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Story update 11/08/2010: Terry Crippen is no longer with ATT Metrology Services.

(ATT Metrology Services: Issaquah, Washington) -- ATT is pleased to announce that Terry Crippen has joined the company as vice president of business development as of March 2009. Crippen’s primary role will be to coordinate all customer-related business development activities, marketing and sales, and customer service, and to maintain and enhance the company’s overall quality assurance systems and procedures.

Crippen will work with other members of the ATT Metrology team to seek out and develop new business opportunities and to assure that all existing customers are receiving the highest level of quality and customer service from the products and services that the company provides. Crippen’s overall focus will not only be to grow and diversify ATT’s metrology business, but also to expand ATT’s overall presence as a total solution turnkey provider, including complex design and manufacturing capabilities and enhanced servicing of customers with special needs.

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(ROMER Inc.: Wixom, Michigan) -- ROMER Inc., a Hexagon Metrology company, announced today the rollout of the OMEGA portable measuring arm, their most economical tool for multipurpose noncontact measurement to date. The product was demonstrated in the Hexagon booth at the WESTEC 2009 Exhibition, in Los Angeles, March 30–April 2, 2009.

The OMEGA system is mega-packaged for 3-D scanning applications such as reverse-engineering, rapid prototyping, and noncontact inspection. A complete package includes the OMEGA articulating arm, the R-Scan line laser scanning probe, and PC-DMIS Reshaper software. This entry-level yet full-featured solution is priced at $56,000 (model 2025/9-foot size), and is offered in three additional sizes: 2018 (6 foot), 2030 (10 foot) and 2036 (12 foot). The seven-axis arm is comprised of advanced carbon fiber and aluminum construction, which translates into a very lightweight shop-floor metrology device.

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(FARO Technologies Inc.: Lake Mary, Florida) -- FARO, the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging systems, has announced that delivery of a new generation of 3-D laser scanners will begin in the second quarter of 2009. Two new models, the FARO Laser Scanner Photon 120 and 20, both feature measuring rates of up to 976,000 points per second. The 120 also offers an unprecedented operating range of up to 153 meters (503 feet) making it the longest-range phase-shift laser scanner in the world. The Photon 20, in comparison, has been designed for scanning objects within a range of 20 meters. The recent innovation provides an eightfold increase in speed and a double unambiguity interval compared to the previous-generation FARO offerings.

The company also announced the upcoming release of FARO Scene V4.6, the latest version of its scan-processing software, which accelerates the registration of scans by 90 percent compared to manual completion.

FARO presented the market’s fastest 3-D laser scanner and its new processing software at the SPAR 2009 conference in Denver, March 29–April 1. In conjunction with the new system offerings, an upgrade path from previous generation FARO laser scanners was made available to current users.

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From our distinguished white paper presentations to the Exhibition Hall packed with state-of-the-art 3D metrology technologies, the Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference always delivers a world class learning experience for our visitors each year. This five-day event is where metrologists, scientists, manufacturers, service providers, software developers, teachers and students gather to network and explore the very latest in portable 3D inspection and measurement solutions. Here are some of this year's highlights:

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(Leica Geosystems: Miamisburg, Ohio) -- Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, has announced that field measurement results have culminated in the highest-distance accuracies of any Leica laser tracker in the company’s history. This new line of Leica laser trackers introduces a distance accuracy specification of 10 µm (MPE) within the full measurement volume of up to 80 m (262.47 ft). Compared to the previous-generation laser tracker from Leica Geosystems, the Absolute Tracker’s distance accuracy has been improved by greater than a factor of two. The Leica Absolute Interferometer, which measures both relative and absolute distances, is responsible for this substantial performance improvement. It has several redundant systems built in, thus assuring the highest dependability of measurement data.

The typical measurement volume of the Leica Absolute Tracker models AT 901-B and AT 901-LR is now 160 m. Measurements of very large objects can now be performed without repositioning the laser tracker. The laser tracker’s advances in thermal stability, minimal warm-up times, and the weight of only 22 kg render the portable CMM to be extremely stable and flexible for a wide range of industrial metrology applications in aerospace, automotive, power generation, shipbuilding, and general engineering.

