Our aerospace customers were moving towards requiring us to work exclusively from CAD data to manufacture and inspect the tooling we supplied them. Our tool builders/inspectors had been running a legacy software product that did not meet the demands of our ever growing needs. Based on the new requirements, we searched and found Verisurf. The software's ability to directly read CATIA models is the best I have ever seen, and I have tried them all. What's more, Verisurf allowed us to realize a considerable improvement in productivity.
I want to sincerely thank you for all of your hard work on this wonderful software that you've pioneered. I've been able to base an entire career off of Verisurf and couldn't be happier in my profession.
If you are doing metrology work then Verisurf is a must have. Verisurf is the best software available for the price and capabilities. One of the best features is the ease in which you can train new employees. It is developed in a way that you can train quickly and still be able to do complex jobs as well as create reports that you can structure to satisfy any customer.
I selected Verisurf as the metrology software of choice for Tri Models because it is a true common platform for all of our devices. We use Verisurf on our laser trackers, PCMM arms, manual CMMs and even use it to program our DCC CMMs. When you have as many different devices as we do, the cost savings are tremendous, not only for training but on cost of ownership as well. Verisurf has been extremely easy for us to learn and use and our customers really enjoy receiving the all electronic reports that we send them.
As a measurement service provider, our customers all have unique challenges and expect us to be able to solve them quickly. We rely on Verisurf for all of our service jobs because its capabilities meet that demand. Verisurf helps us get through any type of job from part inspection, layout work, alignments, or reverse engineering, then present the data graphically to our customers so they can see and understand the results.
When we set out to break the 763 mph world land speed record, we needed to develop a digitized model for FEA and CFD Studies of a 50 year-old aircraft design. We ran into a brick wall when we discovered that no data was available so we had to reverse engineer the 56 foot long North American Eagle. We used Verisurf Software, working with FARO Arms and Laser Trackers, to completely digitize the vehicle in one day. Verisurf technicians provided immediate onsite support to meet our tight schedule. The Verisurf technicians continue to provide professional and timely support whenever we call.
Driver / Project Manager
After analyzing Model Base Definition (MBD) software for a major aircraft manufacturer for the last 15 years, I have seen every MBD software available. I wasn't just a person that analyzed the softwares capability, I WAS A DAILY USER OF IT. I found Verisurf to be the most user friendly, intuitive software of all the brands out there. My customers love my ability to directly import their CATIA, UG/NX and Solidworks files directly into Verisurf. Verisurf has definitely been a hit with all my customers, and helps keep my customers coming back to CAMS. Building and inspecting tools, inspecting parts, aircraft analysis, prototyping, Reverse Engineering I use it for everything. Verisurf is the tool for ALL computer aided measurement devices.
Jeffrey D. Brehm
We use Verisurf for incoming inspection of very large vacuum forming tools. It gives us comfort that we will have good results with the vacuum formed parts before the mold enters the shop. We also use it to meet our customers increasingly stringent inspection requirements. Verisurf has proven to be capable of doing anything we need it to do while being user friendly.
Verisurf is easy to use for inspection but is also a powerful tool for aligning fixtures, parts, tools, and machinery.
Verisurf was the #1 choice to increase the productivity of our Laser Tracker Measuring Systems. We now take advantage of increased product visibility on complex assembly jobs. We have demonstrated cost reductions by virtually eliminating manual point entry and drawing interpretation errors by directly using 3D solid models. We are now able to Build, Measure, Reverse Engineer, and Analyze products far beyond the capabilities of typical OEM measuring software.
William J. Breda
Tool Design - Engineering - Programming
We have been using Verisurf since 1997 and it has been the most useful tool to being successful in our business. We have Faro, Leica and API Trackers and the Verisurf Program works outstanding with all three. Having this program has opened up many doors for our company and our customers are always satisfied. As the owner of VT Tooling, I highly recommend this program.
We started using Verisurf over 10 years ago based on its ability to handle large CAD files and advanced features for best fitting data. Verisurf also allows us a great deal of report writing options. The people at Verisurf are very easy to work with and they're always interested in our ideas on how to make the software better. We have a difficult time coming up with ideas the software doesn't already do!
We have counted on Mastercam to provide rock-solid tool paths for years. Now with our added Verisurf/Faro solution, we have a common platform for our designers, programmers and inspectors.
