Knowledge Base

DICOM-to-Print – Using CT and MRI Data Intelligently

A “Seamless End-to-End Workflow for 3D Digital Model Creation”. This is the tag line applied to DICOM-to-Print (D2P) software form 3D Systems and it is entirely accurate. Put simply, D2P allows the user, radiologist, surgeon, GP or other medical professional to intuitively segment the reconstructed DICOM data. Using automatic as well as manual tools, the end user […]

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Reverse Engineering – What do you do with your scan data?

Compared to just a few years ago when I came to OR3D, when scan data was a relatively heavy and clunky data type, raw scan data today is becoming increasingly usable and is compatible with more software than ever before. This, combined with a greater awareness; BBC’s Invisible Cities has put laser scanning right in […]

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X-Ray Inspection Through The Manufacturing Process

Design Using a Computed Tomography data set from a CT scanner, a point cloud or mesh can be generated. The point cloud or mesh can then be put into Geomagic Design X (reverse engineering software) and a CAD model can be reverse engineered or surfaced. The benefit of using CT acquisition is that the ability […]

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X-Ray Inspection for Composite Materials and Fibres

Not too long ago composite materials such as carbon fibre were reserved for large expensive industries such as aerospace, automotive and naval. As composite materials became cheaper to produce and more readily available they are appearing in a wider range of products. A computed tomograph generated with an x-ray inspection machine is the only way […]

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X-Ray Inspection and NDT

Using these techniques, made available by X-Ray inspection machines, we can run more types of inspections and tests, allowing for a more detailed and thorough analysis of parts. The sample can be used after the inspection process and the inspection wont contain any artefacts generated during the destruction of the sample. NDT can be used […]

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Reverse Engineering Considerations

When we first receive an enquiry for a reverse engineering project we consider four elements: The component itself Size Detail Material Function of the CAD model Accuracy required As built condition or design intent In the reverse engineering example below we will go through the complete process. Reverse Engineering – Fuel Tester Splash Guard Context: […]

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What is 3D Scanning?

Once you have a digital record of your part the data can be used for many purposes including reverse engineering, inspection, animation, historic record and virtual reality. Point Cloud Data You have a part you wish to scan. Imagine now that you spray that part with a can of paint, with the individual specs of paint […]

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X-Ray Inspection for Additive Manufacturing

With the advent of the additive layer manufacturing (ALM) revolution, the process in which we validate our creations can be as complex as the structures them selves. Seemingly impossible shapes are making traditional inspection techniques inadequate or even useless. Fortunately with the rise of ALM, industrial x-ray inspection machines have also risen in popularity due to […]

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