Consilio3D Technologies has developed a new trademarked application called AccuRacy to transform the inspection process by enabling augmented reality (AR) inspection of physical components and assemblies through 3D CAD models.
The idea came to life through a sizable project Consilio3D was working on for a major European aerospace OEM to make the inspection of a legacy product more efficient. Consilio3D’s base business model centers around serving companies looking to explore 3D printing by creating 3D CAD models from original drawings or 2D CAD models. After scanning and converting thousands of old 2D paper drawings to 3D CAD format for the aerospace OEM, Consilio3D’s work shed light on a bottleneck in the inspection process.
According to Derek Gibson, Consilio3D’s director of business development, inspections in cases like these have traditionally been tedious because quality engineers are often working off drawings and paper checklists. Gibson says AccuRacy provides an easier way to carry out the inspection process digitally to ensure that a physical component or assembly matches the design parameters.
Using AccuRacy on a handheld electronic device like a tablet, a quality engineer can scan an object’s QR code, use edge detection, or input a reference code and the application will overlay an AR 3D model of the object. AccuRacy captures anomalies in the build, such as missing components or incorrect alignment, and users can then highlight problem areas with a unique color code, add notes about any issues found and take images to include within the QA inspection report. The application allows users to enter information about who performed and signed off on inspections before a paperless report is generated and uploaded to the cloud.
“If you notice an anomaly in the build, you can quickly, within the same software, inform a colleague that something is wrong,” says Gibson. “You’re capturing digitally everything all in one package rather than dipping in and out of different packages and taking on the inherent risk that goes with that.”
Consilio3D says the application can be customized to fit individual requirements and workflows. Additionally, its photo and video functionality can be used as a training aid.
AccuRacy integrates with product lifecycle management systems such as Oracle Agile and Siemens Teamcenter and can be operated on all handheld devices and operating systems. While the application is currently not run through AR goggles, Gibson says the company is open to developing capability for that in the future.
According to Gibson, assembly guidance from OEMs often merely consists of a 3D CAD file or basic drawings, so AccuRacy can help simplify the process for figuring out how to accurately build a part or assembly to its design specifications. “A lot of that information is already within the 3D CAD files, but they don’t have a very easy way of presenting that to the technicians doing the assembly. That’s where we come in.”
AccuRacy has been available for about 10 months and Consilio3D is working with clients to conduct trials. Gibson says the company is hoping for a full rollout in the next month or so. As for the next phase, Gibson says Consilio3D’s goal is to get to the point where interaction between the software and its clients is easier and there is no expertise required.