Sporting Goods needs to reproduce a series of parts in order to put a new firearm into production. This requires a set of 3D models and 2D Drawings.
Hand measurements are normally used to pull off dimensions and radiuses. However, the complex shapes and angles were not features that could be accurately measured by hand.
3D Laser Scanning:
Using Konica Minolta’s Range 7 with a tolerance at .0015” the 3D mesh was brought into software to begin modeling. Requiring a fully parametric model, the Rapidform XOR software was chosen for its ability to not only create a parametric feature tree but to export out a solidworks file.
- Laser scan with Konica-Minolta Range 7 3D scanner accurate to .0015”
- Rapidform to align and merge multiple scans (Figure 2)
- Curves and sketches developed based upon scanned data to facilitate solid modeling.
- Accuracy analyzer used to verify accuracy of final model to original part.
- Complex geometry accurately captured.
- Quick turnaround time.
- 100% Editable Solidworks part file to make future design changes.
- Ability to make a rapid prototype to check fit parts to existing mates.
Solidworks Live Transfer:
The machinist for Sporting Goods was familiar with Soildworks to create drawing and requested the final model be a Solidworks part file. Using Rapidform’s Livetransfer feature we can bring every feature in the parametric tree into the requested file type, giving him the ability to edit and change 100% of the delivered model.
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Figure 1 – Original Part
Figure 2 – Laser Scanned Data
Figure 3 – Final Solidworks Model