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Our Services 2017-05-26T10:57:39+00:00

3D Scanning Services

This is a non-contact, highly accurate optical method of data capture which can be applied to objects of widely differing sizes. The resulting scans provide complete surface observation, recording, measurement modelling and visualisation rather than being confined to just a few critical points.

Our scanner is capable of capturing detail down to 10 microns (10 micrometres or 10×6 metres)!

It is particularly useful in capturing freeform and complex surfaces which can present real difficulties for more traditional techniques which can only sample the surface data.

The results can be sent straight to a 3D printer, brought into a 3D surface or solid modelling software package and/or used for comparison against a reference model for quality control/deviation analysis.

We can scan objects ranging from millimetres up to a few metres in size, in a wide variety of fields of application, for example:

  • Manufactured components in a variety of materials (metal, plastic, wood etc.).
  • Medical products, equipment, prostheses etc.
  • Jewellery and similarly finely-detailed objects.
  • Architectural masonry and plasterwork.
  • Archaeological artefacts including bone and petrified materials.
  • Reproduction of museum pieces or other historical objects and artefacts.
  • Damaged or broken items in need of repair.

Reverse Engineering Services

Using powerful 3D surface and solid modelling software we can recreate the geometry of complex objects from the 3D scanned data.

This can be used for a number of purposes:

  • To create 3D CAD models and 3D CAD documentation where none exists or has been lost
  • To create a 3D CAD model for the purposes of adaptation or modification e.g. adding additional inlet and outlet ports on a manifold
  • To create a 3D CAD model for export out to digital simulation software e.g. for finite element analysis of stress, structural loads, heat transfer and vibration

Reverse Engineering of an Impeller

A product is scanned and imported in to 3D software as a point cloud. Accurate to 10 microns.

Scan data is processed and a surface mesh is automatically applied. Meshes can be edited to create smooth surfaces, add or remove features, or repair broken geometry.

Meshes are analysed by software and primitive shapes are defined, generating ‘regions’ that are used to guide reverse engineering of a scanned model.

Using the regions, a 3D parametric solid CAD model is built up underneath the scan data. The solid model and original mesh derived from the scan are overlaid, and a deviation analysis is performed.

This deviation data is then used to check that the new solid CAD model is within allowable tolerance from the original scanned product.

Using the regions, a 3D parametric solid CAD model is built up underneath the scan data. The solid model and original mesh derived from the scan are overlaid, and a deviation analysis is performed.

This deviation data is then used to check that the new solid CAD model is within allowable tolerance from the original scanned product.

Once this process is complete, the solid CAD model can be exported ready for 3D printing or machining.

Deviation analysis can also be used to compare an existing solid CAD model and the respective manufactured part, by importing the CAD data and overlaying the scan data.

Quality Control and Inspection Services

We can produce quality control and inspection reports by comparing the scanned object against a reference object. The reference will often be a 3D CAD model but can also be a ‘master’ object which itself is also scanned and against which other scanned objects are compared.

The quality control and inspection reports can show and quantify the deviation between the scanned and reference objects over the whole body surface.

This is useful for:

  • Checking the extent to which manufacturing tolerances in production vary over a period of time or number of cycles.
  • Checking wear, erosion and/or deformation as a result of in-service conditions.
  • Checking against target shapes and dimensions for materials such as elastomers, plastics and/or those subject to creep.

Being a non-contact method means that our scanner does not deform the surfaces which are being measured. This is especially useful for when measuring non-rigid materials.

Reports can be produced in custom formats to show:

  • Visual 3D reports
  • Profile deviation colour mapping/contouring with adjustable filtersProfile deviation colour mapping/contouring with adjustable filters
  • 2D sections analysis
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Quality Control and Inspection of A Syringe

Quality Control Table
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Ovality Check on Syringe Body

Rapid Prototyping Services

For customers wishing to move from the virtual 3D model to a real prototype, we offer a rapid prototyping service based on the use of 3D printers.

Prototype models can be produced in a variety of colours, materials and print resolutions.

We can also provide outputs ready for CNC machining.

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3D Modelling and 3D Visualisation Services

Where customers require photo-realistic visuals, either static or animated, we can provide high-quality 3D modelling and visualisation. This will take account not only of the colour and texture properties of the object to be visualised but also the environment in which it is placed, including lighting conditions, reflections and shadowing.

Animations can also be produced for kinematic assemblies, showing the interactions of component parts, potential interference and clashes.

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