What's new with BuildIT Metrology 2019

February 26, 2019

We are proud to introduce FARO® BuildIT Metrology 2019, the latest release of BuildIT's flagship software - elevating the standard for workflow optimization and productivity for alignment, inspection and build applications.

Here are a few of the new features included in this release.
 

ANALYSIS

IMPROVED ALIGNMENT, REGISTRATION AND ASSOCIATION OF POINT CLOUDS

Point normal vectors are now used during alignment, registration and association of clouds. This improves performance, reduces time and enhances analysis of scan data.

  • Cloud registration uses normal vectors of points to filter corresponding points
  • Alignment uses normal vectors of points and surfaces to properly align
  • Points are associated to proper surfaces based on normal vector matching

 


FEATURE SPECIFIC PARAMETERS

Features now contain filtering and extraction parameters to enhance analysis. Each feature can be defined using parameters specific to the required analysis to optimize results. This offers users flexibility, and the opportunity to define ideal settings per feature.

  • Association filtering by surface boundary, distance, and point normal
  • Distance and adaptive point sampling
  • Post filtering of worst points

 


SET CYLINDER GD&T TO CIRCLE OR CYLINDER

Cylinder GD&T evaluation can now be set by the user to either circle or cylinder. This allows for specific analysis rather than automatic determination by the software, particularly helpful with thin parts that may not have data on full cylinders.

 


TREAT CONTIGUOUS SURFACES AS A SINGLE SURFACE WHEN USING "AUTO-ASSOCIATE"

The "Auto-associate" command now has the option to treat contiguous surfaces as a single surface when using the "Exclude points near edges" option. This will only exclude points from the outer border and maintain points near surface intersections, providing a continuous cloud.

 


REDUCE MEMORY FOOTPRINT FOR ANALYSIS

Analysis data now takes up much less memory. File sizes are significantly reduced, up to 70%.

 

REPORTING

DYNAMICALLY POPULATE REPORTS

Reports can now contain dynamically generated sections. By tagging certain dynamic search values, users can create reports that will automatically populate with matching elements. This automates the process of manually grouping together certain elements and adding them to the report.

 


IMAGE ANNOTATION

BuildIT now allows for image annotations, enhancing capability beyond text alone. This feature allows users to input visual elements that may improve the quality of reports and increase clarity of information.

 


SAVE OBJECT VISIBILITY WITHIN A VIEW

The group/annotation visibility option within a saved view has been expanded to include measurements. Measured points and clouds no longer need to be grouped, users can set their visibility directly. This allows for much more flexibility and less effort by the user when organizing data within each view.

 

USER EXPERIENCE

 

INTERACTIVE WIDGETS FOR VIEW MANIPULATION

Manual alignment can now be done using the interactive manipulator in the 3D view. This provides the user with a visible representation of the click-and-drag manipulation. Views can also be set using a clipping box with the manipulator, enhancing ease of use and visual feedback.

 


DISPLAY HIDDEN OBJECTS WHEN SELECTED

Objects that are selected in the manager will be displayed in the 3D view even if they are hidden, providing users will full visibility to the entities that have been chosen. The shading is transparent, differentiating between entities that are shown and not shown.

 


NEW ALIGN MENU

Alignment and Scaling is now a top-level menu, called Align. These commonly used commands are now more readily accessible to users directly from the Menu Bar.


MIRROR GD&T FEATURES

GD&T features can now be mirrored, saving the user time and effort of creating new features manually. By selecting features and datums, new copies will be created maintaining the correct references and tolerances.

 


DISPLAY TEXT IS OUTLINED

Display text is now outlined for easier viewing. Text will no longer potentially fade into a similarly colored background, and instead stand out for clear visibility.

 

 

DEVICES

NEW SUPPORTED DEVICES


FARO ONECLICK™

The latest development using Automated Intelligence inspection. OneClick leverages BuildIT's powerful engine to deliver an industry first one-click automated part inspection.


FARO 6DOF TRACKER WITH 6PROBE

Customized single click, double click and long press selection for measurements that are no longer limited by line-of-sight.

 

CERTIFICATION

PTB CERTIFIED

We are proud to announce that BuildIT has received its certificate from Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, guaranteeing that the BuildIT fitting algorithms are accurate and reliable. (Click to see PTB Certification)

 

PROJECTION

PROJECTION REPORT

You can obtain a summary report of the layers that were completed and the In-Process Verification results by clicking the Report button on the projection panel.

One of the properties of the alignment node is "Realign on failed drift check". Set this to True to have the new behavior.

 


AUTO-REALIGNMENT WHEN DRIFT CHECK FAILS

Depending on the situation, when a drift check fails, some users want the projection to stop, and others want the projector to automatically re-align and resume the projection, with minimal interruption.

One of the properties of the alignment node is "Realign on failed drift check". Set this to True to have the new behavior.

 


RETRO-REFLECTION TRIGGER TO PROJECT LOCALLY OR TO PROJECT NEXT LAYER

When retro-reflective material (worn as a band by the operator) is passed through the laser path, you have the choice between one of three actions:

  • Project Locally: Only the portion of projection that is nearby will be projected. By doing so, we eliminate flicker.
  • Next Layer: The next layer in the sequence to be projected.
  • Continue Process (F5): In special applications, a Tracer can be used in a fully automated process that pauses until the user flashes the retro-reflective material.

You can make your selection in the broker's Control tab.


JOYSTICK CONTROLLER

The most suitable remote control is a game controller, with two joysticks (one for scanbox position, and the other for scanbox size) and 16 buttons which can be programmed to your preferences. This gives you access to a wide range of actions, allowing you to run through the plan without looking at the monitor. We recommmend using the Sony Playstation 4 Controller.

Simply connect your computer to the controller, go to the Control tab and click Joystick to access the configuration window. Press your controller buttons to know which button you are configuring. 


PREVIOUS AND NEXT LAYER BUTTONS

We've added two buttons in the Project toolbar, which are easily mappable to your RemotePoint Jade with the keys Ctrl+Left and Ctrl+Right.

 


ABSENCE/PRESENCE WITH EDGE VERIFICATION

In BuildIT Projector 2018.5, we've introduced In-Process Verification, allowing users to verify the presence or absence of an object using the TracerSI imaging capabilities.

We've made strides in user-friendliness by creating a new verification method that doesn't require a golden scan like Image Verification, but that gives a more robust and complete picture than Point Verification. It extracts edges from the 2D scan and color-codes them based on their distance to the CAD's edges. An object is considered Present if most of the edges were detected.

You'll find the command in the Project menu: "Add Edge Verification to Plan".

 


ALIGNMENT POINT PREVIEW

When measuring alignment points, you will get a preview of what was scanned, with a red dot where the features was detected.

This helps troubleshoot alignments when working with damaged retro-targets or low-contrast features, allowing you to ensure a high-accuracy alignment and projection.

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