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Forum topic by rpalm posted 07-10-2011 05:37 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2011 05:37 PM

Check this out.

-- Robert, I don't understand everything I know about this.

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 08:35 PM

Now THAT is really cool!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 08:58 PM

Incredible. I wonder in a decade or two what the implications of this technology will be? Like.. wow!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 12:15 AM

That is the most incredible electronic device yet. The next thing you know, the movie stars will be jumping in there to clone them selves!! I think the Chinese must have these. They take our good tools and then sell ones that look just like them but out of cheaper material!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 12:20 AM

I understand the basic technology, but can’t quite grasp how the scanner can pick up the ‘axle’ ends of the adjusting screw if they are inside holes in the main body. I guess it must be similar to the way holograms enable the back of an object to be viewed ??

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 04:25 AM

I have worked with this technology before, and Don, you are correct, the scanner cant pick that up. The scanner just produces a “point cloud” to represent the shape or external surfaces of the wrench. The screw and moveable jaw had to be modeled in a CAD program to produce a functioning part. There would have been a few to several hours worth of CAD modeling involved in making an model that would produce that wrench. The demo was oversimplified for filming sake. Very cool Tech to be sure though :)


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#6 posted 07-11-2011 10:12 AM

Thanks Chris – Now it makes sense!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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