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As the world leader in armored prestige vehicles, CARAT-Duchatelet counts sheiks, kings, presidents, CEOs, and other wealthy VIPs among its customers. Before stretching and armoring luxury vehicles, CARAT-Duchatelet engineers remove seats and trim, and scan the entire vehicle body using Metris K-Scan MMD. The geometric 3-D scan acquired by this portable metrology solution forms the basis for drastic vehicle modifications and detailed craftsmanship. The portable Metris K-Scan MMD enables them to ergonomically capture vehicle interior and exterior in one go.

Far away from mass and series production, CARAT-Duchatelet integrates the highest level of security and luxury into prestige sedans, limousines, and off-road vehicles. Currently, over 40 heads of state from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, and former Soviet republics are driven in CARAT-Duchatelet vehicles. Next to integrating armoring into VIP vehicles, CARAT-Duchatelet engineers and craftsmen stretch vehicles both in length and height, and create personalized luxury interiors. Today, the Belgian company is recognized as the world leader in armor integration and the manufacture of specialty vehicles in the automotive industry.

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(Hexagon Metrology: North Kingstown, R. I.) --Hexagon Metrology has announced that it has acquired Advanced Digital Measurement Works LLC of Santa Ana, California. The company was originally part of the Surveyor’s Service Company (Servco), also a Hexagon-owned company. Advanced Digital Measurement has a 17-year history of offering precision industrial measuring services, reverse-engineering, and inspection capabilities to many industries, including aerospace, automotive, entertainment, medical, and power generation. The company utilizes the latest state-of-the-art 3-D measuring technologies such as laser trackers and portable arm CMMs.

“We are very excited to add the capabilities of Advanced Digital Measurement Works team to our services group,” said Jean Gardiner, director of business development for Hexagon Metrology’s services business. “Their capabilities are a great match for our existing team, and their expertise expands our capacity to offer customized metrology services such as on-site contract inspection, reverse-engineering, and contract metrology staffing.

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(Geomagic: Research Triangle Park, N.C.) -- Geomagic has launched three new Geomagic Studio editions that target specific application needs in mechanical design and medical/scientific markets. Geomagic Studio is the world's leading software for creating accurate 3-D digital models from scan data of physical objects.

The three editions are made possible by Geomagic Fashion, the new module released with Geomagic Studio 10 in January. Customers such as Charles Evans, design analyst for Florida Turbine Services, have quickly embraced the Geomagic Fashion approach and recognized that it is the only method they need for surfacing.

“Geomagic Fashion gets us from scanning to accurate CAD models in half the time of other software,” says Evans. “It is simple to use, and even with complex shapes and less-than-desirable point clouds, the accuracy is fantastic.”

Based on the success of Geomagic Fashion and the long-established value of the Geomagic Shape surfacing module, Geomagic has given customers three editions of Geomagic Studio from which to choose:

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(Delcam plc: Birmingham, United Kingdom) -- Delcam plc demonstrated Version 5 of its PowerINSPECT software at the IMTS exhibition held in Chicago from September 8-13.  This new release of the world’s most successful hardware-independent inspection software includes support for five-axis scanning with Renishaw’s REVO probe, the ability to use multiple alignments within parts or assemblies, improved CMM connectivity, and more flexible report generation.

PowerINSPECT 5 is believed to be the first inspection software to support Renishaw’s REVO for the verification of both geometric and free-form shapes on all major makes of CMMs. The combined solution offers faster and more accurate measurement of feature-rich parts, such as powertrain components, and complex double-curved surfaces, including those found in aerofoils and turbine blades.

As the five-axis REVO head is much lighter and more dynamic than the CMM, with a significantly better frequency response, it is able to follow changes in the part geometry much more quickly. In addition, five-axis scanning minimizes dynamic errors caused by the inertial forces that affect the moving mass of the CMM structure.

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(Creaform: Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Creaform, developer and manufacturer of the well-known Handyscan 3-D lineup of hand-held and self-positioning laser scanners, once again pushes the limits of portable 3-D scanning and introduces its newest and most innovative product: the VIUscan, a self-positioning hand-held and high-resolution portable 3-D color scanner.

The VIUscan color laser scanner can achieve hyper-realistic results thanks to features such as simultaneous texture and geometry acquisition, real-time rendering, true color acquisition through a built-in lighting system, adjustable uniform texture resolution, and automatic 100-percent-accurate texture mapping.

