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3D Scanning

Physical Digital® – COVID-19 announcement

November 2020

We are delighted to still be operating safely.

Further to the most recent Government announcement regarding the national lockdown from Thursday 5th November 2020, Physical Digital Ltd are pleased to able to continue offering our 3D scanning, design and reverse engineering services. We will review all planned site based activities during this time and liaise directly with our clients. In all cases such working will be in line with current risk assessments as agreed with the client.  If working at your premises, we will work with you to complete a site working risk assessment which will identify measures required to mitigate any perceived risks, in order to protect both our engineers and your staff.

Should you require any clarification about how our team are continuing to operate safely during these difficult times, please do speak with your Project Lead or contact us on 01483 750200.

The team at Physical Digital look forward to working with you soon.

October 2020

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the team here at Physical Digital have implemented a number of changes to our working practises to comply with the most up-to-date government guidelines. As such we are delighted to still be offering both in-house and on-site 3D scanning services to our customers.  These safety measures ensure the safety and well-being of both our customers and our staff.  As the UK Government guidelines evolve to address geographical hot spots and local lockdowns, we amend our approach accordingly.

Our Engineers will complete a Coronavirus – Site Working risk assessment document prior to visiting any customer site to complete 3D measurement, to confirm that safe working conditions can be assured. The site engineer will confirm all agreed actions have been implemented by the customer to mitigate the risk before starting work on site. We expect all our customers to act responsibly and help maintain a safe working environment for all. Should our customers require us to complete a Coronavirus health check document or their own risk assessment documents before attending site, we would be happy to do so. Please discuss this with our staff at the time of booking in any 3D Scanning services.

In order to protect our customers and colleagues, all visitors to our site are required to complete a Coronavirus health questionnaire no more than 48 hours before visiting. All visitors will also be required to have their temperature taken before entering the site and should be wearing a mask that covers both the nose and mouth.

All deliveries to site, including items sent for 3D scanning, are placed in quarantine for 24 hours. This should be factored into any timescales when discussing potential projects with our team.

Should you wish to discuss any aspects of your project in relation to the restrictions in place for Covid-19, please do give us a call on 01483 750200 or email info@physicaldigital.com where a member of our team would be happy to help.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued support during this uncertain and strange time.

2019 – Physical Digital® Review of the Year

Physical Digital® review 2019 - 3D Measurement Services

We’ve had a busy 2019 and are going into 2020 with a good mix of projects in the diary and capacity for new business. Whether at our premises or on the road at customer sites, we’ve brought precise, reliable measurement & inspection, reverse engineering, R&D and digital archiving data to customers across a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Historical
  • IGT
  • Jewellery
  • Medical
  • Metal stamping
  • Oil & Gas
  • Plastic injection moulding

We’ve taken around 1.5 million photographs with our GOM TRITOP photogrammetry system during the year and our ScanBox has completed more than 8,000 individual projects.

 

Extreme sport technical support

We’ve been delighted this year to be a technical partner to The Blades Aerobatic Display Team and their Red Bull Air race team, piloted by Ben Murphy. We’ve also continued our partnership with West Surrey Racing, supporting their three 330i BMW touring cars in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship.

Huge congratulations to the WSR team for winning the Championship this year, coming first and second in the Drivers’ Championship, and to BMW for winning the Manufacturer’s Championship. We will continue to offer technical support to both the Blades and BMW UK Motorsport run by WSR next year.

 

World-first accreditation for Physical Digital

We were very proud to be the first company in the world to be awarded Nadcap accreditation. Nadcap is a global cooperative accreditation programme for aerospace, defence and related industries and is an extremely tough accreditation to obtain. Having Nadcap accreditation allows us to work closely with customers in this industry, who can rely on the quality and traceability of our measurement processes.

 

Events and shows

We have attended a wide range of events during 2019, including several trade shows and we have continued our work with the next generation of engineers and measurement specialists by giving guest lectures to schools, colleges and universities.

