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Computed Tomography (CT) scanning has the ability to see the inside features and components and this is a huge advantage as they can be seen in their functioning position and can be analysed without disassembly.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning
Industrial CT scanning uses X-ray technology to provide internal and external 3D representations of items, components and parts. CT scanning can be used in many engineering sectors for internal inspection of components. The key uses for CT scanning are flaw detection, failure analysis, metrology, assembly analysis and reverse engineering applications.
There are many advantages to using CT scanning over traditional techniques such as Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) or 3D laser scanners. Some of the main points include:
- Non-destructive test for inspection and metrology.
- Reduced costs in creating the first CAD model due to data capture.
- Design requirements for both internal and external components are validated quickly and accurately.
- Product quality is improved to reduce the risk of recalls.
- Internal complex features can be precisely measured without destructive testing.
- Parts are scanned in a ‘free-state’ environment without fixtures applying stresses that could damage delicate parts or display warping not present in the part.
- Rapid prototyping of the internal components can be completed without the task of creating the CAD file from scratch.