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Handy Tips for Importing Models

BuildIT Select Coordinate System

There are two ways to add a model in BuildIT:  Open and Import.  While the Open command flushes any open model before adding the new one, the Import command will simply add the file to the current working one, making it very useful to merge different files together. BuildIT supports a wide range of CAD formats which can be imported in this fashion, including BuildIT files (*.buildit extension) Read More

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Using a remote with BuildIT

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

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How to use Nested Grouping

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

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Creating looping operations to repeat over a set of entities

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

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BuildIT Releases Latest Version of 3D Metrology Software – BuildIT 2015

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BuildIT’s latest version release adds numerous features including meshing capabilities

Montreal, QC, February 2015 – BuildIT Software & Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of BuildIT 2015, a major update to the 3D metrology software.  BuildIT 2015 adds many new features and improvements including cloud-handling and mesh creation for reverse engineering, import/export compatibility with Autodesk’s AutoCAD software, enhancements to the object manager, inspect geometry command and GD&T workflows, and much more. BuildIT 2015’s advanced point cloud processing and new STL mesh generation feature expands BuildIT’s capabilities to reverse engineering applications such as 3D printing, rapid prototyping and CFD analysis. BuildIT enables quick and easy dimensional inspection of manufactured parts and assemblies for tool building, assembly, alignment, process automation and quality control.  With both numerical and graphical feedback of real-time deviations, BuildIT allows users to position parts with micrometer accuracy for high-precision assembly and alignment applications. Key features include CAD-to-part inspection, GD&T analysis, creation of custom automated processes and generation of extensive reports. The software interfaces in real-time with a variety of probing and scanning measurement devices from all major hardware vendors, including FARO, Leica, Romer, API, Creaform and AICON, enabling the quick and efficient acquisition of dimensional information from a tool or part.  BuildIT directly reads 3D CAD files from native (CATIA®V4 V5 V6, NX, Parasolid, CREO (Pro/E), Inventor, SolidWorks, AutoCAD) or neutral formats (IGES, STEP, SAT, JT), as well as GD&T, FTA and NX-PMI assembly level data for model based inspection and assembly. In addition, BuildIT imports measured point data from external sources for maximum compatibility. BuildIT supports DML export, enabling Statistical Process Control (SPC) through DPV, a Siemens PLM product. The ability to perform a statistical analysis of the manufacturing process complements BuildIT’s core offering by expanding the use of the analysis data into control charts to reduce waste and increase product conformity. A free trial of the latest version is available for download on the company website at: http://www.builditsoftware.com/en/support_downloads.html Read More

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Siemens Digital Manufacturing Symposium 2014

Siemens Digital Manufacturing

BuildIT is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Siemens PLM Software Digital Manufacturing Symposium, which will be held on Oct 21, 2014 aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.  You can register for free to attend this year’s event.   This event provides an excellent opportunity to hear and learn from leaders in the manufacturing world as they discuss digital manufacturing trends, strategies and successes within their own organizations. As with past events, these powerful discussions are backed by Siemens staff, as they demonstrate some of the key capabilities found within the Siemens PLM Software digital manufacturing solution set. Read More

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BuildIT Software & Solutions Ltd. to Offer Siemens PLM Software’s NX CMM and DPV

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Montreal, QC, September 2014 – BuildIT Software announced today that it will now offer solutions from Siemens PLM Software: NX CMM—a programming, inspection and analysis solution for Coordinate-Measuring Machines (CMMs)—and Dimensional Planning & Validation (DPV)—a solution for Statistical Process Control (SPC) from the Tecnomatix® portfolio, the industry-leading digital manufacturing software. BuildIT brings extensive expertise in the field of 3D metrology to the table.  Their years of experience developing and deploying their inspection solutions for the advanced manufacturing industry make them an ideal distributor for Siemens Quality Control products.  “The addition of the NX CMM and DPV products from Siemens PLM Software is complementary to our existing software solutions,” said Vito Marone, Vice President. “We are very pleased to be able to offer this leading PLM technology to our current and future customers.  It is now possible for our customers to use the same industry-leading technology that top manufacturing companies throughout the world depend on every day.” Read More