Evatronix SA recently joined the Universal Robots ecosystem and received UR+ certification for its eviXscan 3D Heavy Duty Optima 3D scanner. The UR+ certification guarantees seamless implementation of the 3D scanning system reducing return on investment.
The interaction of the eviXscan 3D scanner with UR’s cobots is possible due to a extension (URCap) to the cobot software called eviXscan 3D scanner. It enables the cobot to communicate with the eviXscan 3D Suite scanner software. This extension allows the scanning process to run under the cobot’s control and program this process using the cobot’s teaching panel.
The UR+ application kits with the eviXscan 3D Heavy Duty Optima scanner is an autonomic measuring unit capable of operating continuously in the production cycle.
“Thanks to the specially designed URCap software, an operation of eviXscan 3D Heavy Duty Optima scanner on the cobot’s arm proceeds in a plug & play mode” said Radosław Siwiec, programmer, R&D 3D in Evatronix. “Programming robot paths is easy and does not require expertise. The user can select Single Scan or HDR mode and easily define scanning parameters for a series of scans.”
It is also possible to use the full potential of eviXscan 3D Suite software and calling up predefined macro commands, such as post-processing of scans or export of 3D models to external quality control programs such as Design Control X or PolyWorks. The transfer of 3D models from the scanner to an external program is carried out automatically after the entire system has been configured accordingly. A report or OK/NOK information is generated for the inspected object after a quality check is complete.
eviXscan 3D Heavy Duty Optima scanner uses blue LED structured light, which in combination with filters with appropriate spectral characteristics provides immunity to changing lighting conditions during measurement. The scanner achieves an accuracy of up to 0.0183 mm and provides a point density of 95 pt/mm². Heavy Duty Optima is designed for objects of 50 mm – 1000 mm in size. The scanner can operated in almost any environment being resistant to dust and moisture. Use of a rotary table can further improve the scanning process.
“If you use the new UR+ certified eviXscan 3D scanner from Evatronix in combination with an UR robot, prototyping and scanning becomes easier than ever” explains Irene Gallego, UR+ Implementation Engineer and continues; “The new scan product is empowered by the UR cobot experience in combination with the potential 3D processing software from Evatronix to be a “plug and produce” component for the UR+ ecosystem.
Universal Robots won a 2020 RBR50 Innovation Award, produced by sister publication Robotics Business Review, for its UR+ ecosystem. In March 2020, the company released 20 “UR+ Application Kits” for its cobot arms. The kits fall into seven different classes, including welding, quality inspection, material handling, finishing, machine tending, assembly, and dispensing.