3D Techniques: An Advancing Technical Revolution in Design and Manufacturing Processes

Scott Mitchell, Creaform

Friday, February 11, 2011, 3:30pm

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

Over the last decade product designers for years have been using CAD software tools to make the design process faster and easier than ever before. The high cost of large and expensive Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) has limited inspection and manufacturing staff to often use outdated equipment such as traditional hand measurement tools and comparators, etc. With the recent demand for high quality products an inspection bottleneck has developed in many companies that has limited their ability to produce design conforming components in a cost effective manner. To counteract this trend Creaform and its partner companies are working hard to provide 3D probing and scanning tools that are easy enough to use for non technical staff, fully utilize the newest 3D techniques, and are compatible with real world shop floor environments at an affordable price. In this talk Scott Mitchell will compare traditional inspection methods with 3D methods, organic features versus geometric, and will discuss recent projects using reverse engineering techniques for heritage preservation and biomechanical studies.

About the Speaker

Scott Mitchell graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1977 with a BA in Economics. He worked at Raytheon, Dialog Systems, Ortho Diagnostic Systems, Martin Marietta, and American Science and Engineering in an inspection capacity and subsequently a Reliability/QA Engineer. Scott began regional technical sales providing metrology microscopes, CMMs and Automated Metrology systems. Began selling 3D structured white light scanners at Capture 3D, and then handheld laser scanners and probing systems at Creaform where he presently has worked for 3 years as the US northeast regional manager.