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The Dual Volume 3D Scanner: SMARTTECH Makes Initial Mark in Aerospace Industry

Date:2016-03-24 Hits:1349

We’ve come a long way with 3D printing in a very short time. As new machines and materials arrive onto the market in a constant flow, it’s quite apparent that the 3D scanner has undergone an accelerated evolution. From desktop capabilities allowing makers a whole new world of latitude to industrial uses that allow for companies to both create new components and maintain older machines, the scanner may often just be considered one part of the fabrication process, but it can actually be responsible for a wide range of applications too.

As most of us are already keenly aware, 3D printing has made a huge impact in aerospace, and we follow innovations on a daily basis from 3D printed  being used by  for important future projects (just for stuff like going to Mars!) to military aircraft design and maintenance—all the way to 3D scanning plays an integral part in these processes though as projects steamroll to fruition from the concept stage to the physical product.

UntitledSMARTTECH, headquartered in Poland, is now making an entry into the aerospace market, which should offer a major advantage for leaders within the industry. Founded in 2000, we’ve been following SMARTTECH as they’ve advanced, expanded, and been lauded for their efforts and products—along with a recent foray into the Asian markets, and even a version of their website in Chinese. This latest announcement is not surprising, considering the demand for scanning and AM technology by the aeronautics and aerospace industries today.

As the SMARTTECH team points out, jet engines are indeed extremely complex structures which require the utmost in excellence for precision measurements, design, and production.

“Received results can influence the whole working process,” stated SMARTTECH in a recent press release. “Therefore, the measurement process must be provided on metrological certified machines.”

“Results have to be referential just like they are when using CMM machines, so the range of [the] measurement field can reach difficult to access spaces. Using a 3D scanner to measure such huge and complicated objects allows not only savings of time and money but [has also] significantly influenced SMARTTECH products development.”

Recently, SMARTTECH worked with MTU Aero Engines. As Germany’s leading engine manufacturer with a worldwide presence, they design, develop, manufacture and offer both marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft for not only thrust and power categories, but also stationary gas turbines. In this project, MTU was experimenting with Structured Light 3D scanning, a method that uses fringe projection technology. They are doing so in an effort to see their aerospace engine hardware progress further.

Working together, SMARTTECH was responsible for providing scanning services to MTU offering a resolution of 10Mpix to gather all the details of a ‘very complex engine geometry.’ These scans, using their Dual Volume 3D scanner were then used to offer CAD modeling in GEOMAGIC DESIGN X.

The Dual Volume 3D scanner is a precise measurement device offering an LED light source and GigaBit Ethernet communication for ease in performing quick and complex measurements. As a professional tool for metrology, scan3D DUAL VOLUME is also certified according to the German standard VDI / VDE 2634, and the measurement accuracy can be further certified by an independent accredited metrology laboratory.