Introduction to CAD Applications and CMM First Article Inspection

Saturday, May 7, 2016

CAD or Computer aided Design techniques are widely used for various Mechanical Engineering applications such as Aerospace, Military, Medical, Metal and Manufacturing. There is no room for error in such industries and one has to make sure that the quality of materials and components are not compromised. The engineer should have adequate knowledge of material properties and structure, thermal and mechanical characteristics and potential points of deterioration to assist in design, development, Coordinate Material Measurement (CMM) techniques and production process.

CAD tools such as RapidForm, IGES/STEP, Autodesk Inventor and CATAIA among others are handful in calibration and evaluate measurement accuracy for machine tooling, torque wrenches and other assembly tools.  CMM inspection plays important role in evaluating performance of materials that go into power generation and analyzing components that fail or need repair at current site. If a component fails CMM inspector can launch an extensive investigation to find out the root cause and recommend solutions to stop such failures in future.

First Article Inspection is one of the most powerful processes for testing of vendor components and to examine pre-manufacturing sample before approving the order. For example AS9102 is the accepted Aerospace Standard for First Article Inspection approvals. The main objective of the First Article Inspection is to provide objective confirmation that all design and engineering requirements are met, validated and recorded for reference.

FAI is often referred to as a holistic, autonomous and documented physical and computerized assessment process to verify that the given component or part is produced in confirmation with design specifications, engineering drawings, desired accuracy and material properties.

CAD tools such as RapidForm, IGES/STEP, Autodesk Inventor and CATAIA among others are handful in calibration and evaluate measurement accuracy for machine tooling, torque wrenches and other assembly tools.  CMM inspection plays important role in evaluating performance of materials that go into power generation and analyzing components that fail or need repair at current site. If a component fails CMM inspector can launch an extensive investigation to find out the root cause and recommend solutions to stop such failures in future.

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