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Aicon’s 3D Arena: Optical Tracking Technology for Design Centers

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 17:28

(AICON: Braunschweig, Germany) -- AICON’s 3D Arena will facilitate vehicle designers’ work in the future. The new tracking system enables them to determine the absolute position of machines in working space, i.e., processing machines such as mobile milling machines or measuring devices such as white light scanners. The designers can thus work flexibly with mobile machines that can be moved around in the work station without problems.

If the machines are not needed in the meantime, the designer enjoys an entirely undisturbed look at the model. It can be viewed and processed from different angles without impeding stationary milling or measuring machines.

This is how it works: Up to 15 MoveInspect cameras are mounted on a frame above the working space and thus outside the designer’s focus (e.g., ceiling-mounted). They cover a measuring field of about 6 x 9 m. Depending on the task, the number of cameras, and thus the size of the measuring field, can be customized. The camera system captures the position of a mobile milling machine, a white light scanner, or another tool or instrument. It continuously determines its position in working space in reference to the vehicle model. If the machine is put aside and brought back after a break, the tracking system recognizes it and sets up the processing program according to the coordinates. The machine can immediately continue working without problems.

According to AICON’s managing director Carl-Thomas Schneider, 3D Arena is a major step forward regarding workflow: “The classic design center with stationary milling machines and horizontal arm measuring machines faces strong competition,” he says. “Our 3D Arena offers the vehicle designers total freedom of movement. Their work gets free, flexible, and thus faster and more effective.”

For 3D Arena, the Breuckmann naviSCAN is especially suitable. With its up-to-date design, the white light scanner is perfectly adapted to 3D Arena and can be tracked at the highest level of accuracy.


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AICON Americas is a wholly owned subsidiary of AICON 3D Systems, serving customers in North and South America. AICON 3D Systems GmbH is one of the world’s leading providers of optical 3D metrology. The company, founded in 1990, develops and supplies portable coordinate measuring machines for universal applications, as well as specialized optical measuring technology for vehicle testing, aerospace component analysis, and tube manufacturing. Since the acquisition of Breuckmann in August 2012, AICON’s portfolio also includes optical 3D measuring systems for contact-free surface measurement of objects. AICON’s reference list boasts renowned global automotive manufacturers and suppliers, companies from the aerospace industry, and the areas of shipbuilding, renewable energies, and mechanical engineering.