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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Both awards attest to HandyPROBE’s performance versus traditional portable CMMs

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, today announced that its optical portable CMM, HandyPROBE, has won two awards for being the best quality control product in its class: the MWP Advanced Manufacturing Award 2014 at MACH and the Prix du Copeau 2014 from the French magazine Machines Production.

Creaform developed the HandyPROBE portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) to increase the reliability and speed of measurement processes. Thanks to the integrated TRUaccuracyTM technology, which includes such features as dynamic referencing, automatic drift detection and alignment, the HandyPROBE can take highly accurate measurements in any work environment, regardless of vibrations, instabilities and thermal variations. What’s more, the HandyPROBE enables users to achieve substantial gains in productivity and cost savings; measurement errors can be reduced by up to 75% and a control time by a factor of 10.

The MWP Advanced Manufacturing Awards are a bi-annual event that is held in conjunction with the MACH exhibition in Birmingham (UK). The awards celebrate the most innovative solutions available at MACH across a variety of sectors. Creaform’s UK distributor, Measurement Solutions Limited, applied for the award with the HandyPROBE, highlighting the solution’s TRUaccuracyTM technology with dynamic referencing. The HandyPROBE won in the Quality Control Equipment category against both Hexagon and Renishaw.


One week before, the HandyPROBE won two prizes at the Prix du Copeau 2014, awarded by the French magazine, Machines Production at the Industrie Paris tradeshow. The Prix du Copeau honours suppliers’ innovation in helping improve the competitiveness and quality control performance of machining companies. The HandyPROBE again was recognized for its superior performance in quality control, winning second place in the general ranking and first place in the Quality Control Systems category. A jury composed exclusively of industrial machining professional selected the winners from 25 exhibiting companies.

For more information on Creaform’s HandyPROBE portable CMM, visit the Creaform web site. 

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014

HGS Automation to leverage Creaform’s 3D inspection solutions for its custom automation solutions

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, and HGS Automation, a custom robotic solutions integrator with proven success in plant automation, announced that they have formed a strategic alliance.

HGS Automation will sell, integrate, and commission fully integrated Metrascan-R solutions, which provide robot-mounted optical CMM 3D scanners for automated inspection on and off the production line.

Based on the Metrascan 3D™ technology, the R (robot) version offers high accuracy, portability, and an intuitive interface to clients in need of 3D scanning devices for on-line measurements in the automotive and aerospace industries. HGS Automation also plans to offer custom solutions for clients in the heavy truck, rail, marine, medical, and general manufacturing industries.

Incorporating Creaform’s TRUaccuracy TM technology, the robotized inspection solutions offer HGS Automation customers the following benefits:

·         Speed: Automated inspection and quality control performed directly on production lines. 

·         Versatility: The solution can be fully configured and programmed (inspection programs) to meet inspection automation requirements for parts of various sizes and shapes.

·         Accuracy:  Highly-accurate measurements of up to 0.085 mm in shop floor conditions (no matter instability, vibrations, thermal variation, etc.). Accuracy is determined by the optical CMM scanner and independent from the robot.

·         Dynamic referencing: With the C-Track’s dynamic referencing mode, the coordinate system can be literally “locked” onto the part being measured, therefore maintaining part alignment during the entire scanning process regardless of the production conditions.

·         Automatic self-calibration: Simply positioning a certified gauge in the work envelope ensures constant accuracy during the systems entire life cycle.

·         Continuous parameter monitoring: Monitoring of parameters, such as temperature and accuracy, ensures constant device accuracy during a systems entire life.

The turnkey solutions offered by HGS Automation provide better quality, accuracy, and repeatability. Moreover, they reduce health and safety issues for repetitive tasks handled by humans. The agreement will definitely help both organizations to reach a larger spectrum of end users and provide a solid foundation for installations, support, and in-service support.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Creaform, our PLM Marketplace partner, is releasing 2 teaching manuals customized for the needs of educators teaching at universities, colleges and technical schools around the world. 

The manuals cover theoretical and practical information on 3D measurement technologies and their uses in reverse engineering and quality control, which are crucial for the engineers and designers of tomorrow. A lab guide on how to use Creaform technologies is also included. The teaching manuals are currently available free of charge on the Creaform's Web site! 

The first manual covers the topic of Reverse Engineering, while the second focuses on applications for Quality Control. These comprehensive teaching manuals will certainly help educators to demystify the latest in 3D measurement technologies and describe their applications in a variety of industries.

