Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH - Optische Messtechnik

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3D scanning system opens up new possibilities

Expansion of the service offering in order to enable the optical measurement of medium-sized and large freeform surfaces.

SYSTEM / APPLICATION
COMET LƎD

BRANCH
Measurement Service

CUSTOMER
Hanimann 3D-Messlabor


TASK
Thanks to its flexible inventory of equipment, the Hanimann 3D-Messlabor is able to process measurement tasks quickly and simply. The lab, which is accredited according to the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) and, since 2010, according to SN EN ISO/IEC 17025, has, since its founding in 2004, offered various measurement services in the area of 3D coordinate measurement technology and computer tomography. Customers of Hanimann 3D-Messlabor are primarily found in the automotive, medical technology, mechanical engineering and aviation industries.

In order to expand the range of services, the company was looking for an optical measurement system to address the strongly growing demand for 3D scanning and to also make it possible to offer this service.

SOLUTION AND PRODUCT
In February 2012, the Swiss-based measurement service provider invested in a fringe projection sensor from Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH, which is based in Neubeuern (Germany). The compact and high performance COMET LƎD 3D sensor works with a maintenance-free and affordable LED lighting technology with a longer service life.

The COMET LƎD provides excellent data quality and highly precise measurement results. Three measurement fields (100, 250 and 500) are at the disposal of Hanimann 3D-Messlabor and enable a measurement volume of up to 480 x 400 x 250 mm³. A change of the measurement field is done very easily and without complications, just needing only a few actions in the form of a lens exchange.

The control software registers complex measurement tasks and performs initial preparation of the data. Data interfaces enable the processing and evaluation of the data in other programs, for example, with the 3D software PolyWorks®.

RESULT / BENEFITS FOR THE CUSTOMER
The Hanimann 3D-Messlabor uses the ZEISS Optotechnik fringe projection sensor for the quick and easy 3D scanning of medium and larger-sized freeform surface components from various sectors.

For Hanimann 3D-Messlabor, COMET LƎD provides the technological basis for the expansion of its range of services involving 3D scanning:
• evaluation of 2D and 3D dimensions
• nominal/actual comparison of measurement data for the CAD data record
• scanning of design models for CAD further processing and documentation
• capturing of 3D data for the rapid prototyping procedure
• surface reconstruction (reverse engineering)
• 3D scanning

The COMET LƎD is primarily used for nominal/actual comparisons and surface reconstruction. For example, the measurement service provider proceeds as follows for the surface reconstruction of a helicopter door:

3D digitizing with the fringe projection scanner COMET L3D          Creation of the polygon model (STL) from the scatter plot          Reconstruction into a CAD-typical surface description (STEP/IGES, etc.)
3D scanning with the fringe projection
scanner COMET LƎD
Creation of the polygon model (STL)
from the scatter plot
Reconstruction into a CAD-typical
surface description (STEP/IGES, etc.)

For Hanimann 3D-Messlabor, it becomes clear again and again that 3D data recording with the COMET LƎD is many times faster for some tasks than is possible with conventional or tactile measurement systems. This gain in speed increases the attractiveness of the specialized services in the eyes of customers.

ADVANTAGES / STATEMENT
• Faster data recording than with conventional systems
• Very precise measurement data
• High level of user-friendliness of the 3D fringe projection sensor
• Can be used optimally for freeform surfaces

"The COMET LƎD fringe projection sensor has more than fulfilled our expectations with regard to user-friendliness and precision. Thanks to this technology, we were not only able to win new target groups, but also new customers."
Paul Hanimann, Managing Director, Hanimann 3D-Messlabor


Published in Optical Measurement
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Perfect start with optical metrology

Two ZEISS Optotechnik systems enable 3D scanning of components at Sonnplast GmbH.

