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4 Key Benefits of Using 3D Scanning for Dimensional Measurement and Reverse Engineering

The manufacturing industry is experiencing a surge in productivity which is leading to an ever increasing need to verify that the parts being produced meet the specified requirements. When timelines are critical and tolerances are growing ever tighter, it is imperative that the quality process involved in reinforcing the part’s requirements consistently adds value to manufacturing. The parts manufactured today have increasingly demanding measurements, and are outgrowing the traditional systems used to measure or reverse engineer them. 3D scanning is a cost-effective solution that brings accuracy and versatility to the evolving landscape of the metrology [...]

May 2018|

Q-PLUS Labs’ Case Study: California State University, Fullerton Baja SAE Team’s Measurements for New Car Build

California State University, Fullerton’s SAE (Society of Engineers) Baja is off to the races with a brand new car to dominate the rugged terrain of this year’s International competition track in Oregon. Engineering students from CSUF are not only faced with the task of designing and building a “single-seat, all-terrain sporting vehicle that is to be a prototype for a reliable maintainable, ergonomic, and economic production vehicle that serves the recreational user market,” but they must do so while also balancing their daily classes, and for some, their jobs as well. Given such a limited amount [...]

February 2018|

Q-PLUS Labs Case Study: GQ Moto Inc., 3D Scanning Takes Entrepreneurial Ideas from Designs to Finished Products

Often times, necessity is the mother of invention. Many products are conceived out of necessity, while there are products which occur from what may seem like serendipity. With the prevalence and popularity of 3D printing among a variety of users, from elementary students to precision machine shops, the ability to develop products is becoming a more appealing […]

January 2018|

Qualifying Quality Inspection: Key Factors in Selecting a Dimensional Service Provider

In manufacturing industries where the difference in a decimal point may determine whether a 21st century elite battleship sinks or floats, quality is as integral as the bolts that bind that vessel together. Finding a dimensional inspection lab that can not only proficiently provide a variety of services, but also do so reliably and consistently can prove to be a daunting task if you are not equipped with the right criteria. Although each […]

November 2017|

How Does It Measure Up: CMMs vs. Structured Light 3D Scanners

With their repeatable accuracy and programmability, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) have universally been known as the ultimate dimensional measurement and inspection equipment by using contact probing to deliver single point by point sparse measurement data. However, 3D scanning is widely accepted as an effective, accurate, and fast way to collect and analyze measurement data. The integration […]

October 2017|

3 Ways Parts Sorting and Inspection Can Get Your Shipment Back on Track

For some products, the manufacturing process does not end once those products are packaged and shipped out. In the case of automobile manufacturers, many of the final vehicle’s components come from various suppliers and are assembled to build the cars we enjoy driving. Because the quality of these components work together to comprise the overall quality of each vehicle, and thereby the quality of the car’s brand, it is imperative that each of the vehicle’s components from those various suppliers must be carefully examined for non-conformance. What happens when a supplier’s shipment of non-conforming [...]

September 2017|
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