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BMW using CT scanning system for prototype development standard

Original story in The Engineer magazine BMW Group has revealed that it is using an advanced computed tomography (CT scanning) system for prototype development, production and analysis. Until now, vehicles have had to be dismantled for analysis, but CT scanning allows checks to be carried out with the vehicle completely intact. The new X-ray system is based in the BMW Group Pilot Plant in the Research & Innovation Centre (FIZ) in Munich. Commenting on the system Udo Hänle, BMW’s head of Production Integration and Pilot Plant said: “We can now analyse our prototypes in minute detail without having to dismantle them first. Ultimately, this will enable us to integrate new technologies into vehicles even faster. The use of this state-of-the-art system is ...

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3D scanning technology helps Porsche restore original 917 icon standard

The iconic Porsche 917 race car was introduced in 1969 and brought Porsche its first win at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1970. The 917 was made more famous by starring in Steve McQueen's 1971 film ‘Le Mans.’ In preparation for the forthcoming “50 years of the 917” anniversary event, the Porsche Museum decided to restore the original longtail 917 (917-001) back to how it looked on its original appearance at the 1969 Geneva Auto Show.   917-001 is transformed into a Le Mans winner In September 1970, after Porsche’s victory at Le Mans, the 917-001 was converted into the winning 1970s short-tail version. Various modifications were made before the car was exhibited at the Paris Motor Show, and eventually became a ...

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Additive Manufacturing – Not just for prototyping… standard

Whilst additive manufacturing (AM) technologies (also known as 3D printing) have gained significant traction over recent years in the design of complex components and creation of early prototypes, there is still some way to go before many industries adopt them for full component production. AM has the potential to not only transform a firm’s design and production activities but also to positively impact other aspects of their business, including product customisation and the reconfiguration of their supply chains.   Resistance to additive manufacturing in production The uptake of AM technologies beyond prototyping and small-scale production remains slow, as illustrated by recent research. A survey was undertaken of 110 product and industrial designers and design engineers located in 25 countries. It showed that whilst ...

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Audi & Porsche Forced to Change Plans After Reverse Engineering New Tesla standard

The benefits of reverse engineering competitor products have been shown again recently in the automotive industry. Reports in the German press indicate that Audi and Porsche may be forced to plan a new direction for their electric vehicles (EVs) after reverse engineering and analysing the new Tesla Model 3. It seems that the German automakers are concerned that the Tesla’s progress in manufacturing materials and process linked to low production costs will prove difficult to match with their own planned EVs being developed to compete in that market sector. It is thought that the Audi and Porsche engineers are having to change plans for their Premium Platform Electric (PPE) programme because Tesla’s Model 3 is much better than they had anticipated. Part ...

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10 ways 3D scanning and measurement can assist your projects image

We offer a range of accurate techniques that can deliver a true and accurate representation of your products, plant and equipment; through the use of 3D scanning and measurement. Digital Archiving– Could assist your industry project by producing 3D digital records for the conservation of all pre-digital objects, from past products to components of machinery. Rapid Prototyping also known as Rapid Manufacturing– This is a quick, reliable and cost-effective way of precise production. It is where a group of techniques are used to quickly put together a scale model of a part or object using CAD data. It can be used for engineering design, tool making, jigs and fixtures, turbines, aerospace, power generation, art and archaeology, consumer products, prototypes ...

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The Engineering Skills Gap- Part 1 standard

“We’ve got a skills shortage and manufacturing is the saviour of the economy. The government now seems to understand that manufacturing doesn’t happen without engineering." Dan Fleetcroft" We need to educate them into understanding that manufacturing is completely different from what it used to be like and how they believe it to be. It’s a real future career." Mike Maddock In a recent interview with the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF), the co-owners of PES Performance Mike Maddock and Dan Fleetcroft were asked how the next generation of engineers could be encouraged. They both discussed how the shortage of engineers needs to be addressed and gave their opinions on how the engineers of the future should be educated. Mike started by saying, “We already know that there’s ...

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Reasons why you should use 3D scanning image

3D scanning technology can be used as a solution in a large variety of situations, due to its wide range of applications. The data captured from 3D scanning can be used for reverse engineering, quality inspection, planned preventative maintenance, small and large bureau services; the list goes on. The reason why 3D scanning can be used for so many things is due to its accuracy, speed, flexibility and its non-contact nature. All these qualities are needed for our clients. But today we will only be talking about reverse engineering and quality inspection. You can find out more about planned preventative maintenance and bureau service on our website. You may be wondering if there is a specific limit on the volume/size of the item to be scanned? The answer is ...

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BTCC 3D Scanning Project gallery

We worked with our long-term colleagues at GT Forte Ltd on a BTCC 3D scanning project to help develop the BTC Norlin Racing team’s Chevrolet Cruze cars. We 3D optically scanned the car and the scan data was converted to 3D CAD. From the captured surface data of the car, GT Forte & the Norlin team investigated potential opportunities to design upgraded body parts and optimise future performance, ahead of the 2017 BTCC season. The Chevy Cruze cars were unveiled to the public for the first time at the recent BTCC Media Day, held at the Donington Park circuit. Both BTC Norlin drivers are returning to the BTCC series. Chris Smiley is looking to contest his first full season in the BTCC, whilst previous race-winner Dave Newsham is ...

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Modern Reverse Engineering Solutions – 3D Scanning Classic Vehicles image

The challenge of maintaining classic vehicles A key challenge for the owners of classic cars is maintaining them, both in terms of bodywork and mechanical components. Modern engineering technologies, such as reverse engineering can help ensure that your prized vehicle can enjoy a long future automotive life. The ability to find highly engineered, quality, replacement spare parts is an important aspect of this challenge, as is the availability of engineering drawings for components, especially in cases of high value and rare vehicles.  The difficulty of this task increases exponentially for older and rarer vehicles, especially where the original manufacturer may not still exist. Reverse Engineering – combining technology with traditional engineering However modern technologies and engineering techniques can combine with classic engineering principles to resolve ...

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PES Scanning engineers help create car for supermodel’s Italian Adventure image

Maserati 4200 road car

It’s not often that you get a call to help create a unique car for a former supermodel, but that was the case for the PES Scanning team this summer. Last weekend the quiet Italian town of Castell’Arquato, south of Milan was transformed as the cream of Italian supercars and motorbikes, plus 500 top cyclists took part in the inaugural Best of Italy Festival 2016. Maserati brand ambassador Jodie Kidd required something a little bit different to race up the hill climb at the festival and a plan was born to convert a Maserati 4200 road car into a replica of the famous 320S monoposto concept car that was displayed by the company at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show. The PES Scanning team, located at the Advanced ...

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