SYSTEM / APPLICATION
T-SCAN CS and COMET LƎD

FIELD
Injection moulding and assembly technology

CUSTOMER
Sonnplast GmbH


TASK
Sonnplast GmbH manufactures high-precision technical moulding parts made from thermoplastic polymers using single- and multiple-component injection moulding methods. The company are headquartered in Sonneberg (Thuringia). As a supplier to car manufacturers and well-known motor-industry suppliers, the company are known in the marketplace for their broad portfolio of products, such as seat covers, fan flaps and cup-holders.

To meet the high quality standards required for interior and exterior parts, Sonnplast GmbH make use of various systems for testing quality: 3D coordinate measuring machine, profile projector, measuring microscope, height gauge and hand-held measuring equipment such as sliding callipers and external micrometers.

To expand their measurement lab, the company were in search of an optical measuring system for small and large components. Because Sonnplast GmbH are ISO/TS 16949 certified, the system had to operate with maximum precision. It also needed to facilitate the work of the measurement technicians whilst saving time in their daily work routines.

SOLUTION AND PRODUCT
Sonnplast GmbH found the solution in two systems from ZEISS Optotechnik: T-SCAN CS and COMET LƎD.

With the hand-held T-SCAN CS laser scanner, even large components can be scanned in 3D quickly, intuitively and with great accuracy. The COMET LƎD 3D sensor, which operates on the basis of fringe projection, provides excellent data quality along with highly accurate measurement results, making it ideal for use in quality control.

RESULT / BENEFITS FOR THE CUSTOMER
Both systems are used daily and are suitable for almost all small to large components manufactured by the company, regardless of whether the components comprise one component or multiple components. The measurements include initial samples, re-qualifications and testing in daily standard production.

Significant time savings thanks to use of the systems have already been seen. The main advantages can be attributed to the fact that the components are pre-aligned in the software, allowing for an assessment of the entire component. Until these systems were purchased, components could only be tested with other measuring instruments by means of single-point measurements. Now the company can obtain an assessment of dimensional stability and potential distortion of the component in a very short time. This enables a further feature, for instance, the "false colour comparison". As a result, Sonnplast GmbH can also act much more quickly on current production operations or pending tool corrections for initial sampling.
Portability when shipping ZEISS Optotechnik systems is of great importance for Sonnplast GmbH. Thanks to the simple installation and removal and the supplied rolling case, portability is assured in superb fashion. And the ease of operation and flexibility of the systems make everyday work routines even easier.

If the component range changes or grows over time, the company can expand the systems. This is possible due to various replaceable measuring fields with which each component size can be measured and evaluated.
Because the software is designed to be very user-friendly, all employees were able to work independently with the systems immediately following the relevant training.

"For our company, value for money is always an important consideration, of course. And in my opinion, both systems offer excellent value for money", says Mr Lengert, Metrology Team Leader.
Shortly after a new purchase, the service network is extremely important. Knowledgeable, friendly ZEISS Optotechnik employees are always at the ready on the Service hotline to answer any questions that may come up during daily use of the systems.

Thanks to the ZEISS Optotechnik fringe projection sensor and hand-held laser scanner, the company will at the leading edge of the competition for some time. Depending on whether the company will expand, it will soon become clear whether the metrology department will also undergo an expansion. Because the systems are compatible, a possible expansion in future poses no problem at all.

Mr Lengert believes the ROI to be very high. Viewed over the long term, the two systems will provide significant time savings. It will thus be possible to measure many more components in a shorter time. This also entails savings in employee costs. Moreover, except for calibration, both ZEISS Optotechnik systems are practically maintenance-free. Thanks to the cutting edge technology of the LED sensors in the COMET LƎD, the systems have a long service life and excellent energy efficiency. The operating costs of the devices are therefore extremely reasonable, a factor which must also be taken into account for long-term use.

ADVANTAGES / STATEMENT

•    Systems are suitable for small and large components, regardless of the number of component parts
•    Clearly evident time savings
•    Highly portable systems
•    Expansion capability of the systems

"We are 100-percent satisfied with our ZEISS Optotechnik systems. They are quick and reliable. Operation is extremely easy and makes everyday work significantly easier."
Maik Lengert, Metrology Team Leader, Sonnplast GmbH


Published in Optical Measurement
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Award: INDUSTRIEPREIS - BEST OF 2015

The INDUSTRIEPREIS awarded by Huber Verlag für Neue Medien GmbH is given to companies featuring high economic, social, technologic and ecologic benefits.

