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Hexagon Metrology Unveils New Laser Tracker Probing System

Leica B-Probe extends applications for the Leica Absolute Tracker AT402 and the ultra-portable large-volume concept

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI—November 18, 2013—Hexagon Metrology announced today the Leica B-Probe, an entry-level, wireless probing device which extends the capability of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT402. The handheld Leica B-Probe is designed for the inspection, alignment and assembly of large scale fabrications such as railway coaches, construction and off-highway vehicles or agricultural machinery.

The Leica B-Probe works within a 32.8 ft (10 m) radial distance from the AT402 with an accuracy of  ± .008 in (0.2 mm) over a full measurement range, offering greater capabilities and flexibility over similar systems that have fixed-base stations. The lightweight 6.7 oz (190 g) B-Probe features IP50 certification and is AAA battery-powered, an ideal complement to the ultra-compact, user friendly system design of the AT402. By using the move station method, the working range of the system can easily be multiplied with almost no loss in probing accuracy. For even larger parts or measurements that require higher accuracies, a standard retroreflector can also be used in combination with the B-Probe to take full advantage of the AT402’s accuracy and 525 ft (160 m) radial measuring range.

“The B-Probe fills a niche between reflector-based measurements and our high-performance 6DoF (6 degrees of freedom) offering based on the Leica T-Probe and the Absolute Tracker AT901,” said Duncan Redgewell, general manager of Hexagon Metrology’s Laser Tracker Product Line. “We recognized that many industries manufacturing large-scale assemblies required range, portability and inspection of hidden features, but had only modest accuracy requirements. The B-Probe was designed specifically for these users.”

The Leica B-Probe is available immediately at and is distributed through Hexagon Metrology’s worldwide sales network and resellers. Adding the B-Probe accessory is as simple as adding a reflector to a laser tracker, and any AT402 laser tracker already in use can be upgraded with a B-Probe by the user.

About Hexagon Metrology
Hexagon Metrology offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all industrial metrology applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. We support our customers with actionable measurement information along the complete life cycle of a product – from development and design to production, assembly and final inspection.

With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centers for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, we empower our customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world. For more information, visit

Hexagon Metrology is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B). Hexagon is a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.


What Digitization Will Do for the Future of Museums – Free 3D Imaging and Printing Conference at the Smithsonian


The Smithsonian Museum has implemented the use of Laser Scanning to preserve digital information of several of the pieces found in our national museum. This article outlines the benefits of using these measurement systems rather than traditional methods that have been used in the past to re-create historic pieces of our history.

The Smithsonian Institution also invites you to attend an event about museums and 3D technologies on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Wednesday, November 13th and Thursday, November 14th. “Smithsonian X 3D” will feature two full days of in-depth talks, panel discussions and a 3D Technology Gallery showcasing how these technologies will transform the work of the Smithsonian Institution-and museum and research institutions worldwide. This is a free event but registration is required, see the link below.

What Digitization Will Do for the Future of Museums

3D imaging & printing for cultural heritage – Smithsonian, DC, Nov 13-14

Ametek buys Creaform for $120 million

Press Release Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Contact: Jim McKinley (610) 889-5247

Berwyn, PA,– AMETEK, Inc. has acquired Creaform, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative portable 3D measurement technologies and a provider of 3D engineering services for approximately $120 million. Based near Québec City, Canada, the privately held company has annual sales of approximately $52 million. 

Creaform is the industry leader in stand-alone portable 3D scanners. These optical devices are used in a growing number of applications to create accurate 3D models and measurements of a wide range of objects. Its products include several families of handheld 3D scanners, portable coordinate measuring machines and related accessories that are widely used in reverse engineering, dimensional inspection, precision manufacturing, non-destructive testing, automated quality control and 3D printing. The Handyscan 3D, a handheld laser scanner used to perform non-contact measurement, leads the market in capability and portability.

