Volume Graphics has introduced the latest version 2022.1 of its VGSTUDIO MAX software. The latest release offers a number of new innovative features specifically focused on the measurement of 3D printed and injection molded parts which often exhibit distortion. The latest software feature include:
Shape-Following Adaptive Measurement Templates
Users can save 50% or more time with adaptive measurement templates that follow the shape of distorted parts. With adaptive measurement templates, a measurement plan created using the nominal CAD data or imported via PMI can be easily applied to even strongly deformed parts. The measurement points are placed at the optimal positions on the actual part and perfectly follow the distorted shape.
Chebyshev Fit Option for Point, Line, and Torus Geometry Elements and Combined Elements
The user interface for geometry elements and combined elements has been enriched with several methods to combine the information of geometry elements, such as Chebyshev fitting methods for point, line, and torus elements, as well as possible combinations. Element type and fit method are now separate controls, which makes for more intuitive use.
Detecting Maximum Material Accumulation
Find the area of highest material accumulation in a part using sphere-based wall thickness calculation. In casting and 3D-printing processes, the main cause of warpage is uneven cooldown, which can lead to severe distortions. Finding excess material can help you identify these warpage issues.
Using ROIs as a Boundary for Sphere-Based Wall Thickness Analysis
Use an ROI as a surface boundary for wall thickness analysis users can now decide whether the result of a sphere-based wall thickness analysis should consider the actual material of the part to its full extent, which can lead to a large value very close to the ROI boundary, or whether the calculation should stop there, which will lead to a smaller value as a virtual surface gets introduced.
Locking Areas during Mesh Compensation
Users can now lock specific areas, preventing them from changing during mesh compensation. Areas that are already close to perfect or must not change shape because of manufacturing constraints, such as a base plate in additive manufacturing, can be forced to stay unchanged. The software will then only compensate a defined ROI while keeping the surrounding volume identical.
Faster Uniform Control Point Calculation
An optimized and much faster uniform control point calculation method allows you to process a larger number of control points with improved mesh compensation performance. This means that it is possible to compensate very complex parts, such as lattice structures that need a large number of control points, and parts that need compensation with high granularity and lots of local changes.
Comparison Tables for Coordinate Measurement Results
Measure multiple parts in the same way and compare their results. This new feature allows for intuitive comparison of similar results at a single glance and eliminates the need for external tools to create comparison tables.
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