We are very proud that the jury of experts awarded our optical sensor system STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16M - ILC with the BEST OF 2015 title!

30 professors and specialized journalists are part of the top-class jury of experts, thus providing an objective evaluation which makes this award unique in the German industry.

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Reverse Engineering at MOLIFREZA

Quick and easy 3D scanning service and reverse engineering with the COMET LƎD. 

SYSTEM / APPLICATION 
COMET LƎD

FIELD 
Manufacturing

CUSTOMER 
MOLIFREZA - PRESTAÇÃO DE SERV. DE MOLDES, UNIP., LDA


TASK 
MOLIFREZA - PRESTAÇÃO DE SERV. DE MOLDES, UNIP., LDA, a manufacturer of metal molds in Portugal, needed to reconstruct damaged mold tools which have reached the end of their life expectancy. Without the existence of a CAD file, this process was time consuming and was having a dramatic effect upon production. The ideal solution was to use 3D Scanning as the first step in the reverse engineering process.

STEINBICHLER – SOLUTION AND PRODUCT 
The COMET LƎD range of 3D sensors with blue light technology are able to record up to 8M measurement points in only about 2 seconds, making it far significantly faster than conventional tactile systems. To capture data on parts with a high number of features. The COMET LƎD contact-free measurement principle facilitates rapid measurement of objects, which are very difficult to measure using conventional measuring machines/tactile measuring heads. The COMET LƎD sensor is compact, ready for use within an extremely short period of time and can be positioned using a standard commercial camera/video tripod. The short operating distance also means the systems can be easily accommodated, even in confined spaces.

RESULT / BENEFITS FOR THE CUSTOMER
Maximum accuracy and data quality was required in order to reconstruct the damaged mold presented. The purpose of the acquisition of 3D data was subsequently to create a three-dimensional mesh of high quality to be used as basis for the preparation of its reverse engineering. For this application, the system of choice was the COMET LƎD which was used to quickly and easily scan the damaged mold, generating the high quality data and detail required for reverse engineering. Significantly speeding up the process meant delays were avoided, allowing MOLIFREZA to meet their production deadlines. Due to it’s size, it was a benefit to scan the mold in situ which due to the portability of the COMET sensor, wasn’t a problem. The result was a quick and easy workflow enabling MOLIFREZA to produce a replacement mold.

ADVANTAGES / STATEMENT

• Easy 3D data capture of molds
• Extremely short measurement time
• Very easy and efficient handling
• The short working distance ensures ease of use even in confined areas

 

Published in Optical Measurement
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The solution lies in optical metrology

COMET LƎD enables high-speed digitizing of complex shapes at ebm-papst

SYSTEM / APPLICATION
COMET LƎD

FIELD
Ventilation technology and drive engineering, manufacturer of fans and motors

CUSTOMER
ebm-papst Landshut GmbH


INFORMATION ABOUT THE CUSTOMER / TASK
The ebm-papst Group is the world's leading manufacturer of fans and motors. Since its founding in 1963, the technology company has continued to set global marketing standards, from market-ready electronically controlled EC fans, to aerodynamic improvements in fan blades to resource-conserving choices of materials, e.g. bio-materials. ebm-papst employs a workforce of approximately 11,500 at 18 production sites (in Germany, China and the USA, amongst others) and 57 sales locations worldwide. Fans and motors from the global market leader can be found in countless industries such as ventilation technology, air-conditioning and refrigeration technology, household appliances, heating technology IT and telecommunications, passenger car applications and commercial-vehicle engineering.

