Innovations in the compact metrology space are changing the way machine shop inspection works for the better. By Bernard Chou, regional product line manager (portable), APAC at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

The Faro Design ScanArm is a portable 3D scanning solution tailored for 3D modelling, reverse engineering and CAD-based design applications across the PLM process.

Orpington, UK: The future CAM software growth potential is predicted to be 17 percent this year and 29 percent over the next three to five years, according to results of the Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey by research specialist The Business Advantage Group.

Overcoming design challenges for mircoeclectromechanical systems (MEMS) in an IC-focused environment. By Nicolas Williams, product marketing manager and Qi Jing, technical marketing engineer, Mentor Graphics

LVD’s new Cadman-SDI module simplifies 2D and 3D CAD file import and calculation of cost drivers so users can quickly and accurately create job estimates.

FixtureBuilder is a 3D-modelling software package designed to allow the offline creation and documentation of fixturing setups. Easy to use, the FixtureBuilder features well-organised component libraries, an intelligent “drag-and-drop” function, a quick manipulation of parts and a user-friendly constraint mechanism.

Over the past five years, German automotive toolmaker Konrad Schäfer Modell und Formenbau has switched all its static and portable CMMs, as well as its hand scanners, to Delcam’s PowerINSPECT inspection software.  The results of standardising on a single software have included lower training expenses, greater staff flexibility and perfect CAD compatibility.

Mastercam, in conjunction with Onshape, has launched a private beta app for selected individuals. The app is expected to cater to CAD users in general.

Hexagon Metrology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Singapore institution, Republic Polytechnic (RP), to collaborate on knowledge sharing and joint projects for manufacturing applications and processes.

The desktop laser marker EasyMark is now optionally available with a full-fledged CAD suite, says developer Rofin. The CAD extension processes the CAD objects and includes the assigned laser parameter sets. In this way, repetition and post-parameterising of the marking data after layout changes are almost completely eliminated.

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