What’s New in BuildIT Metrology 2018

We are proud to introduce BuildIT Metrology 2018, the latest release of our flagship software. Before you try out the new version, here are a few of the new features included in this release. For the full list of enhancements, please check the release notes.

User Experience

Laser Projections in BuildIT

With the functionalities of Projector now included in BuildIT Metrology, you can measure, plan your projections and operate a projector all in one single streamlined workflow.

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Device Representation in 3D view

BuildIT now features realistic representations of the measurement devices in the 3D view, making it easier to understand the inspection setup in screenshots and reports.

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Visible Objects Selection

Hold the ALT key while performing a rectangle selection to prevent selecting surfaces that are blocked from view within the viewport. If the surface is fully concealed by another object, it will not be selected.

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Support for FARO's Imager GUI

BuildIT now integrates FARO's Imager GUI, an intuitive new interface that gives you full control over an array of imagers and a rotary stage. Capturing a series of scans with multiple exposures at various angles is now a matter of a few seconds.

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Move Columns in the Spreadsheet

Simply drag and drop the columns of the Spreadsheet to rearrange them to your liking.

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Improved Section Planes Definition

Use the mouse's scroll wheel or drag with the left mouse button to quickly position the origin of a section plane. This new behavior also works in many other commands where a set of X,Y,Z coordinates can be entered.

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Analysis

Compare Clouds

With the new cloud to cloud analysis, any point cloud can now be directly compared to another reference point cloud.

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Refined Surface Deviation Analysis

Limit your surface analysis based on a measurement's standard deviation or RMS, making it more relevant and easy to interpret.

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More flexible measurement association

Automatic measurement association is now more flexible than ever. Choose to associate only the closest neighbouring point or an average point fitted to the nearest measurements.

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Smarter Color Mapping

In 2017.5 we introduced a shortcut to the Surface Analysis in the contextual menu for surfaces with associated measured points. In BuildIT Metrology 2018 we have expanded that functionality to all surfaces with nearby measured points.

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More Control on Surface Extraction

In Extract Surfaces, you can now constrain extracted planes to a normal.

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Detect Corners

Create points at intersections in point clouds with the Extract Corner command.

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Point Clouds & Scanning

Improved Cloud Registration

With the improved cloud to cloud registration command, simply select all clouds to register and let BuildIT find the best alignment for you.

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Streamlined Scanning Workflow

Many enhancements have been made to the commands related to dense point cloud handling workflows. The Best-Fit alignment command, for instance, now features options to remove outliers and automatically associate the clouds to the nominal geometry. For downsampling, the Reduce Cloud command now has the option to merge the output clouds.

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Real-Time Downsampling

BuildIT now has global Cloud Processing settings that apply to any device. Measurements get downsampled on the go, according to the minimum sampling distance in the general settings. Simply set in accordance with your inspection requirements and never manually downsample a cloud again.

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Reporting

Add Background Images to Views

Produce reports of greater quality featuring your measurements in their original context. Pictures, schematics or sketches can now be easily blended with your measurement's background. Such saved views can simply be added to an entity-based report.

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Improved Pattern Reporting

The evaluation method of each individual feature of a pattern is now reported in entity-based reports.

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Automation & Configurability

Python in BuildIT

Take advantage of the power and versatility of Python. With the interpreter now directly embeded in BuildIT, call Python external scripts or write your code directly in BuildIT processes with the General_PythonScript command. The Python standard libraries can be used to access information about your model and its entities. Complex operations that could not previously be achieved inside of the process editor environment are now at your full disposal.

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Variables in Reports

BuildIT system variables like $(_MODELPATH_) or $(_TIMESTAMP_) and Windows environment variables like $(_ENV(USERNAME)_) or $(_ENV(USERPROFILE)_) can now be added to entity-based reports' comments and footer fields. The strings get replaced with their corresponding value when the report is generated, allowing you to include more information in the report.

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For more info

For the complete list of changes, consult the release notes which are available here.

You can also visit our website for more details.