Jan
11
2014

FARO ‘casts’ a spell on Hadleigh quality

FARO ‘casts’ a spell on Hadleigh qualitySince 45 years, Hadleigh Castings has established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading aluminium foundries. The company’s extensive range of aluminium casting technologies and services includes CAD CAM, Pattern Making, Boxless Sand Moulding, Precision Sand Casting, Gravity Die-Casting CNC Machining, Final Finishing and Product Assembly.

Robin Mills, Hadleigh Castings Business Standards Manager explained. “Having looked at several alternative systems that could further improve our quality function and help to increase the flow of our inspection work, we decided to purchase an Edge ScanArm system. Compared to the other available systems, the ScanArm proved to be the ideal tool for product development, inspection and quality control functions.

“Adopting non-contact measurement techniques has considerably speeded-up our 1st article measuring process and significantly reduced our new products’ time to market. An example of the considerable time advantages that we have gained through the use of our FARO ScanArm is the regular detailed inspection that we undertake on a very complex casting. Previously, the painstaking, very precise inspection routine took us over 30 hours to complete. Now, with the use of our FARO Edge ScanArm, we are able to accomplish the complex task with improved levels of accuracy in less than 4 hours” pointed out the Hadleigh Castings Business Standards Manager.

The speed of operation of our new FARO ScanArm has enabled us to significantly speed-up our inspection processes“Given our ever shorter project lead-times, the ScanArm will be utilised to fast track, confirmation of the dimensional alignment of new or modified sample parts against the customer supplied 3D models. Also, as Faro’s software uses graduated colour graphics to indicate the tolerance condition of components’ features, in addition to tabulated reports, we are now also able to supply customised reports containing detailed graphical information ” emphasized Robin Mills.

Robin Mills concludes. “In addition to improving our accuracy capability, the speed of operation of our new FARO ScanArm has enabled us to significantly speed-up our inspection processes. The man hours saved by the use of the FARO Edge ScanArm will ensure that our return on investment time will be even faster than first estimated.”

Read about the ScanArm applications for foundry

About Hadleigh Castings
Hadleigh Castings was founded in 1968 to provide a full aluminium casting and manufacturing service.

Over the years continued investment in technology and training has created a modern, high quality production facility capable of producing precision sand casting and gravity die casting to very close tolerances.

As a leading sand and die foundry we are Professionals in producing quality castings of exacting standards. and consistently produce quality aluminium products for major manufacturers, especially in the UK and European markets, and also for other regions in the world.

Nov
26
2013

Visualisation and interaction software specialists explore the insides of a mummy

Scanning inside a mummy with the FARO ScanArmMuseum visitors in Stockholm will soon be able to explore a real Egyptian mummy in a virtual autopsy that combines three scanning technologies for a ground-breaking new level of realism.

Since archaeologists first dared to enter the pyramids, the public has been fascinated by the exploration of relics from ancient Egypt. Now visitors to the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities – Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm will be able to virtually peel away the layers and actually look inside real mummies that have been carefully guarded for more than 4’000 years.

The experience will be powered by Inside Explorer, a tool developed by Interactive Institute Swedish ICT. Thomas Rydell, Studio Director at Interactive Institute, heads the team of visualisation and interaction software specialists behind the project. He says “The ‘Inside Explorer’ system is already in use in a number of museums, but the textural detail of the mummy exhibit due to open in early 2014 is unprecedented.”

The mummy was taken to a hospital for a Computer Tomography (CT) scan, which provided volumetric information of the inside of the mummy. But CT scans do not provide sufficient surface detail. This is where FARO stepped in to help.

Visualisation and interaction software specialists explore the insides of a mummy

A FARO Edge ScanArm was used for the 3-day mummy scanning session, which was conducted by members of the Interactive Institute team and Autodesk: “We are software engineers and not measuring experts but we were able to use the FARO hardware almost immediately,” says Rydell. “FARO came in to help us get started and to check a few things that we might have otherwise missed.” The members of the team were swapping roles all the time and taking photogrammetric images, “so the ease of use and mobility of the FARO device was a huge enabler,” explains Rydell.

