But there is one aspect of a micro molding project that is often overlooked, especially when customers are assessing the in-house capabilities of a micro molding partner, and that is validation and quality control.
During the development process, Metronom recognized the critical role of metrology in both R&D and production quality control for its CGM. When working at a scale that is difficult to image with traditional microscopes.
AM has enabled concurrent engineering―where all relevant departments can be engaged early in the product development process. Concurrent engineering replaces traditional "over-the-wall" product development, where design iterations could be delayed by weeks.
Today's most sophisticated metrology systems drive quality assurance (QA) which has become a fundamental digital task which in and of itself facilitates efficient and cost-effective production processes.
When looking at metrology, general discussion often revolves around the relative merits of contact or non-contact measurement solutions. There is now a drive across nearly all industries for smaller and more complex components.
To upgrade the inspection capabilities of its measurement laboratory, the quality department at the Chassis & Safety division of automotive equipment manufacturer Continental invested in two LK Metrology ALTERA multi=-sensor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).
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