New Interface Allows CAD to Verify the Quality of Workpieces

CAD-based CALYPSO® 3D measuring software from Carl Zeiss now offers an additional benefit: it can be used to verify the quality of workpieces by capturing geometry and surface data. This is made possible with a new interface from CALYPSO to the surface measuring machines from Carl Zeiss. A hardware and software package is already available for the DuraMax® coordinate measuring machine and the Handysurf surface measuring instrument.

With Handysurf, DuraMax and CALYPSO from Carl Zeiss, geometries and surface roughness can be measured and automatically documented in one set-up.

Roughness, size, position and form – a workpiece has many features. Special measuring machines are usually helpful as they can be optimally adjusted to the measuring task. However, dealing with several measuring logs is difficult, time-consuming and costly. The automatic merging of the measuring results is much easier. The new solution for geometry and surface measurements: CALYPSO and Handysurf, the manual surface measuring instrument from Carl Zeiss.

DuraMax, Handysurf and CALYPSO
Handysurf and DuraMax® from Carl Zeiss are a perfect duo. This scanning measuring machine featuring the fast VAST® XXT sensor is the ideal replacement for all gages. It can be used in any size workshop or for inline process control. The VAST XXT scanning sensor permits form statements on all part features. DuraMax is extremely powerful when combined with CALYPSO software, the standard software for coordinate measuring machines from Carl Zeiss.

Together with Handysurf, DuraMax offers unique comprehensive measurements of the workpiece shape and surface. Handysurf is easy to use, small and lightweight – thus using little space on DuraMax. It fulfills the ISO, DIN, CNOMO, JIS and ASME surface standards. Handysurf measures not only horizontally, but also vertically and overhead. It is also possible to separate the tracer driver from the display unit and to use it with optional holding devices. Different configurations of Handysurf enable adjustment to the respective task. The results of the surface measurement can be transferred to a computer via a serial interface.

A special PCM program from Carl Zeiss featuring a machine driver for the serial interface enables the connection to Handysurf. The surface measurement is an inspection feature in the CALYPSO measurement plan. The feature starts the PCM program which guides the operator through the manual surface measurements with Handysurf. The results of both measurements, CNC and surface, are provided in the same measuring log. The surface measurement is performed before or after the CNC-measurement.

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