Software Update Suited for Industrial Computed Tomography

Volume Graphics announces the latest generation of its software solutions for non-destructive quality assurance with industrial computed tomography.


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Volume Graphics announces the latest generation of its software solutions for non-destructive quality assurance with industrial computed tomography (CT): Version 3.3 of VGStudio Max, VGStudio, VGMetrology and VGinLine. Updates in 3.3 include multi-material dimensioning, native Q-DAS support, OCR-based automation and high-quality volume meshing.

VGStudio Max software is used for the analysis and visualization of industrial CT data and covers all requirements related to metrology, defect detection and assessment, material properties and simulation. Using the latest version, users can determine the surfaces of multi-material components, export measurement and analysis results to store them centrally in quality-management software, automate inspection processes more flexibly based on text recognition and translate real CT data into volume meshes for simulation.

The latest version of the software enables simultaneous determination of the surfaces of each material within a volume in one go, and it also facilitates segmentation of multi-material objects. It includes native support for data export in Q-DAS format for both VGStudio Max and the VGMetrology metrology solution, as well as the VGinLine solution for automated CT inspection. Export of detailed, CT-based measurement and analysis results is enabled in the common Q-DAS data exchange format. Optical character recognition enables users to read out text in CT scans and store it in their meta information. In automated inspection workflows, cavity markers in CT scans can be recognized and the right reference object or the appropriate analysis in VGinLINE jobs can then be selected. With the volume meshing module, users can create accurate and high-quality tetrahedral volume meshes from CT scans for use in mechanical, fluid, thermal, electrical and other FEM simulations in third party software. This is based directly on the subvoxel-accurate surface determination for scanned parts or material samples consisting of one or more materials. The individual components of multi-material objects are translated into volume meshes with congruent tetrahedron faces and shared nodes at material interfaces. Each cell of the generated volume mesh can be loaded with additional information required for simulation, such as fiber orientations, fiber volume fractions, porosity volume fractions, or gray values.

To further support users, the company has also added a new technical consulting unit that provides professional consulting and evaluation services, as well as analyzes the specific requirements of each user’s application(s), creates optimal software configurations and general CT hardware specifications and offers complete evaluations as a contract service.