This US Airforce funded project is a collaboration of a team, as led by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), with ALCOA, Bolton Works, GE, PCC, Rolls-Royce, Renaissance Services, 3D Systems, Digital Manufacturing Services, University of Hartford, and University of Texas El Paso. Collectively, the team collaborated to design four physical artifacts for fabrication and a process for capturing the geometry of the artifacts using non-contact systems. As a basis for comparison, the artifacts were also carefully measured with highly accurate CMMs, with support from AF METCAL and NIST. We will show the artifact designs, how the procedure is performed, and some results as found by the team participants. In this follow-up presentation, we will focus on the results of the testing and the documentation generated to help quantify the capabilities of non-contact scanners. It is hoped that this methodology will be considered for adoption by industry as a standard method to help confirm non-contact inspection systems capabilities across all types of systems and brands.
- Recognize the key contributors to non-contact inspection process inaccuracies.
- Recognize the need to characterize non-contact inspection processes
- Understand the significance of the developed artifacts and procedures towards a U.S. and international standard for non-contact inspection qualification.