Nov 18 2019
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3D Scanning and 3D Printing: A way in and out of the digital world

Date: 18 November 2019 11:00 PM

End: 22 November 2019 10:59 PM

Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Creaform: Formnext, Hall 12.1, BoothE110

Creaform will be showcasing at Formnext its latest portable 3D scanner generations, the HandySCAN BLACK and Go!SCAN SPARK, to the additive manufacturing industry. The contribution of 3D scanning combined with additive manufacturing to the design process contributes to saving time and money.
Computer-aided design (CAD) is defined as the use of computers to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD software enables designers and engineers to model shapes, whether basic, complex, or a mix of both, in addition to adding features to ultimately produce objects. The CAD process, however, is a closed digital procedure, meaning that all the functions happen digitally inside the computer.
An object can be designed directly in CAD software, or it can be shaped physically using clay or other materials. Nevertheless, a bridge between the real and the digital is necessary to transition from a CAD model to a physical part. This bridge is made possible thanks to 3D scanning, which is the way in, and 3D printing (also called additive manufacturing), which is the way out of the CAD process. Thus, a 3D scanner, a 3D printer, and CAD software generally form the ecosystem of product design. These different steps - 3D scanning, 3D data processing, 3D printing, and iterations on the 3D printed part that can be rescanned - occur in a loop until the final design is reached.
3D scanning facilitates the design of objects with organic forms and a specific signature that cannot be modeled easily. Additive manufacturing makes it possible to machine parts that were previously impossible to produce. The contribution of both 3D scanning and additive manufacturing to the design process contributes to saving time and money. Indeed, the number of iterations to get the final product with the right dimensions is reduced dramatically, and the costs associated with prototyping are minimized.
Therefore, 3D scanning and additive manufacturing provide a way “in” and “out” of the digital world. Any further production steps can be exported, documented, modified, confirmed, and reimported into CAD. This ensures maximum quality and efficiency of the entire product design process.
“Formnext is the ideal platform to introduce our latest 3D scanners. 3D scanning is an integral part of the digital world. With the HandySCAN BLACK and Go! SCAN SPARK, manufacturers can save time and money in the product development process while optimizing their production processes “, explains Simon Côté, Product Manager at Creaform.
Nov 4 2019
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Creaform at Blechexpo 2019

Date: 04 November 2019 11:00 PM

End: 08 November 2019 10:59 PM

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Creaform: Blechexpo 2019, Hall 3, Booth 3205

Creaform will present the latest developments in the field of portable quality assurance for sheet metal processing at the Blechexpo 2019 from 05 to 08 November 2019 on booth 3205.
Nov 4 2019
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Creaform at Blechexpo 2019

Date: 04 November 2019 11:00 PM

End: 08 November 2019 10:59 PM

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Creaform: Blechexpo 2019, Hall 3, Booth 3205

Creaform will present the latest developments in the field of portable quality assurance for sheet metal processing at the Blechexpo 2019 from 05 to 08 November 2019 on booth 3205.
Sep 15 2019
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Creaform at EMO Hannover 2019

Date: 15 September 2019 10:00 PM

End: 21 September 2019 9:59 PM

Location: Hannover, Germany

Creaform: EMO 2019, Hall 6, Booth 6B71

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, June 26, 2019 Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable and automated 3D measurement solutions, today announced today that it will be exhibiting at EMO Hannover 2019, from September 16 to 21, 2019 at booth # 6B71. EMO Hannover is the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking industry.
During the show, Creaform will feature its entire line-up of ergonomic 3D scanning solutions and scanning software for product development, manufacturing, testing and automated quality control, including the new HandySCAN BLACK, the company’s metrology-grade 3D scanner for all phases of the manufacturing process, and the MetraSCAN 3D-R, a robot-mounted optical 3D scanner that is part of its automated quality control inspection suite.
“The stakes have never been higher for manufacturers in the metalworking sector in order to slash production cycle times and improve quality, especially with high-precision parts,” explained Marc-Antoine Schneider, Creaform’s EMEA Territory Manager. “Event attendees will be able to get hands-on demonstrations of our 3D scanners, which not only offer unmatched accuracy and reliability—even on complex, reflective, contoured and dark-colored parts—but also unprecedented speed and ease of use for users of all levels.”
Creaform has a long-standing expertise in assisting quality and production process managers implement metrology equipment in their closed-loop manufacturing systems. Schneider continued: “Creaform’s 3D scanning and quality control solutions can be used for a variety of applications, including product design and benchmarking, reverse engineering, fast prototyping, virtual assemblies, production and inspections. We understand the distinct needs of advanced manufacturers and will continue to develop holistic metrology solutions to help them transform 3D data into transformative, impactful action.”
Apr 1 2019
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Reliable quality control for the casting industry