With over 1,000 employees, ebm-papst Landshut is a specialist and market leader in the development and manufacture of fans, small motors and pumps for energy-efficient heating and household appliance technology. In partnership with customers, they create optimal system solutions, giving equal consideration to quality, efficiency, safety and environmental protection. Products from ebm-papst Landshut stand for ground-breaking, highly reliable solutions in the form of blowers in condensing boiler systems, hot-air fans for cookers and condensate pumps for clothes dryers, for example. ebm-papst Landshut has a long history and close ties with the city of Landshut, as demonstrated by their continual expansion with a logistics centre (2013) and the construction of a second factory (2015).

In Landshut, the QFM (Quality Management, Precision Measurement) department is responsible for testing the geometrical dimensions of products. As part of the GreenTech philosophy, ebm-papst Landshut are committed to sustainable, environmentally responsible production practices. One result of this philosophy is that every newly developed product is more resource-conserving and energy-efficient than its predecessor – and is also manufactured in such a way. This gives rise to product components which are increasingly more powerful, more compact and lighter. A growing product portfolio and greater production and sales numbers in turn require that time spent in the precision measurement lab is kept to a minimum in order to manage the dramatic increase in orders. This presents new challenges for the precision measurement lab.

Although the precision measurement lab is equipped with high-performance 3D coordinate measuring machines, these alone are no longer adequate to meet the demands of the increased order volume. Thus tactile measurements frequently come up against their limits in the case of contact-sensitive measurements, as added time and effort must be invested in many instances for special clamping fixtures and programs. These new circumstances called for the development of a new solution in the form of an additional measuring method. The primary requirements of the precision measurement lab were as follows:

• shorter programming times
• comparable measurement analyses
• ease of further processing of measurement results
• universal work fixture
• space-saving application

 

SOLUTION AND PRODUCT
The solution came from ZEISS Optotechnik in Neubeuern. Components can now be measured with greater efficiency using the COMET LƎD 3D sensor, which is based on a fringe projection system. This purely optical measuring system makes it possible to scan and analyse even the most complex shapes without the need for sophisticated programming. Compared with tactile measurement, the system is very easy to operate and thus less time-consuming.

Optical scanning of objects allows measurements to be conducted without clamping fixtures, making this system universally attractive for nearly al component shapes. The absence of clamping fixtures and uniform, automatic scanning of the surfaces make it easier to compare measurement results, whilst minimising operator-dependent influences due to specific programming behaviour.

And further processing and evaluation of the results seem just as effortless as scanning. Thanks to the intuitive INSPECTplus inspection software, comparisons between a scan and CAD can be made, as well as between individual scans. Simple dimensioning is also possible. The results can be processed optically in a variety of ways, allowing any deviations to be quickly pinpointed. With the COMETrotary table, the measuring object moves rather than the measuring machine. This means the system is extremely compact and can be used just about anywhere.

RESULT / BENEFITS FOR THE CUSTOMER
Via the training conducted by ZEISS Optotechnik on-site at the ebm-papst Landshut facility, the system was quickly adapted to suit local circumstances and specific issues and requirements. And questions that arose after the training were quickly resolved by phone or online in cooperation with the ZEISS Optotechnik training staff.

The key factor in the purchase of this system was the uncomplicated, quick manner in which workpieces are scanned uniformly, irrespective of the user. High volumes of various workpiece shapes can now be scanned, analysed and compared in a short time.


ADVANTAGES / STATEMENT

• uncomplicated and fast
• intuitive inspection software
• space-saving, with almost universal applicability

 

"The capability of scanning complex shapes quickly and cleanly, with minimal effort, was as easy as it was convincing. The universal use and uncomplicated partnership with ZEISS Optotechnik were the key factors in our decision to go with the COMET system."
Andreas Buchta, measuring equipment technician, ebm-papst Landshut


Published in Optical Measurement
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Intelligent 3D digitization

Fringe projection systems have become a well-accepted measurement tool in industrial metrology, as they are capable of generating large numbers of points in just a short time, in contrast to tactile methods. The limits of these systems are still tested, however, when different areas of the surface to be digitized exhibit stark differences in reflexive properties, and as a result, the dynamic range detected by the camera is no longer adequate. The COMET 6 sensor from Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH takes a new approach in this regard by automatically adapting the amount of light projected based on the local reflexive properties of the measured object.