“Creaform is an outstanding acquisition. It has an impressive R&D base and an industry-leading position across a number of high growth market applications. Creaform significantly expands the range of non-contact metrology products offered by our Ultra Precision Technology business,” comments Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Creaform’s innovative, optically-based product line and excellent customer base will expand our metrology sales into attractive segments closely adjacent to those of our existing Taylor Hobson and Solartron Metrology businesses,” he adds.

Creaform has its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lévis, Québec. It operates innovation centers in Lévis and Grenoble, France, and has direct sales operations in the United States, France, Germany, China, Japan and India. It joins AMETEK as part of its Electronic Instruments Group (EIG), a recognized leader in advanced monitoring, testing, calibrating, and display instruments with 2012 sales of $1.9 billion.

Corporate Profile
AMETEK is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electro-mechanical devices with annualized sales of $3.6 billion. AMETEK’s Corporate Growth Plan is based on Four Key Strategies: Operational Excellence, Strategic Acquisitions & Alliances, Global & Market Expansion and New Products. AMETEK’s objective is double-digit percentage growth in earnings per share over the business cycle and a superior return on total capital. The common stock of AMETEK is a component of the S&P 500 Index.


Industrial Measurement Systems Rentals now offering Leica AT401

October 2013, Shelton, WA

Industrial Measurement Systems (IMS) Rentals a small woman owned business based out of Shelton, WA is now offering short and long-term leases on the Leica AT401 Laser Tracker System. IMS has selected the Leica AT401 Laser Tracker due to the portability, durability, accuracy over the long-range, and the level compensator which provides for the most precise gravity related measurements of any Laser Tracker. The Leica AT401 is ideal for large projects that require accuracy and precision in environments considered to harsh for traditional Laser Trackers.

For more details about the Leica AT401 and leasing checkout the IMS Rentals website.

Leica AT401IMS Rentals
Shelton, WA
Email: imsrentals.jw
Phone: 360 490 7991

Steinbichler presents innovative high-end sensors for 3D digitalization and powerful software platforms


Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH from Neubeuern, the worldwide leading provider of optic measuring and sensor technology, presents the new COMET 6 16M high-end sensor for 3D digitization. “The extremely innovative sensor concept of the STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16M combines the latest technology with ergonomics and a compact design, which provides the greatest flexibility and precision for challenging tasks”, explained Herbert Daxauer, 3D Digitization Product Manager. “Thanks to the 16 megapixel camera, the high-resolution sensor offers a previously unobtainable level of precision for the digitization of delicate objects for uses requiring an extraordinary amount of detail.”

The unique concept of the STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16M is based on a modular structure with the tried-and-tested single-camera technology so that the measurement field size can be quickly adapted to the measuring task at hand. The compact sensor design and new handling system guarantee maximum user friendliness and ergonomic operation. The sensor can be adjusted particularly easily, precisely and quickly – allowing the user to operate the system intuitively and conveniently.

In addition, the STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16M is extremely flexible, enabling the user to choose between high-resolution and maximum speed at any time and thus optimum performance for the application. The low working distance even with large measuring fields enables simple, time-saving handling, especially in confined spaces. The ability to simply and quickly change the measurement field makes it easy to adapt the system to the broadest range of objects and uses.

One core element of the STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16M is the new projection unit, which is distinguished by an extremely bright LED technology and an innovative projection lens. The adaptive projection integrated in the sensor enables adaptation of the projected light to the respective object surface. Undesired effects, such as glare, are thereby minimized.

An additional highlight from Steinbichler Optotechnik is the new colin3D software for data recording, data processing and for simple data comparison. The software platform is a powerful expansion for COMET, COMET photogrammetry and T-SCAN sensors and is thus ideally attuned to these systems. The program independently identifies the ideal strategies for consolidating individual images (matching) and guides the user to an optimal result using a completely redesigned, project-oriented user interface. Thanks to the new CAD integration, the user receives continual feedback about the component surfaces that still need to be captured.

