3D Computed Tomography

Diverse CT Scanning Capabilities for Industrial Metrology

Since the 1970s, the technology behind computed tomography (CT) scanning has helped medical professionals gain more knowledge about the internal structures of the human body. Today, that technology has grown in its application, to impact the way products are designed and manufactured. With 3D computed tomography, engineers and designers can analyze an object and literally view and understand it from the inside out. This level of precision and analysis helps in the entire product life cycle, making sure that, from design to production, the product or component meets expectations.

3D computed tomography scanning is the most advanced measurement technology available today, capturing data at an accuracy of 5-7 microns. Able to map a 3D part in an hour, CT scanning is fast becoming a vital tool for industrial metrology. 3DProscan, a Jabil company, provides our customers with diverse CT scanning capabilities for a variety of applications, from conducting first-article inspections to computer-aided design (CAD) drawing product comparison.

With industrial CT scanning of plastics and other low-density materials, manufacturers can literally see inside their products to identify design issues and production discrepancies, ensure lot-to-lot consistency, and derive highly accurate and detailed measurements of internal components. This fast, non-destructive approach also helps accelerate project completion by reducing the time required to qualify parts for production.

Impact of 3D Computed Tomography in Metrology

Metrology is the science of measurement and 3D computed tomography has helped give metrology greater precision. This new level of precision and clarity helps aid product development from ideation to manufacture.

  • Innovation development and prototyping – measurements are needed to create product specifications and aids in the testing of product tolerances and capabilities
  • Process validation – assembly process is analyzed to ensure uniformity in design specs and actual product
  • Quality control – as manufacturing commences, components are analyzed and measured to maintain standards of quality and identify any failures in materials or assembly tools

As a helpful tool in manufacturing, 3D computed tomography has a wide range of applications and benefits:

  • Noninvasive inspection method
  • Analyzes internal and external parts
  • Nondestructive analysis
  • High quality imaging
  • Ability to represent data in 2D or 3D
  • Cross sectional analysis available
  • Quick, accurate, and precise data measurements
  • Defect detection
  • Research and development applications
  • Reverse engineering
  • Tolerance analysis
  • Cuts cost and reduces production time

A Proactive Solutions Partner

Jabil offers end-to-end, comprehensive design and engineering capabilities with operations at over 90 sites in 23 countries. As a single point of accountability, we increase customer value while reducing risk by offering flexible solutions:

  • Manufacture the highest-quality products and components using the latest automation and process technologies
  • Innovate and develop designs optimized for performance and manufacturability
  • Rapidly prototype for accelerated product introductions
  • Stringently validate and test with proprietary, integrated methodologies
  • Ensure that customers build in the right location, source the right materials, and reach target markets with intelligent, digital supply-chain solutions

3D Computed Tomography Capabilities

With Jabil’s advanced technology, customers can nondestructively digitize, visualize, and analyze internal and external features of precision parts and assemblies. From plastic injection molded parts for medical devices, packaging and personal healthcare products, the accuracy and speed of our CT scanning services will aid in faster, more informed decision making.

FASTscan Part-to-CAD Comparisons

  • Dimensional analyses typically in less than two hours
  • Color-coded geometric comparisons provide data on dimensional stability
  • Customers visualize components for analysis with a complementary viewer

Part-to-Part Comparisons

  • Comparative color-coded map for easy data interpretation
  • Reduced downtime and quick comparisons of different material lots and molding processes
  • Previous scans can be saved and used to build historical data for a comparative analysis

Dimensional Inspection

  • CAD modeling and 2D printing enable programming before receiving a physical part
  • Ability to work in parallel as parts are being made
  • Complete dimensional inspection reports can be compiled in hours instead of days

Reverse Engineering

  • Create updated CAD for legacy parts
  • Reduces time and cost of rebuilding components from scratch

Complete Assembly Analysis

  • X-ray images enable visualizing beyond the surface of walls and layers
  • Reveals wall thickness, volume, voids, leaks, inclusions, seals and more through assembly analysis
  • Analyzes virtually without damaging an assembly or altering its natural state

With Jabil’s 3D computed tomography capabilities, customers are introduced to new levels of innovation and freedom of design. Most importantly, partnering with Jabil offers more than just the advanced technology to produce high quality, in-demand products. Our collaborative culture and expertise provides unique end-to-end solutions that elevate customer performance. Our culture of integrity, ingenuity, and inspiration make us a trusted manufacturing solutions provider for the world’s top products. By partnering with Jabil, customers can rest easy with the assurance that their best interests are being protected by an industry leader and their product will be of the highest quality possible

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Jabil’s 3D Computed Tomography expertise is located throughout the world.