First Article Inspection – Geometric Elements, Freeforms and Reflective Surfaces

What the Industry Needs

First article inspection is essential to most manufacturing processes. Prototype parts are typically produced in small quantities. They are measured against a blueprint or compared with a CAD file to make sure they were accurately produced and, when applicable, to identify causes of defect.

Advantages of the MetraSCAN 3D Solution

The portability and dynamic referencing feature of the MetraSCAN 3D allows simple, reliable 3D scanning in every area of the shop floor.

By using the 3D scanner together with the touch probe, geometric elements and freeforms can be controlled with pinpoint accuracy.

The density of information generated in scan mode helps to understand causes of defect and quickly identify the best adjustments for production tools.

The MetraSCAN 3D helps to save a significant amount of time through:

  • On-site inspection – parts no longer have to be moved to the metrology lab;
  • More reliable, streamlined or automated alignment procedures through dynamic alignment;
  • No more lengthy programming procedures typical of conventional inspection tools.

Magnetic supports for reflectors are particularly suitable for sheet metal parts. With the reflectors, the alignment of a part is maintained without having to clamp it on costly and cumbersome equipment.

Because it provides a great degree of freedom when measuring and because it even scans most reflective surfaces, the MetraSCAN 3D can be used on any type of parts or materials such as sheet metal, plastics or composite materials.