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Renishaw has designed a range of hardware and software products for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to aid the measurement and manufacturing of aerospace blades.

All of the products in Renishaw’s Airfoil inspection suite have been designed to complement the Revo five-axis measurement system and provide automatic generation of the CMM program, rapid, high-accuracy Revo data collection and tools for cross section or full surface analysis. According to the company, the products enable the whole blade to be inspected quickly and accurately, allowing unlimited section or full surface analysis based on high-precision contact probe data.

Apexblade is a software package designed to quickly generate collision-free programs that drive the Revo measurement system to carry out complex sweep scans that will collect point cloud data from across the complete blade surface.

The Modus airfoil module allows the user to take the nominal aerofoil sections available from the CAD model and the actual sections from the MPCS to provide blade fitting functionality for the reporting of blade section profile and aerofoil characteristics.

Targeted at users requiring a reverse-engineering capability, Renishaw’s Surfitblade software is an offline application used to generate NURBS blade surface forms for use in downstream processes such as computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis. It also allows average blade geometry to be established from a series of blade results.

Key features and benefits

  • The Apexblade software package generates a DMIS file that can be executed within Renishaw’s Modus metrology software.
  • Both transverse and longitudinal scans are supported and each sweep can be split, which is useful for edges where the actual position is expected to be significantly different from the nominal CAD.
  • Modus’s point cloud sectioning (MPCS) functionality allows ‘on surface’ sections to be constructed by intersecting any defined plane with the captured point cloud, which can be carried out at the time of measurement, or in the future if further sections at different locations are required.
  • Modus offers comprehensive graphical reporting tools and the profile measurement results, which are fully integrated with all other feature measurement reports and can be output in PDF file format.

Renishaw

A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

Sensors for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are an industry standard, from basic touch-trigger probes through to automated stylus and probe changers, motorised indexing probe heads, and revolutionary five-axis measurement systems.

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