To say AIT utilizes Verisurf metrology software would be an understatement; the company relies on the software for virtually every aspect of our development and production workflow. Using Verisurf we are able to save days, even weeks of machining time on large-scale bond tools. Virtually every tool or jig that leaves AIT has a Verisurf inspection report attached to it.
Quality Manufacturing Systems Manager
Verisurf metrology software is doing its part in maintaining precision in the shop and on the launch pad. We use it for everything from tooling fabrication to pre-launch preparation. With Verisurf, we are looking directly at the CAD model and the measurement results. We see the measurements reflected against the 3D model and this makes the process faster and reduces mistakes. We aren't drawing free, yet, but like the rest of the aerospace industry we are striving to implement model-based definition to achieve its many benefits.
Tooling Operations Manager
Verisurf inspection software is the best bang for the buck, bar none! I have been using Verisurf since version 6. I have also used many other software packages and, not only are they all, way more expensive, but they are not nearly as user friendly or complete as Verisurf. The tech support at Verisurf is very responsive and will rapidly make updates to suit my requirements.
Before we had Verisurf and a portable CMM arm we had to send all of our first article inspections out to a measurement service bureau which was costly and time consuming. We purchased Verisurf with a PCMM arm in 2006 and have been able to perform all of our FAIs, both model-based and blueprint type, in house, significantly reducing costs and achieving much better flow through the inspection department. I really like being able to control the entire process rather than having to rely on outside sources. Verisurf has proven to be easy to learn and use which is important in getting the technology quickly integrated on the floor. The customer support is great and everyone at Verisurf cares about our company and its success.
Director of Quality
I am a big fan of Verisurf and you guys have treated me very well.
Verisurf has superb CAD translators, allowing us to work with a variety of native datasets. With Verisurf, we can work fluently with our customer and vendor data regardless of the format.
We use Verisurf's customizable report templates to great success. Each of our customers wants data presented a certain way. With Verisurf, we can always oblige.
Verisurf's exceptional 3D visualization tools help us make sense of complex situations. It's equally valuable on the assembly line and the conference room!
I've used Verisurf from its beginning and have become dependent on its versatility. I love the fact that once a tech learns one machine, they can easily run any of the inspection equipment from the laser tracker to the portable arms to the DCC CMMs. Great program. Made my life easier.
We run both laser trackers and CMMs with Verisurf, this allows me to move my personnel around to best suit my workload requirements rather than having to train them on multiple software platforms. With the ease of use and short learning curve I can have new employees up to speed and productive in a very short period of time.
The biggest advantage of our Verisurf and API laser tracker system is the credibility it gives Delta Tooling. We actually get jobs that our competitors don't because they don't have PCMM. And even though it is a powerful tool, Verisurf is easy to use and was extremely easy to learn. I picked it up, without classroom training, in less than a day.
Verisurf has become the standard in our company for a total, 1-stop metrology solution. We use Verisurf's alignment and best fit tools to perform live comparison of as-built point clouds to nominal CATIA models. This approach has drastically reduced the time our inspectors need to verify parts and assemblies. The systems unique, CAD-based architecture has also given us the ability to perform reverse engineering from point cloud collection to solid modeling - all within a single application. We've simultaneously accelerated accurate data collection while improving communications between our inspection team and engineering by standardizing all of our inspection reports using Verisurf's flexible and customizable report management tools.
We have gone totally to MBD (model based definitions), so we are using the design model to check our parts. The model controls everything: it is what we are inspecting against and it is what we are reporting to. To do this, we use Verisurf. It makes it very easy to go through, examine and evaluate a part. When we are done inspecting, the report is automatically created.
QC Department Supervisor
I have been using Verisurf for many years while employed by Boeing and now by Hexagon Metrology Services. I started with Verisurf 7.2 and am now using Verisurf X5. I have used several other software programs but overall, Verisurf is the Best. In the world of Metrology Measurement, there is virtually nothing that you can't do with Verisurf. And, it just keeps getting better. Keep up the great work guys.
You know it's just that simple. It's one of the coolest revolutions that I have seen in the industry. For fixture building, the Verisurf and arm combination are more accurate than hard tooling and much faster. It's a huge labor saver. We can build stuff in days that used to take us weeks.
