Sep 13, 2016 | By Tess

In 1994, Christian von Koenigsegg set out to realize his dream of creating a world-class supercar with the founding of his very own auto manufacturer, Koenigsegg Automotive. Now, 22 years later, the Swedish company is a recognized manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, with such acclaimed models as the recently unveiled Regera, which Koenigsegg claims will be the most powerful and fastest accelerating production car ever made. Unsurprisingly, the innovative car manufacturer has integrated 3D scanning and printing technologies into its prototyping and manufacturing processes for years, continually striving to improve its car models in all ways possible.

Most recently, Koenigsegg announced that it has partnered with Quebec, Canada-based 3D scanning and metrology company Creaform to help streamline and improve its quality control processes for their innovative hypercars. Using Creaform’s portable 3D scanning metrology devices, Koenigsegg has been able to check its car designs for problems and get feedback on its models in a flexible and time effective manner, especially as the scanning can be done directly on the production floor.

As Jon Gunner, Technical Director of Koenigsegg, explains, “We used metrology to quickly identify the problems and solve them in the best manner. We really wanted something that would be more flexible and fit in with the way that we work rather than the other way around and Creaform fitted the bill perfectly for that.” As he goes on to explain, flexility was paramount especially because of the low-volume of the production vehicles.

After Koenigsegg got in contact with Creaform’s metrology service team, the 3D scanning company helped the auto manufacturer to take a full-body scan of the new Koenigsegg Regera model using the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system. This full-body scanning system allowed the car manufacturer to get an accurate picture of the car, which in turn allowed for the “the maximum accuracy in the alignment of the scans that is required in quality control applications.”

For the individual part inspection and quality control, Creaform supplied three of its metronomy devices, the MetraSCAN 3D, the HandySCAN and the HandyPROBE. Of course, because of the car’s dark and shiny surface, as well as its carbon fibre parts, Creaform had to devise a method for accurately scanning dark and reflective surfaces, which some of you will know, are typically very difficult to scan because dark objects absorb light and reflective ones create noise. Fortunately, Creaform not only had an algorithm to deal with these issues, but their latest generations of MetraSCAN 3D scanners were designed to scan well on shiny surfaces with their 7 laser crosses. The HandyPROBE portable CMM for its part offered single point measurements with accuracy up to  0.020 mm, which allowed for jigs to be adjusted and production parts to be inspected with accuracy.

“For our coming cars we are already planning to implement the HandySCAN especially in the design process…but also more in more in the production process to quality check the product and check that everything is aligned even before we might find issues,” explained Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive.

 

 

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