Fourth Generation of Laser Scanner Launched By Nikon Metrology

22 years since the inception of the ModelMaker product line, the cutting-edge ModelMaker H120 has been launched by Nikon Metrology which firmly pushes the ever-exacting boundaries of handheld laser scanning. Incorporating blue laser technology, ultra-fast frame rate, specially developed Nikon optics and the ability to measure the most challenging materials this represents the next generation of portable laser scanning. The H120 makes no compromises in addressing the market needs by efficiently delivering the most detailed and accurate data in a fraction of the time of competing technologies.

High productivity for challenging applications

With a Field-of-View width up to 120 mm and a point resolution of up to 35 μm, the ModelMaker H120 is the perfect fit for users requiring fast data collection over a large area but cannot afford to compromise on detail.

An extremely fast frame rate of over 450Hz is available even when measuring difficult materials such as carbon fibre, gloss black, reflective or significantly multi-colored parts. The ModelMaker H120’s uncompromising speed is completely independent of its robust ability to capture high quality data on the most challenging parts. With 2,000 points per scan line and no reliance on point-to-point interpolation to artificially boost data density it is possible to measure very small details on large surfaces even when cycle time is critical. So whatever the application, users can be confident that the productivity and clarity of the data remains at the highest level.

Performance meets detail and accuracy

To complement such high productivity, the ModelMaker H120 uses advanced Nikon optics and a blue, low speckle, laser to give very high accuracy and low noise data. This means it is now possible to clearly identify very small scratches and abrasions on a surface. As well as the shape of the surface, sharp edges are represented like never before. With a scanner accuracy of 7 μm (1 sigma) and a combined system accuracy with the Nikon MCAx portable CMM arm of up to 28 μm (2 sigma) the ModelMaker H120 stands far apart from other similarly scanning solutions.

The 4th generation of Enhanced Sensor Performance (ESP4) dynamically adapts the laser parameters not just for every scan line, but for every point in each scan line – enabling parts with significant color changes or reflectivity to be measured from any angle. This fast-tracks the user’s confidence with the system and minimizes training needs since a single scanner setting is capable of measuring almost all parts encountered in industrial metrology applications.

Efficient and easy to use

The new ModelMaker H120 has been designed to provide users the most efficient, user-friendly and accurate measurement experience on the market. Temperature compensation and robust thermal stability mean warm-up time to achieve a stable set-up is unnecessary. Simply connect to the PC using a USB cable, power on and start scanning within a few seconds. Real-time feedback is provided by display of the boundaries of the measurement area on the measured part which ensures the user is always scanning at the optimal position. An integrated locking mechanism provides a simple, user-friendly and repeatable connection to the MCAx measuring arm. This allows the scanner to be used on MCAx arms of different sizes and specifications located throughout a facility rather than needing to move the whole arm assembly.

Multi-sensor measurement at your fingertips

By combining the ModelMaker H120 scanner with the high performance MCAx arm, the combination of non-contact scanning and contact probe measurement allows users freedom to measure almost anything. This includes freeform and geometric parts, hard-to-reach features, highly textured or transparent materials and even materials which deform easily such as foams or textiles. In many cases of industrial feature measurement, the accuracy performance and low noise level of the new scanner significantly exceeds the performance of tactile probes.

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