To quickly and efficiently position the T-SCAN system, the measurement field and scanner can be optionally displayed in colin3D, making it easier to determine the ideal tracker position. Measuring programs for applications using the rotary tables COMETrotary and COMETdual rotary can be easily created and executed. All individual measurements in a measurement sequence are subjected to quality checks and automatically repeated if necessary.

Based on years of programming experience with 64-bit operating systems and the corresponding hardware such as graphics cards and multi-processor systems, the new colin3D algorithms achieve maximum performance and data quality. Thanks to the extremely user friendly, streamlined user interface, little training is required and the software is easy to work with. Adapted to the workflow, the standardised menu structure is logically and incrementally built and only contains the setting options that are of relevance to the application.

To monitor the components, the scan data can be compared on the surface of a CAD model using a simple best fit alignment. “colin3D contains a simple false colour portrayal with a colour gradient and fixed values. To more precisely analyse deviations, users can place the flyers on the surface individually,” explained Herbert Daxauer. Logs for documenting the measurement results can be easily and quickly generated and managed.

Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH is well-known around the world for its years of expertise in high-precision optical measurement and sensor technology aswell as for efficient hardware and software solutions designed primarily to cater to the needs of the automotive, aerospace and tire industries. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Neubeuern, Germany, the international company today has a staff of 200 employees. In addition to a worldwide distributor network, Steinbichler has subsidiaries in the USA, Brazil, China, India, Portugal, France, England and Russia. Reference customers include Airbus, Audi, BMW, Boeing, Daimler, EADS, Siemens, Sony and Thyssen. Please visit our website for further information

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Metrology Service Market to grow to over 720 Million (USD) by 2018

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Metrology Services Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2012 – 2018,” the global metrology services market is expected to reach USD 720.3 million by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2012 to 2018. Increased focus on precision and accuracy in manufacturing processes has led to the growth of metrology services market. Considering the complexity of the manufactured parts, it is important to have one or more measurement technologies to ensure accurate measurements in order to improve/maintain quality of the product.

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Global metrology services market is driven by the demand for précised parts and components from different industry verticals such as automotive sector, electronics industry, and power generation among others. The rapidly booming automotive industry in Asia-Pacific is one of the major contributors to the growth of metrology services market in the region. Developments in measuring technologies are also influencing the growth patterns, and new product development has become a significant strategy for many industrial players. The entry of new players in recent years has made metrology market fragmented in nature. Despite the entry of large number of small players making the environment competitive, there are very few players dominating global markets.

 The research report provides detailed analysis of global market for the period 2012 to 2018 and helps in understanding the driving forces and prevailing trends in the market. The metrology services market is segmented based on its major product segments, applications, and major geographical regions. The report provides market size and forecast for market segments.

Competitive profiling of key industry participants, their market positioning, business strategies adopted by them, and various recent developments is included in the scope of study. Porter‘s five forces analysis further highlights competitive scenarios across different levels of supply chain.

The in-depth research and high level analysis will allow metrology service providers, lawmakers, research and development agencies, and large retailers to make informed decisions about manufacturing, designing, and marketing of metrology services and deciding the growth strategies for gaining competitive advantage.

Various sub segments which are identified and analyzed are:  

Market segments by product type  Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM)

  • Gantry machines
  • Bridge machines
  • Articulated arm machines
  • Horizontal arm machines

Optical Digitizers and Scanners (ODS)

  • 3D laser scanners
  • White light scanners
  • Laser trackers

Market segments by applications

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Industrial
  • Power generation
  • Others (medical and electronics)

Market segments by geography


  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the world (Latin America, Middle East and Africa)


