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A Virtual CMM Inspection Tool for Capturing Planning Strategies

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Dimitrios Anagnostakis, James Ritchie, Theodore Lim

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Raymond Sung, Richard Dewar

Renishaw plc, Edinburgh, UK

Paper No. DETC2017-67519, pp. V001T02A090; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 37th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5811-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


One of the most challenging tasks throughout the development and manufacturing of a product is the capturing and formalization of engineering knowledge and expertise. In the past, many researchers have successfully proposed different techniques for capturing knowledge during the design, process and assembly planning of a product. However, few efforts have focused on applying knowledge capture to the task of product verification for Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) inspection; most of these are manual, obtrusive for the user and time consuming since the main sources of knowledge come from documentation such as handbooks, guides or interview transcripts. This paper describes a tool for the automated logging of a planner’s actions while carrying out an inspection planning task in a virtual CMM measurement environment. The tool involves a combination of 3D motion tracking and a post-processor to decipher the context strategy in the form of an inspection plan. Various representations of a captured strategy will benefit CMM operators by providing them a tool for: understanding planning strategies, better training methods for inexperienced users and producing more efficient part programs in a shorter time.

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