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Software PolyWorks – Inspector

PolyWorks Inspector is a powerful industrial 3D metrology software solution to control tool or part dimensions, diagnose and prevent manufacturing and assembly issues, guide assembly building through real-time measurements, and oversee the quality of assembled products by using non-contact point cloud digitizers and single-point contact-based probing devices.

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Product description

PolyWorks|Inspector is a powerful industrial 3D metrology software solution to control tool or part dimensions, diagnose and prevent manufacturing and assembly issues, guide assembly building through real-time measurements, and oversee the quality of assembled products by using non-contact point cloud digitizers and single-point contact-based probing devices.

Align

Get the alignment right

Inspecting and analyzing a measured part is only possible if the digitized data is properly positioned and oriented in 3D. Typically, a measured part is aligned to its nominal CAD model to enable the extraction and comparison of nominal and measured dimensions. It can also be assembled virtually to the surrounding mating parts in order to check for interference issues or to analyze flush and gap deviations.

PolyWorks|Inspector offers a broad range of part alignment techniques that let users construct alignments with:

  • Surfaces or cross-sections (measured-to-nominal best-fit, constrainable in rotation/translation, and within tolerance zone)
  • Features (3-2-1, pairs of center points, and GD&T datum reference frames)
  • Reference points and lines (RPS, surface points, and six-point nest)
  • Virtual gauges (caliper, flush & gap, and airfoil)

Measure

Extract all required dimensions

At the core of the PolyWorks|Inspector workflow is the extraction of measured part dimensions and computing the deviations to their corresponding nominal dimensions. Thanks to the remarkable flexibility integrated into PolyWorks, dimensions can be extracted from measured point clouds, polygonal models built from point clouds, or probed points. Nominal dimensions can also be extracted from a CAD model or a reference measured part.

PolyWorks|Inspector delivers the complete toolbox you need to extract and analyze:

  • Surface, boundary, and cross-sectional measured-to-nominal deviations
  • Feature dimensions and GD&T controls (ASME Y14.5-2009 and ISO 1101, as well as PTB certified 64-bit/32-bit)
  • Advanced dimensions such as flush and gap, profile radius, airfoil dimensions (leading edge, trailing edge, and global), assembly clearance, thickness, and more

PolyWorks|Inspector also offers real-time guidance to accurately build and inspect fixtures and jigs using single-point measurement devices.

Report

Generate updateable reports

PolyWorks|Inspector provides an outstanding updateable reporting technology that guarantees the exactness of a report and dramatically accelerates multipiece inspection.

Report items, such as 3D scene screenshots and result tables, are automatically updated if a project is altered. You can modify the parameters of a project, or replace the measured data points of the current piece by the data points from a new piece, knowing that the entire inspection report will automatically be updated.

Share inspection results

The PolyWorks|Viewer enables your colleagues, managers, and suppliers to review your inspection projects in 3D.

Key Technologies

Universal 3D metrology architecture

The relational, object-oriented, and parametric architecture of PolyWorks® allows the integration of all manually-operated and numerically-controlled point cloud digitizing and single-point probing 3D measurement technologies within a common framework, opening a new era of universal inspection projects and device interoperability.

Real-time quality meshing

The real-time quality meshing technology transforms laser scanning into a systematic and objective metrology process by creating polygonal models of digitized parts in real time and computing and displaying quality metrics that reveal ineffective scanning methods, allowing operators to improve the quality and precision of the measured surfaces and ensuring measurement repeatability.

Automatic updates of inspection projects

Thanks to the built-in traceability of the PolyWorks parametric architecture, users have the outstanding ability of modifying an object parameter, replacing an object, or changing the spatial relationship between two objects, and these changes will automatically be propagated to all the project’s 3D geometry and inspection reports to make them up to date, saving time and avoiding costly mistakes.

Play Inspection multipiece measurement tool

The Play Inspection tool marks the end of time-consuming teaching modes, as it dramatically simplifies the measurement of multiple pieces by automatically building, in real time, a guided step-by-step sequence to capture 3D datasets of a new piece, using point cloud digitizers and single-point probing devices.

Minimum System Requirements*

  • CPU: Dual-core CPU
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Graphics cards: Hardware-accelerated, professional OpenGL graphics card (such as a NVIDIA Quadro series card) equipped with 1 GB of memory
  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, Professional Edition
  • Input device: Two-button mouse with wheel
*These requirements are adequate if you are planning to use single-point probing devices and your CAD model file sizes are smaller than 50 MB.  

Recommended System Requirements*

  • CPU: Quad-core CPU
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro series graphics card equipped with 2 GB of memory
  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, Professional Edition
  • Input device: Two-button mouse with wheel
*This configuration covers a broad range of applications by offering the performance required when importing larger CAD models or laser scanning large parts with high resolution. If you have doubts about the best system configuration for your type of application, contact our technical support team.  

Available Single-Point Measuring Device Plug-ins

• Articulated arms: Faro, Hexagon, Nikon, Mitutoyo, Cimcore, Romer, Kreon, Tomelleri-SpaceArms • Handheld, optically tracked devices: Aicon, Creaform, Geodetic, Metronor, Nikon, NDI, Steinbichler • Laser trackers: API, Faro, Leica • Manual CMMs: I++, Deva, MZ1060, Renishaw, Samsoft • Theodolites: Leica TDRA6000

Available Point Cloud Digitizing Device Plug-ins

• Creaform VXscan • Faro 3D Imager • Faro Laser Line Probe • Hexagon PC-DMIS Scanning • KREON Scanner • Konica Minolta RANGE7 • Laser Design Surveyor Scanner • Leica T-Scan • Mitutoyo Scanner • NDI Scan TRAK
• Nikon Metrology Laser Radar • Nikon Metrology Scanner • Perceptron ScanWorks Scanning • Perceptron ScanWorks xyz Scanning • Romer Absolute Arm Scanning Peripheral • Steinbichler L-Scan • Steinbichler Probe Scanner • Steinbichler T-Scan CS • Steinbichler T-Scan/Optotrak • Surphaser  

Supported Point Cloud File Formats

Planar Grids/Meshes

• 3D Scanners • Breuckmann • CogniTens • Cyberware • Genex • GOM • Holovision • Hymarc • InnovMetric’s PIF • Konica Minolta • Kreon • nub3d • Opton • ShapeGrabber • Solutionix • Steinbichler • ViALUX • Voxelan

Unorganized Point Clouds

•Text •IGES •LAS

 Line Scans

•3D Scanners •InnovMetric’s PSL •Kreon •Leica •Metronic •Perceptron •Steinbichler  

Spherical Grids

• 3rd Tech • AVEVA • Faro • iQvolution • Leica • Mensi • Optech • Riegl • Surphaser • Topcon • Z+F

Supported CAD File Formats

• CATIA V6, V5, and V4 • NX (UG) • Creo (Pro/E) • Inventor • SolidWorks • ACIS • IGES • JT • Parasolid • STEP • VDA-FS  

Supported Polygonal Model File Formats

• DXF (write-only) • JT • Nastran • OBJ • PLY • POL (InnovMetric’s binary format ) • STL (ASCII and binary) • VRML 2.0  

Supported Languages

• Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) • Czech • English • French • German • Italian
• Japanese • Korean • Polish • Portuguese • Russian • Spanish