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(InnovMetric Software Inc.: Quebec City, Canada) -- InnovMetric Software Inc., a leading supplier of 3-D metrology solutions for engineering and manufacturing, demonstrated a pre-release version of PolyWorks V11 at EuroMold 2008, a trade fair held from December 3–6 in Frankfurt, Germany. PolyWorks V11 offers a new optional module to quickly generate quadrilateral meshes from digitized models.

Today, customers that want to create quadrilateral meshes from point cloud data to perform finite element analysis need to go through a lengthy process of triangular mesh editing, NURBS surfacing, and finite element meshing until they can launch their FEA solvers. PolyWorks V11 proposes a novel approach based on CAD models.

With powerful engineering controls such as point pair correspondences and point motion constraints, users can now morph CAD models directly onto triangular models built from point cloud data. Morphed triangulations are then converted to quadrangle-dominant meshes and exported to Nastran format. No triangle editing or NURBS surfacing is required, which makes the new process an order of magnitude faster than existing workflows. PolyWorks’ new module particularly targets sheet metal simulation and fully supports material thickness and subassemblies.

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(Geomagic: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina) -- Geomagic announces a new version of Geomagic Studio software that adds powerful new surface manipulation capabilities to its award-winning Fashion module while improving performance for point- and polygon-processing tools. Geomagic Studio is the world’s leading software for creating accurate 3-D digital models from scan data of physical objects.

The Geomagic Fashion module in Geomagic Studio 10x automatically identifies, analyzes, and corrects imperfections in scan data to create high-quality geometric and free-form surfaces that can be further manipulated in CAD. This greatly reduces the time required to bring physical forms into the digital realm for mechanical design applications such as new design and reverse-engineering. Major new features and enhancements to Geomagic Fashion include:

  • Constrained surface-fitting capabilities for perfectly aligning surfaces and correcting imperfections in the as-built model or scan data

  • Automatic surface extension and trimming capabilities for creating perfectly sharp edges between neighboring surfaces, making edges and surfaces faster and easier to manipulate downstream in CAD

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(Geodetic Systems Inc.: Melbourne, Florida) -- GSI will host its 2009 user group  meeting from January 21–23, 2009 at the completely refurbished Crowne Plaza Oceanfront Resort and Spa Hotel in Melbourne, Florida. This customer-only event will feature user and GSI presentations, along with the very popular V-STARS workshops that are both interactive and hands-on. On the last day of the meeting, GSI will offer individualized one-on-one training sessions. A highlight of the meeting will be the recently released INCA3a camera with many new and improved features.

On Wednesday evening, GSI will hold its traditional open house with refreshments and entertainment. On Thursday night, there will be a social mixer for V-STARS users in a relaxed environment. This user group meeting is a unique opportunity to meet with and learn from GSI’s entire staff, as well as from other V-STARS users. GSI also provides complimentary lunch and snack breaks. Attendees can expect the usual contests of skill and daring thrown in with prizes for the best-of-the-best!

For more information, contact Gary Johanning, at 321-724-6831 or visit online at www.geodetic.com.

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(Delcam International Inc.: Windsor, Ontario, Canada) -- Inspection with PowerINSPECT is helping J.P. Pattern, a machining and pattern-making shop, with its contribution towards building machines that the contractor, the Auburn University Engineering Department Fusion Laboratory, hope will eventually solve the world’s energy problems with nuclear fusion. Cast and machined components from the company will fit over the ends of the toroidal pressure vessel at the heart of the device.

“We are machining a set of 10 identical aluminum castings whose main function is to guide the windings of the wire that makes up the helical coils, which generate the magnetic field,” says John Puhl, president of J.P. Pattern. His main concern is making sure that the ten castings are exactly to specification so that each set of five will fit together exactly as designed.

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Scanning the Mona Lisa with the NRC-IIT 3-D scanner

For 500 years, she’s been the source of endless real and fictional mysteries, from the magic of her eyes—always seeming to follow the viewer—and the enigma of her smile, to The Da Vinci Code.

Now, using a sophisticated 3-D color laser scanning system and the PolyWorks software suite, the National Research Council Canada–Institute for Information Technology (NRC–IIT) scientists helped reveal some secrets behind the most famous painting in the world.