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NAE™ Project: Update

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June 4, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Today Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi and Micah Carter spent most of the day digitizing the North American Eagle™.

The day started out by applying hundreds of decals called targets over the entire skin of the 56 foot long Eagle. Micah then went around and perform a process called Photogrammetry. After taking nearly 250 digital photographs of the car, the images capture all the targets in the computer, which are later used to tie all the scans together.

Next Keith and Micah sprayed on spotcheck to give the shiny surface of the Eagle a dull non-reflective finish. When done, it looked like the Eagle had baby powder applied over the entire surface!

Next we scanned the entire car using a ATOS 3D Digitizer. This flexible optical measuring machine is based on the principle of triangulation. Projected fringe patterns (see photos) are observed with two cameras. 3D coordinates for each camera pixel are calculated with high precision, a polygon mesh of the object’s surface is generated. 3D digitizing with the mobile ATOS system delivers for all object sizes and complexities

  • Highly accurate 3D coordinates
  • Full-field deviation to CAD
  • Section based analysis
  • Complete measuring reports

As the graphic above shows we were able to capture extreme detail of up to 0.001 of an inch. This data will now be combined with our previous scans and brought into Geomagic Software where the point cloud can be turned into surfaces. Then the model will be brought into Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5R19 where we can manipulate it and design details and assemblies.

Using our Lenovo D20 ThinkStations, Lenovo W700 ThinkPad and 3DConnexion's SpacePilot™ Pro 3D mouse our aeronautical engineers will perform CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis on the car.

Special Thanks to Micah Carter and Johan Gout from Capture 3D for their help in capturing the data.

About Capture 3D

Capture 3D, Inc. is saving companies money by reducing the time required to perform part or assembly inspection, root cause analysis, and reverse engineering functions via the integration of the industry accepted ATOS solution into their processes.  With a team of knowledgeable and experienced engineers in various North American locations, Capture 3D assists companies to be more competitive by optimizing their current design through sustaining engineering product cycles.  A few of our clients experiencing the ATOS/TRITOP advantage include Audi, Autodie, BMW, Boeing, DCX, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Pratt Whitney, Rolls Royce, Superior CAM, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Please contact us for more information or an on-site demonstration- or

On the Newsstands

If you own a Falcon Business Jet, then you have seen the North American Eagle in the latest issue of Falconer Magazine, Issue 36 / 2010. If you're not lucky enough to own a multi-million dollar business jet, the you can read The Quest To Be The Fastest Car On Earth written by Grant Kielczewski, Managing Editor on line. It features extraordinary photos of our July 2009 test session at The Black Rock Desert, and tells the story of tenacity and resourcefulness as our team challenges the 763 mph world land speed record.


Intel Solid State Drive Videos

If  you haven't seen them yet now would be a good time to watch the videos we did with Intel promoting their indestructible Solid State Drives.

F-104 decals

For All you F-104 Scale Model Builders

Tony Landis from NASA Dryden sent us this information. Rocketeer Decal, a manufacturer of scale model decals now offer a decal sheet that includes turning your 1/72 F-104 model with the livery of 56-0763. Cool huh?

We know a lot of our fans are on facebook.  Now the North American Eagle™ is on facebook!   In fact many of our team members are also!  Tell your friends! It's fun!

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