Industrial X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning is a fast, high-accuracy, non-invasive technology used for measuring, analyzing, and visualizing precision parts and assemblies, including components of medical devices.
3D ProScan, a division of NyproMold Inc., a Jabil company that provides healthcare design and manufacturing services, uses CT scanning and advanced digital geometry processing software to generate a precise 3D model of a scanned article from a large series of 2D X-ray images.
3D ProScan began with a simple idea. How could they provide their customers with faster qualification results and innovative technology? As they looked for answers, they discovered that industrial CT scanning was the most innovative tool for industrial dimensional analysis. Using CT scanning, they have greatly accelerated their customers’ project timelines, and provided them with a great experience.
Being part of the mold making industry gives 3DProscan a clear understanding of their customers’ needs and the importance of the qualification process. When it comes to manufacturing, a company’s needs range from engineering to quality inspection to product management. 3D Proscan want their customers to have the best experience possible as they are qualifying their parts for production. 3D Proscan’s integrated viewers provide the optimum tool for engineers and quality control experts. The developers understand the urgency with which their clients are faced with and pledge to do their absolute best to meet their expectations.
If clients need a formal dimensional inspection, 3D Proscan will inspect a part for them in less than half the time it would take with any other method. They are able to program for a first article inspection using a 2D drawing and CAD model before they have the part in hand. Therefore, they can program ahead of time before they receive the part. Once the part arrives in a day or two, other services they provide such as FASTscan part-to-CAD analysis, part-to-part analysis and assembly analysis are usually completed in just a couple of days. If a client needs a part to be reverse engineered, the process can take as little as a week to be completed. In order to drive innovation forward, 3D Proscan staff dedicate themselves to keeping up with the latest technology in 3D software and computed tomography, and their satisfaction derives from helping their clients get to production quickly and successfully.
Last September, Nypro Healthcare cut the ribbon on a new design and product introduction center in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas facility will offer full product design and development capabilities for single-use and electro-mechanical Class I, II and III healthcare devices.
The new 32,000 sq. ft. facility is equipped with an advanced technology model shop; a fully digitized machine shop; environmentally controlled chambers; and a 1,500 sq. ft. Class 10,000 clean room, and is strategically located to serve major healthcare device manufacturers and customers in the United States; Cayey, Puerto Rico; and Tijuana, Mexico. The facility was to employ 25 professionals over the next 12 months and is projected to add another 20 positions within three years.
With 3D ProScan’s FASTscan, users get a colorful and interactive part-to-CAD comparison analysis. This high-speed comprehensive quality assessment service can be used on its own, or before a formal dimensional inspection to identify dimensional accuracy issues.
3D PART-TO-CAD Comparison
A FASTscan part-to-CAD overlay saves time and aids in making decisions quickly. FASTscans provide a comparative analysis from the original CAD model to the scanned part. In less than a couple hours, the technology can create a color-coded geometric comparison and provide data on the dimensional accuracy of the entire part. FASTscan’s integrated viewers provide an optimum tool for engineers and quality control experts.
With CT scanning, a complete dimensional inspection report including all GD&T measurements can be compiled in hours versus days or weeks. 3D Proscan’s team designs custom programs for dimensional inspections that take a fraction of the time of traditional techniques.
Save Time On Dimensional Inspections By CT Scanning With Full Dimensional Inspection Services
3D Proscan makes the process of getting a full dimensional inspection report on an article fast and easy for their clients. With the ability to program dimensions using a CAD model and part drawing, the company says that CT dimensional inspections often provide results in less than half the time of traditional industrial metrology techniques. Pre-programming allows for parallel efforts as molds and parts are being made, and programs can be saved for future use. After programming is completed and the CT scanner scans the part, a full dimensional inspection report can be generated in a few minutes.
Have you ever wanted to see the inner workings of an assembly and measure internal features without taking it apart? Now with CT scanning you can analyze internal features virtually without ever damaging your assembly or changing its natural state.
With CT scanning, 3D Proscan gives their clients the power of X-ray vision. A key and unique benefit of industrial CT scanning is the ability to view, inspect, and measure interior as well as exterior areas, features and components without destruction of the part, which may affect dimensions. Assembly details are often overlooked and missed because of their size and the difficulty of observing them. With 3D CT scanning 3D Proscan provides clients with the tools needed for success. 3D analysis and virtual cross sections allow voids, inclusions, seals, fit, interface and interference to be reviewed and analyzed quickly and easily without physical sectioning or disassembly. Previously hidden components in an assembly can be easily inspected to find poor fit and function. Every article is inspected in a free state.
Four Ways Industrial CT Scanning Speeds Up Metrology
With industrial CT scanning, we are unique in our approach to metrology, dimensional inspections or first article inspections. 3D Proscan describes four ways that outline how performing full dimensional inspections with CT scanning is a winning strategy:
1. All dimensions can be programmed using the CAD model and part drawing, before the part is scanned. This allows us to work in parallel with our clients as they are building molds or creating parts. By programming before receiving the part, we save a tremendous amount of time. When we receive the part and the program is all set to go, we can generate a full dimensional inspection report in just a couple of hours. Traditional methods need the part in hand to program and can take days or even weeks. CT scanning clearly has an advantage when it comes to performing fast dimensional inspections.
2. All programming data is saved for the future. Once a part is programmed, the program is saved on the computer for future reference, and if dimensions remain the same on the design, the program can be applied to other parts to generate dimensional inspection reports. This strategy also adds to the speed at which industrial CT scanning can perform dimensional inspections.
3. No fixtures are needed to measure and analyze parts. Traditional methods such as CMM’s require physical fixtures to hold a part in the appropriate position for dimensions to be measured. These fixtures however need to be validated themselves. Both time and money is spent to engineer, build, and then validate them. By removing the need of physical fixtures, CT scanning adds even more time savings as well as cost savings to the dimensional inspection process.
4. All inspections are non-destructive as parts are inspected and analyzed in their free state. Cutting and slicing parts to measure tight tolerances and internal features is a thing of the past. Never again do we have to destroy an assembly or a prototype just to inspect interior dimensions. With CT scanning, we can literally see beyond the surface as we peel back layers and reveal internal dimensions which can be measured and analyzed. Parts are now virtually cross sectioned and will never be physically altered throughout the whole process. With CT scanning we can measure and analyze a part or device, and give it back to its owner in the same state we received it.
GSMI Announces Open Registration for 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Summit + Expo Pittsburgh
Still on the 3D Printing technology beat, GSMI recently opened delegate registration and sponsorship sales for the 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Summit + Expo — the first-ever 3DP/AM conference designed exclusively for business innovation strategies. The summit will be held September 16-18th 2014, in Pittsburgh, PA. A discount of $600 is available for summit attendees who register on or before June 6, 2014.
The summit will host more than 40 distinguished panelists and speakers, including business leaders, professors, scientists, lawyers, designers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and investors. The purpose of the Summit is to discuss business strategies that incorporate 3D Printing/AM. Multiple sessions and workshops are offered to help attendees understand the economic impact of 3D printing and the long term trends, identify how to gain the competitive advantage by using 3D printing, learn practical applications for 3D printing, and gain practical knowledge from leading case studies.
Distinguished speakers include Jim Williams, Vice President Aerospace & Defense, AM R&D Program/Business Development at 3D Systems Corporation; David Bourell, Temple Foundation Professor, and Director at Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication at The University of Texas at Austin; Bill Macy, Deputy Director at America Makes; Tom Kurfess, HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology as well as many more.
“We are thrilled with the warm reception that this Summit has received, not only from the speakers but the public in general,” said Crystal Everson, Director, Conference Production at GSMI.
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