Creaform Take 3D scans for tool design in a range of environments
Complete surfaces measurements are said to be a key to success.
Creaform, a supplier of 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has introduced products designed for tool- and mould making.
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The company said manufacturers using moulds and dies for stamping, casting and plastic injection face problems like shrinkage and spring back effect, which makes it complicated to match the CAD geometry.
Complete surface measurement of parts and tooling with 3D scanning can help assess the extent the phenomena are impacting the part. The scan results can provide good insight during the design process of the tooling, and accurately monitoring the die and mould geometry and their corresponding produced parts will help reduce the number of design iterations and produce parts that match the CAD reference.
According to Creaform, its handheld Metrascan 3D optical CMM scanning system is the most accurate scanning and probing solution on the market. Combined with the company’s Handyprobe, this solution reportedly increases the reliability, speed and versatility of the measurement process.
Tooling design requires dimension acquisition on parts of various shapes and complexity in virtually any environment, the company noted. Its scanners are said to perform such acquisition in the the design studio, at the supplier's plant and on the production floor.