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SUBSCRIBE 2023 Fusion 360 PCMM Add-In Released, a developer of CAD/CAM Integrated reverse engineering and 3D scanning software, has announced the release of its Fusion 360 Faro and Romer Arms add-in.

Manufacturers worldwide will be able to use their portable coordinate measuring machines (PCMMs) and turn them into a powerful modeling tool. The Fusion 360 PCMM add-in was developed with a shop floor driven focus, that helps ensure operators can 3D capture, 3D measure, 3D scan and 3D model physical part features and complex surfaces quickly. Machine shops can now bypass stand-alone scanning software by using this CAD integrated reverse engineering add-in directly in Fusion 360 as the front end to their 3D scanning hardware.

“This game changing solution connects Faro and Romer arms to Autodesk Fusion 360. The tight integration with the CAD software enables engineers to seamlessly 3D-measure directly in the Fusion 360 environment. End-users will be able to efficiently and effectively use scanned data from their portable measuring arms, to create a 3D model. When the shop floor operator holds the PCMM probe and visually sees a tracking point moving on the Fusion 360 screen, their expression is one of amazement. Improvements to the add-in is directly driven by shop floor users’ feedback. Once a feature is captured, it can be measured, using the Fusion 360 Inspect tool, to ensure it is within tolerance of micrometers or calipers. Manufacturers benefit from an immediate ROI after their scanning operators gain confidence with the PCMM integration. Ultimately, they now have a power tool that is a 3D digital caliper/micrometer, allowing operators to create 3D models in real time,” said Braxton Carter, CEO/President of

2023 Fusion 360 Faro and Romer Arms Add-In Enhancements

  • Reverse Engineering Workflow
    • Connect, 3D scan, part setup
    • 3D capture point clouds and generation of STL mesh
    • Software guided menus assist with 3D capture and mouse commands
    • Create scanned raw models against scan data in real time
    • Utilize mesh tools in Fusion 360, from organic modeling to facet clean-up for wire frame and solid model creation
  • 3D Scan Visualize
    • Observe 2D tracking point position (DRO) when taking 2D or profile cross sections through a physical part
  • 3D Scan and view
    • Improved interface for quick connect, scan data collection and visualization, without the CAD software up and running
  • Reality Capture Point Cloud Support
    • E57 read/write support
    • Visualize, decimate and process massive full color data sets
    • Improved tools for extraction of feature geometry, geometry rip-out and machine replacement
  • 3D Digitize Hard Probe
    • Faro Arm can be used instead of the mouse to create a sketch, select sketch and trace the entity or feature in real time
  • 3D Data Capture Modes
    • Top-down workflow with either Automatic or Manual data capture control
    • Automatic Mode – Digitize by time or distance or capturing 3D digitized points
    • Manual Mode – Control capture of single point probe

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