Gilbarco needed to optimize fluid flow through a complicated cast part and wanted to use computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis in order to quickly optimize the shape for fluid flow. No CAD data of the cast part existed.
Gilbarco contracted 3DScanCo to reverse engineer the cast part. The part presented a unique challenge because of the complicated internal and external features. 3DScanCo used a technique called digital assembly to capture the internal and external features. The high resolution 3D scan data was then used to create a Catia model for Gilbarco. This part also had free form cast surfaces in combination with machined faces and bores. These features were identified and analyzed for original design intent during the modeling process.
This project resulted in a successful computational fluid dynamic analysis and optimization. Gilbarco was able to optimize the shape, resulting in the most efficient fluid flow possible. 3DScanCo also demonstrated the ability to scan and model complicated engine castings internals with high accuracy 3D laser scanning.
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