Using a remote with BuildIT

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BuildIT Remote Laser Tracker

Laser trackers are often used to measure very large parts, and so users are usually inconveniently far from the measurement buttons while manipulating the probe. This leaves you with three options to measure a large part:

  1. Have someone at the computer while you manipulate the probe: The inspection of a large part can often be a team effort, and when you have the luxury of being two, your colleague can manage triggering the correct buttons.
  2. Use the “Auto-start when stable” feature, combined with the “Auto-accept” feature: The measure button can be automatically triggered when BuildIT detects that the probe is resting against a stable object. This option can be accessed by clicking the Setting button in the upper left corner of the Inspect Control Window:Click the checkboxes to turn on the feature. In the example below, it will start measuring when the probe hasn’t moved more than 0.25 mm for 3 seconds. After taking its measurement, it will wait until you have moved at least 127 mm from your last measurement before auto-starting when stable.Similarly, you can also have the Accept button automatically trigger a certain length of time after taking a measurement.
  3. Use a remote: This is my preferred way of measuring, as it gives you full control of the buttons with no ambiguity. You simply need to assign the buttons on the remote to the desired hotkeys: F9 to measure, F10 to accept, F11 to discard last, F12 to send your beam to the bird nest.

It’s important to choose a remote that will work over long distances, especially when inspecting large parts. One that is usually used in the industry is the SMK-Link’s RemotePoint Jade, which works at a range of up to 150 feet: Read More

How to use Nested Grouping

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BuildIT Nested Groups in Object Manager

CAD files imported as assemblies (CATIA V5 Assembly, Pro/E Assembly, STEP, etc.) are organized in the Object Manager’s design folder in the same tree structure as they were in their native CAD software.

Proper group management and filtering are quick and easy ways to work more efficiently.  Here are a few tricks that will help you manage groups within BuildIT to speed up your workflow. Read More

Creating looping operations to repeat over a set of entities

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BuildIT Process Editor Variables

We have seen in our previous post how to modify a recorded process so that it can be applied to any cylinder. You can refer back to it here. If we look at the process editor, this is where we last were:

In this post, we will continue our modification of the process to have it be applied to a set of cylinders in our current model, using looping operations. The first step is to remove the process variable CYLINDER we created earlier. For this, we open the variable window, select the CYLINDER line and press Delete Variable. Read More

How to customize the logo in your report header

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BuildIT Select Custom Report Header

In the report header, BuildIT’s logo is displayed in the top right corner.

If you prefer to have your own company logo there, follow these steps:

  • Go to the following folder: C:Program FilesBuildITBuildIT 2015 SP2reportsinclude
  • Rename logo.bmp to logo_buildit.bmp. That way, if you want to revert back to the BuildIT logo you can.
  • Save your company logo as a bitmap file named logo.bmp. Note: If your image isn’t a bitmap file, open it in MS Paint, and click Save As, which will give you the option of saving it as a bitmap in the Save as type dropdown.
  • Drop your company logo (logo.bmp) from step 3 into the folder from step 2.
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    Using variables to make your automated processes more generic

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    BuildIT cylinder Entity Information

    Process automation in BuildIT is a powerful tool that can save you a lot of time if you need to repeat the same action multiple times or whenever you perform an inspection. You can simply record your process the first time and then play it back to get the same result the next time.

    While this can be great, in practice it is quite rare that we need to do the exact same thing over again. We may want to perform the same operation, but on different elements, or on all elements of a set. Read More

    Work more efficiently by using the shortcut to Accept

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    BuildIT Reference Point Alignment

    The middle mouse button (MMB), or pressing on the scroll wheel, can be a very useful trick to work quickly. In BuildIT, it is a shortcut to Apply open commands in the sidebar in order to accept inputs. It makes the creation of multiple objects efficient and easy.

    Here’s an example of how this shortcut can be used in a typical workflow such as creating reference points on holes: Read More

    Rename multiple entities – Part 2 : Only modify ‘copy’ points

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    BuildIT Rename Multiple

    In our previous post, you’ve seen how to rename multiple entities at a time. In some cases, the objects that you want to rename are interspersed in the object manager. Often, you’ll want to rename multiple objects whose names have been extended by too many suffixes.

    Here’s a practical tip for these cases: Using rectangular selection, catch only the protruding ends of the long-named objects, as shown in the animated gif below: Read More

    3 easy steps to rename multiple entities

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    BuildIT Rename Clouds or Points

    There are many reasons to rename multiple entities at a time, however, this will most often occur when you have measured a series of points using the default name.  Once you have completed all of your measurements, it is common to modify the series to give it a more meaningful or descriptive name.  These simple steps will enable you to rename a series of entities/measurements to all have the same name with a number appended (eg. MeasurementPt1, MeasurementPt2, MeasurementPt3, etc…). Read More

    How to create and delete point-to-surface associations

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    BuildIT Create Point to Surface Association

    Occasionally, when using Inspect Geometry in nearest mode, the points can be associated to the wrong surface. This usually happens when inspecting a part with tight corners, where two surfaces can be nearly equidistant from a point.  You can easily correct this by deleting the incorrect association and creating the proper one. Read More

    Building your first process – Getting started with AutomateIT

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    BuildIT AutomateIT Process Inspect Point

    AutomateIT is BuildIT’s process automation tool that enables you to record and reproduce any repetitive process. It gives you the ability to create dynamic workflow templates that range from adding a device to generating reports, and helps to reduce training time and errors.

    Here are a few things that you need to know before starting to use AutomateIT: Read More

    Using Unicode Characters to Augment Your Annotations

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    BuildIT Unicode Characters

    Why would you use Unicode characters in BuildIT?

    In BuildIT 2015 we added the possibility to use Unicode characters throughout the software. In addition to multi-language compatibility, these characters contain various images that can be useful for identification and representation purposes. A unique use of this feature is the placement of arrows in the annotations and measure control to label the deviations. Read More

    How To Create Custom Deviation Labels

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    BuildIT Roll Alignment Unicode Characters

    Why would you create custom deviation labels?

    Custom deviation labels can help facilitate the comprehension of screenshots and reports by using meaningful reference names.This can be useful when making alignment adjustments in relation to large objects, or when presenting an inspection to a client who is unfamiliar with the type of work or report. Read More