What’s New in BuildIT Projector 2018.5

We are proud to introduce BuildIT Projector 2018.5, the latest release of our modern and intuitive software solution used to generate and plan laser projection workflows. With user-friendliness as one of its core strengths, users can create laser projection jobs in no time. Here are a few of the new features included in this latest release.

User Experience

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.

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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.

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Support for Portuguese

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

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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.

Projection

Support for multi-Tracer arrays

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

  • Cover larger parts
  • Reduce flicker
  • Move freely into one of the Tracers' line of sight

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.

Projector Array

Feature-based Alignment

The TracerSI is able to scan holes and corners and use them as alignment points instead of relying exclusively on retro-targets. This reduces setup costs and, in some cases, the need for jigs.

When creating alignment points in the Projection Plan, their types (retro-target, hole, corner) are automatically set, but they can also be specified by the user in their Properties. The Tracer will then use the appropriate feature scanning method for your alignment.

Feature-based Alignment Point

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.

In-Process Verification

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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