Now, with the mummies safely locked away to protect them from UV or physical damage, post processing is underway. Autodesk reality computing software is being used to create detailed textured meshes from the regular 2D photos and the cloud-point data.

The volumetric data from CT scanning and the textured mesh data from the surface scanning will then be combined in Inside Explorer, Interactive Institute’s own real time rendering software, creating an accurate digital representation of the mummy. Museum researchers or visitors will then be able to use simple gestures to explore the mummy as a whole, zoom in to see fine detail or go below the surface. “Thanks to the 3D scans of the surface, we have the possibility to get enough surface resolution to establish a powerful and realistic first impression,” says Rydell.

Users can also remove the sarcophagus, peel away the layers and explore the inside of the exhibit.

Nov
12
2013

Secure your special gift for Christmas!

Secure your FARO Christmas giftFARO offers the unique chance to win interesting prizes.

Just book a free product demonstration for any of our coordinate measuring machines or 3D imaging devices, choose your preferred Christmas gift from the wish list and you will be entered into the draw.

Interested and new to FARO? Check out the Christmas gifts and terms & conditions at: www.faro.com/christmas/uk

Sep
23
2013

The new FARO ScanArm presents itself

Below video let’s you meet the latest advancements in laser line scanning sensors.

Materials with dark or reflective optical properties can now be scanned with less effort and without sprays or coatings.

Watch the video and read more @ www.faro.com/scanarm

Sep
19
2013

How to customise an engine bay hood for the Ferrari 458 Spider?

Capristo, specialist in exhaust systems, demonstrates how to customise carbon production for automotive parts.

In this video Capristo and FARO experts show the entire manufacturing process of an engine bay hood for the Ferrari 458 Spider.

It starts with creating a 3D picture using a 3D laser scanner which forms the basis for the development of the prototype. The scanned data are then prepared, cleaned and exported in such a way that these can be further processed using CAD-Software. Have a look what happens next…

Jul
15
2013

What to do when CAD-files are non-existent or lost?

Find out in this one-minute video how to reverse engineer a piece with the FARO Edge ScanArm. After quickly scanning a part with the integrated laser scanner arm, surface models are created that can be used for surface reconstruction or reproduction of a component.

Reverse engineering of components permits the generation of CAD files of parts whose plans are either non-existent or were lost. It is also used to update or create documentation of the existing, as-built situation. Users can quickly scan a room or object and create surface models that can then be used for surface reconstruction.

Jun
27
2013

Unwrap a real mummy – Museum visitors explore historic artifacts

Unwrap a real mummy – Museum visitors explore historic artifactsInteractive Institute Swedish ICT is part of the group of Swedish visualization researchers that has teamed up with The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities – Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm, FARO and Autodesk in a state-of-the-art mummy visualization project.

As part of the development of a new permanent Egyptian exhibition, Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm is making their collection of mummies available in digital form for the first time.

Read the full article at www.tii.se

Also check out this Autodesk video

May
29
2013

FARO at National Maritime Museum Cornwall – June 3rd 2013

FARO at National Maritime Museum CornwallFARO will be present at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall event in Falmouth on June 3rd.
Digitising artefacts with the help of portable measurement systems is the main focus of this event. You have the chance to see live scanning and 3D documentation of different artefacts in the NMMC.

We will present our portable CMMs and 3D imaging devices FaroArm, Edge ScanArm, Laser Tracker Vantage and the Laser Scanner Focus3D for 3D measurement and 3D image documentation together with the accompanying software.

Furthermore, participants will be able to try FARO devices for themselves. If you bring a piece or component, you will have the opportunity to scan it.

