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Quick Guide: Merging surfaces

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BuildIT Cylinder Seams

Why would you merge your surfaces?

Most CAD software programs, such as CATIA and SolidWorks, create cylinders and spheres as two halves of the respective entity.  This quick guide will help you to clean up your manager tree and simplify your inspections by re-creating complete cylinders, cones, planes and spheres by merging surfaces. Read More

Gulfstream Provides Top-Flight Quality with Build!IT Software

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Gulfstream Fuselage Assembly

A transition to digital assembly

Like many aircraft manufacturers, Gulfstream had long used full scale master tool models to manually craft and build their business jets. However, as technology advanced there was a shift toward digital engineering and manufacturing, including automated assembly by robotic riveting machines. Having relied in the past on physical tools for the skin panel assemblies, Gulfstream did not have the digital models needed to produce a numerical control programming to drive the automated riveting system. In order to evolve to the new process, they would need to reverse engineer the legacy white masters, create precise 3D CAD models then insert these models into the engineering design system for automated assembly. The process benefited from a combination of portable measurement devices and Build!IT software. Read More

Airbus relies on Build!IT to reduce inspection cycle time by more than 80%

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Airbus assembly

Customer Profile

Airbus, one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, consistently captures approximately half or more of all orders for airliners with more than 100 seats. The Airbus product line comprises of 14 aircraft models, ranging from the 100-seat single-aisle A318 jetliner to the 525-seat A380, which is the largest civil airliner in service. Under the Airbus Military Company, Airbus has developed the A400M multi-role airlifter, a military transport aircraft, which will replace ageing fleets of C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transalls. Read More