 

Introducing OSCAR for automotive benchmarking

OSCAR is our specialist H-Point Manikin, which is used as a tool during our automotive benchmarking process. OSCAR replicates the weight, position and touchpoints of a vehicle passenger and so provides valuable measurement data to automotive designers. OSCAR is calibrated to SAE J826 Appendix C (Nov 2015).

 

Why choose Physical Digital in 2020?

2020 will mark our 15th year in business – a business that has grown steadily and organically since it was founded in 2005. We are the only service provider in the UK to offer the highest available 16M sensor for optical metrology, which is highest resolution GOM ATOS optical sensor in the world, and all our equipment and software offers the latest in mobile and static 3D structured light measurement.

Our in-house measurement facilities includes the temperature-controlled environment, which houses our GOM ScanBox automated scanner. This facility is capable of handling anything from a single component to batches of several thousand, giving our customers complete flexibility and control over their measurement project.

We are also able to construct fixtures for scanning. Not only do we design the fixture – we also complete all of the ScanBox programming, Gauge R & R studies for acceptance tests to client specifications, compiling of technical instructions, prove-out and installation at client site, including training and mentoring of the use of the fixture.

Measurement data is supplied to you in a number of different formats you require, so you are confident of getting the best data for your project. We can also use Statistical Process Control methodology that allows full traceability of Probing Spacing Artefact. This methodology uses control charts to study if a process changes over time.

 

Christmas opening hours

Our office closes on 24th December 2019 at 4.30pm and opens again on 02 Jan 2020.

Thank you for all your support during 2019 – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Physical Digital Team.

Physical Digital takes part in Siemens One PLM Digital University

Jet Turbine

October 17th sees the return of Siemens’ One PLM Digital University event, the largest Siemens event in the UK and Ireland at Silverstone Circuit. And this year, Physical Digital will be exhibiting and demonstrating its 3d scanning, reverse engineering, measurement and inspection services.

Aimed at users from all over the UK and Ireland, the free event includes over 30 technical breakout sessions for Siemens design, simulation, manufacturing and product lifecycle management software. The event has something to offer for everyone – from beginners who are just getting started, to experts who have been around for many years. It is a chance to share knowledge and experience and is packed full of demos of the latest developments and technology, networking and expert talks.

Product Experts

The Physical Digital team will be exhibiting in the product experts explore area where we will be highlighting our approach to projects from across many business sectors and especially the work we have completed for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine sector.

We will be showcasing our 3D Structured Light (3DSL) measurement that is accredited to the Nadcap standard AC 7130-4 for measurement and inspection. This is the highest level of recognition within the field of aerospace dimensional measurement and quality inspection, with Physical Digital the first company in the world to have achieved this. We will be on hand to explain our approach and to inspire anyone who visits the stand.

Tim Rapley, Managing Director at Physical Digital, says: “We love being part of days like this. As well as being able to talk about what we are really passionate about, it is great to hear what challenges users and people in businesses are facing, in case we can help. It is also great to gauge what is going on for us to be able to develop future solutions. We are really looking forward to it.”

The event, which is being held at The Wing at Silverstone Circuit, starts at 10am but you can attend an extra breakout from 8.30-9.30am. The event closes at 4.30pm. More details about what will be happening during the day can be found by downloading the agenda.

Let us know if you are planning on attending – we hope to see you there.

TCT Inspex Application Award highlights need for accuracy in 3D scanning applications

TCTAwards 2019 Finalist Logo

Last week, it was the TCT Show awards, where Physical Digital was shortlisted for the TCT Inspex Application Award for its Nadcap Accredited 3DSL Measurement service using industry-leading GOM metrology systems. The overall winner of the award was the University of Warwick for its work with the West Midlands Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

Tim Rapley, managing director at Physical Digital says: “Unfortunately, we didn’t win overall at the TCT awards, but we were thrilled to be a finalist in this category, alongside such prestigious applications. We would like to offer our congratulations to the University of Warwick on its success. And we do feel like winners – this is the first year the organisers have created this award category. As TCT says ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t make it’. It is great to get some recognition and to see an industry body celebrating the precision of data, which often isn’t seen as the most exciting part of the workflow.”

