IMFlash - September 2015

September 17, 2015

IMFlash - September 2015

While enjoying the summer and some vacation time, InnovMetric’s development team in Quebec City has been hard at work on PolyWorks® 2015 IR4 and IR5.

This issue of IMFlash will introduce you to significant new functionalities, particularly additional geometry control fields to facilitate first-article inspection, a one-step meshing process for spherical grid scans, and feature-probing statistics in real time. Next, read about our website’s multilingual content now available in 7 languages.

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars and register for the upcoming webinars and events.

Highlights from PolyWorks 2015 IR4

Windows 10 support

Starting with version 2015 IR4, PolyWorks is now compatible with Windows 10. 


Global characteristic number for first-article inspection reports

We have added three new fields to the geometry controls of all measurement objects:

  • Characteristic Number: a unique identifier for first-article inspection
  • Characteristic Name: a customized geometry control name
  • Notes: useful information for the readers of your inspection reports



These new fields can be displayed in report tables and annotations. The new Characteristic Number field is useful to facilitate the creation of report tables for PPAP and first-article inspection reports.

Coming to PolyWorks 2015 IR5

Tripod-mounted long-range laser scanning devices measure the surfaces of the 3D scenes that surround them, producing point clouds that can be structured as spherical grids of points. Until now, PolyWorks users who wanted to convert spherical grid scans into a polygonal model had to split these scans into sets of smaller planar scans, according to angle and range criteria, prior to invoking a meshing algorithm. This meshing process required the use of two PolyWorks modules, IMAlign and IMMerge. Starting with 2015 IR5, users will now be able to directly mesh their spherical grid scans using only the IMInspect module.

IMInspect 2015 IR5 will offer a new spherical grid Data object type that stores the spherical grid topology, in addition to the x, y, z coordinates and the intensity and color of the measured data points. Spherical grid Data objects can currently be created by importing one of the following spherical scan file formats: BTX, FLS, IXF, PTX, ZFC and ZFS. Once spherical grids have been imported and selected, users can convert them to a polygonal model using a new fast meshing engine that was specifically developed and optimized for spherical scans. Preliminary results indicate that the new spherical meshing process is an order of magnitude quicker than the previous one. Stay tuned, as we plan to release additional spherical scan tools shortly!


Probed feature fitting statistics in real time

The “Standard deviation”, “Max deviation” and “Form error” feature-fitting statistics will be displayed and updated in real time after each probed point, once a minimum number of probed points has been reached. This will allow the immediate trigger, when applicable, of an out-of-tolerance behavior. This capability of 2015 IR5 will be useful to warn users when they probe an incorrect point, allowing them to undo the last probed point or reprobe the feature.

Strengthening our worldwide presence

We are happy to announce that our website is now available in 7 languages, with the recent addition of Spanish, Portuguese and Thai. In the last few years, sales of PolyWorks licenses and support/maintenance contracts have grown significantly in Mexico, Brazil, and Thailand, largely due to the top-level support and services offered locally by our subsidiaries. In our continued efforts to strengthen and expand our global presence, it was important to us to make our website’s content available to prospective customers of emerging markets in their native language.

We are proud of the trust our global customers have placed in us, and we will continue to strive to deliver only the highest quality of products and services, and maintain our tradition of excellence in technical support and customer satisfaction.