Maximizing the benefits of 3D measurement technologies for industrial manufacturing organizations
Defining the cutting edge of 3D metrology, the PolyWorks software suite maximizes productivity, quality, and profitability when integrating 3D measurement technologies into an industrial manufacturing process. From part and tool design and prototyping down to final inspection of assembled products, PolyWorks offers advanced solutions to cover the complete product development cycle. Interfacing directly with major brands and technologies of single-point and point cloud 3D measurement devices through plug-in extension modules, this universal platform also supports a wide array of native point cloud and polygonal model file formats. With its fully customizable user interface and powerful, user-friendly macro programming language, PolyWorks offers the most adaptable software solution on the 3D metrology market. This flexibility allows our customers to successfully develop and deploy automatic inspection processes or guided operator-driven workflows for effective shop floor operations.
PolyWorks|Inspector is a powerful industrial 3D metrology software solution to control tool or part dimensions, diagnose and prevent manufacturing and assembly issues, guide assembly building through real-time measurements, and oversee the quality of assembled products by using non-contact point cloud digitizers and single-point contact-based probing devices.
Get the alignment right
Inspecting and analyzing a measured part is only possible if the digitized data is properly positioned and oriented in 3D. Typically, a measured part is aligned to its nominal CAD model to enable the extraction and comparison of nominal and measured dimensions. It can also be assembled virtually to the surrounding mating parts in order to check for interference issues or to analyze flush and gap deviations.
PolyWorks|Inspector offers a broad range of part alignment techniques that let users construct alignments with:
Surfaces or cross-sections (measured-to-nominal best-fit, constrainable in rotation/translation, and within tolerance zone)
Features (3-2-1, pairs of center points, and GD&T datum reference frames)
Reference points and lines (RPS, surface points, and six-point nest)
Virtual gauges (caliper, flush & gap, and airfoil)
Extract all required dimensions
At the core of the PolyWorks|Inspector workflow is the extraction of measured part dimensions and computing the deviations to their corresponding nominal dimensions. Thanks to the remarkable flexibility integrated into PolyWorks, dimensions can be extracted from measured point clouds, polygonal models built from point clouds, or probed points. Nominal dimensions can also be extracted from a CAD model or a reference measured part.
PolyWorks|Inspector delivers the complete toolbox you need to extract and analyze:
Surface, boundary, and cross-sectional measured-to-nominal deviations
Advanced dimensions such as flush and gap, profile radius, airfoil dimensions (leading edge, trailing edge, and global), assembly clearance, thickness, and more
PolyWorks|Inspector also offers real-time guidance to accurately build and inspect fixtures and jigs using single-point measurement devices.
Generate updateable reports
PolyWorks|Inspector provides an outstanding updateable reporting technology that guarantees the exactness of a report and dramatically accelerates multipiece inspection.
Report items, such as 3D scene screenshots and result tables, are automatically updated if a project is altered. You can modify the parameters of a project, or replace the measured data points of the current piece by the data points from a new piece, knowing that the entire inspection report will automatically be updated.
Share inspection results
The PolyWorks|Viewer enables your colleagues, managers, and suppliers to review your inspection projects in 3D.
Universal 3D metrology architecture
The relational, object-oriented, and parametric architecture of PolyWorks® allows the integration of all manually-operated and numerically-controlled point cloud digitizing and single-point probing 3D measurement technologies within a common framework, opening a new era of universal inspection projects and device interoperability.
Automatic updates of inspection projects
Thanks to the built-in traceability of the PolyWorks parametric architecture, users have the outstanding ability of modifying an object parameter, replacing an object, or changing the spatial relationship between two objects, and these changes will automatically be propagated to all the project’s 3D geometry and inspection reports to make them up to date, saving time and avoiding costly mistakes.
Real-time quality meshing
The real-time quality meshing technology transforms laser scanning into a systematic and objective metrology process by creating polygonal models of digitized parts in real time and computing and displaying quality metrics that reveal ineffective scanning methods, allowing operators to improve the quality and precision of the measured surfaces and ensuring measurement repeatability.
Play Inspection multipiece measurement tool
The Play Inspection tool marks the end of time-consuming teaching modes, as it dramatically simplifies the measurement of multiple pieces by automatically building, in real time, a guided step-by-step sequence to capture 3D datasets of a new piece, using point cloud digitizers and single-point probing devices.