April 8, 2010   Plant Magazine

Taking a 3D image for reverse engineering.

Photo: Creaform

Scan to reverse engineer
Version 4 of Creaform’s VxScan software integrates data acquired by a Handyscan 3D laser scanner and the HandyPROBE armless and portable CMM.

The new platform makes it possible to create geometrical entities such as planes, lines, points, spheres, cylinders, or circles directly from scanning or probing data in a single referential and in real time. Then you can save them in a format that allows direct exporting into most reverse engineering and CAD software.

Creaform is a 3D technological company with offices in Quebec and Montreal.

Plex improves scheduling
Plex Systems Inc. has enhanced the production scheduling functionality of its Plex Online manufacturing ERP software.

You can pull test scheduling reports that show all jobs, operations, and constraints that contribute to a particular scenario’s results, then adjust the parameters.

An new workcentre type-scheduling sort method gathers information about each part to be processed, sorting the information into what you identify as “like attributes.” A second feature allows you to prioritize jobs based on part attributes such as oil type.

Plex Systems Inc. is the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based developer of Plex Online, a software as a service solution for manufacturing.

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