For more than 15 years, the Canton Nissan plant has hosted an annual Family Day to celebrate its employees, their families, community partners, and members of the surrounding community. CAVS-E hosted a booth at this year's event to showcase its 3D printing and Faro Room Scanning capabilities, as well as a FlexSim manufacturing simulation.
CAVS-E showed attendees the 3D printing process with a display board that could use various materials to create three-dimensional objects from a computer-aided design model, such as high-performance prototypes, manufacturing aids, and end-use parts. While most people think that room scanning is done using a drone, CAVS-E also demonstrated during the event how a 3D scan of the building's interior could be performed with a Faro Room Scanner. This scanner can capture and document images that can be used in almost any industry to improve the efficiency of operations and provide insight into new designs.
A FlexSim model was also on display via video, a powerful 3D software used as a tool to model, simulate, analyze, and visualize products. This showed how a 3D model of the manufacturing process can be created with real time data and then visualized. The process allows for deep dive analysis of the manufacturing process, as well as simulating changes, which ultimately allows for a cost savings by knowing that a change will work before it is physically implemented.
To learn more about 3D printing, simulation modeling, and video scanning, or to learn more about the programs and courses offered by CAVS-E, visit cavse.msstate.edu.