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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

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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

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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

Handheld Sensor Reliably Measures Countersinks on Various Surfaces

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LMI’s 27-ounce LaserGage HS742

LMI Corp.’s LaserGage HS742 3D sensor is a 3D laser profiler and  that uses blue-laser technology and application-specific algorithms to overcome the challenge of measuring countersinks on solid, translucent, shiny, and opaque surfaces with repeatable results.

LMI Corp.’s LaserGage HS742 3D sensor is a 3D laser profiler and...

Easy-to-Use Arm-Mounted Laser Scanner

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Hexagon’s RS6 laser scanner

Exact Metrology offers the RS6 laser scanner, which collects data at full speed regardless of part geometry, for use with the Absolute Arm cobot. The scanner is easily removed from the arm while probing and can be remounted in seconds with no time-wasting recalibration.

Exact Metrology offers the RS6 laser scanner, which collects data at full...

3D Laser Scanning Supports COVID-19 Response

NVision Inc HandHeld laser scanner

Two NVision Inc. projects demonstrate the growing role of noncontact scanning/measurement technologies in the race to create new products that minimize exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Two NVision Inc. projects demonstrate the growing role of noncontact scanning/measurement technologies...
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