Simulation now offers a laser scanning service for digitising
existing tooling and components. The service
is based on Konica Minolta's VI-9i 3D laserscanner.
Measurement accuracy down to 50µm can be
achieved. In addition, Easy Align Tool
II, a 3D data merge tool exclusively for the VI-9i which
uses photogrammetric technology, is also available to
allow scanning of larger panels and tools.
The scanning system allows us to quickly generate surface
data for use in tooling simulation. This
makes possible analysis of existing tooling even where
no surface data exists, or where the tooling has been
modified significantly so that the available CAD is
no longer representative.
Another powerful application is scanning of drawn shells
or trimmed components to quickly identify springback
deformation. This allows us to calibrate our springback
predictions and then apply the latest springback compensation
techniques available in eta/DYNAFORM.