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Bringing unique 1950s jet back to life gallery

We were approached by a client who commissioned us to assist in the design and build of a model of the US Navy’s Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart from the 1950s. The Little Jet Company make bespoke large scale replica remote controlled aircraft for those that are inspired by a love of aviation, and had decided to take on the challenge of reproducing this unique sea plane. The PES Scanning team used our high-fidelity 3D optical scanner to capture data of the 4-metre-long Master Model produced by Fighteraces. The GOM ATOS 3D scanner is impressively accurate. For example, a 600mm measurement volume can produce a 250-micron (0.250mm) point spacing/resolution. The engineers at PES Performance then began the process of taking the scan data and surfacing this, so that ...

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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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Beagle Pup Prototype G-AVDF gets closer to first flight gallery

We’ve mentioned in earlier posts about our work to help the Beagle Pup Prototype G-AVDF back to the skies. Now in the project’s second year, work on restoring the aircraft has progressed well despite some setbacks along the way. During the restoration of the Pup prototype, the owner David Collings decided to buy a donor Pup aircraft to provide spares. However, it soon became clear when attempting to use the production donor parts how very different the prototype was. Holes were in different places and screws different sizes, strakes were a different shape and so it went on. However, the greatest difficulty occurred when ATSO’s engineer, Simon Owen, attempted to mount the donor spar brackets to the Prototype – and they would not fit. ...

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Increased demand prompts PES Performance expansion at the AMP image

Increased demand

Engineering design business Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) Ltd has expanded its presence at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), following increased demand for its 3D scanning, quality inspection and reverse engineering services. PES Performance recently moved into a larger unit within the AMP Technology Centre, which provides separate office and scanning centre facilities, and enables client’s products to be more easily scanned. Direct access to the workshop allows vehicles, aerospace components and large industrial parts to be accommodated. As Mike Maddock, managing director at PES Performance comments; “Over the last 12 months, after we made an investment of £120k in a scanning and photogrammetry system, demand from clients for these services has increased significantly. We wanted to improve our facilities so that clients can choose ...

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Scanning model of a classic aircraft image

Original sea dart

Our latest project is scanning a large scale model of a classic aircraft for a client. The Convair F2Y Sea Dart was a unique American seaplane fighter aircraft that rode on twin hydro-skis for takeoff, and is the only seaplane to have exceeded the speed of sound. It flew only as a prototype, and never entered production. The Sea Dart began as Convair’s entry to a 1948 U.S. Navy contest for a supersonic interceptor aircraft. At the time there was much scepticism about operating supersonic aircraft from aircraft carrier decks, as the supersonic designs from that era had characteristics that would be troublesome in carrier operations. The Sea Dart test programme in 1953-54 was troublesome, and as by then the U.S. Navy had also solved ...

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Helping get Beagle Pup Prototype (G-AVDF) back in the air gallery

One of our current projects is helping to get the Beagle Pup Prototype (G-AVDF) back into the air. PES Scanning have been asked by ATSO Engineering Ltd to provide a digital archive of the aircraft fuselage and wings ahead of its restoration. We have recently undertaken photogrammetry and 3D blue light optical scanning of the aircraft and are currently processing the scan data and generating 3D CAD files. G-AVDF first flew in April 1967 and became the first of 176 aircraft built. The Pup was designed as a single-engined all-metal two-seat aerobatic aircraft or as a four-seat touring aircraft. The aircraft has been in storage for many years, and the plan is for it to be restored to flying condition by the 50th Anniversary of the aircraft in April 2017. Find out more about ...

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