Plug-ins for quick comparison

Raindrop Geomagic has released new plug-ins that enable instant 3D comparison for inspection applications. The plug-ins work in conjunction with Geomagic Qualify 7 software, released earlier this week.

Real-time 3D comparison is available currently for Perceptron and Faro systems. Other scanning companies have begun porting the functionality to their systems through a new plug-in architecture offered by Raindrop Geomagic.

“These plug-ins provide the 3D equivalent of ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get’ for scanner users,” says Peter Scott, Raindrop Geomagic’s vice president of engineering. “It is a natural way to bridge the gap between capturing and processing data for downstream applications.”

Real-time 3D comparison gives users instant feedback on inspection results during the scanning process. The user calls up the 3D CAD model of the physical part as a reference, using the scanner gun to orient the model on the computer display. As the user scans the physical object, deviations are instantly displayed as a colour map on the reference model.

Raindrop Geomagic says the combination of real-time 3D comparison and portable scanners extends the benefits of computer-aided inspection on the shop floor. In addition to speeding inspection time, the new plug-ins are expected to prove valuable in other shop-floor applications, such as verifying the accuracy of tools and moulds without taking them out of the production environment.

“This new technology represents another step in transitioning inspection from a manual process that relies on expertise, to an automated process driven by software tools that are powerful, yet easy-to-use,” says Ping Fu, president and CEO of Raindrop Geomagic. “It should yield measurable time savings for our customers.”

The 3D real-time comparison plug-ins for Geomagic Qualify 7 are available for free downloading on the Raindrop Geomagic web site. Geomagic Qualify 7, which includes major new features for geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T) and turbine blade analysis, is available through Raindrop Geomagic and its authorised distributors.

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