This sums up the philosophy of MetMaX, the new operating software for the µCMM Bruker alicona. This evolution enables µCMM users to free themselves from specific metrology knowledge while allowing them to perform robust measurements using a high-end optical CMM. MetMaX integrates the metrological expertise necessary for the acquisition and evaluation of the optical 3D data thus obtained.
To use MetMaX, operators simply load a part's CAD file and then with a single mouse click select the GD&T or Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) parameters to measure. MetMaX then automatically configures the ideal measurement strategy for an optimized 3D measurement of the part. The MetMax software autonomously calculates probing directions, angles of inclination, rotation and directions of movement in XYZ. Before starting the measurement routine, the software simulates the measurement sequence in order to avoid any collision. Once this verification has been completed, a fully automated measurement is initiated by the operator with a single click of the mouse. Once completed, the data is automatically analyzed. If, for example, shape deviations need to be checked, the µCMM equipped with MetMaX software chooses the geometric shape (cylinder, plane, sphere, etc.) to be adjusted. The measurement is then documented in MetMaX which generates a pass / fail report corresponding to current industry standards. The report can be configured according to user specifications.
"MetMaX takes the µCMM alicona to a whole new level of metrological performance," says one within the company. The algorithms behind MetMaX are the result of over 15 years of experience, knowledge and technological expertise in the field of optical measurement. Today, this knowledge offers the possibility of using a high precision optical measuring system to improve production. Users no longer need to rethink their measurement strategy. The MetMaX algorithm takes care of this process for them. The µCMM optical CMM is not “another” high-precision surface metrology device for complex geometries; it is a comprehensive measurement planning and documentation system. By combining it with the MetMaX operating software, we implemented our overall vision of a production-ready coordinate measurement system. This goes beyond the basic requirements of the metrological capabilities of the system to ensure suitability for production environments by including operator-related parameters. We believe that measuring systems should not only be able to measure different parts with the necessary accuracy, but also record and evaluate data at any time and regardless of operator knowledge or experience. "
This combination allows for process control at any stage of production or across different locations while providing the flexibility to respond quickly and efficiently when parts produced do not meet required specifications.
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