Verisurf X System Requirements
|OS||Windows XP or 7 32/64-bit Professional||Windows 7 or 8/8.1 64-bit Professional|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5-4210M Processor (Dual Core 2.60GHz) 64 bit processors||Intel® Core™ i7-4578U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)|
|Memory||8 GB||16 GB|
|Video||OpenGL 3.0 support with 512 MB memory. No onboard graphics||NVIDIA Quadro or AMD Firepro Workstation graphics card with 1 GB dedicated memory|
|Monitor||1280 * 1024 resolution||1920 * 1080 resolution, dual monitors|
|Storage||250 GB drive with 30 GB free||250 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) with 30 GB free,|
|Mouse||3-button Microsoft compatible mouse||3-button wireless Microsoft or Logitech mouse|
|3D Mouse||3DConnexion 3D mouse|
Connection to internet and e-mail is recommended updates*
Versurf continues to review the operating system (OS) requirements for Verisurf with a view to providing the best possible user experience for our customers. Verisurf X7.1 will be the last major release to support Windows 7 32-bit OS.
Supported operating systems for different versions of Verisurf are shown in the table below:
|Operating System||Verisurf X6||Verisurf X7||Verisurf X8|
|Windows 8/8.1 64-bit||No||Yes||Yes|
|Windows 7 64-bit||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Windows 7 32-bit||Yes||Yes||No|
Future major releases will target Window 7 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit only. Our information shows that the large majority of our customers already use 64-bit systems, benefitting from the faster and more stable environment they deliver.
We recommend using Windows 7 or Windows 8 Professional editions. While Verisurf may run on other versions (such as Home Edition), it has not been tested on these configurations and is therefore not supported.
The processor speed will impact how fast the software will calculate and complete tasks. More and more aspects of Verisurf are becoming multi-core processor aware with each release.
When Verisurf uses all available RAM it switches to using virtual memory space, which is stored on the hard drive, and will dramatically slow the system down. For large point cloud measurement and reverse engineering we recommend 16 GB or even 32 GB of RAM.
When purchasing a new computer for verisurf, one of the most important areas is the video card.
We recommend an NVIDIA Quadro card or AMD Firepro Graphics Cards with at least 1 GB of memory. Other graphics cards can be used, but they must offer full OpenGL 3.0 support (typically manufactured by AMD/ATI). We have seen some issues using AMD/ATI Radeon graphics cards.
We do not recommend or support the use of onboard graphics found with some PC configurations. These do not generally have the capability to drive graphics intensive applications such as Verisurf.
Make sure you are using up to date drivers from your card manufacturer. We often see issues that are resolved with updated video drivers and the driver version can have a great impact on how the card performs.
The latest drivers for NVIDIA and AMD can be found at the inline links. We recommend using the automatic detect feature to detect which video card is installed.
The majority of our internal systems utilize dual monitors and we find this to be more productive. A second monitor allows applications such as the Verisurf Device Interface, UCC Servers and other applications to run on the secondary monitor while Verisurf utilizes the primary monitor.
We have found that one of the biggest upgrades to be made is to invest in a Solid State Drive (SSD). These are now priced at a point which makes them a good investment. Many of our test systems employ a smaller primary SSD for the OS and installed application with a second large capacity conventional drive for data.
All verisurf releases are available on DVD. Although Verisurf is available as a download, we recommend any new hardware you purchase has a DVD drive or USB 3.0 ports at a minimum.
A three-button mouse is recommended. Verisurf has special functions that can be performed with the middle mouse button. We would recommend using a major brand name like Microsoft or Logitech.
A 3D mouse improves the way you interact with your 3D application. It is designed to be used by your non-dominant hand in tandem with a standard mouse for a balanced and cooperative work style. You gently manipulate the 3D mouse’s controller cap to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D content while your standard mouse is free to select menu items or parts of the model. More technical and purchase information can be found on the 3Dconnexion website.
Most computers today have some kind of anti-virus software to protect from unwanted malware. In some cases these have been found to interfere with applications such as Verisurf which are running on the PC. CNC Software does not recommend particular products but if you see unexpected issues with crashing, it may be a clash with anti-virus software. Try temporarily disabling the anti-virus software or setting an exception for Verisurf.
For more information on System Requirements or installation support, contact Verisurf support at Support@Verisurf.com