Faro UK F1 racing team selects measuring arm for in-house mould design

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Quality control will be another area the device is expected to improve.

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Some procedures now take less than half the time thanks to the use of the measurement arms.
Some procedures now take less than half the time thanks to the use of the measurement arms.
(Source: Caterham F1)

Caterham F1 Team, the Formula One team based in Leafield, UK, has chosen Scan-Edge measurement arms to optimise in-house quality control and toolmaking, according to supplier Faro.

The company noted that the arms will be used to support wind tunnel tests by checking the dimensions orientation of parts, and for the manufacture and associated quality control of patterns. These patterns are used as templates for moulds from which carbon fire components for the team’s cars are produced as well as for checking the dimensional accuracy of the moulds.

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The team plans to start making patterns in-house following the purchase of a five-axis machining centre that will be programmed with information derived from the Caterham Catia CAD system, Faro said. It explained that the parallel purchase of the arms with their probes, scanners and the associated Faro Cam-2 Measure 10 Software allows the team “to close the loop with the whole cycle of design, manufacture and checking of dimensional accuracy.” Before, the team’s capability to carry out dimensional quality control was restricted by the limitations of its in-house CMMs, which could not be used with parts that exceeded 1.2 m in length and 1 m in width, Faro noted, adding that the team was totally dependent on contractors for checking the accuracy of larger parts.

The arms are expected to provide higher flexibility due to their portability, according to Tim Nolan, head of inspection for Caterham F1 Team. He said they are also able to check components on the cars directly.