From: Jim Burt (
Date: Wed Jul 07 1999 - 00:15:44 EEST

Hello, rp folks.
I am in the process of finding a scanning/digitizing system for reverse
engineering, art to part work and, primarily, first article inspection. I
have looked at Digibotics, Hyperscan, and Kreon. I have also considered CGI,
but don't really want to destroy parts in case I only have one, etc. etc.

I may be getting ahead of technology here and may be looking for something
that does not yet exist. All of the systems I have looked at generate a
point cloud from which actual dimensions cannot be garnered except by
overlaying geometry, which may/may not be accurate. How do you argue with a
vendor about his dimensions if you manipulated the geometry? Again, I may be
making too much of this and so am seeking advice.
Another concern I have is the time required to both scan the parts and
process the information in a second program such as Imageware. This could
become a big bottle neck when FAI'ing a large product with 30-50 parts.

I have heard of a product called Athos but have not been able to find
anything about on the web or elsewhere. Do any of you folks have knowledge
about this company or any other advice you could pass on?


James R. Burt
Manager, Product Design Services
InFocus Systems
27700B SW Parkway Ave.
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
VOX (503) 685-8543
FAX (503) 685-8544

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