EXTEND3D Projects 3D CAD Models Directly on Production Floor

Spatial Corp, a leading provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing, and engineering solutions, and a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes, has announced the results of its collaboration with EXTEND3D with the release of EXTEND3D Werklicht 3D software, bridging 3D CAD models to the shop floor. For the first time, all EXTEND3D Werklicht laser and video-projection systems can be powered with one single and easy-to-use software which covers all relevant 3D data input formats.

Traditionally, moving from a 3D CAD model to the manufacturing floor required producing sets of 2D drawings, followed by the production of costly manufacturing templates and jigs combined with time-consuming measurements to guide workers. Powered by Spatial’s CGM Core Modeler, the Werklicht Pro’s lasers and integrated sensors can dynamically project manufacturing data and work instructions on a workpiece, for example, displaying bolt hole, bracket, and stud welding locations.

“Our previous solutions relied on an in-house developed plugin for a commercially available 3D model software solution,” said Peter Keitler, CEO of EXTEND3D. “This solution greatly restricted our ability to align and compare point clouds from scanned data and perform ray collision calculations. Moving to a solution based on CGM Core Modeler allowed us to develop our own algorithms, and as a result, achieve the performance we need for our new Werklicht Pro and Video products.”

Werklicht also benefits the areas of quality assurance and first-part inspection by eliminating complex measurement system set up and calibration. As the Werklicht platform supports a variety of markerless or marker-based referencing strategies, the system is easy and fast to deploy and can even be installed inline in manufacturing lines or cells.

For developers such as EXTEND3D, who are creating next-generation 3D modeling applications, CGM Core Modeler provides a powerful platform that supplies functions to create, modify and query objects as well as to support visualization, simulation, and analysis. Proven in some of the most challenging application environments, CGM Core Modeler operators provide advanced capabilities to address demanding design, analysis, and manufacturing requirements.

“Despite automation and robotics, some manufacturing steps still require the human touch,” said Ray Bagley, Director of Product Management at Spatial. “Communicating 3D model information to a robot is easy; communicating that same information to workers on the manufacturing floor has been difficult and error prone in the past. We are proud to see how EXTEND3D has leveraged Spatial 3D modeling SDKs to bridge that gap, enabling the next industrial revolution.”

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