Moreover, Creaform have created very attractive educator-specific offers that will make 3D measurement technologies accessible to all types of institutions. These offers include adapted maintenance packages as well as cost-effective plans for multiple systems that may be suitable to equip labs or classrooms.

“These initiatives are yet other concrete examples of how Creaform is committed to training the engineers, industrial designers, and QA specialists of tomorrow,” explained François Leclerc, Product Manager in charge of Education.

“In today’s hypercompetitive market, the complexity of product parts combined with customers requiring better product quality and faster turnaround times has generated an increased need for 3D scanning technologies and PCMM to be used in manufacturing processes. Professors, educators, and educational institutions need to remain at the forefront of advances in 3D scanning so as to better tailor their curricula for the innovators of tomorrow. Creaform provides the tools they need to bring their courses up to speed and the technologically advanced training level students have come to expect.”

For more information on Creaform’s dedication to teaching 3D measurement technology for the next generation of innovators, visit there web site.


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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

For those of you looking for some interesting reading during Summer time (and even after…), we have updated our blogroll. A few 3DS partners have launched their own blog where they share their views, insights, ideas,… on how 3D can change the world we live in.
This is pretty interesting and less formal/corporate than the usual talks we can have and an invitation to debate and express your opinion with the partner and the readers.

So now, update your bookmarks:

- AMD: discover the latest state-of-art 3D graphics cards brought to the market by AMD and fully compatible with Dassault Systèmes' solutions.
- CD-adapco: everything you wanted to know about Computational Fluids Dynamics (aka CFD) is explained here by CD-adapco.
- Creaform: 3D printing is making the buzz at the moment but did you ever consider a technology that works in pairs with it: 3D scanning? Discover the world of 3D handheld scanner with Creaform!
- Dimensional Controls Systems: those of you interested in the world of automotive or aerospace really have to discover the world of tolerance analysis, the world of DCS!
- Golaemhow will a crowd behave in such or such situation? This is the questions Golaem can answer thanks to its simulations tools!
- Theorem Solutions: ever wondered if it was possible to switch from a CAD system to another? Check out how with Theorem Solutions.

And of course, there is the Dassault Systèmes blog, the place to discover more 3D experiences, to learn more about the world of 3DS and share your vision of the 3D with the community!

Enjoy all these valuable sources of content and ways to exchange and have a great Summer time!

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

How often do engineers get the chance to make their most cherished yet craziest project a reality?

It’s exactly this opportunity Creaform is putting forward through the 2013 edition of its Put us to the test! contest. With this contest, companies both big and small can submit a 3D engineering project that truly challenges our experts! Among all the entries received, Creaform will select one project, which will be awarded $25,000 to make it happen, on top of our guidance and expertise.

Make sure you watch and share our video about the contest, which provides all the details. And while we’re at it, we’d love if you took a look at last year’s winning project, which enabled the Australian Institute of Sports to design a kayak that was custom fitted to Olympic athlete Jessica Fox. The project, made possible with the help of one of our application engineers, took Ms. Fox on the podium at the recent London Games, where she won the silver medal! Did her incredibly ergonomic kayak play a role in her victory?

Well, we don’t hate the idea.

The Creaform Team

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Look at what our friend Fred spotted in the harbor of St Malo, France, during his summer holidays, a few days after the "Transat Quebec-St Malo":

Our partner Creaform was a sponsor of the boat "Defi Saint-Malo Agglo" skipped by Gilles Lamiré and with Creaform CEO, Charles Mony, part of the crew

These guys did a pretty good performance, racing the 2,897 nautical miles/5,365 kilometers from Quebec City (Canada) to Saint-Malo (France) in 11 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes and 4 seconds. They finished the race in the second position of their category!

Congratulations to the team!

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Monday, 05 March 2012

An international company and global leader in business aviation service has turned to 3D modeling of the plane’s interior to design, produce, and assemble Boeing B737 BBJ2 furnishings.

There were 2 steps to the project:

1. Conducting a full scan of the plane interior
A team of Creaform 3D scanning experts travelled to the client’s facilities in Germany, equipped with Handyscan 3D scanners, a Leica long-range scanner, MetraSCAN optical CMM 3D scanners with C-Track sensors and a MAXscan for the photogrammetry part. Once the data was acquired and compiled, the files were post-processed before being transferred to Creaform’s CAD Department in Lévis (Canada) for phase 2.