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Costa Mesa, California- The ATOS Core series is the newest addition to the ATOS product line of advanced 3D scanners engineered by GOM mbH Germany. With GOM’s industry benchmarked reputation for designing and manufacturing accurate, high quality and innovative optical metrology systems, the ATOS Core is truly a mini sized powerhouse setting a new price/performance milestone in the marketplace. It fuses the latest GOM 3D scanning technology and intelligent software into a sleek and affordable solution for inspection, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering applications. Functionality and features, such as parametric inspection, touch-probe, photogrammetry and/or automation can be easily added as project requirements progress. This customizable growth path provides an even greater return on investment. Additionally, it can be used in conjunction with the ATOS Triple Scan and ATOS Compact Scan series, or multiple ATOS Core units via instant hot-plugging. Pricing starts in the 40k’s and is designed to outperform competitors in its class.atos-core-new

As its name suggests, the ATOS Core was created utilizing the fundamental ATOS concepts and engineered with a new technology to introduce a customizable series of high quality economical 3D scanners. It is architected using GOM’s stereo camera structured blue light technology to quickly obtain a physical object’s surface geometry digitally. After each scan, the software automatically aligns each measurement to build an accurate 3D virtual representation of the object. The ATOS Core is offered in three different product lines- Essential, Professional, and Kinematics.

Essential Line

All about 3D scanning

The Essential Line is for applications, such as reverse engineering or rapid prototyping, which requires 3D scanning without the advanced inspection functionality. It is an advantage for those who want to benefit from GOM quality, or enter into the world of 3D scanning, but just need the necessities. The Essential Line consists of the ATOS Core sensor, GOM Scan software, an image processing computer, and accessories. GOM Scan software is intuitive and easy to use. It seamlessly integrates with the ATOS Core sensor to deliver high quality 3D polygon meshes in STL format with 2 or 5 million PPS (points per scan). To address basic inspection needs, the ATOS Core Essential Line is also compatible with GOM Inspect freeware creating an ideal solution that is truly economical. It is a manually operated system that includes an industrial studio stand, tripod or desktop configuration. If project requirements progress, simply upgrade to the Professional Line at any time.

Professional Line

Solving quality control

The Professional Line tackles complex metrology applications. It encompasses the Essential Line hardware and adds on a multitude of advanced functionalities. The Triple Scan feature operates as 3 sensors in 1 system. Each high quality camera works independently from one another thus capturing scans from the left, right, and both cameras in high resolution feature detail. This innovative feature maximizes data collection and improves scanning on complex surfaces. Additionally, it minimizes the number of scans, thus reducing the overall measurement time. The Professional Line includes ATOS Professional software. Some of the functions include: polygon mesh editing, parametric inspection, teaching by doing, scripting, trend analysis, GD&T, comprehensive reporting, tracking, and much more. It can also be semi-automated with rotation tables and used in conjunction with Motion Replay, an intelligent macro recording program. It is also compatible with the GOM Touch Probe and Photogrammetry.

 Kinematics Line

Affordable automation

The Kinematics Line is a fully automated solution designed to increase throughput, productivity, and repeatability for industrial quality control processes. It includes everything from the Professional line plus a small object motorization unit or ATOS ScanBox off the shelf robotic solution. In addition to the ATOS Professional software, the Kinematics Line comes with Virtual Measuring Room (VMR). VMR is an enhanced software module which allows users to build a virtual environment to create automation routines offline and online in an easy to use platform. The Kinematics Line can also be integrated with automated Photogrammetry utilizing the ATOS Plus system.

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About Capture 3D

We live in a world fueled by creativity, innovation, and competition. When product ideas are born, the world of engineering gives it life. The tools and technologies we use on a daily basis are a critical factor to achieve success. 3D metrology plays a tremendous role in product design, manufacturing, production, and maintenance. It helps us decipher what the naked eye cannot and allows us to monitor trends to predict future issues. Measurement is an improvement process that validates the parts, and the parts that create the parts, to ensure all are within tolerance and meet design intent.

