June 22, 2021
Creaform’s Go!SCAN SPARK and VXelements gave BBi’s R&D team the speed and independence required for peak performance under tight development timelines.
Lévis, Canada —Creaform, the worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, is pleased to announce that it became an official partner of BBi Autosport for the 2021 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) that will take place on June 27, 2021, in Colorado, USA. BBi, specialized in performance aftermarket and safety upgrades for all Porsche platforms as well as engineering services, decided to leverage the power of Creaform’s hardware and software 3D solutions, which proved to be instrumental in meeting the short deadlines that the team was facing, prior to the race.
Known as the “Race to the Clouds” and one of the most reputed and arduous car racing events in the world, PPIHC is one of the hardest events to prepare for, given the unpredictable and brutal nature of the environment. As BBi needed to work quickly on their impressive and updated aerodynamics within two racing classes, they were looking for a way to rapidly and efficiently acquire 3D measurements to collect accurate data about the performance and reliability of many diverse race car components. They also wanted to reduce their reliance on third-party service providers by getting a fast and versatile solution that generate scan data and be immediately workable to create new parts.
BBi Autosport decided to gain 3D scanning independence by acquiring Creaform’s Go!SCAN SPARK, the fastest metrology-grade 3D scanner that can be used throughout an entire PLM workflow. Matched with Creaform’s VXelements 3D software platform and application suite, it quickly measured all types of complex geometries and surfaces—all while getting the highly accurate measurements right the first time around. Able to scan wherever and whenever they wanted, the R&D team saved valuable development time and were able to roll out the necessary parts as fast as they needed them.
According to Dmitriy Orlov, COO at BBi Autosport “Creaform has created a powerful package that not only gathers highly accurate data with unprecedented freedom and ease but also offers a robust software package that handles and processes that data for easy integration into almost any CAD design workflow.” He continues by adding that “3D scanning is a crucial element to help us in design and validation. In general, 3D scanning means we can do more in virtual, saving time on cutting things up, saving on mistakes and accelerating the creation of needed parts”.
Creaform develops, manufactures, and sells 3D portable and automated measurement technologies and specializes in engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions for applications such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development, and numerical simulation (FEA/CFD). Its products and services cater to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation, research and education.
With headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lévis, Québec, Creaform operates innovation centers in Lévis as well as Grenoble, France, with direct sales operations in Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Singapore. Creaform is part of the Ultra Precision Technologies, a division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2020 sales of more than 4.5 billion.