With over 4,000 aircraft built to date, the F-16 Fighting Falcon stands as one of the most prominent fighter jets ever built. In order to build this complex aircraft properly, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company relies on intricate tooling fixtures which were made by hand at the outset of the program in the early 1970s. Some of these tools are one of a kind, and are priceless to the F-16 program. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company worked with Shape Fidelity to conduct a proof of concept to determine if non-contact metrology solutions could be used to digitize these tools and create a digital copy of the manufacturing data. This presentation will review the proof of concept that investigated the feasibility of digitally capturing F-16 tooling using non-contact metrology devices.
- Understand the motivation of the F-16 program to pursue non-contact metrology for digitizing tooling gauges
- Define photogrammetry, structured light scanning, and laser tracking and ways that they can be effectively used
- Understand how the proof of concept demonstrated by Lockheed Martin can be applied to many different applications