Small Bore Probing System Generates 100,000 Points per Second

Novacam Technologies, a developer and supplier of non-contact 3D metrology systems for industrial and scientific applications across high-precision sectors, has announced an increase in the maximum scanning speed of its Microcam-4D systems from 30,000 to 100,000 3D points per second.

The company states it is revolutionizing the 3D metrology market with its robust and versatile fiber-based systems that measure hard-to-reach spaces such as interiors of tubes and bores and that acquire high-aspect-ratio features such as steps, undercuts, grooves, splines, or threads. Novacam systems are based on low-coherence interferometry (LCI) and are capable of measuring dimensions (GD&T), as well as roughness, defects, and/or thickness with micron precision. (The above image represents the point cloud generated from internal scanning of a 1/4″ nut with Novacam TubeInspect)

“The boost in acquisition speed responds to increasing demand for faster and denser surface scans, such as for measurement of dimensions, roughness, and defects on all kinds of surfaces – automotive valves and couplings, threaded orthopedic implants, jet engine turbine blisks, electronic industry CMP pads, precision-machined cutting tools, barrels, and so on,” said Vuk Bartulovic, President of Novacam.

“These are not photos our systems are capturing and interpreting – rather they are very dense point clouds of 3D measurements that provide precise and timely surface-mapping information to manufacturers. Unlike CMMs”, continued Vuk Bartulovic, “Novacam systems with their small-diameter fiber-based probes are easily integrated in automated inspection stations right on high-volume production lines. They enable 100% inspection of manufactured components.”

The 100 kHz speed applies to all Novacam non-contact 3D metrology systems, including TubeInspect, BoreInspect, SurfaceInspect, and EdgeInspect.  A 100 kHz system will be on demonstration at IMTS 2018 (September 10-15) in Novacam’s booth #135855.

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