Capture 3D, headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, was founded in 1997 as the North American partner for GOM Germany. GOM has over 400 employees and 45 distributors worldwide. Capture 3D has offices throughout the United States including an Automated Metrology Solutions Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. With their industry expertise and innovative technology, they team with companies to optimize concept through sustaining engineering product life cycles. From aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, power generation, entertainment, medical, to a variety of other industries, Capture 3D helps their customers solve engineering challenges, save time, minimize costs, reduce iterations and rework to improve overall time to market.

Practical Metrology: Laser Trackers

Basic use and application of Laser Trackers in manufacturing from Quality Magazine.

Practical Metrology: Laser Trackers | 2013-05-03 | Quality Magazine.

Steinbichler Vision Systems, Inc. adds Distributors

Steinbichler Vision Systems, Inc. appoints CAD AVSHMEIP, S.A. de C.V. as its distributor in Monterrey, Mexico

Steinbichler Vision Systems, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH (Germany), located in Plymouth, Michigan has signed CAD AVSHMEIP, S.A. de C.V., located in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, as a distributor of its optical digitizing and inspection systems.

Steinbichler with 25 years of experience and expertise in the field of optical measuring and sensor technology enjoys a long and unprecedented success story.

CAD AVSHMEIP is regarded as a leader for its market, on integrated CAD/CAM/CAE & DNC, design, reverse engineering and 3D inspection solutions.

This new and close cooperation between our companies, will largely benefit our existing and future customers in Mexico, by giving them a more direct access to Steinbichler’s globally recognized 3D optical technologies. Steinbichler and CAD AVSHMEIP are now providing the best and most expedited support to our products in Mexico.

For more information about CAD AVSHMEIP, and to schedule a product demonstration of Steinbichler’s technology, please contact them at Or please feel free to contact Steinbichler at

Steinbichler names Indicate Technologies Inc. as West Coast Distributor

Indicate Tecthnologies Inc. is appointed as distributor for Steinbichler Vision Systems, Inc. (SVS), in California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada, on January 9, 2013.Indicate Technologies Inc, a distributor and representative of precision dimensional measurement instruments, metrology and engineering services, was founded in 2004 in Santa Clara, California.SVS’s parent company, Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH of Neubeuern, Germany, founded in 1987, is a worldwide leading supplier of optical measuring and sensor technology as well as hardware and software solutions for the automobile, aviation and tire industries. Steinbichler’s customers include Siemens, Audi, BMW, Airbus, Boeing, Honda, Hyundai, Michelin and Goodyear.

Steinbichler recently announced the COMET L3D, which breaks the performance and affordability barriers of older technologies. This non-contact instrument, featuring the new Blue-LED technology, handles previously difficult reflective and transparent surfaces with higher confidence and provides high resolution data acquisition in a compact package at the lowest price point in the industry. This combination of features opens up the applications where these instruments have traditionally been applied to include smaller, more precision parts in the industries of medical device, prosthetics, molded plastic and consumer electronics.
“The timing of the Comet L3D technology is coincident with and complements the rise in reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing (3D printing). Steinbichler’s new technology brings the capability to acquire large multi-megapixel data sets with accuracy below 10um to an affordable level,” said John Hammond, President of Indicate Technologies Inc. “We are proud to join with Steinbichler in this exciting time where these powerful tools enable shorter development cycles and enhance the creative process in product design.”

“Adding this capability to our contract services will enhance our ability to serve our customers by speeding up the analysis and acceptance of parts and new molds. In many cases, it will take the place of X-ray based Computed Tomography (CT), a less accurate, longer cycle time and more expensive process.”
Oscar Meza, Steinbichler’s Sales Manager for the U.S. West and Latin America, commented, “Indicate Technologies, with over 20 years of successful experience selling services and solution technologies to the metrology market, constitutes the perfect business partner for Steinbichler Vision Systems, Inc. (SVC), to continue expanding our predominance in the world markets of 3D optical measurement technologies.

Steinbichler will closely cooperate with IndicateT echnologies to provide our common existing and future customers with the best pre and after sales support.”

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