Discover the Exciting New Capabilities of Version 3.2 (as of March 2019, Version 3.2.5)
The extended interface enables you to map microporosity onto a volume mesh by calculating the average porosity level for each cell of the mesh in VGSTUDIO MAX and then exporting it to Digimat.
Digimat Export (New in 3.2.4)
The interface between VGSTUDIO MAX and Digimat has now been extended to also include the export of porosity information from CT scans into Digimat leading to a smooth and straightforward workflow which ensures that the exported .csv files can be directly imported into Digimat. No configuration of the export or post-processing of the files is required. The extended interface enables you to map microporosity in a statistical way onto a volume mesh by calculating the average porosity level for each cell of the mesh in VGSTUDIO MAX and then exporting it to Digimat.
The extended interface between VGSTUDIO MAX and Digimat allows you to investigate the influence of porosity on the mechanical properties of fiber compounds, no matter whether the porosity is unintended or introduced on purpose, such as in foam injection molding processes.
Moreover, when mapping fiber or porosity information onto integration meshes for the subsequent export to 3rd party software for structural simulation, the import of NASTRAN files as integration meshes now supports the large field format for tetrahedral elements.
Data Quality Analysis (New in 3.2.4)
The data quality analysis according to ASTM E 1695, which allows you to monitor the data quality of your CT scans over time in VGSTUDIO MAX, is now faster to use: You can select the slice to be analyzed directly within your analysis workflow. This eliminates the need for a separate pre-processing step to extract the slice from the scanned volume.
Data quality monitoring in VGSTUDIO MAX
Multi-ROI reconstruction enables you to reconstruct relevant regions in one go
Multi-ROI Reconstruction (New in 3.2.3)
With multi-ROI reconstruction, you can now reconstruct multiple regions that are relevant for your inspection task in one go — manually or automatically. You define these Regions of Interest (ROIs), which can be arbitrarily shaped, in a low resolution volume preview. Multi-ROI reconstruction leads to shorter reconstruction times and lower memory consumption when performing automated inspections of multiple parts in one scan or automated inspections of electronic parts using advanced planar CT.
Data Quality Analysis (New in 3.2.2)
Monitor the data quality of your CT scans over time in VGSTUDIO MAX – based on the determination of the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) and the Contrast Discrimination Function (CDF) from a scan of a cylindrical rod according to the ASTM E 1695 standard.
Data quality monitoring in VGSTUDIO MAX
Duplication of a CAD geometry correction including all referenced objects
Automatically Update a Geometry Correction (New in 3.2.2)
Automatically update a geometry correction when using a new registration to, e.g., find the registration that leads to the smallest or least costly correction: Duplicate a CAD geometry correction including all referenced objects; then change the registration on the duplicated parts, update the CAD geometry correction, and finally directly compare the results.
From Tool Correction to 3D Printing Geometries
The new Manufacturing Geometry Correction Module for VGSTUDIO MAX (Coordinate Measurement and Nominal/Actual Comparison Module required) combines the manufacturing, testing, and correction of tools and components into a seamless digital workflow. It is a cost effective, easy to use, and versatile method for tool correction, surface reconstruction of a manually reconstructed tool, and part correction of 3D printing geometries.
The new Manufacturing Geometry Correction Module for VGSTUDIO MAX
The new “golden” surface function lets you create an average surface
Correcting Injection Molding Nests
In VGSTUDIO MAX, you can use the Manufacturing Geometry Correction Module in combination with our new “golden” surface function to correct an injection molding tool with multiple identical nests. The golden surface function lets you create an average surface of the parts coming from the different nests which is the best basis for correcting the geometry of the nests—whereas variances between the nests are more likely an outcome of inhomogeneous process parameters.
Define a Measurement Plan Even If No CAD Model Is Available
The average surface—created with the new golden surface feature in VGSTUDIO MAX—can also be used as a basis for the definition of a measurement plan if no CAD model is available. This lowers the number of errors when applying the measurement plan to multiple scans, especially in automated inspection.
