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Developing, manufacturing, and inspecting a casting of superior quality in less time

Challenge: Inspecting 100% of the surface when producing a casting

When producing a casting, multiple changes are needed to correct elements of the manufacturing process and to produce the part precisely according to the specifications. How can one ensure that there is enough material before machining? How can the entire surface profiles—not just discrete points—be checked to make sure the part fits within the required tolerances? How can reliable data be obtained quickly to avoid unnecessarily extending the development time? 

Solution: Better and faster results with colormap

Producing a casting for the aerospace industry requires not only an inspection of the critical dimensions and wall thicknesses, but also an overall view of the surface plans. In addition, the measurement technology must provide reliable and high-quality data quickly every time a part needs to be inspected. Unlike touch probing, 3D scanning provides an overall view of the inspected part and the surface profiles, and it indicates whether or not there is enough material before machining. In addition, all inspection data is provided quickly and without delay.

Solution: Better and faster results with colormap
Solution: Better and faster results with colormap
Solution: Better and faster results with colormap
Solution: Better and faster results with colormap


Benefit: Accurate casting inspections and impeccable quality control

With 3D scanning, the development time of a casting is shortened and the quality of the part produced is impeccable thanks to the ability of performing root cause analyses. High-quality information is quickly available. The time required for setup, scanning, and reporting is accelerated. The entire manufacturing process of a casting is improved to produce parts with tight tolerances.


“The team used the HandySCAN 3D to scan the entire casting very quickly. Having 100% of the surface and the inspection report was so vital for us to understanding the changes to be made and also to make sure there is enough material before machining. The quality of the scanned data enabled us to make better decisions and reduce development time,” mentions Steven Kennerknecht, VP of Engineering at Alphacasting.

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