3-D Model-Based GD&T for Inspection

The central concept behind model-based definition (MBD) is that the digital model contains all of the detailed information necessary for all aspects of the product life cycle. This includes everything from design to manufacturing, in particular, GD&T data.When the digital model is the authority it removes ambiguity, conflict and doubt that arises when drawings and models co-exist. When the 3-D model is the authority, MBD eliminates errors that result from referencing incorrect sources and makes processes more efficient.There is a common misconception that MBD is synonymous with GD&T. In some circles, using GD&T on a model is incorrectly considered to be M...

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Verisurf Automates SLS Rocket Panel Inspection

Watch the Video   AMRO Fabricating chooses Verisurf software to automate the production inspection of NASA SLS rocket panels.In space flight the first eight minutes are critical; this is when the greatest opposing forces of thrust and gravity are impacting the launch vehicle.  The new NASA Space Launch System (SLS) will weigh 5.5 million pounds at liftoff, or roughly the weight of eight fully loaded 747 jets.   Everything comes down to weight and the integrity of design and fabrication to insure success.  Today, it costs $10,000 to send one pound of payload into orbit; since the entire launch vehicle makes the tripe to low earth orbit its net weig...

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Rapid Manufacturing for Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

Verisurf Measurement Software and 3D Printing Makes it PossibleRoc-Air of Pomona, California combines innovative thinking with Verisurf Measurement Software and 3D printing/additive rapid manufacturing to increase customer value, shorten development time and quite often, improve form; fit and function of failed or worn legacy aircraft components during Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO).Roc-Aire (Rockets and Aircraft) Innovation has been at the heart of Roc-Air’s culture from the very beginning.  As the name of the Company implies, Rockets and Aircraft, Roc-Air was founded in 1958 during the beginning of the space race and development of supersonic...

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Advanced Integration Technology

AIT is a leading industrial automation company specializing in aerospace manufacturing solutions. Their customer list reads like a who’s who of the aerospace industry, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, British Aerospace, CASA, EADS, EDO Corp., Embraer, Fairchild, Dornier, Global Aeronautica, Hawker Beechcraft, Lockheed Martin, McDonnell Douglas, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Northrop Grumman, Spirit AeroSystems, and Triumph Aerostructures – just to name a few. AIT’s Chesterfield Twp, Michigan, facility is tasked with design and fabrication of autoclave mold tooling and assembly jigs used by tier-one aerospace manufacturers. To maintain high precisio...

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Verisurf Software and FARO Laser Tracker Reduce MRO Time

“The FARO Laser Tracker with Verisurf software ability to provide real-time measurements directly against the CAD data enables engineers to instantly visualize deviations from the nominal. The Tracker has dramatically reduced the time required to certify large parts, tooling and machinery while also resulting in substantial quality improvements.”For almost 20 years, Marianna Airmotive Corporation (MAC) has been repairing and overhauling structural components for the Air Force’s largest aircraft, the C5 Galaxy. As typical for most repair facilities, Marianna does not have access to the aircraft itself so it must build and certify fixtures that it can use ...

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