Like its fellow scanners from the Handyscan 3-D line-up, the VIUscan is a very accurate, easy-to-learn and -use, and versatile device. Most likely, the VIUscan will prove extremely efficient and powerful in the heritage preservation and museology, multimedia, gaming and entertainment industries, not to mention e-marketing and Web development applications.

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(Verisurf Software: Anaheim, Calif.) -- Verisurf Software, an advanced technology company that revolutionized manufacturing in the 1990s by providing breakthrough inspection, tool building, reverse-engineering, instrument interchangeability, and reporting capabilities from a single interface, today announced introduction of its next generation software, Verisurf X.

Verisurf has established a reputation for setting the standard for advanced measurement and inspection in aerospace, automotive, and other technical industries. According to company CEO Ernie Husted, “Our powerfully engineered Verisurf X delivers expanded capabilities and flexibility for rapidly acquired data from laser scanners and other high-volume devices.”

Users familiar with Verisurf Software will find the new state-of-the-art Verisurf X interface to be easier to navigate and to customize, as well as faster to learn. It also allows users to inspect, analyze, build, and reverse-engineer using the same powerful software, saving time and investment in multiple platforms

New features found in Verisurf X include:

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(NDI: Waterloo, Canada) --NDI has announced the launch of the OPTOTRAK ScanTRAK advanced hand-held laser scanning system, a bundled solution and shop floor innovation that combines the power of optical measurement with large-volume, point-cloud laser scanning. ScanTRAK includes NDI’s Optical Tracker, an integrated multisided probe (MSP), a Perceptron V5 laser scanner, plus an available laptop computer and PolyWorks advanced point-cloud analysis software.

The ScanTRAK system is a complete inspection and reverse-engineering solution that addresses a full range of shop floor applications, including quality assurance, tooling, and assembly verification. Ideal for scanning large parts, ScanTRAK’s ability to seamlessly switch faces allows operators to approach, scan, and probe from almost any angle, dramatically improving usability and measurement throughput.

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(Metris: Leuven, Belgium) -- Metris (Euronext—MTRS) launches LC60D, a next-generation digital 3-D line scanner. Equipped with state-of-the-art digital technology and powerful on-board data processing, the LC60D scanner more than triples today’s common scan rates. At IMTS 08 in Chicago, Metris premiered the LC60D, and demonstrated its superior scanning productivity, performance, and robustness. LC60D strengthens and accelerates the Digital Inspection Process by scanning parts and streaming part geometry and model data into the design-through-manufacturing data flow.

Metris is recognized as the reference for CMM-based laser scanning, building on the success of its LC single-stripe and XC multi-stripe scanners. With the release of LC60D, Metris further extends its tradition of introducing groundbreaking scanner innovations. A major leap forward compared to its LC50 predecessor line scanner is its significant increase in productivity, which is achieved by speeding up the image-acquisition frame rate from 25 to 75 Hertz. In combination with 15-percent wider laser stripe and 17-percent higher point resolution, the scan speed of the LC60D reaches a stunning 75,000 noninterpolated points per second.

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(CogniTens: Wixom, Mich.) -- CogniTens, a Hexagon Metrology company, and InnovMetric Software announced today the signature of a software distribution agreement in the areas of polygon meshing and reverse-engineering. As part of this cooperation, CogniTens will offer its global customers InnovMetric’s PolyWorks/Modeler software embedded with CogniTens’ leading Optigo and OptiCell 3-D optical measurement systems. The companies are committed to working together to offer a seamless solution to best address the needs of their joint customer base.

“PolyWorks is recognized today as having the world's best mesher for high-density point clouds,” says Marc Soucy, president of InnovMetric Software Inc. “Using PolyWorks/Modeler will enable the new Optigo 200 RE system users to benefit from increased accuracy and rendering of their polygon meshes while preserving all the details and features captured by the CogniTens 3-D measurement systems. In addition, our common users will benefit from a better integrated workflow.”

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The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), a $1.4 billion research facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is a feat of precision engineering, execution, and control. Each component of the SNS machine requires exactness in location and assembly only achieved through the use of laser tracking systems. Year by year, piece by piece, the planet's most powerful accelerator-based neutron source has slowly and methodically come alive. Its first target station will operate with 24 beam lines running at a frequency of 60 Hertz (Hz), then eventually ramp up to 1.4 megawatts with 8 times more beam power than any existing pulsed neutron source.