Delcam’s latest PowerINSPECT inspection and reverse engineering software at MMM
Delcam will demonstrate the latest version of its PowerINSPECT software for inspection and reverse engineering at the GTMA Make Measurement Matter event to be held at Bristol City Football Club on 17th October. This includes enhancements to the inspection capabilities and also continues the development of the reverse engineering capabilities. The main enhancement in this area has been an expansion of the Digitised Curves capabilities to create a powerful re-engineering and modelling tool.
PowerINSPECT is firmly established as the world’s leading hardware-independent inspection software. It combines the ability to work with all types of inspection device with a comprehensive range of inspection routines for taking simple measurements, for inspection of geometric features and for analysing complex 3D surfaces. The resulting reports present detailed information in an easy-to-read format, that can be understood by all engineers not just inspection specialists.
PowerINSPECT can create efficient inspection sequences for use on dual-column CNC coordinate-measuring machines as part of the drive to make PowerINSPECT the preferred inspection software for all types of metrology equipment. It also offers unique dual-device inspection options that allow measurement with two portable devices at the same time. PowerINSPECT is believed to be the only inspection software that supports simultaneous operation of different types of device, including laser scanning, from different manufacturers.
Other enhancements in recent releases include improved handling of point-cloud data, group editing of probing parameters, graphical editing of boundaries for raster-based inspection, and easier measurement and marking out when using PowerINSPECT for clay modelling.
The automated section-measurement functionality, which was previously only available in the manual version of PowerINSPECT, is now available in both the OMV and CNC offline-programming versions. This strategy for creating probe paths along a section of the component provides quick and easy comparison of a cross-section against the CAD model. This type of section measurement is important for the measurement of blades and aerofoils, as well as for automotive inspection.
When using PowerINSPECT for reverse engineering, options within Digitised Curves allow edges, holes and gaps to be identified as the part is being probed. Curves can also be created from CAD models within PowerINSPECT or they can be imported directly from other software packages. All these curves can be modified by rotation, translation, mirroring or scaling, or by editing individual points within the curve.
Once created, curves can be exported as polylines as well as to the previously-available NURBS format. This enhancement is part of a general increase in the ability to export surface and geometric items for use in modelling applications, with VDA export added to the existing IGES format.
21 August 2013