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Renishaw FixtureBuilder 8.0 Simplifies Inspection Fixture Modeling

Renishaw FixtureBuilder 8.0 3D-modelling software offers measurement advances.

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Renishaw’s FixtureBuilder 8.0 is the latest version of its 3D fixture modeling software. The software allows users to design metrology fixturing setups without having to use coordinate measuring machines (CMM) and other inspection devices reducing setup time. It can be used with a CAD model of the part, which is imported into FixtureBuilder. The entire fixturing setup, along with the part, can then be exported into inspection programming software.
 
In FixtureBuilder 8.0, users can model fixtures that use the Renishaw QuickLoad rail system (which is used on CMMs and provides a secure workholding position when used in conjunction with QuickLoad base plates). These are attached to the rail on either side using quick-release magnets and location pins. The interchangeable design of the rail and plates is said to maximize the machine operator’s ability to quickly inspect and release parts.
 
Metrology tables, M12 fixtures, ¼-20 fixtures and many other new fixturing components have also been added to FixtureBuilder 8.0, providing users with access to a wider range of fixturing components in the software’s library. According to the company, an improved mechanism mode provides real-life movement and collision detection with increased precision, resulting in faster fixture setups. Exporting the fixture model into inspection software has become faster and easier in the new version as well, making the inspection programming process more streamlined. In addition to supporting Parasolid, STEP, ACIS, STL, IGES and many other file formats, FixtureBuilder 8.0 has been upgraded to allow users to import and export the latest versions of these 3D CAD file formats.

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