Authors: Christian Thamm & Sebastian Oberndorfner, Development 3D Digitization, Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH

Compared with conventional coordinate measurement methods, fringe projection systems have certain undisputed advantages. Instead of tactile scanning of a few selected points, these systems allow contact-free, full-surface measurement of complex object surfaces with high point densities. Once the measurement data have been acquired and saved, features previously not taken into account can be evaluated subsequently, thus allowing for retrospective evaluation of the production process. Moreover, due to their compact size and light weight, the sensors can be transported and used in a variety of applications. Typical applications include quality control, reverse engineering and the design process, for instance.

The COMET 6 is the new high-end fringe projection system in the product portfolio of Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH. Thanks to the system's modular design, the measurement field can quickly be modifiedto suit the measurement job at hand, with small operating distances to ensure maximum flexibility when large measurement fields are involved. The 16 mega-pixel camera provides resolutions previously unattained in fringe-projection applications.

On the projector side, tried-and-tested blue LED technology allows measurements to be carried out independently of ambient light. At the heart of blue LED technology is a high-performance LED which operates in the blue spectral range. Combined with a specially developed filter element, unwanted light effects such as daylight or ceiling lighting can be minimized, thereby significantly increasing the quality of the measured data. Constant LED output and maintenance-free operation are further advantages of blue LED technology.

Successful measurement with all fringe projection systems has previously hinged on an adequately diffuse reflexion of the projected light onto the surface to be digitized. This is due to the fact, amongst others, that directional reflexions result in excessive outshining or undercut effects of the fringe pattern in the camera image, which in turn prevents measured data being generated in the appropriate places. Thus when digitizing shiny objects, users are frequently obliged to prepare the object surface in advance with chalk spray in order to ensure a diffuse reflexion of the fringe pattern. But because this type of pretreatment of the object always entails extra work and in many cases is undesired by the user, often the only remaining option is the addition of further measurements with modified exposure times. This increases the total measurement time, making it more difficult to use fringe projection systems particularly in industrial applications.

The COMET 6 sensor meets this challenge with the brand-new Intelligent Light Control (ILC) technology, which adapts the intensity of the projected light to the reflexive properties at specific points, irrespective of the camera exposure. This is possible because the projection display allows pixellated modulation of the light intensity. Since the amount of detected light depends in particular on the orientation of the camera with respect to the measured object and the projector unit, such a method can only be used with a single-camera system.

Figure 1: Fringe pattern on a sheet metal panel.    
Outshining camera pixels are coloured red.
Figure 2: Fringe pattern on a sheet metal panel
with activated Intelligent Light Control.
The camera pixels are homogeneously balanced.

Each time a measurement begins, a brief series of different brightnesses is first projected onto the object area to be digitized in order to determine the ideal projection intensity individually for each camera pixel. A correspondence search also determines which part of the projection display is illuminating the portion of object surface observed by the respective camera pixel. This enables measurements with locally adapted light intensity and ensures homogeneous lighting of the measured object, thus ensuring optimal utilization of the camera's dynamic range.

For automated applications with a repeated accuracy of sensor positioning, through the use of an industrial robot for example, the defined correspondences and intensities can also be saved once and retrieved each time the measurement program commences, helping further decrease measurement times.

Shiny measured objects such as unmachined sheet metal panels, whose surface primarily reflects incidental light in a directed manner, previously placed high demands on fringe projecting systems. Intelligent Light Control in the new COMET 6 sensor is an innovative method for digitizing such measured objects more efficiently in future.

The bright minds from the Steinbichler COMET development team –
metrology specialists for user-oriented product development and optimization


The high-end 3D sensor COMET 6 16M from Steinbichler, features the so-called 3D-ILC (Intelligent Light Control) technology. With this innovative and intelligent projection method, data acquisition on objects with varying or highly reflective surfaces has now been optimized and improved, which opens up an entirely new spectrum for 3d digitizing applications.

