Creaform 3D scanning
Leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services Creaform is presenting its portable and flexible 3D scanners and tactile measurement solutions for the tool and mould-making sector at EuroMold.
The company believes that manufacturers using mould and die production methods such as stamping, casting and plastic injection must deal with physical phenomena like shrinkage and spring-back - making it difficult to match the CAD geometry. Complete surface measurement of parts and tools through 3D scanning can help in assessing to which extent the phenomena are impacting the part. Results gained through a 3D scan can provide good insight during the iterative design process of tooling and accurately monitoring the die and mould geometry and their corresponding produced parts helps in reducing the number of design iterations and producing parts that will perfectly match the CAD reference.
Moreover, 3D scanning is a proven solution to reverse engineer the original tool.
Tooling design requires dimention acquisition on parts of various shapes and complexity, which might have to be performed in a range of environments. The Handyscan 3D can perform the acquisition directly at the design studio, but also at the supplier's plant, on the customer's premises or on the production floor. The Handyscan 3D provides complete and accurate mesh models.
Mould designers need to consider shrinkage and spring back in the process in order to end up with a perfect molded part and CAD reference match. To get there, the acquisition must be accurate and hold all the information needed for the design or modification of the required tooling.
Creaform also believes its 3D measurement solutions are well placed for educational applications. Students who specialise in tool and mould-making get to learn and use the latest 3D measurement technologies during their training. In early September, Creaform introduced its new educational program, which targets researchers and educators from various study fields and learning programs such as science and engineering, applied science, industrial styling and design and natural sciences and archaeology. Each package has been put together and tailored to meet the specific needs of the educational field and offer significant discounts on the Creaform technologies such as 3D scanners, PCMM or optical coordinate measuring system.