engineering drawings.
In version 3.0, Volume Graphics has added helpful object registration options to the Coordinate Measurement Module (CMM) and significantly improved the best-fit registration.
Between material and air is the surface. Often the surface is defined by a single gray value. When using Advanced Surface Determination, however, the gray values are processed depending on the gray values of the surrounding voxels. The result is a much more precise surface.
The high-precision, locally adaptive surface determination now offers subvoxel accuracy, even within an automated environment and in changing gray value conditions. This is made possible by a new interval-based mode – in addition to the automatic and manual modes.
To achieve subvoxel accuracy, VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 processes the gray values of individual voxels in a way which makes even those details visible which are smaller than a voxel.
Get color-coded results of deviations and local annotations
The improved VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 Nominal/Actual Comparison Module allows for a direct comparison of voxel data with CAD data, mesh data (.stl), and, of course, on voxel data. Being able to directly compare the dimensions of a part within one software environment is much more efficient than any conventional method.
After using the Coordinate Measurement Module to fit the CT data set to, e.g., the nominal CAD model, VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 determines oversize and undersize over the entire surface. The data set is color-coded according to its deviation from the specification. A report containing statistical data as well as 2D and 3D images of the critical areas is generated.
Note: The Nominal/Actual Comparison Module requires the Coordinate Measurement Module.
Get color-coded results of deviations and local annotations
With the VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 Wall Thickness Analysis Module, areas with an insufficient or excessive wall thickness or gap width can be automatically localized directly within the voxel, point cloud, mesh, or CAD data set.
Note: If wall thickness analyses are to be evaluated with the highest possible precision and within a precisely defined coordinate system, the optional Coordinate Measurement Module is required.
Find inclusions, run pre-machining tests, and classify your findings in reports
Locate pores, holes, and inclusions within castings and moldings and get detailed information about these defects with the improved Porosity/Inclusion Analysis Module in VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0.
The Porosity/Inclusion Analysis Module comes with several different algorithms and modes which allow you to set dedicated parameters to specifically look for pores or imperfections with high (air pockets) or rather low contrast (loose material). You can either look for enclosed defects only or also for open defects that have cut through the surface.
2D analysis according to P 201 directly in the CT data
The improved Enhanced Porosity/Inclusion Analysis Module in VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 allows you to find defects in castings without having to use a saw and microscope. As a result, the module can replace traditional destructive and time-consuming defect analysis procedures based on micrograph imaging.
The module follows the rules P 202 and P 201 for examining the porosity of castings made of non-ferrous metals set by the VDG (German Association of Foundry Specialists) and has been officially approved by Volkswagen AG. Find the respective approval here.
Analyze fiber composites, color code different fiber orientations, see main directions, and display orientation distributions
The significantly improved Fiber Composite Material Analysis Module gives deep insights into fiber composite materials such as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) or glass-reinforced plastic (GRP). And it is capable of exporting these insights, e.g., to a simulation software.
In VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0, more functionality was added especially for the handling of layered and woven materials.
Color-coded visualization of transport phenomena, left: streamline view, right: virtual MICP (Mercury Injection Capillary Pressure) experiment
With the new Transport Phenomena Module for VGSTUDIO MAX, you can calculate material properties by performing virtual experiments on CT scans of, e.g., soil and rock samples, other porous materials or composite materials. The module performs all experiments directly on voxel data – no meshing required.
The Capillary Pressure Module (part of the Transport Phenomena Module) provides quantities that are used, e.g., in Geosciences to characterize soil and rock samples. It also performs virtual MICP (mercury injection capillary pressure) experiments.
An additively manufactured cabin bracket with deliberately inserted discontinuities (part courtesy of Airbus Emerging Technologies & Concepts): The software generates a color-coded display of the locations of the weak points directly on the scan of the real component.
With the new Structural Mechanics Simulation Module for VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0, you can predict how much force a part could theoretically withstand solely based on the voxel data from your CT scan. Using nothing more than CT data, the new add-on module makes time-consuming and lossy meshing a thing of the past. With the easy-to-use software module, you define which part of the object surface is subject to fixture and which is subject to a load.
Visualize, e.g., the struts and the cells of foam or foam-like structures and calculate properties
Determine cell structures in porous foams and filter materials with the click of a button. The new VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 Foam Structure Analysis Module can be used, e.g., for segmenting the CT data into cells, struts, and contact surfaces and for getting numerous statistical values for further analysis.
The CAD Import Module can directly import native CAD files such as CATIA V5 and Creo/Pro/ENGINEER and use them for nominal/actual comparisons, segmentation, and other tasks.
PMI data incorporated in the CAD file can be automatically transferred onto the CT data
The CAD Import with PMI Module also understands so-called Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) in CAD data. PMI data provides additional part information, e. g., dimensioning, GD&T, layers, annotations or captions – information that is extremely useful as long as it can be easily referenced to a CT data set. This is where the built-in intelligence of the CAD Import with PMI Module comes into play: It automatically identifies and assigns geometrical correlations of the part in question wherever possible. Sophisticated correction functions can be used to manually compensate geometries and ultimately to validate the measurement plan.
The CT Reconstruction Module calculates 3D volume data sets from the projection images taken by a CT scanner
The improved CT Reconstruction Module quickly and precisely calculates 3D volume data sets from the projection images taken by a CT scanner. You can then analyze and visualize these volume data set in VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 or VGSTUDIO 3.0.
It's designed to work on off-the-shelf PCs – there is no special hardware required. Reconstruction is done either on a standard graphics card (GPU) or the CPUs (multi-processor/multi-core system).