Laser scanning in aircraft construction

Aircraft construction

New measurement method providing highly accurate results

Industrial metrology plays an ever greater role in the field of aircraft construction. Modern measurement methods, e.g. 3D laser scanning, replace conventional and time-consuming methods while providing far more accurate and detailed results.

Less repairs and modifications through higher prefabrication

In the filed of aircraft construction, laser scanners are used to measure large and complex aircraft parts within a short period of time. That way, entire aircrafts or aircraft parts can be planned and constructed in detail. As the prefabrication level is high, repairs and modifications of parts during the assembly phase are drastically reduced. To ensure accurately fitting parts, it is necessary to continuously perform measurements in each phase of the production process.

Unique basis for construction and excellent controlling through highly accurate 3d data

Three-dimensional measurements are the ideal basis for construction and design for other digital planning purposes because of accurate 3D data. It is even possible to scan multiple curved surfaces. 3D surface analysis enables verification of the correct size of the parts and their deviations. When the scan is completed, surface and volume models can be created and collision detections may be performed on the computer.

3D laser scanning ensures faster and easier assembly

Aircraft building is an industry where demands for metrology are high, especially when it comes to ship parts or the complete construction. Through the use of a laser scanner device, less manpower is needed when fast and easy-to-do measurements are required. Another advantage is the handling and operation, which are quite easy as well.

Accurate planning with digital models saves time and effort

Costs, time and effort are drastically reduced through fast and accurate measurements as well as efficient planning and modeling with digital models. Repairs and modifications will become superfluous in  aircraft construction alike because of accurately fitting parts. Due to numerous possibilities in planning with digital models, outstanding performances and profitable solutions within the production process are achieved. Furthermore, laser scanning offers new opportunities for reverse engineering, automated assembly and final inspections. New standards are being set in the world of quality assurance in aircraft construction.

3D model of Airbus A321. Source: Lufthansa3D model of Airbus A321. Source: Lufthansa 3D model of Airbus A321. Source: Lufthansa.3D model of Airbus A321. Source: Lufthansa.

Point cloud of Airbus A321. Source: Lufthansa.Point cloud of Airbus A321. Source: Lufthansa. 3D model (rendering) of Airbus A321. Source: Lufthansa.3D model (rendering) of Airbus A321. Source: Lufthansa.

Laser scanning provides these advantages.

  • easy
  • quickly
  • accurate
  • photo realistic
  • complete
  • contact free
  • light independent
  • reproducible
  • cost saving
  • can be performed during the production