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Laser Scanners

This category includes systems and machines that utilize lasers to survey an object, a building, or a landscape, and then translate the data into full three-dimensional digital models of the piece being surveyed. Laser scanners are used in the manufacturing process in rapid prototyping, precision alignment, in material processing such as engraving or laser welding, laser and 3D printers, and for precision inspection, among other uses. Laser printers commonly employ multiple moveable mirrors to steer the laser system, along with a software system to control the scanner’s motion and to collect the resulting data. When paired with a coordinate measuring machine (CMM), laser scanners can be used to record data from larger devices, like automobiles.

Laser Scanners: Articles

Breakthrough Technology: Handheld LIBS for Fabricators

Almost every major pipeline owner/operator now either uses a portable LIBS device for verifying their materials or requires their non-destructive testing contractors to use it. Almost every major refinery uses one for carbon testing, as do the inspection companies that support their PMI/NDT programs. Here’s why.

Almost every major pipeline owner/operator now either uses a portable LIBS device...

Scanning vs. CMM

With Video

The long-established technology of coordinate measuring machines is now being challenged in myriad applications by the fast-emerging, highly advanced science of blue light scanning.

The long-established technology of coordinate measuring machines is now being challenged in...

Using Laser Trackers to Align a Particle Accelerator

Laser trackers are typically used to inspect parts and calibrate and align machine tools, but check out how this high energy particle physics laboratory uses them in the precision alignment of a particle accelerator that is more than ten miles long.

Laser trackers are typically used to inspect parts and calibrate and align...

In-Machine Tool Measurement vs. Offline Presetting

With Video

In-machine laser technology is touted by machine tool builders and distributors as the way of the future and an indispensable tool for machinists. Do you really need an offline presetter if you have in-machine lasers? Yes, you do, and here’s why.

In-machine laser technology is touted by machine tool builders and distributors as...
Laser Scanners: Products

Bimetal Reciprocating Saw Blades Triple Cutting Performance

Featuring a reinforced shank that helps resist breakage, 3X Power blades from L.S. Starrett cut metal and other materials more efficiently. A version with heat-treated teeth set at a super-aggressive pitch cuts fast in applications such as demolition and emergency vehicle extrication.

Featuring a reinforced shank that helps resist breakage, 3X Power blades from...

L.S. Starrett Expands Hardness Testing Line with 16 Products

L.S. Starrett’s 16 hardness-testing solutions include seven Rockwell systems, eight Vickers systems, and one Brinell system. Suitable for internal and external testing via dolphin nose design, the No. 3823 and No. 3824 test carbon steel, alloy steel, cast iron, and nonferrous metals per 30 Rockwell hardness scales.

L.S. Starrett’s 16 hardness-testing solutions include seven Rockwell systems, eight Vickers systems,...

Improved Handheld LIBS Capabilities for Quality Assurance

Rigaku’s KT Series of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyzers for metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing includes the KT-100S. Via the Drill Down feature, the analyzer automatically burns through imperfections to obtain a clean reading.

Rigaku’s KT Series of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyzers for metal forming,...
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