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What are the services offered by APM Technologies ?
APM Offers services for Reverse engineering which includes 3d-Scanning, Surface Modeling and Solid Modeling. It also offers services for Quality Control and Inspection of complex free form parts.

What is Reverse Engineering?
Reverse Engineering is a very wide term generally used to describe a process of generating engineering parameters from existing product.

We confine our scope to describe reverse engineering in context to generating dimensional parameters of products.

The process of Reverse Engineering can be broken up into following constitute parts
1. 3D Scanning / White light Scanning
2. Surfacing
3. Solid Modelling

What is 3d-Scanning ?
3D-Scanning is a method of collecting the X, Y & Z co-ordinates of points on the surface of the object being scanned. The process can be done with a wide range of equipments of contact or non-contact type.

Which technology is used by APM for 3D-scanning and why ?

What is white light scanning ?
White light scanning is a 3d-scanning process using a non-contact optical scanning device which uses white light source to project fringes on the part being scanned. The sensor of the scanner which is equipped with two cameras take several ../images of the part ( with fringes projected on it ) during the measurement and sends these ../images to a high end PC where an advanced image software calculates point co-ordinates through out the visible area of the part under scan.

Unlike contact scanning, white light scanning picks up the point co-ordinates of the surface being scanned so there is no requirement for probe ball compensation and complexities / errors associated with it.

Process - The white Light scanning systems projects fringe patterns on the component and the two cameras simultaneously capture ../images, then advanced software algorithms triangulate and calculate 3d-coordinates of numerous points spaced all over the surface of the part. The area of the part that is within the frame ( illuminated zone with fringes ) gets scan during a single measurement. For scanning complete part several such measurements are carried out and merged together with the help of markers fixed on the part. ATOS family is a two camera stereovision optical white light scanner which is considered best in its category &offers precise, reliable and accurate result. White Light Scanning is an optical 3D Scanning method preferred by most Industries for their 3D Scanning needs.

What is Photogrammetry ?
Photogrammetry is a co-ordinate measuring technique to generate 3D-co-ordinates of points & features from a group of photographs taken from different points in space.

This science is being used for various applications ranging from generating maps from satellite or aerial photographs to calculate the precise 3D-co-ordinates of industrial parts ranging in size from a few mm to as large as 50 m (or more).

We restrict our description to measuring 3D-co-ordinates of points on industrial parts.

Process- Pictures are taken by a high resolution digital camera from different view points and sent to a computer via physical connection or wireless connection. Intelligent software collates all the pictures and does a bundle analysis to calculate 3D co-ordinates of marked points.

Why is photogrammetry required ? Can we scan without photogrammetry ?
In order to get a better accuracy in scanning process we do photogrammetry. The concept of photogrammetry is to precisely calculate the coordinate of the non-coded marker all over the object in one go.

This enhances the accuracy of merging of scan output from multiple shots specially when scanning a large part like a complete car or aircraft.

Although it is not mandatory to do photogrammetry prior to scanning but for large objects the accuracy improves is significant and hence preferred.

What is the output of white light scanning process?
The output of scanning is a dense copious point cloud & tessellated or triangulated stl file ordered sections parallel to principal planes or user defined planes can be extracted from the point cloud data.

This Output can be exported in IGES, VDA, ASCII or STL format.

Can we do machining or point cloud?
Yes it is possible to do machining on point cloud for some application like wood pattern machining, roughing etc. However machining for moulds, dies etc. will need an intermediate process of Surface & Solid modeling on point cloud.

In what format surface/solid model will be given?
We can give surface/Solid model in native formats of UG, Ideas or Pro-engineer we can also give the output is neutral formats i.e. IGES, Step, VDA, Parasolid etc.

What is surfacing? Why do we need to do surfacing after scanning ?
Surfacing is a process of fitting surface entity in a cloud of points ensuring specified geometric tolerances. Surfacing is required in order to use the scan data for machining smooth surfaces mainly for die/mould production, analysis, digital mockups or packaging purposes.