Computed Tomography Data-Analysis Software Brings Expertise in Quality Assurance
Volume Graphics brings expertise in quality assurance and process optimization via its advanced industrial computed tomography (CT) data-analysis software.
Volume Graphics brings expertise in quality assurance and process optimization via its advanced industrial computed tomography (CT) data-analysis software. Industrial CT has been an indispensable technology in tool and mold inspection for years, enabling non-destructive testing of manufactured components. The software provides a deeper look into CT results, revealing flaws that may be invisible to the naked eye, comparing as-manufactured parts to their original designs and simulating the performance of part geometries to guide design and/or manufacturing corrections. Comparisons between CT and CAD datasets reduce molding-tool corrections for defects and warpage to a minimum.
The latest versions of the company’s CT analysis software packages VGStudo Max and VGMetrology provide a manufacturing geometry correction module, which has been specifically developed for tool and mold making and additive manufacturing. Part shrinkage, distortion or other dimensional deviations detected in the CT data set can be transferred to the CAD model of the tool in order to analyze and redesign the relevant contour so that it 3D-prints correctly.
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