FREESCAN UE 11 MADE EASY CASTING INSPECTION

Highly precise and reliable part inspection is crucial for product quality and reliability in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. In the course of digitalization, metrology 3D scanning technology has proven an excellent tool, facilitating workflows while significantly shortening them at the same time. With the increasing affordability and availability of metrology 3D scanners, the gap between 3D scanning and other measuring technologies is closing. In this case, the FreeScan UE 11 from Shining3D was used for casting inspection.

Image 1: Inspection Report

Image 1: Inspection Report

INSPECTION OF CASTING PARTS USING FREESCAN UE 11

Despite efficient and high-quality metrology 3D scanners, like FreeScan UE 11, have become growingly accessible, the learning curve of the devices is usually high, the software complicated to operate, and the effective capturing motion of the scanner a task the machinist first needs to get used to. This real customer case on inspecting casting parts unpacks how to precisely inspect industrial parts at ease.

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HIGH-QUALITY CASTING PARTS FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS USING

In this particular case, the product of interest has some very complex characteristics. The casting is irregular in shape and features several curved surfaces, presenting a challenge for manual measurement. The hurdles of applying a CMM for measurement, in this case, are large work volume and the danger of damage to the device which can occur easily with a CMM. But most importantly, the inner cavity of the casting needs to be measured precisely as well.

Image 2: Casting parts in the factory

Image 2: Casting parts in the factory

Slika 3: FreeScan UE 11

Image 3: 3D scanner FreeScan UE 11

Considering all factors, using a non-contact high-precision 3D scanner FreeScan UE 11 to inspect the casting was the ideal solution.

3D SCANNING & QUALITY CONTROL OF CASTINGS

In the first step of the process, the entire body of the casting was scanned to acquire the part´s external shape. As the casting was heavy and difficult to move, the 670 g weighted FreeScan UE 11 could give full play to its lightweight features, enabling the operator to move it around the part flexibly and scan from different angles to obtain the complete 3D data.

Image 4: 3D data acquisition of the casting body

Image 4: 3D data acquisition of the casting body

Image 5: 3D data acquisition of the casting body

Image 5: 3D data acquisition of the casting body

3D SCANNING THE INTERNAL CAVITY

In order to inspect the internal cavity of the casting, it is necessary to cut and slice the casting to be able to acquire the data of the part´s internal structure. Complete and error-free data can be obtained thanks to the capacity of the software enabling seamless stitching together of all the parts.

Image 6: Cutting the castings

Image 6: Cutting the castings

Image 7: Internal cavity scan data

Image 7: Internal cavity scan data

FINALIZATION WITH GEOMAGIC CONTROL X

The data obtained is imported into Geomagic Control X for inspection. Using an inspection software in direct conjunction with the FreeScan UE 11 enables the direct output of a set of required reports, in this case, the machining allowance report, appearance, and internal cavity report, as well as the dimensional report. A total of 46 points were measured and detailed results were obtained.

Image 8: Inspection report

Image 8: Inspection report

Image 9: Geomagic Control X

Image 9: Geomagic Control X

Non-contact, high-precision, efficient measurement tools are the key to obtaining detailed and accurate inspection results. FreeScan UE 11 can be operated flexibly in a wide range of environmental settings, enabling large-format scanning and rapid access to complete high-quality 3D data of castings, providing strong support for the output of detailed inspection reports.