Physical Digital is the first company in the world to offer 3D Structured Light (3DSL) measurement that conforms to the Nadcap standard AC 7130-4 for Measurement and Inspection, the highest calibre of recognition within the field of aerospace dimensional measurement and quality inspection. The environmentally-controlled measurement cell manages both lighting and temperature and measures atmospheric pressure and humidity which are fundamental for dimensional metrology.

Tim continues: “With our Nadcap 3D Structured Light measurement and inspection services, customers can be confident in the accuracy and precision of the data delivered for their projects, as it comes with full traceability. I’m incredibly proud of our highly trained and experienced team of engineers that provide both in-house and mobile measurement and inspection services to such a high quality – and whose hard work put us on the shortlisted.”

The TCT Awards celebrate the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology across the globe. They are open to companies offering design-to-manufacturing innovation. This new for 2019 Inspex Application Award sought to commend the most significant cases in the field of metrology and inspection.

Customers wanting to find out more about Physical Digital’s 3D scanning, measurement and inspection services should email info@physicaldigital.com or call 01483 750200.

Physical Digital make TCT Awards 2019 finalist list

TCTAwards 2019 Finalist Logo

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the TCT Awards 2019.

Our entry ‘Nadcap Accredited 3DSL Measurement’ has been reviewed by the TCT Expert Advisory board and has been voted as a finalist for the TCT Inspex Application Award.

The TCT Awards celebrate the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology across the globe and are open to companies offering design-to-manufacturing innovation.

 

What is the TCT Inspex Award? :

In the words of the TCT Award Team “If you can’t measure it, you can’t make it”, and as specialists in the field of metrology we couldn’t agree more! Accurate and fully traceable measurement is vital, especially when it comes to liability. The quality and accuracy of the data delivered by Physical Digital are provided with an unbroken chain of traceability back to international standards. The Inspex Application Award seeks to commend the most significant case study in the field of metrology and inspection.

Our entry ‘Nadcap Accredited 3DSL Measurement’

Physical Digital® are the first business in the world offering 3D Structured Light Scanning (3DSL) services accredited to Nadcap standards. Nadcap is an unprecedented cooperative industry approach to improve quality, while reducing costs, for quality assurance throughout the aerospace and defence industries.
With Physical Digital’s Nadcap 3D Scanning service our customers can be confident in the accuracy and precision of the data delivered for their project as it comes with full traceability.
The team at Physical Digital offer a suite of 3D Structured Light (3DSL) optical measurement services using the industry leading GOM metrology systems. Our highly trained and experienced team of engineers provide both in-house and mobile scanning services. Following measurement we are proud to offer in-house design services for full product reverse engineering. For more information on our reverse engineering services please see our website.

 

Looking forward to the final!

We are very much looking forward to the awards ceremony which is due to take place on Wednesday 25th September 2019 and is being held at the National Conference Centre (NCC) in the West Midlands, so “watch this space”.

Three other entries are joining us as finalists within the TCT Inspex Application category and we would like to send our congratulations.

 

Contact us

For all your 3D scanning, measurement and inspection requirements or to discuss reverse engineering, contact our experienced team on 01483 750200 or via our contact us page or email info@physicaldigital.com and we will be pleased to help you with your enquiry.

Our 3D Scanning systems

3D scan of strawberry

What 3D scanning equipment do you use?

One of the questions we get asked by our customers is “What 3D scanning equipment do you use and why?”

There are many types of 3D scanning equipment available on the market today, you can even download apps to 3D scan an object on your phone, however the fundamental difference is the level of accuracy and repeatability that you achieve.
Our MD Tim Rapley introduced the UK’s first GOM 3D scanning systems during his time at McLaren. Since then, the technological advancements made by the GOM company have earned them a prestigious reputation as leaders in the world of metrology.

3D scanning is the process of capturing a physical object and collecting surface data to generate a point cloud or polygon mesh that can be used for product design and development, analysis or help to refine production processes and improve product efficiency.

