Increasing Your Customer Base Using Laser Tracker Technology and Large-Volume Metrology Software

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ASNA overcomes shop-floor challenges

In a TED Talk, Geordie Rose, co-creator of the D-WAVE quantum computer, said, “Humans use tools to do things. If you give humans a new kind of tool, they can do things they couldn’t otherwise do—imagine the possibilities.”

Rose was, of course, speaking of quantum computers, but that sentiment is just as relevant in manufacturing. When Alignment Services of North America (ASNA) began using laser trackers and 3D modeling software, the company and its customers began to discover how much more they could do with a 3D survey compared to precision optics. Read More

BuildIT 2016.5 Sneak Peek – What’s new in GD&T, Alignment & Reporting


This video shows the enhancements to GD&T, Alignment, and Reporting in BuildIT 2016.5, including:

  • Added support for axis suppression for all geometry types in Best-Fit Alignment
  • Added support for external files (pdf, image, text) in entity-based reports. Other file types will simply be embedded in the PDF report with a hyperlink to open them
  • Added support for saving position and visibility of annotations with Saved Views
  • Added support for the Straightness tolerance
  • Added the ability to Compute and Restore alignment from DRF entity in Manager
  • Added support for Slot features
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    GD&T in Precision Engineering : Use of Slots in Precision Location Applications

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    GD&T Pin and Slot DRF

    Precision location can be very important in various engineering applications, such as machining and assembly. In machining, the tool follows a very precise path and a workpiece must be located precisely and stably at a precise position. In assembly, the positions of assembled parts must be assembled easily and overconstraint of the parts must be avoided. One of the common techniques for accomplishing these targets is the use of slots as part features. Read More

    OASIS Alignment Enhances their Inspection Services using BuildIT Software

    Hydroformer-inspection in BuildIT

    OASIS Alignment provides 3D metrology services in the alignment and calibration of industrial machinery.  For this, they use a combination of laser tracker technology, and BuildIT software, to perform their precision measurements and adjustments.  

    As a service company, Oasis performs a variety of jobs, each of which require different setups and workflows.  BuildIT’s adaptable workflow is a huge help in this case, with the ability to generate processes on the fly. Read More

    Using Unicode Characters to Augment Your Annotations

    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

    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

    5 Laser Tracker Warm-up Tips for Ideal Measurement Conditions

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    An Important Factor in Precise Measurements: Laser Tracker Warm-up Time

    In aerospace, one of the most extensively used measurement instruments is the laser tracker. Laser trackers are very precise devices composed of extremely complex subcomponents such as interferometers and angular encoders. They are basically robots capable of following reflective targets. And, as with all robots, they are subject to specific sensitivities. One of the most crucial of these is their sensitivity to thermal effects. Read More