Conventional projection technologies often meet their limits when highly reflective object surfaces are digitized, which would cause excessive outshining or undercut effects of the fringe pattern in the camera image and to avoid this, one would be forced to prepare the object surface using chalk spray, a time-consuming effort.
The 3D-ILC technology developed by Steinbichler adjusts the intensity of the projected light (depending on camera exposure) to the reflective properties of the object surface. Thus, a homogenous object illumination is achieved and the dynamic range of the camera can be utilized to the greatest extent. Users benefit with COMET 6 and its innovative projection method from the extremely short measuring time and the significantly optimized data quality also for critical object surfaces.

The revolutionary projection technology has been developed by some of our brightest minds:
A team of experts headed by project leader / head of development Thomas Mayer, and product manager Herbert Daxauer, has again demonstrated Steinbichler´s leadership position in optical metrology by implementing a user-oriented product feature into a real sensor highlight for demanding 3d digitizing applications.

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Potential of optical metrology recognised

Service partner HQM Induserv puts trust in ZEISS Optotechnik digitizing and laser scanning system.

SYSTEM / APPLICATION
COMET LƎD and T-SCAN LV

FIELD
Service partner in the automotive and supplier industry

CUSTOMER
HQM Induserv, Chemnitz location


TASK
HQM Induserv, with branch offices in Chemnitz, Leipzig and Zwickau, is a member of the HQM Group. For over 20 years, HQM Induserv has been a service partner in the automotive and supplier industry in Saxony. The company is DIN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited in dimensional metrology and lab testing. In the field of contract measurement at the Chemnitz location, the company has years of experience in the measurement and sampling of components from a wide range of industries. For component measurement and prototype sampling, a number of different tactile and mobile 3D metrology systems are used.

SOLUTION AND PRODUCT
In order to meet new and more stringent requirements in metrology, HQM Induserv opted for two optical metrology systems from the Neubeuern-based company Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH. The many applications an optical metrology system can offer were a key factor for the investment. The company decided in favour of the COMET LƎD 3D digitzing system. The extremely compact, high-performance COMET LƎD system delivers excellent data quality and highly precise measurement results. Due to the extremely short measurement time, measurements are carried out very efficiently.

For the second system, HQM Induserv chose the hand-held T-SCAN LV laser scanner. Thanks to its overall modular concept, the tracking system can be individually adapted to suit a broad range of applications. Metrologists can efficiently and effortlessly measure large objects with a measurement volume of up to 35 m3. The T-POINT LV touch probe allows metrology staff members to take single-point measurements quickly and easily. The touch probe is also used to align the component.

RESULT / BENEFITS FOR THE CUSTOMER
Staff members need a three-month introduction period to master the ZEISS Optotechnik systems and their many configuration options and to use them for business purposes. The service company is now able to meet a host of customer requirements with great flexibility, speed and mobility.

Moreover, measured values can be displayed in a clearer format. The system also allows measured values to be processed for reverse engineering, resulting in the development of a new business sector. Thanks to the T-TRACK LV / T-SCAN LV scanner-tracker combination, larger components can now also be digitized. On-location measurements at customers' sites have also been made possible with the ZEISS Optotechnik systems. The variety of jobs for optical measurement systems ranges from small parts such as emblems all the way to large, complex components from all industries.

It should also be noted that with increasing experience and a continuous learning process on the part of users, the application possibilities compared with conventional tactile measurement techniques also increase.

ADVANTAGES / STATEMENT

• Flexible, fast and mobile
• Clear display of measured values
• Processing of measured values for reverse engineering


"Thanks to the large demand for services which are possible with a ZEISS Optotechnik system, we have already been able to take on a number of complex measuring tasks. Based on our previous experience, we recognised the potential of the new technology. This gives us a positive outlook for the future".
Bertram Sebastian, Head of Metrology, HQM Induserv

Published in Optical Measurement
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Sweet solution with 3D scanning technology

Chocolate mould manufacturer DPS Designs reduces cycle times and increases quality following the introduction of 3D scanning technology from ZEISS Optotechnik.

