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Aberlink’s Fulcrum CMM now Measures in Full 3D

The Aberlink Fulcrum CMM, initially introduced in early 2023 with a vertical stylus configuration, has quickly established itself as the natural progression in metrology capability beyond a 2D height gauge. Early adopters of the Fulcrum CMM have attested to its user-friendliness when deployed on the shop floor as a manual CMM, enabling them to efficiently inspect machined parts right after each machining operation. They have also reported remarkable reductions in CMM inspection waiting times and substantial cost savings resulting from reduced scrap and rework.

Following the Fulcrum launch, Aberlink embarked on the development of its 3D capabilities, which presented a challenging task as it required maintaining metrology performance while ensuring user-friendliness. To address these challenges, Aberlink designed its own custom star styli, a specialized star stylus calibration procedure, and an intuitive 3D software user interface. Star styli available from leading manufacturers lacked the necessary rigidity and could compromise the Fulcrum CMM’s accuracy, Aberlink’s bespoke styli ensures excellent metrology performance and accessibility to side-face features measured in the X-Z or Y-Z projection planes.

Aberlink has now launched a full 3D upgrade package for the Fulcrum CMM.  Existing customers can purchase this upgrade package and new customers can order the 2.5D (vertical stylus) or 3D (star stylus) Fulcrum machine.  This 3D capability will significantly increase the versatility and appeal of the Fulcrum CMM for shop floor measurement.  Aberlink has also enhanced the 3D scanning capability of the Fulcrum CMM, for reverse engineering and CAD Comparison applications.

The Fulcrum CMM is a disruptive technology, sold at a disruptive price. In addition the Fulcrum CMM warranty period has been extended to a full three years, providing customers an additional two years of protection.

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