Reverse Engineering: noun; the reproduction of a manufactured part following detailed examination of its construction of composition.
Do you have a part needing reproduced but do not a CAD model to recreate the part, or have a prototype part that works well but lack a CAD model?
At EBBING Metrology we are capable of capturing extremely fine detail of your part via laser scanning and probing. Once the data is captured we use the "point cloud" or "polygonal mesh" to meticulously reconstruct the data and generate a CAD model for the customer to aide in the manufacturing process.
Note: "polygonal mesh" or "scan data" consists of millions of tiny triangles which make up the scan data, this format is not a water tight model. During the reconstruction phase those tiny triangles are smoothed out into more uniform geometrical shapes. Once this process is complete we over lay the scan data with the newly generated CAD model to verify features were constructed properly. The CAD model is now completed and is considered a water tight model.
The model can now be used to generate tool paths on machining centers, extract surfaces to create a mold/die, imported to other CAD software to add or build onto other mechanical assemblies, or sent directly to a 3D printer.
Full Part Inspection
In need of large part inspection on a job which exceeds your CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) capacity? Have a tight time line and can’t afford to tear down a set-up on a machine for CMM verification?
Ebbing Metrology can fill these needs by utilizing the most advanced technology in the 3D metrology market. We are capable of inspecting in real time directly to the CAD (Computer Aided Design) model. If you're in need of a full part inspection we’ve got you covered. If inspection is required midway through the machining process we can set up the laser tracker in or next to the machine to verify critical features without having to tear down the machine set up. This prevents the need to make a special trip to the quality control room, saving time and money. Measurements are very accurate and captured extremely fast. Ebbing Metrology has experience with GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) call outs and tight tolerances on blueprints. We can provide you with a detailed graphical report that clearly states which features are within customer specifications and which exceed the tolerances on the print.
Shop Floor Layouts
Have a complex floor layout generated in CAD? Have countless hours spent running simulations to verify robot reach and clearances before releasing the over all design for build? Thinking about how you're going to layout a large and complex machining center or assembly line?
Ebbing Metrology can tackle these challenges with the aide of the laser tracker. We take what you have designed in CAD or a print and translate to a floor layout. Layouts of machine bases with complex angles relative to each other can be difficult to get right with a tape measure and normally requires 2+ people to complete. Utilizing the laser tracker we can pin point the exact location of each critical point or feature in the CAD model or print. The process only requires one person and is extremely quick and accurate allowing you to place large pieces of equipment in place the first time, eliminating the need to re-position equipment later on during assembly. This process also helps speed up the programming of the robots or transfers since measurements are based directly off CAD.
Misalignments can cause machine downtime, decrease machine performance, increase scrap rates and be costly to maintain; however, Ebbing Metrology utilizes the portable laser tracker to reduce these issues.
The laser tracker is ideal for many tasks such as machine tool alignment, roller, conveyor and press alignment, jig and fixture alignment. Our accurate and fast method reduces downtime, improves quality, reduces scrap rates. Whether you need to check for parallelism, perpendicularity, concentricity, true position, or flatness on your equipment we can aid you in returning those measurements back to the original machines specifications.
Planning a line move or making room in your facility for new equipment with multiple stand alone bases with locations critical to each other? Have a cell running flawless but needing to relocate to the other side of the shop or to a new plant location?
Ebbing Metrology can assist you in your next line or equipment move. We capture numerous critical points in 3 dimensional space relative to your equipment. Those dimensions are stored within the operating software and are later referenced to ensure equipment is set precisely back in place. With a vast working range of roughly 250ft in either direction (left/right, forward/backward, up/down) and an accuracy of .001 of an inch, this process drastically reduces the amount of time and man power needed to re-assemble the equipment.