Date: 01 April 2019 10:00 PM

Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

Creaform to exhibit at GIFA 2019, Hall 13, Booth B35
Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, April 02, 2019 - Creaform, a world leader in automated and portable 3D metrology solutions, will be showcasing portable 3D scanners to measure the shape and geometry of castings at GIFA 2019 (Hall 13, Booth B35), which will take place from June 23 to 25, 2019 in
Düsseldorf, Germany.
Creaform’s portable 3D scanners enable quality control teams to perform inspections during the design or production process. The scanners help to avoid unnecessary, repetitive construction steps and ensure that castings perfectly match CAD references. For example, before machining, raw castings must be checked to see if machining is possible. This way, teams can determine if there is enough material on the casting or remove extra material, if necessary. After machining, the dimensional accuracy of the final castings must be checked to see if they correspond to the CAD. Ideally, 3D scanning systems are used for these tasks.
The HandySCAN 3D and the MetraSCAN 3D—both developed by Creaform—quickly and accurately capture the dimensions of every imaginable shape, even under the harshest production environments.
The HandySCAN 3D is a metrology-grade handheld portable 3D laser scanner. It is the fastest on the market and features the highest measurement rate and accuracy available –all while remaining very simple to use. Its self-positioning capabilities and portability provide unmatched freedom of movement. It is the perfect solution when confined areas need to be reached or smaller parts ranging from 0.1 to 4 m in size have to be measured, regardless of their complexity, material, or color. The HandySCAN 3D provides consistent and repeatable results across all work conditions or environments, enabling you to reduce turnaround times and increase profitability.
The MetraSCAN 3D is the most complete 3D scanning solution for metrology-grade measurements and inspections. Truly portable and insensitive to changes found in shop-floor environments (e.g. vibrations, part displacements, setups and CMM instability), it significantly increases the reliability, speed and versatility of 3D measurement processes. It also outperforms scanners that are mounted on traditional portable CMMs. The MetraSCAN 3D is the best solution for geometrical and freeform surface inspections on parts ranging from 0.2 to 10 m in size, regardless of their type of material, color, or reflectivity. Paired with the C-Track optical tracker that enables dynamic referencing, automatic alignment and continuous monitoring of parameters, it provides the most accurate measurements in the lab and on the shop floor. Offering optional probing capabilities with the HandyPROBE Next, users can harness the power of both 3D scanning and portable optical CMMs for a streamlined inspection process.
Creaform scanners are universally applicable, allow for very fast and simple data acquisition as well as very accurate measurements and quality control even under the most difficult conditions directly on production lines. The recorded data is exported as STL models so that a CAD comparison with a reference part can be made directly after measurement. As a result, the main causes of casting quality issues can be quickly identified and addressed, thereby avoiding costly bottlenecks during large-series production runs and major product recalls.
Feb 19 2019
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Creaform Engineering Expands its GD&T Service Offer With New Dimensional Management Services

Date: 19 February 2019 11:00 PM

The company’s engineering division will provide end-to-end dimensional management expertise
and support for product development and manufacturing processes.

Lévis, Canada, February 20, 2019 Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, today announced that it is extending its dimensional management services to its entire global audience. Dimensional management is an engineering methodology used for preventative quality assurance, which ensures the functionality, producibility, repeatability and performance of any given product according to specific requirements. This proven methodology allows manufacturers to guarantee quality while mitigating production waste and costs as well as product returns.
“The shift in today’s global economy towards the delocalization of R&D centers and production means that — in order to hit time-to-market, commercial, quality and performance targets — manufacturers must increasingly rely on dimensional management throughout the entire manufacturing process,” said Denis Daigle, Director at Creaform Engineering. “By providing all our clients with integrated dimensional management services and training, we are leveraging the tremendous potential of metrology to them by bridging the gap between design, production and quality assurance teams. Dimensional management is a complete game changer when it comes to worldwide manufacturing.”
Additionally, Creaform Engineering’s unique approach consists of applying dimensional management best practices right from the start of a project in order to mitigate errors during assembly, which can increase costs, impact time-to-market and cause significant product recalls.
The company’s enhanced dimensional management services help clients address critical manufacturing challenges, including:

  • Identifying assembly functional elements and critical dimensions
  • Analyzing variations and distribute tolerances according to manufacturing processes
  • Applying functional tolerances (GD&T) according to ASME Y14.5
  • Solving assembly problems related to dimensional management issues
Dimensional management services can be offered in conjunction with the engineering team’s wide range of services for a complete, turnkey solution. Moreover, Creaform Engineering has a proven track record in helping clients in many different industries benefit from its advanced expertise in dimensional management. Ultimately, this improves quality and decreases costs by evaluating designs through the entire product development process — from the initial concept to series-production readiness.
For more information about Creaform Engineering’s services, visit our website.
Mar 15 2018

Creaform Launches a Productivity Station and Autocalibration Kit for Its R-Series Product Line, Delivering the Fastest Dimensional Automated Inspection Solution on the Market

Newly updated MetraSCAN 3D R-Series solution delivers best productivity performance in its class for industrial quality control applications

Lévis, Québec, February 6, 2018Creaform, a worldwide leader in accurate portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has launched the R-Series Productivity Station and the R-Series Autocalibration Kit. Both are key upgrades to its robotic metrology dimensional measurement solution, which offers an efficient alternative to traditional shop-floor CMMs.  

