What’s New in BuildIT Metrology 2018.5

We are proud to introduce BuildIT Metrology 2018.5, the latest release of our flagship software. Before you try out the new version, here are a few of the new features included in this release.

User Experience

Aligning grouped devices

BuildIT now allows to group and align devices of the same group simultaneously, making it easier to work with measurement networks.


Splitting clouds using multiple clipping planes

The "Split Clouds" commands can now accept multiple planes as inputs, allowing to rapidly trim down point clouds and to keep the desired data.


Harmonizing surface normals made easier

You can now use the harmonize surface normals command, which was available when importing models, directly from the Edit menu. This is useful with models where the surface normals are not well defined.


Highlighting selected groups

You can now preview the entities in a group by hovering your mouse cursor over the entities.Selecting the group will also highlight all the entities within that group.


Support for Portuguese

BuildIT 2018.5 now features Portuguese translations. Select the language from the Settings in the File menu


Exporting/Importing settings and persistence

You can now export or import the settings and persistent values from your application, making it easier to work on different computers.


Added support for customizable color scales

It is now possible to customize the color scale in surface deviation analyses. This is useful to use colors outside of the traditional blue-green-red scheme, or to define a discrete color scheme. Customized scale bars can also be imported or exported for future analyses.


Manual measurement mode for Inspect Targets

There is now a manual mode in the Inspect Targets command. Simply place the probe inside the zone. The target will turn green and you can then click on the measure button (or press F9) to trigger a measurement.


Extracting edges made easier

The auto-associate command can now automatically extract the edges of a point cloud, allowing you to perform all associations in one click.


Improved adaptive cloud sampling method

The adaptive cloud sampling method has been improved, making it easier to reduce the size of point clouds without losing any details of the shapes and edges.


Added support for evaluating flatness by area

BuildIT can now evaluate flatness tolerances by units of surface, as per the GD&T ASME Y14.5M-2009 standard. The tolerances can be created in BuildIT or imported from other CAD formats.


Analysis warnings attached to tolerances

Warnings and error messages associated to tolerance evaluations are now attached directly to the tolerances. Simply hover the mouse on the warning or error symbol and more information will be displayed.



AS9102 report template

BuildIT 2018.5 now comes with a template for the industry standard AS9102 report.



NIST Certified

We are proud to announce that BuildIT has received its certificate from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, guaranteeing that the BuildIT fitting algorithms are accurate and reliable.



Add support for Tracer arrays

By running your projection plan with multiple tracers simultaneously, you can:

  • Cover large parts that cannot fit in a single Tracer's field of view
  • Reduce flicker by having each Tracer project their respective parts of a layer, with no overlap
  • Move freely into a Tracer's line of sight while other tracers' projection provide overlap/redundancy

In the Projection Plan, you can set how layers are shared between each projector in an array by setting two of the properties of the Projections node: Allow Overlap and Threshold incidence angle.


Optimized laser path

Users will experience less flicker especially with more complex layers due to an algorithm running in the background, which optimizes how a layer is traced. It finds the best order and direction of each contour to shorten the laser path. This increases the projection refresh rate and sometimes completely eliminates flicker.

Drift Checking

To ensure that the Tracer's alignment does not need a re-alignment, a quick drift check can be automatically launched periodically. It can be triggered in one of three ways:

  • At regular time intervals
  • Projecting a new layer
  • Launching the command in Project: Drift check

All drift check settings can be set in the Projection Plan, in the properties of the Alignment node.

Point Verification

In order to detect misplaced items during the projection job, a Point Verification Step can be launched anywhere in a projection plan, providing the operator with timely information to fix the problem as they run through the projection plan.

With this new command, corners and holes detected by the TracerSI can be compared to its nominal position to ensure that it is located within its tolerance zone.

Point Verification Step

Image Verification

In order to detect Foreign Object Debris or Damage, an Image Verification Step can be launched anywhere in a projection plan, providing the operator with timely information to fix the problem as they run through the projection plan.

With this new command, a greyscale image of a TracerSI scan can be used as a reference, such that a scan during a projection job can be compared to it. Each pixel is compared, and if a large cluster of pixels is detected to have changed, it is flagged as an anomaly. If the cluster is larger than a specified threshold, the verification is failed.

Image Verification Step

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