CHICAGO (IMTS), Sep 13, 2010 - Considering a large measuring arm for reverse engineering or 3D inspection? Wait. Verisurf could save you tens of thousands of dollars with their system, which consists of a smaller measuring arm coupled with a precision measuring surface.
David Olson was happy to show me the GagePlate system, being unveiled at IMTS, being sold under the Master3DGage brand.
Here's how it works. You take the Master3DGage arm and position on the precision surface. It gets its bearings from holes drilled into the surface at exact, known coordinates. After that, you take all the measurements you can from that position (the Speed Racer car, in the example) and when finished, you move the portable arm to another position (the rear of the car, in example). You again let the arm know where it is by feeling a different set of precision holes (which doesn't take long), and start inspecting again.
The math is fairly compelling. The portable "rapid 3D inspection solution" by Verisurf, which inlcudes a 4 ft arm, a 3 ft x 6 ft machined aluminum plate, etc., costs about $37K. Some resellers will even throw in the 3 days of training. Now compare that with a measuring arm that can cover the same volume. Hexagon's ROMER is introducing their 7-axis 2.5 meter arm that covers roughly the same area for about $45K.
But what if you want to use another arm, or have a 3D laser scanner. Verisurf will play well with others. "We'll give you the dimensions and let you create your own plate," says David. "And we'll work with many of the popular measuring hardware systems."
See VeriSurf press release for Master3DGage on TenLinks.com