Where the scope is very non-standard, where the complex geometry of the object limits the freedom of machining using standard machines, there is a need to check the possibility of installing our equipment and then the possibility of machining.
Due to this, we support us by 3D CAD technology, knowledge and software enabling the reproduction of an object and a machine in space, which allows, for example, the selection of a suitable machine, analysis of assembly options, control of possible collisions and even the design of a new machine matching the structure being machined. The latter case is not uncommon in the iron and steel industry and in hydro-power business.
However, to be able to perform such simulations, we must start by making or selecting previously made 3D models.
We currently have a faithful 3D representation of all our machines.
The geometry of the object is a bigger problem – here a suitable 3D model is often used or the classic documentation is provided by the customer. Older objects often do not have any documentation, hence the need to create an additional 3D model.
For this purpose, ordinary laser measurements are sometimes sufficient (article link: https://wwtech.com.pl/en/2019/03/18/the-workshop-metrology/), and sometimes 3D scanning of the structure of the object should be performed.
The Faro Focus ™ device – a 3D laser scanner – is designed for this purpose.
After further processing using a suitable program we get a ready model:
In the next step, we add the machine model (s) to the structure model:
Thanks to this, we can analyze the possibility of machining from all sides, excluding potential collisions or the inability to install the machine. Also thanks to this, we can optimize the implementation of the project, determining the possibilities of assembly and simultaneous operation of several machine tools.
It often happens that a specific machine or at least a support structure must be designed for a specific task.
Other examples of 3D modeling applications:
All of the above illustrations come from real projects implemented by WWtech.