Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tool and Die Design Advance Documentation with QR Code

Tool and Die Design Advanced Documentation
(Please ask for a Quotation)
• QR Codes: The VorTool QR codes contain valuable information for manufacturing purposes. The tool room or machine shop may have additional information that could possibly be put on a CAD drawing. The web based pages include images to fully explain how and what is intended to be done, and your input may also be included in the pages.
The QR codes if any, are printed on the actual shop drawings and can be accessed by using e.g. a smart phone with a QR reader. It is a visual and verbal extension of the CAD drawing or its part and or the assemblies.
The sample part drawing has many different holes that the CNC programmer will have difficulties to identify from the drawing. The additional web page has images with colour coded holes to visually identify all holes. The additional information possibilities are endless and can generally answer questions that the machinists are generally looking for.

Features on drawings, such as holes could be confusing for the programmer using MasterCAM or similar software to generate paths and then NC files to CNC machine the parts. On this example, there is a plate with a number of different holes, like dowel holes, tapped and counter bored holes, etc.
To keep the drawing clutter free yet provide enough information is not always possible. The larger the work piece and or more holes to be processed, mistakes can be easily made. The 3D model’s holes were assigned with different colours, then a web page was created with a color code chart to Identify the holes.
A QR code was generated from the web page and was placed on the drawing. The machinist can scan the code with a smart phone and have an instant answer of the ongoing questions about the type of holes to be made. You may not think it is a big deal but if you know that e.g. MasterCam does not recognize the tapped holes as a feature, than you will find this visual aid invaluable. The designer can have additional images, notes, etc. attached to the web page or pages to have instructions available at hand at all times.
To take a test drive and see how it works, scan the code with a QR code reader (free app for your phone) or download the print and then scan it. Once scanned, the web page automatically opens to view.


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