, a world-leader in portable and automated 3-D measurement solutions, recently released the latest version of the MetraScan 3-D line-up, the company’s advanced optical CMM scanner designed specifically to perform ‘metrology-grade’ 3-D measurements and inspections on the shopfloor.
Moreover, the MetraScan Black can be seamlessly integrated in any quality control, quality assurance, inspection, MRO, or reverse engineering workflow and operated by users of any skill level in any type of environment.
This equipment — available in the UK from Peterborough-based Measurement Solutions Ltd
— has been developed to measure complex parts and assemblies from a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, power generation, metal casting, metal forging, sheet metal, plastic injection and composites.
Compared with earlier units, MetraScan Black is four-times faster, featuring 15 ‘blue laser crosses’ for a larger scanning area; it takes up to 1,800,000 measurements per second and and offers live meshing, ultimately cutting down the time between data acquisition and workable files.
It also: offers four-times the resolution (0.025mm) for highly detailed scans of any object; features a patented dynamic referencing that compensates for surroundings instabilities; and accommodates complex, shiny and highly detailed parts.
Furthermore, no warm-up time is required; and when paired with a HandyProbe, the MetraScan Black lets users harness the power of both 3-D scanning and probing for a ‘complete streamlined inspection process’. Customers can choose from two models, based on whether their need is for speed, part complexity or accuracy, for example.
Guillaume Bull, product manager at Creaform, said: “Today’s manufacturers are under increased pressure to shorten their time to market, yet product quality issues impact scrap rate, production ramp-up, production rate, and downtime — ultimately affecting production costs and overall profitability.
Manufacturers need to rely on innovative 3-D measurement technologies in order to refine their product development and quality control processes. This new version of the MetraScan 3D takes dimensional measurement speed, accuracy and versatility to a whole new level.”