To demonstrate this, we decided to use an everyday item to showcase our metrology system’s capability and with Wimbledon in full swing (excuse the pun…net!) and an expected 166,055 portions of strawberries and cream being consumed this year, we thought a strawberry would be a good choice!

A strawberry has a lot of surface detail and as we specialise in capturing surface geometries, it brilliantly showcases the capability of the industry-renowned GOM metrology systems used by our expert team and the images demonstrate the level of accuracy that can be achieved. At Physical Digital we pride ourselves on the expert knowledge of our engineers and our rigorous processes and procedures such as environmental control, to ensure that we capture your project at very high-levels of accuracy.

Our GOM 3D scanning systems

Here at Physical Digital® we offer a suite of 3D Structured Light (3DSL) optical measurement services using the industry leading GOM 3D ATOS scanning systems.

GOM ATOS Triple Scan (8M)

This flexible scanning system is most commonly used for our mobile measurement services, allowing us to provide you a flexible service at your premises therefore minimising downtime. GOM ATOS Triple scanners are high resolution, optical digitizers that deliver rapid and precise three-dimensional measuring data. This can be used for the measurement and inspection of many industrial parts and when combined with our GOM TRITOP Photogrammetry systems can be used to capture larger objects such as wind turbines, boat hulls and train carriages etc.

The ATOS Triple Scan technology works by projecting a fringe pattern (Structured Light) onto the surface of the object which is recorded by two cameras and is based on the stereo camera principle. The narrow-band blue light enables precise measurements to be carried out independently of environmental lighting conditions, improving overall accuracy.
Using triangulation principles, the sensor accurately measures the divergence and convergence of the pattern, creating a high-density point cloud of surface measurements.

GOM ATOS Compact Scan (12M)

This is another of our mobile 3D scanning systems that is used for a wide range of applications. Its interchangeable lenses provide small to large fields of view with high detail accuracy. This enable a sharp and precise scan result, which lends itself perfectly for inspection and reverse engineering.

Both mobile 3D scanners also enables probing, which enables our engineers to capture deep pockets, bores holes or areas that cannot be accessed optically (line of sight).

GOM ATOS ScanBox 5120 (16M)

Based at our facility in Guildford, Surrey our GOM ATOS ScanBox is ideally suited for batch measurement for parts up to 2 metres in size such as blades blisks, turbines, vehicle components etc. It delivers rapid, high accuracy automated 3D measurements. Contained within our environmentally controlled measurement cell, the ScanBox utilises the GOM ATOS 16M Triple Scan sensor, with the ability to capture surface data with a detail resolution of more than 20 measuring points per millimetre.

What level of accuracy can be achieved?

Our 3D Measurement systems are able to capture up to 16 million points within 1-2 seconds. The level of accuracy achieved is often determined by the client and can vary on object size, complexity etc. Typically for a turbine blade we would look to achieve a precision of less than 5 microns.

For example of some of our projects, please see our case study page for more information on the different types of objects we are able to scan.

For all your 3D measurement and Inspection requirements, be it a strawberry, sculpture, jet turbine or industrial gas turbine, contact our experienced team on 01483 750200 or via our contact us page and we will be pleased to help you with your enquiry.

Team BMW title push continues at Oulton Park

Colin Turkington (GBR) WSR BMW

Team BMW continue their push for the title this weekend as Oulton Park in Cheshire takes the British Touring Car Championship to the halfway point of its 2019 season. A second-place finish and three top-six results last time out at Croft propelled Colin Turkington into an 11-point series lead while BMW grabbed the lead of the Manufacturers’ Championship.

With WSR-run Team BMW also holding second place in the Teams’ points table, three-time BTCC champion Colin is aiming for another strong set of performances on the 2.2-mile ‘Island’ layout of the picturesque parkland circuit. Colin, who is aiming for a record-equalling fourth BTCC crown, has two victories this year in the new BMW 330i M Sport and is a seven-time winner at Oulton Park, including doubles in 2009 and 2014.

