3D CT Scanning
Industrial 3D CT Scanning utilizes the same technology as medical diagnostic computed tomography, with a few major differences. In diagnostic computed tomography the patient lies stationary and the X-ray source and detectors rotate and move axially in a helical pattern, whereas in industrial CT the object being scanned rotates and moves axially while the X-ray source and detector remain fixed. In addition, industrial scanners utilize much more powerful X-rays than medical diagnostic machines, allowing the rays to penetrate plastic, wood, composite materials, and even metal.
4D vs. 3D CT Scanning
With its higher power, industrial CT scans are capable of accurately defining internal and external features of parts, assemblies and products, both statically and over time, with possible resolutions down to one micron. Our unique 4D Imaging+ technology utilizes custom remote-controlled fixtures and software to actuate products and components during scans, enabling understanding of gears, mechanisms, fluids, particles and more. This technology is also able to evaluate complex multi-component parts to ensure proper manufacturing and assembly, and is very effective for inspecting welds and press fits in industries such as biomedical, aerospace, and automotive.
Kinetic Vision's industrial imaging group has ISO 9001:2015 certification, which is the world’s highest recognition for meeting manufacturing and service standards of excellence. ISO 9001 is a quality management standard that helps manufacturers and service providers ensure that their products and services continue to meet customer satisfaction standards while striving to continually improve quality. In conjunction with this certification, our in-house quality standards govern machine calibration, technician training, data acquisition methods, data storage and data security.
Uses of Kinetic Vision's 3D CT scanning services include First Article Inspection, 3D Metrology, Failure Analysis, GD&T Analysis, 4D CT Scanning, Nanoscan, Porosity Analysis, Wall Thickness Analysis and our Reverse Engineering Services.
Automotive Oil Filter Quality Study
In this example, 3D CT scanning of an automotive oil filter from a major manufacturer was done to examine its production quality. Color-coding is used to differentiate areas of different density or thickness, and section planes allows examination of internal features. 3D CT scanning helps production quality assurance teams better understand the variances present in manufacturing systems, resulting in better process control.
In this example, a pint of ice cream was scanned using 3D CT scanning as part of a Composition and Porosity Analysis. The data were used to determine the quantity and distribution of the air voids and candy chunks within the product. This type of data can be leveraged by food and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries to understand, optimize and improve manufacturing and packaging processes.
Dental Impression 3D Model
A three-dimensional computer-aided-design (CAD) model of a dental impression was made using industrial 3D CT scanning. Due to the fidelity of the scan images the resulting model was highly detailed and dimensionally accurate, allowing it to be utilized for dental procedure Medical Visualization for patient information and student training.