The new golden surface feature can also be used as a basis for the definition of a measurement plan
Sequential alignment is a new method to register two objects against each other based on corresponding pairs of geometry elements
Align Two Objects Intuitively
Sequential alignment is a completely new method to register two objects against each other based on corresponding pairs of geometry elements, without first having to register each object to a coordinate system. This intuitive step-by-step process is similar to what you would do with physical objects. The result of each alignment step is immediately visible. If not all degrees of freedom are important, the alignment can remain incomplete. Or set the remaining degrees of freedom by using the best fit method.
Use Organic Shapes as a Datum
With the support of complex datums, we’ve added the option to use freeform surfaces and combination of surfaces as datum objects for registration and geometric tolerancing. This is useful in cases where organic shapes, e.g., a car dashboard or cavities of connectors, should be used as a datum.
The new option to use freeform surfaces and combination of surfaces as datum objects
The new evaluation indicators
Recognize the Tolerance Status Immediately
You can now see at a glance if a dimension is within tolerance in all views—without looking at the Scene Tree or numerical values. In VGSTUDIO MAX, the tolerance state of dimensioning features is now optionally shown in all views by evaluation indicators.
Generate “Watertight” .stl Meshes
A new “grid-based” algorithm in VGSTUDIO MAX extracts surface meshes not only much faster. They are now also “watertight“, meaning that the meshes fully enclose a volume with no gaps or holes. This makes them perfect for most types of 3D printing.
VGSTUDIO MAX 3.2 comes with a completely reworked and extended automation tool. It now supports the socalled “jobs” known from VGinLINE. Drawing from the full scope of available analyses, jobs combine macros, template, and all referenced data into one automation workflow.
If-then statements in jobs allow for even more complex automated inspections. For example, you can determine that further analyses are skipped if the part is already out of tolerance.
Also, input and output paths of macros can now be edited, saving you the time to re-record a macro.
Traceability and Reporting
Compared to macros and templates alone, jobs can reflect incremental changes to a part by using revisions. With their unique IDs for revisions, jobs provide the necessary traceability. Furthermore, meta data information about the inspected component, e.g., from barcode scanners, can now be automatically imported.
Prepare and test jobs in VGSTUDIO MAX
Prepare and Test VGinLINE Jobs in VGSTUDIO MAX
By bringing jobs to VGSTUDIO MAX, the software becomes your central automation editor. It now offers a seamless workflow of editing and testing macros, evaluation templates, and VGinLINE jobs, which can then be transferred to VGinLINE for use in automated at-line or in-line inspection.
Quickly Assess Defects or Geometric Deviations across Multiple Regions
Version 3.2 makes analyzing repetitive structures such as cylinder heads or Ball Grid Arrays a breeze. You can now quickly copy one region of interest (ROI) multiple times into a periodic pattern; all analyses within this ROI, e.g., a defect analysis or a nominal/actual comparison, will be copied automatically.
Copy one region of interest (ROI) multiple times into a periodic pattern
Assess Mechanical Effects of Porosity
How does the porosity in a cast metal part influence its mechanical integrity? With just one click, you can now take the results of a porosity analysis into account in a structural mechanics simulation. In this way, VGSTUDIO MAX 3.2 not only finds defects but also calculates their mechanical effect.
Simulations with Variable Material Parameters
Perform micromechanical simulations of the effective elastic properties of compound materials, rocks, or bones. The Structural Mechanics Simulation Module now supports variable material parameters depending on gray values. Since no volume meshing is required, you avoid the high effort and potential inaccuracies associated with volume meshing.
Visual comparison of a stress simulation on a scanned part (with defects) with an equivalent stress simulated on the nominal part
Compare Stress Simulations
In order to assess whether the defects significantly change the mechanical properties, you can now directly and numerically compare the stress simulated on your scanned part (with defects) with an equivalent stress simulated on the nominal part, represented by a CAD or an .stl model. The software then clearly shows you where and what the differences between your scanned part and the reference part are—leading to the most direct and meaningful characterization of the mechanical effects of the defects.
Separate Color Bars
You can now define separate color lookup tables for each instance of an analysis. In this way, the color coding can reflect tolerancing criteria which vary between different regions (ROIs) of the object.
Direct Access to Color Bar Settings
Accessing the color bar settings directly from the 2D/3D views makes adapting them to your analysis even easier.
Tolerance Indicators within Annotations
By including the tolerance indicators in the annotations, you can now localize defects that are out of tolerance in all views much more quickly.