For WSR, Oulton Park has also been a happy hunting ground. The Sunbury-on-Thames-based team have recorded 36 podiums and 13 wins in 21 years, including an incredible 1-2-3 finish and double-success last year.

Colin’s position at the top of the points means he carries the maximum 54kg success ballast into the weekend, making his 3 Series the heaviest car on the grid.

Team-mate Tom Oliphant is from nearby Tarporley and has a special connection with his local circuit. After equalling his career-best BTCC qualifying result with fifth on the grid at Croft and delivering a strong fifth-place finish in the opening race, he once again showed why he is widely-tipped to become a race winner in his second season in the series.

The Oulton triple-header on June 29-30 is the fifth of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in eight circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.

Colin Turkington said: “I feel happy with where we are with the 3 Series and the development, so the plan is to go into the summer break with the momentum on our side. Oulton Park incorporates some of the most demanding corners in British motorsport such as Cascades and Druids, which require a lot of commitment, and it’s narrower than most tracks, which enhances the sense of speed. You really need to be on-point if you want to be on the pace. Going there as championship leader obviously presents its own challenges. It won’t be easy on maximum ballast though.”

Tom Oliphant said: “Oulton Park is very much home turf and I always enjoy going there. It’s one of my favourite tracks. It presents a unique challenge as a driver, and qualifying is a lot of fun as you push yourself and the car absolutely to the limit. Grid position is particularly important there, because the narrow track makes it difficult to overtake and you really need to get your elbows out to go forwards but I’ll arrive with no weight in the car, which will definitely be an advantage so I’m focussed on starting right at the front. I’m confident the new BMW 3 Series will feel good. I’ve had some terrible luck recently, so what we need above all else is a clean weekend and three consistent finishes”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Oulton Park has traditionally been a very good circuit for WSR in recent years, but in 2019 the new BMW 330i M Sport has been fast everywhere, so there’s no reason to think we can’t score good points again, provided everybody continues working at the extremely high level we’ve set ourselves. Colin has won here many times in our cars and is always a factor, while Tom grew up near here and is keen to turn his strong qualifying pace into three good results.”

Jordan eyes more success at Oulton Park

Andrew Jordan and BMW Pirtek Racing head to Oulton Park this weekend aiming to maintain their sensational recent British Touring Car Championship form. The Lichfield driver has won more races than anybody else this season – five – including dominant doubles at each of the last two rounds at Thruxton and Croft in his WSR-run BMW 330i M Sport.

The 2013 champion returns to the scene of his maiden BTCC podium optimistic of continuing that run of results at the demanding 2.2-mile Cheshire circuit. His incredible recent run has lifted Andrew to fourth in the Drivers’ Championship – 26 points behind leader and WSR stablemate Colin Turkington, with 67 available this weekend. This means he carries 36kg success ballast into the weekend, which is certain to slow the BMW 3 Series in the numerous uphill traction zones at Oulton.

Andrew has a strong record in the BTCC at Oulton. Since recording his maiden BTCC podium there in 2008, he has added 11 more, including two wins.

For WSR, Oulton Park has also been a happy hunting ground. The Sunbury-on-Thames-based team have recorded 36 podiums and 13 wins in 21 years, including an incredible 1-2-3 finish and double-win last year.

Another triumph this weekend would mean that the Sunbury-on-Thames team’s BMWs have been victorious in six consecutive seasons at the track.

The Oulton triple-header on June 29-30 is the fifth of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in eight circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.

Andrew Jordan, Driver, BMW Pirtek Racing, said: “Oulton Park has been one of my strongest circuits in recent seasons, and I love it. We need to hold our expectations in-check, but I do go to Oulton expecting to challenge for pole position and race wins – and if we can’t win, we need to keep bagging points. Yes, ballast has a greater effect than at most places, but I’ve won races on full weight this season, so it’s not something I think about. We’ve found the sweet spot with the new 3 Series, and the confidence level is sky-high. I think we are the strongest package on the grid right now, so we need to use that positive momentum to keep moving forwards.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “AJ and the whole team have been in terrific form recently, qualifying well when his car was light, and still being able to succeed when his car’s had full ballast in Race Two. We managed a 1-2-3 finish at Oulton last year with the BMW 1 Series, and the new 3 Series should be a little better-suited to the fast corners here, so even with the ballast he carries, he should be capable of qualifying and racing well.”

