Making CMM Fixtures can be rather difficult because of the very demanding specification requirements for strength and accuracy. These fixtures often require extensive reiteration of minor cuts, from skimming to reaming, which drastically prolongs the operation times required to produce them.
3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing team delivers critical 3D printed metal satellite parts that are 25% lighter and ready in half the time of traditional production techniques
Produce Lighter-Weight Brackets for Telecommunications Satellite
Each bracket mounted on the antenna required a unique topologically optimized design for lower weight without sacrificing strength.
Thales Alenia and 3D Systems Use DMP for Better Bracket
Direct-metal-printed brackets are 25-percent lighter, have a better stiffness-to-weight ratio, and can be manufactured in half the time it would take with a traditional process.
Recreating the massive F1-Apollo rocket in a complete 3D assembly took 3D scanning, Geomagic Wrap and just 4 months of work to complete
“It was evident from the start that 3D scanning and imaging were a requirement of this job.”
Reconnecting Design With As-Built for NASA’s Apollo F-1 Rocket Engine
Although some blueprints of the original F-1 engine design exist, the basic drawings that were available revealed a disconnect between the original design and as-built results.
ShapeFidelity Uses Geomagic Software to Accurately Reverse Engineer the F-1
An accurate 3D model of the F-1 engine can now be used for analysis, flow path definition, clearances, and re-creation and manufacturing of the original parts using new materials.