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Jay Leno on 3D scanning and 3D printing with the FARO Edge ScanArm HD and 3DSystem’s Geomagic

Jay Leno explains how he uses the 3D Scan to 3D Print process to make spare parts for his impressive car collection with the FARO Edge ScanArm HD and @3DSystem’s Geomagic.

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By |December 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Jay Leno on 3D scanning and 3D printing with the FARO Edge ScanArm HD and 3DSystem’s Geomagic

How Metrology Software Facilitates Reverse Engineering

The process of reverse engineering was at one time an arduous task for product development; however, thanks to 3D measurement technology by FARO, the process is becoming more efficient and cost-effective than ever before. A 55-minute webinar, “Using Metrology Software to Capture Data for Reverse Engineering,” addresses the growing influence in the technology field, uses […]

By |May 14th, 2015|3D Measurement|Comments Off on How Metrology Software Facilitates Reverse Engineering

Reverse Engineering Violins

So what do you do when you have about 20 violins from the 1730’s show up in town? Attempt to find out why these particular instruments sound so much better than others of course. Over the years and currently, many are still trying to find that answer as to why some sound so much better than others when the apparent construction is virtually the same.

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By |June 21st, 2014|3D Measurement|Comments

Replacing GO/NO-GO Gages with a Portable CMM

Technology is improving at a rapid rate, and as goods become more advanced, the parts that make up the total become more complex as well. This complexity leads to tighter tolerances when performing quality assurance.

A small run of parts can be checked on a traditional CMM. This process is very thorough and yields a large amount of useful data that can be tracked and correlated. A drawback to this method is that parts must be taken from the shop floor into a CMM lab for testing, which is very time consuming. Additionally, using a CMM for high volume inspection often leads to bottlenecking caused by a lack of CMM operators or lack of time to complete a full inspection of a large volume of parts.

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By |June 16th, 2014|3D Measurement|Comments

FARO Technologies Supports Reverse Engineering Vehicles to Upgrade Armoring

In the today’s world, individuals have more access and available opportunity to high-powered weapons. Military personnel, dignitaries, politicians, power brokers and celebrities are all susceptible to potential damage inflicted. Ground, naval, and air flight modes of transport are all potential targets. As such, the need to more heavily armor existing passenger vehicles (both commercial and military) has greatly increased. In a similar vein, recent availability of advanced materials encourage the opportunity to replace legacy armored plates with lighter weight, stronger replacement armor.

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By |June 10th, 2014|3D Measurement|Comments

Easy Steps to Standardize an H-Point Program

Working for FARO (specifically in the Detroit area), I noticed that several companies are interested in creating and running a program to successfully check H-points (or Hip Points) on seats. The location of the H-Point allows automotive designers to improve seating comfort predicting where the average occupant sits relative to the top of the car or getting in/out of the car. Most seats are checked with a standardized adjustable dummy (Oscar) designed to represent the most common occupants. […]

By |May 14th, 2014|3D Measurement|Comments

FARO Launches Complete Metrology Software with FARO® CAM2® Measure 10.3

FARO Technologies announced the release of FARO® CAM2® Measure 10.3, its newest software for the FaroArm®, FARO® ScanArm and FARO® Laser Tracker.CAM2 Measure 10.3 offers a complete contact and non-contact metrology solution. The new capabilities and enhanced functionality provide customers the value of having a single partner, with an integrated software and hardware solution, that is supported by a worldwide service network.

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By |April 30th, 2014|3D Measurement|Comments

“Technology Divison” Application Spotlight

Cleveland, Ohio is filled with industries of all types but the Forging industry is one of the larger and most applicable for use with FARO products. Over the past 6 months, I have had the opportunity to build a relationship with one of the bigger Forging manufacturers in my territory who have recently added unique processes utilizing the FARO® Laser ScanArm® and Arm technologies.

One of the aspects commonly seen in the Forging industry is the need for tooling in order to manufacture required products. The most common manufacturing practice is to set up a machining center near where products are being manufactured so tooling can be easily modified, reworked, or created new.

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By |April 17th, 2014|3D Measurement|Comments

When to Apply Least Material Condition vs. Maximum Material Condition

I often get the question, “When should Least Material Condition (LMC) be applied to a hole opposed to Maximium Material Condition (MMC)?” The answer is surprisingly simple! The question the designer should ask is, “What is the function of the hole, and if the hole is too large will it degrade the structural integrity of the part?” […]

By |March 28th, 2014|3D Measurement|Comment

Finding The Temperature Driven Center Point Drift of A Spherical Probe

For this theoretical experiment, I find the deviation of the center point of a spherical probe by adding conductive heat through hand contact. If you want to perform this test, you will require an infrared thermometer to monitor temperature changes, a stopwatch to track time, and a FaroArm with available standard ball probes.

First, let’s review the set up for the experiment. At stability, which is achieved once the FaroArm/ probe reach the stable operating temperature, you want to perform a probe qualification and ensure that it is within spec. After wards, one must perform a DRO to a measured plane while system is still stable (before you add conductive heat). Moving the probe around the measured plane should yield a deviation no greater than your qualification accuracy. If this is the case, then you have a valid plane/qualification.

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By |March 25th, 2014|3D Measurement|Comments