SYSTEM / APPLICATION
COMET LƎD

FIELD
Thermoform and Confectionery Injection Mould Toolmakers

CUSTOMER
DPS Designs Ltd.


TASK
DPS Designs, a Gloucestershire-based supplier of moulds for the chocolate industry in the United Kingdom, had been reviewing its processes and looking towards moving to ‘digital engineering’ of its designs and the inspection of mould tools. At the time, a foam model would be manufactured from sketches and once approved by the customer, it would be drawn in 3D CAD to replicate the foam model. It was time consuming and difficult to make the CAD model exactly represent the foam model.

SOLUTION AND PRODUCT
Realising the benefits that 3D scanning could bring to this process, Leigh Down, DPS Design’s managing director, contacted Steinbichler UK, a distributor of optical measuring and testing technology from ZEISS Optotechnik. Following a demo together with testing and benchmarking, Down placed an order for a COMET LƎD system.

The 3D Scanning is used alongside Delcam’s Artcam software. The foam model is hand sculpted based on the customer sketches, photographs and technical requirements. Once the foam model is deemed to be as per ‘customer requirements’, the foam is 3D Scanned using the COMET LƎD system and the STL file sent electronically to the client for review. This process can be used as many times as required until the client approves the overall shape, proportions and posture of the model.

Upon customer approval, the STL file output from the COMET LƎD Scanner is imported into Artcam where the fine details are sculpted electronically with any draft angles for manufacture etc. added on in readiness for manufacture. Delcam PowerMill is then used to design the final tooling for manufacture.

RESULT / BENEFITS FOR THE CUSTOMER
“The acquisition of the COMET LƎD system has enabled us to speed up the development process significantly,” says Leigh Down. DPS Designs also uses the scanning to be able to provide 3D STL files to customers enabling them to review models electronically and efficiently. The LƎD system is key to the company’s future growth plans.

ADVANTAGES / STATEMENT

• Reduction of cycle times and significant speed-up of the development
• Easy and efficient handling of the CAD model
• Enabling customers to review models electronically and efficiently
• Increased quality


„The acquisition of the COMET LƎD system has enabled us to speed up the development process significantly. We are also using the scanning to be able to provide 3D STL files to customers enabling them to review models electronically and efficiently. The LƎD system is key to the company’s future growth plans.”
Leigh Down, Managing Director, DPS Designs




Published in Optical Measurement

The metrology experts of the Steinbichler Support team –
your qualified contact persons for training, service and application support.

The positive feedback obtained from our regular surveys has confirmed, once again, how much our customers appreciate the extensive services offered by our Service and Support team. The teams, led by Jörg Funk (Service Department) and Frank Thoß (Application Support), offer competent service and support at the time of purchase of a system and beyond, so that our customers are able to efficiently use the versatile options offered by their systems, to their full extent.

Behind the top scores obtained in our customer evaluations, you can find experienced measurement technology specialists who conduct professional training sessions at the "Steinbichler Academy", among other things. Whether offering basic or advanced training, or special courses of instruction specifically oriented toward customer- or application-specific topics – our experts are always ready to support you with valuable advice and assistance. In this manner you are able to make optimal use of the full potential of our innovative sensor technology, for your individual application.

When presented with complex measuring problems, or when application-specific system configurations must be carried out, you also benefit from our "Steinbichler Application Support", with a skilled team that offers top-notch expertise in all areas of optical 3D digitalization and many years of practical experience, thus providing optimal support for challenging tasks.

In Service cases, the specialists at our Service Department offer fast support with the procurement of required accessories and spare parts, and also ensure the smooth execution of hardware and software maintenance, including traceable system calibrations.

"We place great value on professional support and short response times, thanks to which we offer optimal assistance in all product areas. Our customers benefit from the know-how of our measurement technology experts and are thus able to make best-possible use of their systems. Consistently positive feedback confirms that we are on the right track, thanks to our service concept ", is the credo of Jörg Funk (Head of Service Department).

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