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InnovMetric Release PolyWorks® 2017

This latest release delivers a new dimensional-control-centric workflow that enables measurement specialists to communicate inspection results directly in 3D, and empowers reviewers to investigate measurement results with dynamic navigation tools.

PolyWorks 2017 delivers a new control-centric reviewing workflow – a key upgrade for all portable metrology and CNC CMM measurement specialists that need to share large metrology projects, containing hundreds of dimensional and GD&T controls, with colleagues, customers, and suppliers. It also provides a major technology upgrade for large-volume metrology applications, and a unique approach to real-time collision analysis for more efficient CNC CMM project setups.

Control-centric reviewing workflow

“Because they provide invaluable feedback on manufactured parts and on the performance of the manufacturing process, 3D measurements must be efficiently planned and executed by measurement specialists. Then, the results have to be thoroughly reviewed by manufacturing specialists to make informed engineering decisions. With 3D inspection projects designed for planning and executing measurements, time-consuming manipulations are required when sharing measurement results using standard 2D reports. For reviewers, interpreting results found in static tables and snapshots within extensive reports can be challenging, frustrating, and inefficient. Many times, this traditional approach requires back-and-forth communication with measurement specialists to extract additional information from the 3D inspection project,” said Marc Soucy, President of InnovMetric. “With the new dimensional-control-centric approach in PolyWorks 2017, the PolyWorks|Inspector™ 3D metrology project is the report! By enabling measurement specialists to communicate results directly in 3D, considerable productivity gains are guaranteed for our customers. PolyWorks 2017 also empowers reviewers to investigate measurement results contextually in 3D with dynamic navigation tools.”

Using the new Control Reviewer in PolyWorks|Inspector™ or in the free PolyWorks|Viewer™, measurement specialists and manufacturing specialists can now:

  • Access a global list of dimensional controls sorted by characteristic index, making it the ideal tool to prepare first-article inspection reports.
  • Add custom controls to the global list of controls; for example, those measured using manual gauges.
  • Easily split an inspection project into small and logical groups of controls called Control Views.
  • Tie individual controls to specific data alignments and coordinate systems, enabling multicontextual Control Views.
  • Search, sort, and filter controls to highlight critical results.
  • Display control views automatically in 3D with the right point of view.
  • Generate formatted reports automatically.

Major technology upgrade for large-volume metrology applications

InnovMetric is proud to release its most significant technology enhancements for customers who need to assemble and inspect large structures such as those found in the aerospace, shipyard, and energy industries. Users can now:
  • Predefine and configure a list of laser tracker devices, and connect to multiple trackers simultaneously. With PolyWorks 2017, to guide assembly building in real time, switch the active tracker instantaneously and feed measured reflector positions to digital readouts.
  • Align point-to-object using a powerful technique that aligns points to different geometrical characteristics of matched objects (such as center points, axes, or surfaces) and control the alignment direction, weight, and participation to the scaling factor computation for each pair of matched geometries.
  • Probe surface features before their nominal components are defined or the part is aligned to the CAD model.
  • Real-time collision analysis for more efficient CNC CMM project setups
  • Measurement specialists who define probing and laser scanning paths on CNC CMMs now have access to a collision analysis engine that detects potential tool collisions with the part or the fixtures, and provides visual feedback on problematic tool paths in the Sequence Editor and the 3D Scene.

Thanks to two major innovations, the PolyWorks collision analysis approach stands out from competing CMM software products:

  • PolyWorks collision analysis is carried out in real time while the measurement sequence is created or edited, such as when new measurement objects are added to a sequence. This allows operators to immediately fix problematic tool paths and avoid accumulating issues.
  • PolyWorks collision analysis is performed both offline and online, and warns users about potential collisions even when they launch a measurement operation outside of the Sequence Editor. Traditionally, this feature is offered solely as an offline functionality in other software.


Universal 3D Metrology Workflow

More than ten years ago, InnovMetric embarked on an ambitious journey to deliver a universal hardware-independent 3D metrology software platform to its customers. The definition of what constitutes a universal platform takes on an entirely new meaning: a universal digitising hub that interfaces with any type of 3D metrology measurement device, and offers a universal workflow for performing all inspection tasks.

This innovative end-to-end approach will significantly lower the total cost of software ownership for industrial manufacturers as it eliminates metrology workflow silos, decreases the cost of training, facilitates broader collaboration between teams, ensures consistency in measurement results, and increases workforce mobility.

Portable metrology and CNC CMM operators are able to:


  • Define a measurement plan without being physically connected to a specific measurement device;
  • Specify geometry controls on measurement objects and prepare inspection reports;
  • Connect to a non-contact or a contact-based portable metrology device, or to a CNC CMM controller (from Hexagon, Mitutoyo, Nikon, Pantec, Wenzel, and I++ servers), to play the measurement sequence;
  • Review measured object geometry controls and reports, or multipiece inspection results through the built-in SPC functionality.


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Universal Inspection Projects

Thanks to the universal 3D metrology architecture of PolyWorks 2016, only minimal changes will need to be made to a PolyWorks inspection project so that it can be used with multiple hardware platforms to optimise object measurement methodologies and adapt them to different measurement principles.

As a result, PolyWorks 2016 opens a new era for universal inspection projects and device interoperability, ensuring total flexibility for customers to select the appropriate measurement devices for their needs and maximise the return on their 3D metrology investments.


PolyWorks 2016 sequences


Customised Measurement Sequences

Since 2012, PolyWorks has offered the powerful Play Inspection tool that automatically generates a step-by-step guided measurement sequence to capture 3D datasets of a new piece using portable metrology devices. PolyWorks 2016 expands the capabilities of the Play Inspection technology by allowing the customisation of its automatically generated sequence.


Using the new sequence editor, users can now:

  • Configure the order of measurement operations;
  • Control device position moves;
  • Trigger CMM-specific operations, such as moving the probe head to a specific location or changing the orientation of a measurement tool;
  • Easily add guidance messages and images;
  • Create conditional blocks of operations;
  • Insert macro scripts, opening up unlimited process customisation possibilities.

The sequence editor empowers users to easily define robust and repeatable measurement sequences that are perfectly adapted to their needs, ensuring the efficiency of their metrology operations on the shop floor.

Offline Inspection Project Set Up

PolyWorks 2016 delivers a new easy-to-use offline simulation functionality that automatically generates simulated point cloud data and probed points from a CAD model of the measured part, while going through a simulated measurement workflow. Offline simulation allows users to quickly create simulated measured object components, Data alignments, Data colour maps, geometry control tables, 3D scene snapshots, and inspection reports before performing the real measurement task, without needing access to a measurement device. PolyWorks 2016 offline simulation also fully supports CNC CMMs, allowing users to control the probing and laser scanning tool orientations and trajectories on a virtual device.


PolyWorksv2016 laser tracking

Feature extraction groups for flexible part inspection

Group sets of features and quickly best-fit surrounding measured data points to the CAD model to get the optimal alignments for feature extraction on flexible and highly-deviated parts.


Laser tracker measurement properties within features

Record or predefine object measurement properties such as the reflector type and the measurement mode for individual features to implement repeatable guided measurement sequences for laser tracker devices.


Iterative measurement on trimmed and hemmed edges

Improve the accuracy of the measured surface and edge deviations when the part is significantly deviated from the nominal Reference object.


CAD deviation display using texture-mapping techniques

Use texture-mapping techniques to improve the display speed of the data-to-CAD deviation colour map and interpolate deviation colors when zooming in.


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