One-click Update of Analyses
With just one click, you can now update even a high number of analyses for an object, which is enormously time-saving.
Support of FIB/SEM Data
Analyze material probes such as rocks or battery materials in 3D with very high resolution in the nanometer range. With a new import filter for FIB-SEM data, you can now use the broad range of material structure analyses in VGSTUDIO MAX 3.2 on data from FIB-SEM microscopes.
New import filter for FIB-SEM data
The Volume Graphics Metrology Kernel VGMK 3.2.0 140356 (Windows 64 bit) is now tested by the NIST’s “Algorithm Testing and Evaluation Program for Coordinate Measuring Systems”.
Any parameter of defects or cells can be displayed as main result in annotations
Review Defect and Cell Properties within Annotations
Using the active column concept, any parameter of defects or cells can be displayed as main result in annotations, allowing quick and reliable manual review of results.
Directional Variability Along Arbitrary Directions
You can now define arbitrary directions, e.g., for porosity/ inclusion analyses, foam structure analyses, and gray value analyses. This way, the orientation of the object itself can stay fix while allowing different analysis directions in different regions of interest of the object, e.g., when analyzing assembled parts.
Structural Mechanics Simulation
Added the maximum shear stress to the set of available stress indicators in addition to the von Mises stress and maximum principal stress.
New option to limit the analysis of simulation results to regions of interest, e.g., to ignore stress artifacts sometimes appearing near the applied boundary conditions
Global Floating License: Use Software Flexibly Worldwide
Global companies can now use one license at different locations in different time zones throughout the world. With this new Global Floating license type, you require fewer licenses compared to other license models.
Each of these Global Floating licenses can contain a different add-on module configuration. A user can start multiple instances of the software on the same computer without each one counting as a separate license.
Global Floating can do even more: “Borrow” a license from your Global Floating license pool for a limited time, e.g., for a business trip or a conference.
Global Floating is an additional license model to the existing floating license. It’s available for VGSTUDIO MAX packages and packages with additional add-on modules.
A new Global Floating license can be used at different locations in different time zones throughout the world
Improved usability and performance during Shimadzu volume import (new in 3.2.5)
Dragging and dropping mesh files into the scene now saves you time when importing meshes (new in 3.2.3)
File formats with different source file types (e.g., Shimadzu, Toshiba, NSI, Aracor) are now supported by the data collect functionalities, e.g., "Pack and go" and "Save as" (new in 3.2.3)
Respect the slice position when importing a stack of .tiff images, e.g., when importing image stacks with varying slice spacing generated by CT systems with line detectors (new in 3.2.2)
More robust and faster import and export of JPEG2000 files, which are ideal for archiving because of their high quality and high compression, on PCs equipped with SSD disks
Increased compatibility due to updated formats for the import of native CAD files
A more fluent navigation in the 3D view when handling complex scenes with a large number of objects, ROIs, analyses, and/or analysis annotations (new in 3.2.2)
Preference setting to choose between mousewheel in 2D views either slicing through the object or zooming
Added the possibility to center and focus a view with double middle mouse click in the spherical navigation mode
Improved performance of the spherical navigation mode
Improved performance of switching the workspace views
Save time when analyzing repetitive structures such as cylinder heads or Ball Grid Arrays in VGMETROLOGY ES: You can now quickly copy one region of interest (ROI) multiple times into a periodic pattern; all analyses within this ROI, e.g., a nominal/actual comparison, will be copied automatically. (This feature was already available in VGSTUDIO MAX and VGMETROLOGY.) (New in 3.2.2)
The assessment of defects or geometric deviations in components with mirror-symmetric regions of interest (ROIs) gets much faster thanks to a new mirroring option for the “Paste pattern of ROI(s)” option: ROIs on a mirror-symmetric part (including all analyses, CM elements, etc.) can be duplicated on the opposite side; all copied analyses can then be updated by one click using the "Update all analyses" button. (New in 3.2.2)
Introduced local coordinate systems in the Scene Tree, which can be copied with CM templates from one object to another
Geometry Elements I
Use the new import and preview options in the "Fit geometry element" dialog for a more convenient creation of geometry elements, e.g., to compare measurement results between CT and other measurement methods: Simply import or copy and paste them from external sources like .csv files or Excel sheets – no fixed .csv formatting required. (New in 3.2.2)
Fitting of a large number of geometry elements is now much faster using Ctrl + right mouse button for confirmation – thus eliminating the mouse travel between the geometry element and the fitting dialog. (New in 3.2.2)
Geometry Elements II
Improved the performance of the smart expand geometry element fitting option which can now be used as default
Saved fit point information can now be used in macros
Extracted medial axes and other freeform lines can now be toleranced in several geometric tolerances
“Create ROI from geometry element” now also allows to extend the ROI only perpendicularly to the element surface
Geometry Elements III
Added a handy new option for including or excluding holes when creating an ROI from certain geometry elements, e.g., for creating a cylindrical ROI with “lids” on the top and bottom
Added an option to include or exclude holes when creating a mesh from certain geometry element types
Improved freeform surface fitting logic to achieve better results with fewer clicks
The option to “Project T.” for datum elements specified in the geometric tolerancing dialog is now enabled by default.
