Process

3D-scanning

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3D-modeling

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Milling

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Evaluation

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Process

3D-scanning

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3D-modeling

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Milling

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Evaluation

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How we work

The process starts on the basis of either of the following three options:

  • The customer has an idea or rough sketch. Catech will elaborate it further and make a first 3D design
  • The customer has a physical model (either or not damaged or in another size). Catech makes a first computer model via a 3D scan
  • The customer has a design, which is adopted and executed by Catech

Based on this 3D computer model - which is the result of one of the above options - a model will be milled. This can be done in any metal, either or not hardened, or in plastic.

3D-scanning

3D scanning means that a digital 3D image is made of any object on the basis of a few thousands to million points in the reference area. Each of these points has a unique X, Y and Z coordinate. The resulting point cloud can be used later as the basis to produce a 3D surface or solid CAD model. Or milling can be done directly on the basis thereof.

This point cloud can also be used for 3D measurement checks in case of complex objects, or objects that are not easily accessible. Catech can scan both optically – by means of laser scanning – or mechanically – by means of a probe. Depending on the assignment the right method will be chosen.

3D-modeling

Before a physical workpiece or prototype is made, Catech will first make a design or full 3D computer model. Catech uses several high-end software packages for the CAD part. The most important ones being Powershape, Solidworks and Capvidia. The software used depends on the shape and complexity of the object.

Upon approval the digital model – of which a photorealistic image can be made – is sent to the right equipment via the CAM software.

Milling

Catech uses high-tech and very high-precision milling machines. Our workshop is perfectly conditioned for these activities. The machinery - frequently complemented with new ultramodern devices - consists of:

Hermle U1000A: a robust three-axis milling machine with a fourth indexable axis. Travel 1245 x 630 x 550

Hermle C400: precision full-five-axis milling machine. Travel 850 x 700 x 500

From mid 2018
Hermle C42 HS flex: a very dynamic, precise, five-axis milling machine with automated pallet feed. Travel 800 x 800 x 550

HSC3025: three-axis high-speed milling machine, built completely in natural stone because of precision and stability. Catech has two of these machines. Travel 3000 x 2300 x 300

Evaluation

Always aiming for the very best result, Catech goes beyond the physical production of your item. Guided by the motto “measuring matters” Catech compares the scan data or the computer model to the 3D model. During this measurement any deviations are clearly marked and adjusted.

This is how you can be sure of a professional development and finishing, which is accurate and absolutely true to the original.

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