Sheetmetal machinery specialists, Maxitec , have made available a technology, which gives all sizes of fabrication companies the capability of a 3D CMM arm to a planar machine.
The InspecVision Planar 3D Optical Probe was launched at the EuroBlech 2008 exhibition in Germany and was attended by Andrew Bentrup from Maxitec.
Maxitec have been exclusive distributors in Australia and New Zealand of InspecVision scanning equipment. The technology of the scanning equipment saves time and increases accuracy during manufacture.
The Optical Probe can be retrofitted to many existing InspecVision parts inspection systems. The accuracy of the Optical Probe option will be approximately 50 to 100 microns depending on the Planar model and the maximum possible measuring volume will be greater than 1m3, depending on the Planar model.
The Optical Probe is a hand held device with optical markers fixed to its upper surface. These markers are tracked by the camera and the 3D location of the probe is then calculated. Measurements of an object can be made by touching the object and pressing the probe’s trigger.
The Optical Probe measures any 3D part, can reverse and works well with all mainstream CAD formats. It allows rapid alignment for complex freeform shapes and provides the ability to inspect along the edge of a part as well as full geometric inspection capabilities.
Other advantages of the Optical Probe include:
Automatic creation of inspection features from CAD nominals
A step by step geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) wizard
Point, wireframe and surface export for measured entities
CAD manipulation – including surface offsetting (such as reverse side for sheet metal, spark gap for electrodes)