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Creaform Launches Portable, Metrology-Grade 3D Scanner

For large parts, HandySCAN 3DTM/MAX series

Published: Monday, November 13, 2023 - 12:00

(Creaform: Levis, Quebec, Canada) -- Creaform, a business unit of AMETEK and a leader in automated and portable 3D measurement solutions, announced the latest addition to its flagship HandySCAN 3DTM lineup, the MAX series.

The handheld MAX series line of industrial 3D scanners, designed and manufactured in Canada, offers an impressive 3D scanning area of approximately 1 m x 1 m and was developed to acquire accurate 3D measurements of large and complex surfaces. Featuring multiple scanning modes that allow users to choose between the fastest scanning time or maximum resolution, the portable 3D scanners offer a level of versatility that will enable professionals to optimally measure any large parts and assemblies (up to 15 m). Combining the effect of speed, extra-large measuring volume, accuracy, portability, and simplicity, the scanners will allow for an easy, efficient, and robust measurement process of parts typically present in the aerospace, transportation, energy, mining, and heavy industries, among others.

The MAX Series’ sophisticated algorithms leverage the power of artificial intelligence, providing unparalleled tracking for flawless 3D scanning of large and complex parts during dimensional inspections, product development, and reverse engineering.

Thanks to its volumetric accuracy of 0.100 mm + 0.015 mm/m, ISO 17025 accreditation, and compliance with the VDI/VDE 2634 Part 3 standard, the MAX series provides metrology-grade results, making it ideal for quality control, precision links between parts with tight tolerancing, and demanding reverse engineering of large parts. Additionally, the scanners still feature Creaform’s powerful dynamic referencing algorithms, allowing for accurate and rigorous 3D scans of any object, whether in the lab, on the shop floor, or in the field. 

The system is plug-and-play and quick to set up. The 3D scans can be easily and seamlessly integrated into any CAD software, speeding up and simplifying product development, 3D inspection, and reverse engineering processes of large parts and assemblies.
The MAX series has all the attributes that made the HandySCAN 3D lineup popular: true portability, blue-laser technology, integrated photogrammetry, live meshing, and more. It also offers new key features guaranteed to simplify any scanning process:
Flex volume: This enables the user to scan with remarkable quality at a short standoff distance and measure large parts at very high speed from a longer standoff distance.
Smart surface algorithm: Its sophisticated image processing, combined with artificial intelligence, optimizes surface measurements for unparalleled tracking; better performance; better readings of difficult, contrasted finishes; and a simpler scanning process.
Real-time calibration: The MAX series integrates the calibration step directly into the scanning workflow, performing it automatically and seamlessly.
“Again, Creaform brings impressive measurement capabilities outside of the metrology labs and enables manufacturers around the world to accurately measure anything, anywhere,” says Simon Côté, Creaform product manager. “Measuring large and complex 3D surfaces with a handheld device was previously very challenging or, in certain cases, even impossible. The MAX series’ unique capability closes the gap and provides innovative dimensional measurement solutions for many manufacturers we’ve met over the years.” 


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