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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6XL)

11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

The UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from the UK manufacturing industry (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2020

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


Vision solutions have been applied in almost any industry you can think of. Food, beverage, pharmaceutical, (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

29/09/2020 - 01/10/2020

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Design and engineer with 3D scan technology

Design and engineer with 3D scan technology

Visitors to the Blue Diamond Technologies stand at Northern Manufacturing 2016 will be able to discuss its 3D scanning technology which extends reverse engineering services to cover non-rectilinear components featuring complex curves and shapes.

The company can replicate an existing part by capturing its physical dimensions and analysing the composition and properties of its materials. Capturing the physical dimensions of rectilinear parts is relatively easy but components with complex surfaces require a different approach. A 3D scan is then translated into an accurate 3D CAD file before metallurgical analysis using the latest spectrometry technology. Further analysis of material hardness and tensile strength provides accurate material specifications which, together with the CAD file, are used to create a CNC-machined replica.

An important benefit of the reverse engineering process is the opportunity to modify design, improve performance, overcome quality issues and remove cost. When the design has been finalised and approved, the 3D CAD file can be used to produce manufacturing drawings and tooling.

The company supplies turned and mechanical parts, die castings, plastic and rubber mouldings, bearings, seals and sub-assemblies and can also provide a full design and manufacturing service from concept to bulk delivery.


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