Register here

Date: 3 June 2013
Time: 10.00 am – 4 pm

Address: National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay
Falmouth, Cornwall
TR11 3QY

Further reading: ‘Pushing the next generation of digitizing heritage

Mar
12
2013

Five ways to use the FaroArm, you might not have thought of

Five ways to use the FaroArm, you might not have thought ofYour FaroArm does a lot more than you might think
It measures, it scans, is slices and dices. Okay, the FaroArm has not worked its way into kitchens around the world yet, but it is used for a lot more than measuring parts and capturing geometries in 3D. In fact, you don’t have to look far to find FARO customers using their Arms in interesting ways, like preserving historical artifacts or designing crash test dummies.

No, your ScanArm will not cut through a hammer head and still be sharp enough to slice a red, ripe tomato. But, it can be used in all sorts of applications that you may not have considered. Here are a few.

Bringing history to life
The Smithsonian Institution uses their Edge ScanArm to create 3D models of ancient artifacts, including the remains of American naturalist, Robert Kennicott. Last year, the team put the finishing touches on a new bust of the explorer constructed from scan data and a 3D printed model of his skull. The Smithsonian isn’t alone in using the arm to document historic artifacts, either.

Teaching moments
Own a CNC, waterjet, or robot? Use the FaroArm to trace the surface of raw materials and digitize the toolpath before ever making a cut, just like KMT RoboticSolutions. In this way, we predefine a precise shape and “teach” the machine with a high degree of accuracy. Then, use the arm to measure the finished part and check it for accuracy.

Neat little packages
Fitting square products into round boxes – and vice versa – is not always the most effective way to package your newest innovation. Instead, scan your products with the ScanArm, import that data into any number of design programs (here, here or here) and design custom packaging that fits just right. It’ll look better and do a better job of protecting your products for resale.

Augmenting reality
By adding a third-party camera to the ScanArm, we can combine real and digital imagery (augmented reality) to give the operator a virtual view of the parts to be inspected or assembled. Don’t believe it? See it here.

Making smarter dummies
Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRSI) are helping to create better crash test dummies (not the Canadian folk-rock band you remember from the mid-90s) through their research of driver posture and anthropometry. By using a FaroArm to capture data on driver position and the 3D locations of body landmarks, engineers can design better dummies that accurately mimic the response of the human body during a crash.

Do you have a new or innovative way to use the arm that perhaps we haven’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comment section below or share it on Facebook.

Want to know more ways to get the most from your FaroArm? Contact FARO today and learn how.

Jan
31
2013

ARGON developed best practice for measuring corrosion on gas pipelines

ARGON 3D Measurement Services measures corrosion on gas pipelinesThe use of 3D scanning for quantification of external corrosion on pipelines provides an opportunity to move away from manual, time-consuming and operator-dependent techniques.

Challenges of the past, such as the complexity of the scan and the uncertainty about the reliability of scan data have now been overcome.

Recent developments in this field have led to improvements in both hardware and software:

1. The scanning technology is more compact and easier to use

2. Scanning can take place in open air – there is no influence of ambient light

3. Partly by ARGON‘s own development of analysis software, the total process of uncertainty is known for each type of pipeline and each form of corrosion.

ARGON Measurement Services converts 3D scanning since 2005. They did more than 400 corrosion scans, and they offer this service for several years in Western Europe. “The benefits speak for themselves”:

• Faster and safer: 3D scanning is the fastest way to a full surface mapping and thanks to the high-resolution scan, there is a lower risk that certain corrosion-points are skipped.

• More precisely: the overall process accuracy is between 0.05 and 0.3 mm, depending on the size and the pattern of corrosion. This is better than what can be achieved with manual measurement methods, especially with complex patterns of corrosion.

• Economic: with this method fewer expensive replacements of pipelines have been needed. In addition, during the inspection, no pressure reduction is needed, meaning the gas lines can continue to operate normally.

The quality and reliability of the FARO ScanArm has from the beginning contributed to the success of this service ARGON. Below are some practical images.

Measuring corrosion on gas pipelines with the FARO Edge ScanArmThe FARO ScanArm in use by ARGON to measure corrosion on gas pipelines



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