The MetraSCAN 3D R-Series solution enables manufacturing companies to combine both optical measurements and industrial automation, to ensure reliability and increase inspection cycles. The solution provides actionable results with a smaller factory footprint, facilitating integration into any factory.

“The major mechanical and software upgrades to the R-Series product line allow operators to run data acquisition, while simultaneously analyzing previously acquired data to maximize throughput,” says Jérôme-Alexandre Lavoie, Product Manager at Creaform. “Self-calibration limits the need for human involvement, ensuring higher throughput and 24/7 operation.”

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Apr 6 2018

Musée de la civilisation du Québec launches its very first digital laboratory in partnership with Creaform

Quebec City, April 4, 2018 – Creaform, the world leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, is proud to be the title partner of MLab Creaform, the new digital laboratory at Musée de la civilisation du Québec announced at a press conference this morning in the presence of the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, Sébastien Proulx. As title partner for the next five years, Creaform and its 3D scanners will help make digital culture available to all audiences.

"As title partner of the new Museum exhibition, we’re interested in more than just the visibility this association provides," said Marco St-Pierre, Division Vice-President, Technology and Innovation at Creaform. “We see this digital creation laboratory as a great way to put technology into people’s hands, something that has yet to really occur in our field. It’s also an important training tool that anyone can use.”

Innovation and popularization of digital technology MLab Creaform is an experimental laboratory devoted to innovation and creation. It brings technology and culture together in a way that has all the markings of Musée de la civilisation’s audacious take on society while also fitting with Creaform's founding vision: to revolutionize the world of 3D digitization by making technology easier to use, more accessible, and more affordable. The program is aimed at spurring innovation and creativity—and visitors can try it out free until Labor Day.

Awakening interest in technology The digital laboratory also has a training and education function. Creaform offers special programs to educational institutions to facilitate access to its technologies for research and teaching. “We are very proud to see the Creaform name associated with a local institution of international stature such as Musée de la civilisation," added St-Pierre. 
Apr 17 2018

Creaform launches Cube-R, a complete turnkey automated dimensional inspection solution

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, April 16, 2018 — Creaform, a worldwide leader in accurate portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has launched the CUBE-R, a new generation of complete turnkey automated dimensional inspection solution. The new optical 3D measuring machine capitalizes on the MetraSCAN 3D-R metrology scanner and combines efficiency and reliability of robotization in an automated industrial measuring cell.

The CUBE-R extends the 3D digitizing and inspection capabilities of the MetraSCAN 3D for the dimensional measurement of parts ranging from 1 m to 3 m with metrology-grade volumetric accuracy in real-life shop-floor conditions. Unlike conventional systems, the CUBE-R delivers both speed and volumetric accuracy. In addition, it ensures a significant increase in productivity. The CUBE-R offers a realistic and comprehensive alternative to coordinate measuring machines (CMM) and other robot-mounted, structured-light 3D scanners.
May 8 2018

Creaform and Metrologic Group announce Worldwide Partnership Agreement for Automated Quality Control Solutions

Metrologic Group and Creaform have entered into a partnership in which Creaform integrates Metrologic Group’s software suite with its new CUBE-R 3D automated dimensional inspection solution. This laser scanning, all-in-one solution features Metrologic Group’s advanced 3D measurement programming and inspection software packages, Silma and Metrolog X4 i-Robot, and combines efficiency and reliability of robotization in an automated industrial measuring cell.

The CUBE-R is an off-the-shelf, fully integrated, automated 3D inspection solution designed for manufacturing companies requiring automated quality control directly on the shop floor. It optimizes the MetraSCAN 3D-R™ metrology scanner with the use of Metrologic Group’s robot-dedicated measurement software, Metrolog X4 i-Robot. The solution thus provides a flexible plug-and-play, alternative to coordinate measuring machines and other robot-mounted, structured-light 3D scanners.
May 23 2018

Creaform Launches Creaform ACADEMIA: Portable 3D Measurement Solutions Designed for Research Lab and Classroom Environments

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, May 23, 2018—Creaform, a worldwide leader in accurate portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has launched Creaform ACADEMIA™, its completely new academic suite of 3D measurement solutions designed especially for the academic market. Creaform ACADEMIA offers a didactic suite for forward-thinking teachers and researchers, who are looking to inspire, collaborate and push the innovation envelope forward using latest industry technologies.  

“With Creaform ACADEMIA, we want to introduce new ways for professors to facilitate the integration of latest metrology tools into classrooms and research labs, while addressing market needs and budgetary constraints,” says Daniel Brown, Product Management Director at Creaform. “This initiative builds on industry 4.0-proven technologies and allows us to bring forward important access to industrial 3D scanners to unlock key competence of future engineers and provide versatile new resources to teachers and researchers.”