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7 Frequently Asked Questions about CT Scanning

1. Can I scan my part?To answer this we need to ensure we are focused and optimized in the right areas by digging deeper in to the goals of the project. First, we review the physical size of the sample, because smaller samples and more localized areas of interest will yield higher resolution data sets. Systems can be as small as desktop and as large as a walk in vault, each…

Internal Integrity and Reverse Engineering of a Plastic Molded Part

This is a great example to show how Computed Tomography (CT) can be used for not only evaluating the internal integrity of a part but also for reverse engineering.

X-ray Inspection of Additive Manufactured Parts

Matt Zachman

Inspection Services Lab Technician

Discover the benefits of using X-ray inspection technology with additive manufacturing parts.

X-ray Inspection of Complex Assemblies

Nate DeRoo

Inspection Services Lab Technician

We scan a lot of amazing things at North Star Imaging and one of the more interesting things we scan are small electric motors. They are complex assemblies so in order to identify the root cause of failure we must identify all the components the motor is connected to.

Using X-ray Scanning for Early Detection to Gauge a Parts Quality and Integrity

Nate DeRoo

Inspection Services Lab Technician

Have you ever wondered about how modern science in today’s industries safeguard our lives? Let’s take a closer look at nondestructive testing and how it aids in that process by using industrial digital X-ray scanning for early detection to gauge a parts quality and integrity.

Dual Tube CT Systems Offer Incredible Versatility

A recent and growing trend in the Industrial X-ray and Computed Tomography (CT) marketplace is a Dual Tube X-ray/CT System; a system which integrates both a Microfocus and Minifocus tube in the same cabinet. Dual Tube systems can scan a broader variety of products, ranging from small parts requiring high resolution all the way up to large, high-density samples.

Replacing Digital Radiography Imaging with High Speed Computed Tomography

Brett Muehlhauser

R&D Technical Fellow - ASNT Level III

With the advances in CT, comes the opportunity to perform very high-speed CT scans of some products. The CT scan can quickly provide a 3D view of all indications as well as their location within a product. With a 3D data set, automatic software routines can be applied with true 3D acceptance criteria applied to assisted and automatic defect recognition (ADR) routines.

How can 2D and 3D X-ray Imaging Help with Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing (AM), sometimes referred to as 3D printing, is believed to be one of the greatest opportunities of our era and has the potential to completely change many business landscapes in the coming years and decades. There are still constraints and challenges in AM that need to be tackled by the combined efforts from scientists, engineers, and decision makers. During this process, with the help of X-ray imaging products and expertise...

Computed Tomography Used in Reverse Engineering

Computed tomography used in reverse engineering saves time and enables easy manipulation of data for analyzing and testing a wide range of components

Optimizing Defect Detectability

Nate DeRoo

Inspection Services Lab Technician

Setting up a computed tomography scan can be a complicated task when trying to optimize defect detectability. There are many parameters that can be adjusted, and many of them have a direct or inverse relationship with other parameters for your scan.

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