Initially utilized for medical applications, 3D CT has been prevalent for industrial applications in recent years, due to technological advancements in computerized software and digital detectors. This technology has revolutionized the way industry leaders inspect, qualify and validate objects, using outsourced nondestructive testing labs for a quick and accurate 3D CT scan.
In efforts to improve quality, the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) was founded in 1998 by the Aerospace industry. To provide direction, improve process and organize documentation, AS9102 standard was established for First Article Inspection (FAI) reports for the Aerospace industry.
With every part, object or product, comes a set of different failures modes that could be possible during its lifespan. In order to avoid these failures from occurring, industry professionals have taken advantage of the technological advancements in testing methods for failure analysis purposes. From having access to nondestructive testing labs to being able to attain internal insights on a particular component, the industry has avoided numerous detrimental failures that could have been a potential hazard to user safety.
Laser scanning, commonly referred to as 3D laser scanning, is one of the most common testing methods utilized today for the inspection and analysis of an objects external structure in 3D. The implementation and use of this technology has provided users with limitless opportunity for accessing, manipulating and improving part design processes for refined quality control. Industry leaders seek outsourced inspection labs for 3D laser scanned results in order to attain high accuracy in a timely manner.
Micro-computed Tomography was initially developed for medical applications for healthcare purposes. With the improvements in technology and advancements in computerized detector panels and software, micro computed tomography took off for industrial applications. Prevalent in the industry today, micro CT is used for qualification and validation of aerospace components, automotive parts and medical devices. Industry leaders seek outsourced nondestructive testing labs to conduct a speedy and accurate microtomography scan for failure investigations, part geometry and internal part analysis.
The concept of reverse engineering has long been embedded in our history, from applications during periods of war to reverse engineering hardware and software. For example, Germans seized an American bazooka and reverse engineered it to develop a superior weapon during World War II: Panzerschreck. Although reverse engineering applications may have been complex and time consuming in the past, recent technologies such as Industrial Computed Tomography (CT) and 3D Scanning have provided the ability to quickly reverse engineer with ease, and accuracy.
The use and implementation of computer aided tomographic techniques in the late 1970’s allowed users to access an innovative technology for significant contributions for medical applications. Soon after, tomographic techniques were utilized for industrial applications, enabling users to identify and locate internal failures, without cutting open the industrial part. Computer aided tomographic techniques, such as Industrial Computed Tomography (CT), have revolutionized the way industry leaders qualify and validate industrial parts.
Determining the measurement of wall thickness for a part to fulfill various applications is a highly critical aspect of designing and manufacturing a final product. Being able to access internal and external measurements and failures within thin and thick wall applications accurately becomes essential during pre-production stages of manufacturing. Technologically advanced nondestructive testing technologies have provided design engineers and manufacturers with access to quick and accurate wall thickness analysis.