2. Creating 3D model files

Using CATIA V5 software, Creaform designers reconstructed the plane’s interior, including the various elements of the plane’s structure, such as floor beams and plates, frames, longerons, mechanisms, and various types of piping and wiring. Work was broken down into parts according to the plane’s sections. Using digital files, solid models of airplane elements were recreated. These solid models can be sectioned, and planes or surfaces can be built directly on top of them. For objects with continuous sections, solid models were generated either as an extruded section following a direction or as a scanned section following a trajectory. For non-continuous parts (e.g., in the case of certain mechanisms), the elements were broken down into basic pieces that could be redefined using simple geometric functions. Surface models were used to render some objects whose shapes were too complex. The surface models were then thickened to obtain solid models. In the case of this reconstruction, the degree of precision required enabled us to reuse reconstructed elements in different places, such as for the pulleys that guide the control cables.

Finally, all reconstruction files were assembled to produce a 3D model of a Boeing B737 interior, used by the aviation service company to design, produce, and assemble the plane’s interior furnishings to meet the needs of its demanding clientele.

Are you aware of similar projects (in the aerospace industry or not) using the same process? 

The Creaform Team

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Thursday, 09 September 2010

You've got an idea, you've got a project, you've got talent but you don't have the means to make it come true? Then, you should read this blogpost until the end (like you did with all the previous ones ;-)).

Our partner Creaform is one of the leaders in the field of 3D scanning with its wide range of 3D handheld scanners, including EXAscan, MAXscan, REVscan, UNIscan and VIUscan, all available on the PLM MarketPlace. They also have expertise in long-range scanning, inspection, reverse engineering, design, FEA, and so on.

Until October 1st, 2010, submit the project of your dreams to Creaform and they offer to help you make it real! Among all the competitors, 3 entries will be selected and offered the following prizes:
- One (1) Nothing is impossible! Prize (a value of 20,000$) 
- Two (2) Consider it done! Prizes (a value of 2,000$ each)

If you think Creaform can help you with its powerful solutions, don't hesitate anymore, submit your project! Visit the "Creaform - Put us to the test! 2010 Challenge" to know more and apply!

We wish you all good luck and don't hesitate to come back here to tell us you're one of the three winners!

Anthony Rosendo, on behalf of the PLM MarketPlace Team
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Monday, 08 March 2010

A story by Creaform

That’s the (very philosophical) question that was casually thrown on Creaform's team meeting table back about a year ago, as we were trying to find a way to stretch our legs with a project that would pose a technical challenge to our team and soothe our fast-developing Olympic fever, all in one stroke.
We had just read an article from the CBC News Website presenting the winner of the contest to design the 2010 Olympic Winter Games logo. A bit of Internet research led us to a few pictures of the Inukshuk the article mentioned as the inspiration for the logo. Located on the beach at English Bay, close to Stanley Park, the statue has been standing there since 1986. It was first part of the North-West Territories pavilion during the Expo, and later donated to the city of Vancouver. That’s the historical end of it.

As we looked at the pictures, we suddenly realized it’s a pretty big statue. This would require some logistics planning. We decided Jérôme Baillargeon and Mathieu Magnan, 2 experienced Application Specialists, would pay the statue its scanning visit, and Louis-Philippe Gendron, our freshly-hired 3D Animation Artist, would start working on the storyboard and the 3D environment. For the logistics, we called in Julie Martineau, Marketing Writer.

Scanning the stone landmark

Everybody was immediately enthusiastic. Julie proceeded to unwind the kilometres of red tape to get the various permits and licenses for the 3D scanning in the city of Vancouver. Since 3D scanning has not yet made it into the collective public consciousness (this was before the movie Avatar was released after all!), the city officials were a bit confused at first, and did not quite know what to make of the curious request from the Québec City-area company. Finally, they decided to treat the operation as a movie shooting.

Julie located an electrician (required by the city) who supplied the hook-up to the city power grid. She also got a boom truck; it may not seem obvious at first, but the scanner has to be about 30 cm away from the surface to function properly, and the statue is 6 meters tall. Since neither Jérôme nor Mathieu can reach that high even on tip-toes (!), scanning the upper parts would require extra lift!

