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Volume Graphics Releases New Generation of CT Software Solutions
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Updates in 3.3 include multi-material dimensioning, native Q-DAS support, OCR-based automation, and high-quality volume meshing

Volume Graphics has announced the latest generation of its software solutions for non-destructive quality assurance with industrial computed tomography (CT): Version 3.3 of VGSTUDIO MAX, VGSTUDIO, VGMETROLOGY, and VGinLINE.

The company is the leading provider of industrial CT software, according to management consultants Frost & Sullivan (basis: "2018 Global Industrial CT Software Market Leadership Award"). Volume Graphics’ VGSTUDIO MAX software is used for the analysis and visualization of industrial computed tomography (CT) data and covers all requirements related to metrology, defect detection and assessment, material properties, and simulation.

Using the new version, customers can determine the surfaces of multi-material components, export measurement and analysis results to store them centrally in quality management software, automate inspection processes more flexibly based on text recognition, and translate real CT data into volume meshes for simulation.

To further support their customers, Volume Graphics has also added a new Technical Consulting unit that provides professional consulting and evaluation services.

"With version 3.3 of our software solutions, we are once again laying the foundation for customers to make their processes smarter," says Christof Reinhart, CEO and co-founder of Volume Graphics GmbH.

"For example, using the new data export, metrology data derived with the tremendous measurement capabilities of our software can be seamlessly shared with QA systems, where the values can then be combined and checked over time. More than ever before, this new feature enables customers to better integrate leading-edge CT technology into their existing software landscape. The new export feature is based on the native support of the widely used Q-DAS format, which makes using results in third-party statistical or analysis software especially easy."

An overview of the innovations in VGSTUDIO MAX 3.3:

Multi-material surface determination

A new mode of the locally adaptive surface determination enables the simultaneous determination of the surfaces of each material within a volume in one go
This significantly simplifies the geometric dimensioning and tolerancing of multi-material objects, e.g., the position of metal pins of a connector relative to the plastic housing
The new mode also facilitates segmentation of multi-material objects

Multi-material surface determination

Support of native data export in Q-DAS format

There is now native support for data export in Q-DAS format for both VGSTUDIO MAX and the VGMETROLOGY metrology solution, as well as the VGinLINE solution for automated CT inspection
Companies that still work with traditional measurement systems can switch to this much more comprehensive CT measurement technology without encountering software hurdles or having to forego their established processes for further statistical evaluation
Export of detailed, CT-based measurement and analysis results (coordinate measurement, nominal/actual comparison, wall thickness analysis, porosity/inclusion analysis, fiber composite material analysis) is now enabled in the common Q-DAS data exchange format

Q-DAS export dialog

OCR-based automation

New optical character recognition (OCR) allows customers to read out text in CT scans, such as object identifiers, and store the recognized text in their meta information
In automated inspection workflows, cavity markers in CT scans of injection molded or cast components can be recognized and the right reference object or the appropriate analysis in VGinLINE jobs can then be selected depending on the respective cavity
At the same time, the recognized text improves the traceability of the results, since the information about the cavities can be included in the reports

New optical character recognition (OCR) dialog

Volume meshing for simulations

With the new Volume Meshing Module, users can create accurate and high-quality tetrahedral volume meshes from their CT scans for use in mechanical, fluid, thermal, electrical, and other FEM simulations in third party software
This is based directly on the subvoxel-accurate surface determination for scanned parts or material samples consisting of one or more materials
The individual components of multi-material objects are translated into volume meshes with congruent tetrahedron faces and shared nodes at material interfaces
The complete workflow from CT scan to volume mesh is covered
Generated volume meshes can be exported in common .pat and .inp file formats
Each cell of the generated volume mesh can be loaded with additional information required for simulation, such as fiber orientations, fiber volume fractions, porosity volume fractions, or gray values

Volume meshing

Full service support with technical consulting

Backed by 20 years’ experience in industrial CT, the new Technical Consulting unit analyzes the specific requirements of each customer’s application(s), creates optimal software configurations and general CT hardware specifications, and offers complete evaluations as a contract service
About Volume Graphics

Volume Graphics GmbH has been developing software for non-destructive testing based on industrial computed tomography (CT) for over 20 years. With a market share of around 80%, Volume Graphics occupies a leading position in the industrial CT software industry, as confirmed by the global management consultancy Frost & Sullivan with the "2018 Global Industrial CT Software Market Leadership Award". Customers around the world, e.g., from the automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries, use Volume Graphics software for quality assurance in product development and production. In addition to its headquarters in Heidelberg, the company has branches in the USA, Japan, Singapore, and China. Further information can be found at: www.volumegraphics.com
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