Added an option to store multiple registrations on one object and to switch between them to see which out of several possible registrations minimizes the deviations to a reference object; measurements are updating accordingly.
Added a preferences option to hide the CM group name for datum elements in GD&T annotations
Added an option to automatically set the nominal position values of a position tolerance, which is less error-prone and faster than manually entering them.
New options to create small files with surface-only volume objects by creating golden surfaces, removing volume data or by converting CAD or mesh objects
Import CAD files by simply dragging and dropping them into the scene (new in 3.2.4)
CAD Import with PMI
Create more meaningful names faster: Use balloon numbers created in Creo 4.0 as a prefix for the feature name when importing PMI data. (New in 3.2.2)
Import only what you really need: Limit the PMI import of dimensions and geometric tolerances to those with a balloon number attached. (New in 3.2.2)
The integration mesh import and the Digimat interface now support NASTRAN file variants with "CTETRA*" elements in large field format (new in 3.2.4)
Improved projection file import for CT Reconstruction Module resulting in a higher responsiveness and shorter reconstruction times (new in 3.2.5)
Increased robustness of automatic misalignment correction in CT reconstruction (new in 3.2.4)
New option to manually set the GPU memory for OpenCL devices to shorten startup times and to guarantee a higher stability (new in 3.2.2)
Higher gray value stability between different scans with changing geometry settings when doing CT reconstruction using filtered back projection
Improved performance, especially for region of interest reconstruction when doing CT reconstruction using filtered back projection
The merging of multiple mesh objects into one new mesh object is now macro-recordable. This makes it easier to automatically analyze or measure objects that are represented by several separate meshes, e.g., when all of them should be displayed with a unified color plot with one nominal/actual comparison. (New in 3.2.2)
Save time when generating jobs with parallel but similar branches by copying and pasting steps. (New in 3.2.2)
Macros recorded on a single object can now be automatically applied to a whole set of similar objects for “in-scene batch processing”.
Multi-applying a single macro can now be aborted.
“Save movie/image stack” is now macro recordable and thus available in batch processing mode and VGinLINE.
Create mesh from geometry elements can now be recorded in a macro.
Manufacturing Geometry Correction
Improved the usage of nominal/actual comparison for the Manufacturing Geometry Correction Module
Improved the 3D navigation for CAD geometry correction objects that do not yet have any components
Foam Structure Analysis
More flexible annotations that now support the active column concept, allowing quick and reliable manual review of results
New option to define reference orientations for several analyses and simulations as an arbitrary vector in 3D
Gray Value Analysis
New option to define reference orientations for several analyses and simulations as an arbitrary vector in 3D
Added the time-saving option to create analysis annotations by pasting previously copied coordinates from the clipboard
Wall Thickness Analysis
Improved accuracy of component surface area calculation for wall thickness analysis (Sphere method)
Data Quality Analysis
Data quality analysis (ASTM E 1695): Center of mass calculation is now more robust against gray value offset (new in 3.2.4)
Reporting and Traceability
It is now possible to export and import a volume’s meta information in .csv format (e.g., from a barcode scanner), both manually and via macros, saving time and reducing errors.