3-D Inspection Solution

Verisurf Software, Inc. (Anaheim, CA) and select Mastercam resellers have introduced Master3DGageTM—an affordable and portable rapid 3-D inspection solution that enables machine shops to significantly increase production and improve part quality.

Verisurf Software, Inc. (Anaheim, CA) and select Mastercam resellers have introduced Master3DGageTM—an affordable and portable rapid 3-D inspection solution that enables machine shops to significantly increase production and improve part quality. The complete hardware/software solution automates the 3-D inspection process and quickly verifies manufactured parts directly to 3-D CAD models.

"For the first time, machine shops will have a precise 3-D model-based Inspection system that can quickly verify parts directly on a CNC machine or anywhere else in the manufacturing process," said Tom Shelar, president of CAD/CAM Consulting, a leading Mastercam reseller. "Implementing portable inspection into the manufacturing process identifies issues quicker, reduces scrap, and significantly improves productivity."

Master3DGageTM integrates a Hexagon Metrology six-axis Portable CMM—one of the world’s most accurate—with Verisurf’s advanced 3-D model-based inspection software. This complete solution delivers a precise, fully automated digital process to inspect directly to CAD models anywhere on the shop floor. First article inspections are completed in minutes.

The following is the rapid three-step inspection process:

  1. Align: Align manufactured part to 3-D CAD model by probing part to corresponding alignment targets on 3-D CAD model.

  2. Inspect: Inspect manufactured part in real time by manually probing or by following automated inspection plans.

  3. Report: Report inspection results are automatically generated in HTML and Excel formats.

This process improves manufacturing productivity in several ways. First, it eliminates dependence on 2-D drawings, dozens of hand tools and gages. Second, it eliminates the need to route products away from the manufacturing process to fixed inspection areas. Third, it completes a fully digital 3-D design, simulation, manufacturing, and inspection workflow.