Photo credit JEP/BMW.

Shaping the future for 3DSL measurement with Nadcap accreditation

Aerospace Blade Mesh - 3D Scanning

Physical Digital® become first company in the world to receive Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection using 3D Structured Light (3DSL).

Nadcap recognizes Physical Digital for its commitment to continual improvement in aerospace quality.

We have provided 3DSL measurement services to the Aerospace industry for many years, completing repeatability studies, batch measurement, inspection and analysis on industrial components from single turbine blades to complete jet turbine engines and full aircraft. Our exemplary service has built us a reputation over the years as the leading service provider of 3D Structured Light scanning services within the UK. As a business our company has grown substantially over recent years, and this has allowed us to improve our facilities and refine our business processes to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest level of accuracy and traceability for our customers.

At our facility in Guildford, Surrey, we operate a state-of-the-art metrology facility optimised for 3D optical measurement with environmental monitoring and controls including precise temperature control, diffused airflow distribution, optimised lighting and humidity monitoring to ensure any effects are understood and mitigated.

Physical Digital receive Nadcap accreditation for demonstrating ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications.

 

Our Managing Director Tim Rapley commented: “Physical Digital is the first company in the world to achieve a NADCAP accreditation for Measurement and Inspection using 3D Structured Light. Using industry-leading GOM metrology systems, we specialise in capturing high-accuracy surface data for a wide variety of industrial sectors such as Aerospace and Power Generation. All measurement data captured is completed under the rigorous constraints and stringent business processes, with all data traceable back to the international standard. This accreditation is the highest accolade that we could have hoped to achieve as a business and as Managing Director and company founder, it fills me with pride. It is also well-deserved recognition for the hard work and dedication of our highly-skilled and experienced team of Metrologist and Engineers. Achieving a Nadcap accreditation of our 3DSL services will provide our customers with the added assurance that Physical Digital deliver the highest quality data with unprecedented levels of traceability”.

 

“Nadcap accreditation is universally acknowledged as a significant undertaking. Validating compliance to industry standards, best practices and customer requirements, Nadcap has long been incorporated by the aerospace industry into their risk mitigation activity. Congratulations are therefore due to Physical Digital as their hard work has resulted in achieving Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection using 3D Structured Light and their supporting company Quality Management System,” commented Michael J. Hayward, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute.

Click here to find out more about our Nadcap Measurement and Inspection services using 3D Structured Light.

About Nadcap: 

Created in 1990 by SAE International, Nadcap is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute (PRI). PRI is a global provider of customer-focused solutions designed to improve process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost and promoting collaboration among stakeholders in industries where safety and quality are shared goals. PRI works closely with industry to understand their emerging needs and offers customized solutions in response. Learn more at www.p-r-i.org or contact PRI at PRI@p-r-i.org

Media Contact:

For all media enquiries please contact: Lucy Steer, lucy@physicaldigital.com or +44 (1) 1483 750 200.

Physical Digital® make FSB South East Awards finals!

FSB South East Awards Finalists

Physical Digital celebrate as they make it to the shortlists for the FSB South East Awards for Business and product innovation.

The FSB Awards recognise the best small business right across the UK, from every sector and industry. The category Physical Digital have entered is varied, with many businesses offering unique specialisms making them stand out in their field of expertise. We were recently advised that we have been lucky enough to be selected as finalists for this award, alongside some fantastic other regional businesses, all striving to develop their companies through innovation.

Physical Digital is the UK’s leading supplier of optical measurement using 3D Structured Light (3DSL). We specialise in delivering 3D scanning services to industry, working more specifically within the Aerospace, Power Generation and Automotive industries. Because of the nature of these industries, they command the highest level of accuracy, repeatability and traceability.

