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Football helmet Maker Whips Product Line Into Shape with ReverseEngineering.com and SolidWorks Software
Too often, these are mutually exclusive options, but not in the case of the world’s leading football helmets and faceguards. Three out of four pro football players wear Schutt Sports gear. The company’s Ion 4D, Schutt AiR XP and DNA Pro+ are the world’s only helmets to feature advanced TPU Cushioning—the material used in US fighter pilot and paratrooper helmets. Safe and cool, these helmets protect heads and look good doing it. Hardly spherical, a football helmet has a complex set of curves to optimize safety, fit, performance, and eye appeal. Adding to this complexity are cooling vents. Second, Schutt’s engineering documents were trapped in static 2D files, presenting a major productivity hurdle for engineers used to the speed and power of their 3D modeling software from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. The traditional method for converting products with complex shapes into 3D models is using calipers, tape measures, and micrometers to get measurements; plugging the dimensions into spreadsheets; and keying these dimensions into CAD models. Accuracy requires a lot of measurements, high-level spatial abilities, specialized engineering expertise, many professional staff hours, and a lot of luck.
Schutt engineers determined that digital scanning was the best solution. The company purchased an affordable Desktop 3D coordinate measurement machine (CMM) digitizer from FARO Technologies—essentially a wand you run over the contours of an object to capture the surface data. This solution removed the complexity of extrapolating discrete measurements into complex surface shapes. Digitization tools, however, typically create an ASCII point cloud of x, y, and z geometric data. In order to import it the data into CAD software, it’s converted into the industry-standard IGES data exchange format. That file is then converted, by a second IGES translator, into the CAD software’s native file format. This multistep translation into and out of IGES is only as reliable as the software code in the translators. Too often, errors pile up over several conversions, and features that are scanned become corrupted before they reach the CAD model.
Schutt discovered ReverseEngineering.com, whose reverse-engineering product can take a point cloud from a digitizer in real time and convert it directly into a native parametric CAD model, in this case a SolidWorks SLDPRT file. ReverseEngineering.com transforms SolidWorks software into a digitizing platform, accurately conveying points, open lines, closed lines, open splines, closed splines, circles, arcs, rectangles, and more. Schutt also uses ReverseEngineering.com’s software for inspection.
Hexagon Metrology enters into Cooperation Agreement with GE
Hexagon Metrology entered into a commercial cooperation agreement with GE Measurement & Control Solutions. This collaboration will see the first computed tomography (CT) system introduced into Hexagon Metrology’s key industry segments within the next few months. GE sees the collaboration as an ideal match, marrying its expertise as a technology leader in industrial and healthcare computed tomography with Hexagon Metrology’s strong presence in a wide range of industrial sectors, its metrology know-how and its market-leading software. Measurement & Control Solutions is part of GE Energy Services and is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection and condition monitoring, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare.
KeyCreator 2011 Released
Kubotek USA has officially released its latest version of 3D Direct CAD software: KeyCreator 2011. KeyCreator 2011 now supports 64-bit architecture, new and improved dynamic editing and a fully re-engineered IGES translator that imports files quicker and more accurately than previous KeyCreator versions, as well as in comparison to a widely used History-Based modeling program. With the 64-bit version, KeyCreator 2011 can work with more data and larger files giving users even more productivity power, especially with today’s complex assemblies. KeyCreator 2011 file size is only limited by the amount of memory available on the PC. KeyCreator imports the most common CAD file types and works with them as if they were created within KeyCreator. Based on Kubotek’s market surveys, IGES is one of the most widely used file formats for KeyCreator customers where non-native data is shared between companies. Updating the outdated IGES format, therefore, became high priority for Kubotek customers. Importing IGES files gained significant speed with new technology developed solely by Kubotek USA. According to the company, the re-engineered IGES technology provides better overall accuracy and better stitching and healing to produce solids compared to other IGES products on the market. In addition to supporting IGES modeling, KeyCreator 2011 also provides IGES file detailing and Product Management Information (PMI), and even exports references as an assembly. New dynamic editing features include Dynamic Free Array and Linear Array functions to quickly copy and locate components and features throughout a model or assembly. These tools add ultimate flexibility for model transformations.
Tech Soft 3D Launches HOOPS 3D Exchange v4.0
Tech Soft 3D released HOOPS 3D Exchange. Companies can integrate this proven toolkit to develop applications that read product and assembly information from leading 3D CAD formats. Packed with format, feature and platform enhancements, the newest version responds to the growing demand for accurate and extensible data exchange throughout the industry. The result is broadened accessibility and functionality in HOOPS 3D Exchange v4.0, which now reads the most current versions of Siemens NX (7.5), SolidWorks (2010/2011,) and includes VDA- FS, (versions 1.0 and 2.0.) Also, the PRC file format at the core of HOOPS 3D Exchange can now be easily published into data-rich and secure PDF documents. Other key enhancements include:
- Markup definition (semantic PMI)
- Platform support for the Linux 32-bit system
- Incremental assembly file loading
- Re-tessellate functionality
- Curve and surface evaluators