So on a chilly December morning, passers-by on English Bay were treated to a most unusual sight: men were first seen dotting the Inukshuk with small, round reflective stickers, and then they started pointing Wall-e shaped instruments at the Inukshuk. The team also set up a laser tracker to discreetly take in the area immediately surrounding the Inukshuk. According to the weather forecast, a storm was expected to roll in that very evening from the roaring Pacific. Jérôme and Mathieu worked fast and were able to complete their scan and clean up the area in less than 12 hours! That was fast!

Giving life to stone

Data in hand (well, in computer, actually), Jérôme and Mathieu slept like logs and got back the following day. We had our raw material.
Next, Louis-Philippe was put to work. While Jérôme worked on post-processing the 3D scan model, the tracker data was put to good use in creating the 3D environment for the short film.

A storyboard was set up, and a scenario written. Scanned models were integrated. Sounds were recorded; Julie wrote and recorded a short narrative in English and in French. Jérôme integrated the soundtrack for the film.

Eventually, creating the environment, laying out the movements, animating the Inukshuk, and putting it all together took over 200 hours by Louis-Philippe and Jérôme, with some help from Daniel Brown, another Applications Specialist. Without question, the most exhilarating part of the work was seeing the 3D environment take shape and spring to life on the computer screen. Louis-Philippe, Jérôme and Daniel did spectacular work, of which we are all very proud!

Why did we do it? It was certainly fun to stretch our legs and be creative. In our field of work, reverse engineering and inspection are the most common applications for our Handyscan 3D technology. We have been moving into the multimedia industry, and going the extra mile just might help show exactly how our scanners can be used by animation specialists.

Not to mention the most important reason for scanning an object.

Because it’s there.

Maxime Davignon, Scanning & Inspection Director
Manager for the Inukshuk Project

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Monday, 24 August 2009

When talking with moto bikers, some of them tell they love their vehicle more than their wives! And at the end of the discussion, you imagine how desperate these women can be… (sounds a little bit cliché, doesn’t it? ;-) Bikers always take good care of their bike, making its maintenance always on time, polishing it and removing every single dead mosquito on the lights. But above all, they want their motorbike to be unique. And here comes the difficulty for parts manufacturers!

Zeel Design is one of them. The firm works on engineering, consulting and manufacturing of specialized parts and vehicles. They received a request from a customer wanting to enlarge the rear wheel of his Harley-Davidson. The challenge was to redesign some existing key-parts of the bike as accurately as possible but also as fast as possible.

The solution came thanks to Creaform. Creaform has developed the Handyscan 3D line of products. These revolutionizing self-positioning handheld 3D laser scanners provide very high accuracy files that can be exported to most CAD platforms and inspection and animation software. Due to its true portability, versatility and accuracy, the Handyscan 3D line of products makes 3D scanning more simple than ever.

Discover now how, by using the EXAscan, Zeel Design managed to reduce by 70-90% the time spent previously on CAD drawings and reverse engineering process. Results, both in terms of time saving and accuracy are astonishing!

In the end, whether you like it bigger or smaller, Creaform’s scanners can help you to make it in less time!

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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

This bi-annual event of Creaform on May 20-22 will gather customers and users around 3D scanning and reverse engineering. DS is present with a booth to show how Creaform and DS solutions can work in concert. Creaform is a CAA software partner and specialist VAR in the reverse engineering domain.

#1 Advance your Handyscan 3D scanning skills
#2 Best Practices and Methodology Seminars – Tips & Trick Sessions
#3 Combining a Handyscan 3D scanner with other technology
#4 Ask the Experts
#5 Hands-on sessions
#6 International Knowledge Sharing
#7 Increase your ROI on your Handyscan 3D scanner(s)
#8 Networking
#9 Creaform Software Partners on-site
#10 Beautiful Quebec City
Combine business with pleasure! Visit Quebec City and its historical venues in late spring, one of the most agreeable time of the year, while staying at the renowned and luxurious Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
Jacques for Creaform
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Tuesday, 03 February 2009

You surely know the famous US TV-show CSI:Miami (I personnaly prefer the guys from Vegas) with Caines, Erik, Calleigh and all the team...

Our Canadian friends from Creaform (a CAA V5 Partner part of the PLM MarketPlace program by the way) found a new use to their EXAscan which was used in the show by forensics to process footprints!

Visit Creaform website to watch the scene!

Tuesday, 03 February 2009 16:45:29 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

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