CELINA, Texas—CAD / CAM Services, a computer-aided design and engineering firm with expertise in 3D scanning, modeling, and conversions, recently expanded its inspection capabilities to include first article inspections (FAI) per customer or AS9102 standards, the company said in a release.
CAD / CAM Services is reported to be “one of the few CAD engineering firms in the world certified for high precision conversions by both the aerospace industry and the Department of Defense.” The company routinely offers in-depth inspection programs designed to provide OEMs with extremely accurate CAD files. This ensures that all CAD drawings and models match the original specifications and are capable of producing parts and assemblies that meet all design requirements, the company said.
In addition to AS1902 reporting, CAD / CAM can supply “any FAI reporting that a supplier may require, including Q-Checker,” according to the release. FAI is a comprehensive, independent, and documented quality control process used by aerospace manufacturers to verify that a supplier conforms to all required physical and mechanical specifications. However, a number of other industries—including automotive manufacturing, shipbuilding, and general manufacturing—have also adopted the reports in recent years.
According to CAD / CAM Services, its engineers are capable of converting any CAD format file into any other CAD system. The firm’s CAD engineers can also make the model (or drawing) compliant with any internal aerospace standard, the company said in the release.
CAD / CAM Services is said to have pioneered the restoration of Mylar drawings, which are often in disrepair, and converting them into accurate digital formats. Mylar is an obsolete medium that was once very common in engineering and construction because it was more stable than paper. However, it degrades over time, and the accuracy of the drawing is often negatively impacted. With millions of Mylar drawings still in circulation and usually inadequately stored, converting this information into accurate and useable digital formats has become increasingly important.
With its 3D scanning and reverse engineering expertise, CAD / CAM Services is capable of creating replacement parts for new and older aircraft to further assist aerospace suppliers. CAD / CAM models include full assemblies that are accurate to ± 0.002 inch over any X, Y, and Z axis.