December Metrology News Magazine

Editors Message:

As we count down to the holiday season there continued to be an abundance of interesting news reaching our news-desk. This month Metrology News included articles on the growing use of Additive Manufacturing and the various technologies being implements to assure the quality of 3D printed parts. In addition we saw new low cost robotic and LiDAR products launched that could develop a trend in low-cost automated metrology in manufacturing. As we close out the month of December Metrology News will publish ‘A Year in Review’ where we look back over almost 500 posts and select, what in our opinion, were the most significant in 2019. Be sure to check back over the holidays for what promises to be an interesting review.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers, Linkedin followers and sponsors a very happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous new year.

Enjoy the read!

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

Happy Holiday Season From Metrology News

As the holidays draw near Metrology News would like to thank our Readers, Followers and Sponsors for all of their support in 2019. We wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous new year. Metrology News will be making its own list before … read more

EUCoM Project – Evaluating Uncertainty In Coordinate Measurement

Manufacturing is highly dependent on dimensional measurement, particularly for quality control purposes. Coordinate measurements play a significant role in this activity and are used in automation and the measurement of complex geometries in a wide range of processes ranging from prototyping to mass production and from micro components to large … read more

Robotic Laser Scanners Produce Detailed Body Assembly Tolerance Analysis Color Map

A 1.6-million-square-foot expansion of General Motors’ Arlington, Texas assembly facility is designed to improve production-efficiency and build-quality of the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. The previously announced investment of more than $1.4 billion for the plant includes a new, 1-million-square-foot body shop and a 600,000-square-foot expansion of the paint shop, … read more

The Birth of Constant Optimization

Today, modern production facilities don’t simply exist in the physical world. Everything that is crucial for their functioning – whether it’s milling machines, assembly line robots, automated warehouses, or even air conditioning or lighting systems – sends signals to on-site computers and servers, continuously creating an instant inventory of its … read more

Could Precision Low-Cost Cobot Revolutionize Automated Measurements?

INNFOS has launched an advanced smart and compliant robotic arm, for under $1000, that brings precision to the desktop and provides human-like flexibility for production applications in prototyping, inspection and production. Desktop collaborative robot (cobot) arms are set to grow in popularity due to the wide variety of applications they … read more

What is Augmented Intelligence?

In the future decision-making will involve a creative mix of data, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI), with the added input of human judgment. The result is augmented intelligence – where the analytical power and speed of AI takes over the majority of data processing, guiding human employees to make more … read more

What’s the Difference Between CT and CMM Inspection?

Computed tomography (CT) for non-destructive testing (NDT) has become quite common and is an affordable method for companies of all sizes, including higher educational facilities and R&D laboratories. In many cases, CT represents an upgrade from x-ray film and digital radioscopy. Most likely, those with x-ray experience—whose systems do not … read more

Additive Manufacturing 2020 – What The Experts Say

Additive manufacturing system provider Velo3D surveyed a variety of non-customer, additive- manufacturing experts for their thoughts about developments in the industry in the coming year. Their responses cover a host of critical items that the AM industry needs to address, going forward. Q: What do you think the metal AM industry … read more



Automated Production Optical Shaft Inspection

Jenoptik provides fully automated industrial optical/tactile metrology solutions that make production quality control simpler. The measuring stations of the Opticline CS product range from Jenoptik are specially designed for the demands of turned parts measurement. The systems can be used directly in manufacturing or in the measuring room. They function … read more

Optical CMM Provides 3D Data Capture

The OmniLux optical metrology system provides unparalleled levels of 3D CMM data capture for component measurement in seconds. This high precision non contact, metrology system is extremely versatile since it can measures components of any geometry and of any material. The generated high precision, non-contact, data-rich metrology makes it ideal … read more

Portable Scanning Arm Outpaces Traditional CMM Inspections

For more than fifty years, Tri-State Plastics has been honing its skills in thermoforming, CNC machining, die cutting, assembling and fabricating plastic parts for government and military applications. A restructuring of company ownership saw the organization pivot towards the lucrative but challenging opportunity of aerospace manufacturing. New Opportunities Present New Challenges The … read more

Lidar Scanning Camera Provides High Resolution Point Cloud

Intel has announced the its RealSense™ lidar camera L515, the world’s smallest and most power-efficient, high-resolution lidar that captures millions of depth points per second. Designed with proprietary technology that creates entirely new ways to incorporate lidar into smart devices to perceive the world in 3D, the L515 provides high-quality … read more

Reverse Engineering High-Performance Racing Parts

A professional racing team needed to find an effective way to reverse engineer high-performance auto parts within tight deadlines, making modifications as needed, in designs as well as materials. The Goal was to use a lightweight professional 3D scanner to digitally capture a full range of auto parts in high-resolution … read more

Why Use An Industrial CT Scanner?

The ability to “see through” a solid object was once thought to be a tool of the future, or a power belonging to Superman–but the technology is here today, and more widespread and accessible than you may have thought. Until recently, the technology of CT imaging was only available for use … read more

SICK Launches Powerful and Accurate 2D LiDAR Sensor

The SICK LMS4000 2D LiDAR Sensor’s exceptionally high laser scanning frequency helps to produce more than half a million measurement points per second to calculate the position, shape, volume or surface quality of components over a wide depth of field, and at ranges up to 3 metres. Both precision and high-speed … read more

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