Nondestructive 3-D scanning

Sonatest's newest ultrasonic scanner probes 3-D parts and structures.

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Sonatest Ltd. (Milton Keynes, U.K.) has introduced the Rapidscan Series of ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) systems that have the capability to scan structures quickly and accurately in three dimensions using a coordinated measuring arm. Rapidscan 3D uses the proprietary Wheelprobe feature to measure large 3-D shapes and results are presented in the form of 3-D images of the inspected part. The system comes with a suite of software tools that enable the storage of test measurements taken in situ. Post-processing and results analysis can be performed offline or offsite. Analysis functions allow defects to be detected, sized and reported. The Rapidscan software wizard allows the operator to choose a specific part from a library stored on the instrument. These parts are supplied from a mixture of images based on specific 3-D CAD models and parts generated from predefined stock objects. The wizard presents compatible inspection tools for different regions of the test part. The library can be developed for specific testing applications and environments.