3D Scanning Laser Tracker Scans Out Of The Park

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has demonstrated the Leica Absolute Tracker ATS600 at the RAPID + TCT 2019 exhibition in Detroit, (May 21-23). The ATS600 is a new-to-market concept in metrology-grade laser trackers that can 3D scan a surface with metrological accuracy from a distance of up to 40m without the need for targets, sprays, reflectors or probes. Ideal for large-scale projects, and enabling difficult-to-reach surface features to be captured quickly and easily without the need for tracker repositioning. Surface areas that took hours in the past to manually scan can now be digitized in minutes.

Hexagon also are participating in the SME “3D in the D” Scanning event in Detroit, a project that engaged technology leaders to scan of objects of interest in Detroit from landmark sculptures to historic buildings. One of Hexagon’s projects was to scan a large tiger sculpture at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The nine tiger sculptures guarding the stadium have an average height of 3.6m at the shoulder, with the largest at 4.5m.

“Hexagon’s involvement in SME’s ‘3D in the D’ scanning project showcases the cutting-edge ways they’re shaping smart changes in the manufacturing industry,” said Maria Conrado, senior event manger, RAPID + TCT Series, SME. “We’re proud to work with Hexagon in advancing and increasing the adoption of additive technology.”

The Leica Absolute Tracker ATS600 is the first ever laser tracker that can measure without a reflector providing users the ability to measure objects that were up to now out of reach, such as the inside of a furnace or a nuclear plant. With unprecedented Scanning Absolute Distance Meter (ADM) capabilities, the ATS600 can locate a point up to 60 metres away with sub-millimeter accuracy.

The future is automation and the ATS600 is built with this in mind. Without the need for probes, spray, or a target at the point of measurement, a previously occupied operator is free to perform other tasks while the ATS600 is measuring. The ATS600 can still be used with reflectors if needed; for some applications a recommended usage would be a combined measurement, where direct scanning is used to inspect large parts and reflectors are in place for features requiring additional precision.

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