CMM Inspection is now the most common means for the 3D Measurement of manufactured parts. In addition, Inspection Houses perform Reverse Engineering, Digitizing and Surfacing for prototype parts. While CMMs are constrained for use in the Inspection Laboratory or similar areas the Portable Arm CMM such as Romer (Hexagon Metrology Group) and Faro allow for On-Site Inspection to be performed.
The Mobile CMM and Portable CMM device has made large inroads into the market in past years Faro have a competent CAM2 Software that integrates CAD Measurement to the Arm CMM while Romer uses G-Pad or PCDMIS, Cimcore use Delcam Software., while Laser Trackers from Leica (Hexagon Metrology Group), API and SMX have also eroded the manual Horizontal Arm CMM market.
[CMM Metrology (UK) CMM History]
Inspection equipment and processes are both undergoing rapid changes as companies move from using 2D drawings to CAD models as the preferred method for product definition. This change, coupled with the rising demand for companies to prove the quality of their products, has led to a growing demand for inspection methods that can be used throughout the prototyping, manufacturing and assembly chain. With these techniques, any problems can be highlighted earlier in the development process and so be corrected more quickly and at lower cost.