Laser Scanners

Cutting Through Surface Noise: Easy Cylinder Head Inspection

This high-intensity, multidirectional lighting camera technology makes easy imaging of challenging part features on machined heads to provide a clear advantage for this automotive supplier.
Laser Scanners: Articles

Under the Radar

For inline inspection, Laser Radar devices are mounted to 6-axis robot arms that are located on each side of the production line. They automatically reposition the devices to inspect areas that are hidden from the line of sight of a single device location. 
With a need to focus on monitoring process quality during the manufacturing process, this laser radar system provides a unique alternative to the shortcomings of the traditional inspection methods.

Never Too Dense

With full CT automation, click and measure capability and dual tube technology, the Phoenix v|tome|x m system can perform analyses on an extremely wide range of samples, from high-resolution nano CT of low-absorbing samples to the high-power micro CT applications, such as engine turbine blades.
Advanced scanning technology can now perform 3D analysis of a scanned turbine blade, automatic pour porosity volume analysis on an aluminum casting, 3D measurements with nominal-actual CAD comparisons on a machined aluminum cylinder head – and more.

Replacing Tactile Probing with Laser Scanners

A close-up of one of the XC65Dx-LS laser scanners being used on a continuous wrist CW43 interface. Incorporating three lasers in a cross pattern, the XC65Dx-LS captures full 3D details of features and surfaces in a single scan.
This technical assessment explains how the new inspection methods for diagnostic measurement of sheet metal components and body-in-white assemblies at this Turkish automotive manufacturer involves cross scanners being used on coordinate measuring machines.

How Things Are Measured Today

A former hurdle with laser scanning was difficulty scanning highly reflective surfaces. This would necessitate spraying the object with a matte spray coating to eliminate obtaining reflective data and other extraneous noise. Modern laser scanners feature automatic real-time adjustment of sensor settings for each individual point along the laser stripe, effectively handling highly reflective surfaces or those with varying colors.
Retrofitting CMMs or articulated arms with new laser scanners is one affordable option among many that shops are considering.

Art Sculptor Uses Laser Scanning to Generate Revenue

Laser scanning projects a line of laser light onto the surfaces to be measured while a camera continuously triangulates the changing distance and profile of the laser line as it sweeps along. The position and orientation of the scanning head is continuously monitored by a highly accurate localizing device as the data is captured. Instead of collecting points one by one, the laser scanner picks up tens of thousands of points every second. This means that digitizing even the most complicated parts can often be accomplished in an hour or two.
NVision, Inc. (Coppell, TX) is helping sculptor Somers Randolph gain additional revenue by laser-scanning his creations and saving them as computer models that can be used later to reproduce the original works at any size on a 3D printer. For …


Laser Scanners: Industry News

Hexagon Acquires AICON 3D Systems

The AICON technology portfolio includes portable coordinate measuring machines for universal applications and specialized optical 3D measuring systems that enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production. 
Hexagon plans to expand AICON's optical and portable non-contact 3D measuring systems throughout their global footprint.

Hexagon Earns Design Award

The award-winning WLS qFLASH from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, is a non-contact, optical shop-floor system that uses advanced blue LED high-power illumination for portable 3D measurement.
Their WLS qFLASH vision measurement system wins the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

New Certification for Laser Trackers

This is the first hands-on performance examination for portable laser tracking systems used in large-scale, in-place measurement of aircraft, automobiles, ships, power generation systems and more.


Laser Scanners: Products

Double Your Scan Rate

Able to inspect like-for-like parts in approximately half the time, the RS3 Integrated Scanner from Hexagon is ideal for point cloud inspection, product benchmarking, 3D digitizing, virtual assembly, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping or CNC milling needs in the automotive, aerospace, medical, rail, and energy production industries.
Ideal for point cloud inspection, product benchmarking, 3D digitizing, virtual assembly, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping or CNC milling, the RS3 Integrated Scanner from Hexagon enables shops to inspect like-for-like parts in approximately half the time. 

3D Dreams

LumiTrax Machine Vision lighting technology from Keyence uses high-speed cameras, intelligent lighting and a powerful algorithm to inspect parts with precision that can detect surface irregularities and workpiece patterns, regardless of workpiece variations or issues with ambient light. It can even inspect stains and stamps.
Take a look at some of the newest three-dimensional scanning technology that can reduce the cost of a typical manufacturing design cycle by up to 75 percent.

Parts, Cameras, Scan!

No preparation or complicated setup is required to operate the Go!SCAN 20 from Creaform. The scanner, which is ideal for delivering maximum resolution on smaller objects with intricate details, is up-and-running in less than two minutes.
Unprecedented speed, accuracy and ease-of use, combined with the fastest paths ever from art to part, make it tough for progressive shops to ignore an investment in 3D scanning.