Delcam’s PowerInspect 2011 features a Quick Report option designed to ease result analysis and reuse of measured data for additional feature inspection. It also improves point-cloud data handling and provides enhanced GD&T functionality.
Said to work with virtually all types of inspection devices, the hardware-independent inspection software offers a range of routines for taking simple measurements, inspecting geometric features and analyzing complex 3D surfaces. According to the company, the reports detail information in a format that is easy to read and understand.
The flexible Quick Report option enables users to add headers and footers to any image taken from the full report in order to create a single-page graphical representation of the inspection. Also, data can be interpreted quickly for faster error identification and rectification, which reduces costs, the company says.
Point-cloud handling and alignment improvements are designed to ease management of large data sets generated when using laser-line probes. Critical areas of the part alignment can be emphasized by selecting the desired region of the point cloud and associating it to the CAD. As opposed to treating every point equally, prioritizing select regions of the point cloud enable more alignment control, the company says.
Points from geometric measurements can be converted into surface-inspection points for size and location inspection. Using existing geometric strategies for surface inspections is said to reduce the amount of time spent measuring and provide more detailed, consistent and cost-effective inspection routines.
Increased CAD format capabilities enable more data to become available to the inspector in these files. The software supports GD&T, the most common model-based definition format, in Unigraphics as well as CATIA. Users can create GD&T items directly from CAD. Tree structure handling in CATIA files has also been improved for easier navigation of the CAD data within assemblies.
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