Our 3D scanning services capture surface data from a physical object, producing a highly-accurate digital representation. The captured data can then be used for inspection and performance analysis or passed onto our in-house design team for full reverse engineering, which is ideal for legacy product remanufacture.

Our expert team offer the UK’s highest resolution and highest accuracy 3D measurement services to capture the detailed surface data of an object, using the industry leading non-contact optical metrology systems, Physical Digital offer both in-house and on-site, mobile measurement services, providing a flexibility of service to our customers and ensuring that 3D scanning is completed in a timely manner, with the least amount of downtime for operational products as possible.

Over the past 18 months, we have been working towards an industry-respected accreditation for Aerospace called NADCAP, which will provide recognition for our services of the highest-calibre and set us apart from other service providers within the UK. We have recently received NADCAP certification for our Quality Management System and are currently undergoing thorough technical audits for Measurement and Inspection and 3D Structured Light. Once completed, we will be the first business in the world offering 3DSL services accredited to this specific NADCAP standard. To prepare us for this process, our business has undergone some changes including the introduction of a specialist environmentally controlled measurement cell. This managed environment controls lighting and temperature which is fundamental for dimensional metrology. We maintain the standard reference temperature of 20° according to the International standard. This constant temperature reduces the thermal expansion of materials, ensuring the highest level of accuracy is achieved.

To find out more about our measurement services, see the dedicated service pages on our website:

3D Scanning

Automated measurement

Quality Inspection

Reverse Engineering

Design

 

Looking forward to the final!

We are very much looking forward to the FSB South East Awards final, which is being held at on the 12th April 2019. Take a look at the companies who join us as finalists within the Business and Product Innovation category:

Snowy’s canine therapy centre Ltd

Inner-vision Technology Ltd

J Randalls

Crumbs Brewing

Spring has sprung at Physical Digital

Daffodil 3D scanning phase-shifting fringe pattern

Here at Physical Digital® we thought we would celebrate the start of Spring by capturing the beauty of the daffodil by 3D scanning one. 3D scanning a flower is not usually a request we would receive so we thought it would be fun to use our high-resolution and high-accuracy GOM optical measurement equipment to capture the delicate nature of a daffodil and the results are simply stunning!

3D scanning a flower

We started the process by creating a fixture on which to place the Daffodil for 3D scanning within our automated measurement cell, the GOM ATOS ScanBox. The fixture increases process stability for measurement and allows for repeatable scans in a fixed position within the scan volume, while also allowing the maximum optical access across the whole surface of the flower.

The volume used to complete the 3D scan was 170 measurement volume which is the highest resolution and suitable for the size of the Daffodil. Measurement volumes can be adjusted to suit the required detail and resolution needed for size of the object being captured, and the level of accuracy required for the project.

Using 3D Structured Light (3DSL), our non-contact optical scanner projects a phase-shifting fringe pattern onto the object in order to capture the full-surface data. Once complete, a polygon mesh is produced by the specialist inbuilt software. This high-resolution polygon mesh can be exported as an .STL file which can be used for further inspection and analysis. The data can also be used to 3D print the object or it can be passed onto our in-house design team for full reverse engineering for remanufacture, ideally suited to legacy products where the CAD model is not available for reproduction.

The data captured for this example perfectly showcases the intricate detail that our industry-leading non-contact optical measurement systems can capture.

As you can see from the images, the veins on the delicate petals on the Daffodil are clearly visible. The non-contact aspect of our GOM metrology systems allow us to capture precious surface information without jeopardising the integrity of the object. This has proved particularly useful for historical artefacts and is why we are the preferred supplier of 3D scanning and inspection for major Aerospace OEM’s, where the freeform shapes are inherently difficult to capture but required where component integrity is critical.

For more information on how Physical Digital’s non-contact, high-accuracy 3D scanning and reverse engineering services can support your project, contact us today for more information or take a look at our website for more information on our services:

www.physicaldigital.com