Computer Aided Inspection

Closing the Loop On Digital Manufacturing Workflow, While Moving Toward a Model-Based Definition EnvironmentConmputer Aided Inspection (CAI) software helps CAD, GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing datums), and measuring devices work together to ensure design intent, and eliminate the need for 2D inspection drawings, while closing the loop on digital workflow. These are all important considerations when moving towards a ModelBased Definition (MBD) environment. CAD-Based inspection is a good first step toward achieving a complete MBD environment. The central concept of MBD is that a 3D CAD model provides all product information needed for all a...

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Verisurf Grows Into New Corporate Headquarters

Verisurf Software, Inc. a leading supplier of advanced 3D measurement solutions to manufacturers worldwide announces record annual revenue growth in 2011 and expansion into new corporate headquarters with metrology training center.Verisurf’s consistent growth is due to increasing implementation of Verisurf 3D measurement solutions in manufacturing companies ranging from small machine shops to large aerospace companies and their global supply chains.“I am proud of our dedicated employees and loyal resellers who are responsible for Verisurf’s best month, quarter and year ever”, states Ernie Husted, President and CEO. “I am very encouraged by our record ...

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Portable CMMs Go to Inspection Source

Quality Magazine cover story, November 2010 Discover how rapid shop floor inspection makes quick work of Quality. By Ron Branch  For the machine shop that supplies the aerospace industry, portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) and model based definition (MBD) are everyday terms that are integral parts of its daily inspection routines. In the effort to drive quality and control processes, aerospace OEMs have altered the inspection methodology and the tools of their entire supply chain. Many of these suppliers are small- or mid-sized machine shops that have invested in inspection hardware, software and processes to satisfy strict quality s...

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New Verisurf Model‐Based GD&T Inspection Software

Eliminates Need for 2D DrawingsVerisurf today announced the 5th generation of its Verisurf X software. With Model‐Based GD&T Inspection technology at its core, the all‐new computer‐aided inspection and reverse engineering software inspects parts faster and more accurately without any need for 2D drawings.Verisurf Model‐Based GD&T data can be:Imported from or created on virtually any 3D CAD/CAM modelInspected to manually or as part of an automated inspection processReported on in a variety of industry formats“The new X5 is loaded with innovative features that greatly expand the capability of metrology devices, yet this is just the tip of the icebe...

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SpaceX Demands Precise Positioning

With the retrieval of Dragon from the Pacific Ocean, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) became the first commercial company to launch and recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit. Placed into space atop the company’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle, Dragon completed two orbits with speeds topping 17,000 miles per hour. After its three-hour, fifty -thousand-mile flight, Dragon splashed down at the predicted time.This was the first flight under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program designed for companies to demonstrate International Space Station (ISS) resupply capabilities. Following completion of COTS missions, Dragon will begin regular fligh...

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