On Top of Things: 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Measuring On-machine

No, Marvin Gaye never sang about manufacturing. If there is but one takeaway from the R&B legend’s soulful catalog, it is this: let’s get it on (machine). For too long, many of you have brought heavy part after heavy part to your fixed CMM for inspection, ignoring that a simpler, more accurate and less taxing solution exists. You should be inspecting and measuring in-process or finished parts on (or near, I suppose) the machine tool. Here’s why.

1) Environmental Flexibility: Still paying (and working) to maintain a climate-controlled inspection room to house your fixed CMM? Well, stop it. Portable CMMs adapt to the typical factory floor environment. Plus, you’ll reduce machine interruptions during the machining process because the part won’t have to travel to another location for inspection.

2) On-the-spot Analysis: With a portable CMM, users can accurately verify their processes and setups with just a few button clicks. Proper tool and part alignments can be validated before machining critical features. Features can be analyzed after each step of machining. So, problems can be diagnosed quicker, leading to reduced inspection times.

3) Tool Wear Detection: Using a portable CMM can detect if a part is out of spec, true-enough. But, the data collected can help detect if the tool itself is degrading.

4) Time Savings: Tired of walking heavy parts to and from the inspection area? Had enough of lost time due to rework because you didn’t catch part deformities on time? Can’t stand waiting for your machine tool get going after you, again, had to shut it down to go inspect a part? Just asking.

5) Cost Savings: The proverbial “all of the above” answer here. Lost time due to machine outage, out-of-spec parts, tool wear and travel time cost money? Want to save money, effort and potentially days of downtime? Get yourself a portable CMM and start measuring on-machine.


Dr. Bernd-Dietmar Becker @ BergamoScienza to present the Focus3D

Dr. Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Director of Product Management & Business Development 3D-Laser-Scanner, will present the Focus3D for 3D Documentation during BergamoScienza – the festival established in 2005 that will animate Bergamo and its province with 16 days (October 1st to October 16th 2011), full of free events that include conferences, panel discussions, meetings with Nobel laureates, renowned scientists and international guests, exhibitions, interactive labs, open days, theatre performances, films and documentaries.

Topic of the conference held by Bernd-Dietmar Becker will be “Laser Scanning: photographing architecture in 3D”.

When: October 6th at 9:00 o’clock PM.

Where: Auditorium, Piazza della Libertà, Città Bassa, Bergamo, Italy

Moderator: Prof. Alessio Cardaci, Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Organisation: Associazione BergamoScienza

Support: Università degli Studi di Bergamo (University of Bergamo)

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New CAM2 Measure 10 Software for point cloud based inspection

CAM2 Measure 10 – the new measurement software for the FaroArm, FARO ScanArm and FARO Laser Tracker – provides the ability to scan and collect point cloud data for inspection, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping. With CAM2 Measure 10, FARO offers for the first time a solution that incorporates measurement by traditional probing methods, scanning and point cloud capture.

CAM2 Measure 10 new features also include:

Live Colour Scan: This highlights deviations from CAD during the scanning process to help identify inconsistencies quickly and expedite the scanning process. Live Colour Scan allows inspection of free form parts with the FARO ScanArm more quickly and easily than ever before.

Shortcuts: This feature enables users to record steps in a measurement process and then combines them into a single command to be accessed later: it’s possible to easily obtain measurement data that previously may have only been available through a series of complex operations.

Easy Move Wizard simplifies measurement of large parts, particularly when frequent repositioning is a necessity. By enabling quick identification of correct target correspondence, the time required to relocate (“leapfrog”) the FaroArm is reduced and the potential for user error is mitigated.

Learn more about the new CAM2 Measure 10. Download the CAM2 Measure 10 trial version.


FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D on 48 Hours

The Focus3D was featured last night on CBS’s “48 Hours Mystery“. The episode was about the murder investigation of the world championship boxer, Arturo Gatti.

In July 2009, Gatti’s wife was arrested for his murder but shortly thereafter Brazilian investigators determined that Gatti’s death was a suicide. Friends, family and fans refused to believe it and the Gatti family hired private investigators Paul Ciolino and Joe Moura to find out what really happened, as they were convinced the Brazilian police “bungled the investigation”.

Ciolino used the Focus3D to scan the inside of the beach-front condo where Gatti was found, and recreate the crime scene to determine if a suicide was possible. At the end of the investigation, the team delivered the news that Arturo Gatti did not commit suicide…he was murdered. Included in a 317-page report was data from the scans taken with the Focus3D analyzing the positioning of the supposed suicide along with blood spatter analysis – and the investigators and a team of experts all agree that Gatti was murdered.


Join us now! Early Bird if you book before 15 April 2011

3D Documentation Conference

3D Documentation Conference

An industry meet up with specialist program at the “World’s most beautiful coal mine”- this is our first 3D-Documentation Conference (May 17-18 2011).

Depictions in 3D are nowadays almost obligatory. So it’s no wonder that the market for 3D documentation is growing consistently. It is suitable for a wide range of applications, for example for compiling data of existing or damaged buildings quickly and reliably, for measuring and making inventories of monuments, during archaeological digs as well as in plant construction or in forensic reconstructions. The opportunities combined with this innovative technology are just as varied.

Meet specialists, users, partners and become familiar with the application areas and

industry developments. You will be able to discover a whole new way of using a scanner or a particular software to suit your industry. With this range of application areas there are absolutely no boundaries.

When: 17-18 May 2011

Where: Zeche Zollverein, Red Dot Design Museum, Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen, Germany

For more information read: www.3d-documentation-conference.com

Register here and now: http://3d-documentation-conference.com/registration/


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