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Perform a Station Move in BuildIT for the Laser Tracker and Other Devices

Objective

Perform a Station Move in BuildIT for the FARO® Laser Tracker and other devices. This workflow is applicable with other hard probe devices such as the FaroArm.

You'll learn how to:

  • A simple workflow for aligning a FARO Laser Tracker and other devices positioned at different locations around the inspected part.
  • Connect to a device and record drift points.
  • Connect new devices and align to recorded drift points as reference

Connect Device and Record Drift Points

This section describes how to record Drift Points using a FARO Laser Tracker. covert_to_nominal_openpane.png

  1. Open “File > New
  2. Add and connect to the device.
    1. Select “Measure > Device Manager”  devicemanager_icon.png
    2. Fill the information for Device Type and Device Model
    3. Click Add and the broker will open 
    4. In the broker, hit Connect
    5. Once the device is connected, close the Device Manager.
       
  3. Place the SMR in a drift nest used to measure the drift points.
    1. Drift Points: Points that can be used to align a new device after a station move
    2. Drift Nest: Pucks repeatable points located in the environment of the inspected part as reference points. Accessories are available at FARO, go to See Also.
  4. Select “Measure > Record Point”.  recordpoint_icon.png
  5. Press Measure measure_icon.png  and Accept. accept_icon.png
  6. Repeat locating the SMR in the remaining drift nests. Measure and Accept each one of the drift points and close Record Point command.
    1. Minimum quantity of drift points is three, ideally at least six to overcome the risk of having drift nest displacement, but more can be used depending on the application. 
    2. More drift points may be added afterward if needed for subsequent device relocations.
  7. Select "Edit > Change Type”.  changetype_icon.png
  8. Select all drift points that were measured. Tips for helping selection: Press FILTERS and select Point: Measurement.
  9. Make sure that “Convert to Nominal” is checked and Apply. apply_icon.png
     

 

 

 

Connect New Devices and Align to Recorded Drift Points

After taking all the necessary measurements at the current location, we are ready to relocate the device and take new measurements.driftpoint1_openpane.png
We will add a new device to the model before connecting to it

This section describes how to align a new device to the recorded drift points.
 

  1. Connect to the device.
    1. Refer to Step 2 above.
      Tip: Select Reconnect under Device Manager or go to “Measure > Quick Connect/Relocatequickconnect_icon.jpg
  2. Select "Measure > Inspect Pointinspectpoint_icon.png
    1. Check Auto Alignment
       
  3. Select a drift point and locate the RMS at the respective drift nest.

    Tips for helping the selection: Press FILTERS and select Point: Measurement
     
  4. Press Measure measure_icon.png and Accept. accept_icon.png
  5. Repeat selecting each created drift point and placing the SMR in the corresponding drift nest.
     
  6. Verify that the RMS of the alignment is in a valid range (depending on the application).
    You can exclude out-of-tolerance points by clicking Delete Pointdeletepoint_icon.png
     
  7. If other device locations and more drift points are required, repeat all steps for recording a new drift point under Connect Device and Record Drift Points.

    If other device relocations can be performed with the existing set of drift points, repeat steps under Connect New Devices and Align to Recorded Drift Points.

Recap

Congratulations, you have completed the Perform a Station Move in BuildIT for the Laser Tracker and Other Devices Module!

By now you should have a grasp of how to:

  • A simple workflow for aligning a FARO Laser Tracker and other devices positioned at different locations around the inspected part.
  • Connect to a device and record drift points.
  • Connect new devices and align to recorded drift points as reference.
     

 

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