August Metrology News Magazine

Editors Message:
This month Metrology News editorial focus was reverse engineering and the role that it now plays in bringing new products to market. We highlighted a number of application stories using various scanning sensor technologies. The EMO exhibition, which is regarded as the world’s #1 trade-show for the metalworking industry is this year located in Hanover featuring 2,200 exhibitors from 44 countries. (September 16-21) and coincides with the recent Germany’s machine tool industry reporting a 22% decline in factory orders. It should be a great experience the very latest technologies and also gauge the global manufacturing economy.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor


Motor Sport Innovations Aided By 3D Scanner

If you speak to anybody from the world of motorsport about engines and transmissions, there is one name that is immediately associated with casting design and rapid prototyping – Grainger & Worrall. Their unrivalled experience in F1 and WRC championship engine and transmission programs can be demonstrated by the fact … read more

3D Scanning Improves Marine Aerodynamics

Porta Performance, a division of Porta Products Corporation, has announced the creation of Marine Aerodynamics as a product. Over a year in process, the proficiency of Aero Dynamics for the marine industry has come of age. A proof of concept/case study was perceived to create a 3D Scan and CAD … read more

3D Scanning Creates Thought-Controlled Bionic Arm

Paul Teupel was born without most of his left arm. He has had many prosthetic arms over the years, starting at the age of 3. Not long after that, he was given his second arm, which, in his words, “was a horrible contraption, like a double-hook held in place by … read more

Climbing To New Heights With Laser Scanning

“There is always something being built here,” jokes Daniel Steck as he enters the extensive premises of PERI, one of the world’s largest producers and suppliers of formwork and scaffolding systems. Together with a colleague, Steck is responsible for measuring technology at company headquarters in Weißenhorn, Germany. Prototypes, reference gages … read more

Laser Scanning CMM Provides Increased Throughput

Contract inspection and reverse engineering capacity has doubled in terms of throughput, while the size of component that can be measured has increased more than five-fold at Laser Scanning Ltd, based in Chapeltown, near Sheffield, UK. It follows the installation of a second, larger coordinate measuring machine (CMM) from LK … read more

3D scanner Assists Development Of Unique Baby Bottle Design

Today, the accessory industry for new-born babies and infants is a dynamically developing business sector. Manufacturers compete to invent increasingly sophisticated and creative products designed to help young parents in caring for their children. Among the many colorful and often unnecessary products, there are exceptional products that are designed to … read more

Audi Virtually Tests Assembly Processes

Audi is embracing virtual reality (VR) with the Audi e-tron GT Using VR glasses and controllers, employees from various departments test all assembly processes entirely virtually. Audi has developed in-house its virtual reality software for the process. This relies on 360-degree scans that provide a three-dimensional indoor map for the … read more

Volume Graphics Partner with Renault F1 Team

Renault F1 Team has announced a multi-year agreement with computed tomography software supplier Volume Graphics. Nick Chester, Chassis Technical Director at Renault F1 Team explained: “To improve performance, Formula One car components must be light and stiff and, for this reason, they are designed with a small margin of safety. After manufacture … read more


Will Spherical Multi-Axis Electric Motor Revolutionize Industrial Motion?

Will Honeywell’s multi-axis Spherical Motor change the way engineers think about motion? This ground-breaking technology offers a tightly integrated motion control device that moves about two axes independently or simultaneously. The spherical motor allows manufacturers to move a part, or structure, in two directions with one motor instead of the classic … read more

CMM Fuelling Accuracy at Pacson Valves

Originally established in the small Scottish coastal town of Carnoustie, for over 30 years, Pacson Valves have been at the very forefront of design, development and manufacture of high-integrity pressure valves; valves that are now supplied worldwide to some of the biggest names within the Oil and Gas industry. With a … read more

World’s First UHD Digital Stereoscopic 3D-View Microscope

Vision Engineering has launched its latest, innovative flagship product the Deep Reality Viewer (DRV-Z1) microscope. Designed at its Woking, UK HQ, the DRV-Z1 enables the user to view high definition 3D images under magnification without using a flat screen, or requiring operators to wear goggles or specialist glasses. Uniquely, by … read more

Optical CMM Performs Critical Turbine Blade Cooling Hole Measurements

Modern turbine engines operate under increasingly high temperatures for maximum exhaust velocity and optimum efficiency. Internal temperatures reach up to 2000°C and yet the melting point of the alloy in the turbine engine is 1300°C. To prevent self-destruction an advanced cooling system of up to 500 specially shaped cooling holes … read more

Universal Machine Tool Industry 4.0 Interface Showcased at EMO

Integrated communication is the linchpin of Industry 4.0 processes. This works when all systems and machines involved worldwide speak the same language. OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is one such standard that is now also being integrated into the Klingelnberg machine tools. Under the leadership of the Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (VDW) … read more

German Machine Orders Decline 22%

Orders continue their downward trend in the machine tool industry in the second quarter. The VDW reports that many sectors are currently reluctant to invest. Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the second quarter of 2019 witnessed a combined 22% down-turn over the same period in 2018. Orders … read more



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