Measurement Arm Rapidly Verifies Parts
The Faro Edge from Faro Technologies is a portable measurement arm that enables manufacturers to verify product quality by performing inspections, tool certifications, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering via hard probing and non-contact laser scanning.
The Laser Line probe provides non-contact measurement capabilities. According to the company, a wider laser stripe increases scan coverage without sacrificing accuracy, while variable capture rates can produce more than 45,000 points per second. Using the Edge’s multi-function, quick-change handle port, the Laser Line probe seamlessly integrates into the arm.
A laser scanning system helps this shop capture the free-form surfaces on a hand-sculpted original. The resulting digitized models are the basis for CAM applications such as programming a CNC machining center.
Guidelines used to standardize the measuring process can provide a good basis for making gage decisions.
Measuring workpiece dimensions is relatively simple for machine operators but measuring workpiece geometry which involves more complex comparisons of part shape to an ideal shape--is now also practical on the shop floor. The gaging equipment for doing this is coming down in price while becoming easier to use.