EVOLVE SmartProfile Support

EVOLVE SmartProfile continues to be the dimensional analysis standard for quality and manufacturing teams since 2007. Common questions answered here.

What is New in EVOLVE SmartProfile 6.0?

FAQ

  • What is EVOLVE SmartProfile? What can I do with it?
    • SmartProfile from KOTEM is the world’s leading dimensional analysis software. It takes point clouds from part measurements performed on any measurement system, combines that data with the nominal CAD model of the part and automatically generates GD&T (GPS) evaluations that provide guidance for adding or modifying part design tolerances.
    • SmartProfile optionally allows GD&T values to be translated back to manufacturing machine coordinates.
  • EVOLVE SmartProfile short introduction video:
  • Which GD&T/GPS standards are supported?
    • ASME Y14.5M – 1994
    • ASME Y14.5 – 2009
    • ISO 1101
    • Least squares evaluation technique
  • Does it support traditional tolerances?
    • Yes, plus-minus distance and angle tolerances can be calculated.
  • What are the benefits of SmartProfile?
    • Model-based interface naturally leads project workflow from data import to report generation.
    • Provides guidance for adding or modifying part design tolerances based on actual part inspection results.
    • Eliminates variability of results caused by using different evaluation techniques and/or metrology software.
    • Eliminates human error caused by incorrect interpretation of the GD&T (GPS) standards.
    • Allows quick assessment of part tolerances and processes to improve production.
    • Allows optimization of enterprise resources by separating part measurements from the tolerance evaluation process.
  • What is the basic workflow?
    • Import CAD model – compatible with multiple standard formats including STEP, IGES, DXF, and QIF.
    • Define GD&T tolerances based on standards: ASME Y14.5M – 1994, ASME Y14.5 – 2009, or ISO 1101.
    • Import measured points from any measuring device: CMM, laser scanner, CT, and others. Optimize imported point clouds using Data Preparation tool when necessary.
    • Evaluate and save results.
    • Generate reports (graphical, text).
  • Can I construct new features based on existing CAD geometries?
    • SmartProfile allows you to construct various types of features using different methods (intersection, projection, etc.) to use as datums for other GD&T/GPS calculations.
  • Is it possible to easily replace the CAD model with a newer revision?
    • Yes, it can be simply done with the “CAD Replace” tool. If the CAD model is modified, it can be easily updated in the SmartProfile project. No need to create a new project when a CAD model is revised.
  • Can EVOLVE SmartProfile handle a large number of measured points?
    • The optional Large Number of Points (LNP) data preparation tool allows efficient, lossless importing and handling of point clouds with large numbers of points
  • What kind of Data Preparation tools are available in SmartProfile?
      • Deviation coloring while processing points
      • CMM-like sampler tool for extracting reliable measurement points from dense and noisy point clouds
      • Noise Reduction filters include surface and curve-based options depending on the point structure
      • Point Reduction filters to reduce the number of points
      • Filter by Deviation tools and Point/Island outlier detectors for eliminating outliers
  • How do I get technical support for my Kotem product?
  • How can I report an issue?
    • Send e-mail to support@kotem.com :
      • Describe the problem you observed
      • Attach the following files if possible:
        • Screenshot of the problem
        • Bug report file (.spbr)
        • SmartProfile project file (.spp)
        • CAD model
        • Point file