Industrial CT scanning is a process which uses X-ray equipment to produce three-dimensional representations of components both externally and internally. Industrial CT scanning can be used in many engineering sectors for internal inspection of components. The key uses for CT scanning are flaw detection, failure analysis, metrology, assembly analysis and reverse engineering applications.
There are many advantages to using Computed Tomography (CT) scanning over traditional techniques such as Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) or 3D laser scanners. Some of the main points include:
◊ Non-destructive test for inspection and metrology.
◊ Reduced costs in creating the first CAD model due to data capture.
◊ Design requirements for both internal and external components are validated quickly and accurately.
◊ Product quality is improved to reduce the risk of recalls.
◊ Internal complex features can be precisely measured without destructive testing.
◊ Parts are scanned in a ‘free-state’ environment without fixtures applying stresses that could damage delicate parts or display warping not present in the part.
◊ Rapid prototyping of the internal components can be completed without the task of creating the CAD file from scratch.
One of the most recognised forms of analysis using Computed Tomography (CT) is assembly or visual analysis. CT scanning has been largely used for medical purposes. For industrial CT scanning, the ability to see the inside features and components is a huge advantage as they can be seen in their functioning position and can be analysed without disassembly.
Our CAD software can take measurements from the CT data. These measurements are useful for determining the clearances between assembled parts or simply a dimension of an individual feature.