Using 3D Scanning in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has grown massively over the past 50 years, with more of us behind the wheel than ever, car manufacturers are diversifying their range to suit our every requirement. Some automotive companies have even expanded into other vehicle types such as lorries, motorbikes and buses. As more models are added, the manufacturing process has to adapt, gone are the days when one factory fabricated one model of car.  Today, flexible production of multiple models allows car manufacturers to meet the growing demands of the public.

3D scanning is revolutionising the automotive industry; metrology equipment is helping to digitalise the production line to allow production all around the globe. Metrology experts have recently used scanners during production to create three-dimensional live images of operation facilities. These images can then be compared to visualise the different production processes for each model of vehicle. This method updates and refines production plans, a vast improvement over previous methods which used polystyrene models to identify changes and obstacles. Another benefit of using 3D scanners is the ability to measure hard to reach areas, such as the tunnels used to dry the paintwork for the vehicles.

Improvements in the manufacturing process allows construction to be replicated in factories all around the world, allowing factories to produce more than one model in-house. The use of 3D scanners not only allowes precise measurement but also contributes to the movement towards full automated processes. 3D scanning and metrology technology continues to revolutionise industries, with many expecting 3D scanners to soon be incorporated into mobile robots who will constantly scan their environment throughout the assembly line.

Manchester Metrology is a market leader in the inspection of engineered components.  It offers metrology support throughout the UK and worldwide, in the measurement of engineered components for both indoor and outdoor 3D measurements. Manchester Metrology offers laser scanner equipment hire; they stock a wide range of calibrated measurement equipment for hire including Faro arms, laser trackers, laser scanners, Faro Focus X330 and the Einscan Pro.

In addition to equipment hire, Manchester Metrology also has a vast range of probes, mounting options and accessories for your metrology equipment and offers both onsite and offsite training on a variety of the latest software such as CAM2, Measure 10, Polyworks, Geomagic, Aberlink, Declam and PowerInspect.

For more information please visit www.manchester-metrology.co.uk