3D structured light scanners have traditionally been used as post-production inspection technologies to dimensionally qualify parts. Parts found to be out of tolerance are typically scraped, reused for material or set aside for rework. Depending on the value of part, production machine loads and setup time required to rework the part, significant costs can be incurred to correct out of tolerance features of parts. In this presentation, we will demonstrate the value of using a 3D structured light scanner as a sensor on a CNC machine to provide in-process feedback on the dimensional accuracy of the part. We will show the setup of an inspection program using Model Based Definition, the cutting of a metal part and intermittent scanning to verify the part is within tolerance during production. Learn how corrective action can be taken on CNC machines if features are measured to be out of tolerance and the value on-machine inspection brings to production.
- Upon completion, participants will have an understanding of how to use 3D scanning technology as a machine sensor to provide in process metrology feedback.
- Participants will see a demonstration of using model-based definition to automatically set up inspection programs.
- Participants will understand how to overcome barriers to implementing 3D scanning technologies for on-machine inspection.