QMT Features: September 2011
TCT Live preview
TCT Live is the event for product development and additive manufacturing in Europe and takes place 27 29th September at the NEC Birmingham.

TCT Live is aimed at everyone involved in the concept, design, specification and manufacturing process to learn about the latest in additive manufacturing, 3D printing and other cutting edge product development software and technology.

TCT Live blends live technical experience coupled with a range of free live educational seminars. One in particular for QMT readers is the Inspection, Digitising and Metrology seminar on September 27th (details on page 29). Among the presentations are latest development in the use of CT scanners for dimensional measurement and Red Bull time compression approach presented Hexagon Metrology. Some of the metrology companies exhibiting  at TCT Live are covered here.
Renishaw on Stand E16 will be demonstrating its SLM125 and SLM250 Selective Laser Melting (SLM) systems, which utilise a pioneering, additive manufacturing process capable of producing fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD, using a high-powered fibre laser. Parts are built from a range of fine metal powders that are fully melted in a tightly controlled atmosphere, in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns.
Renishaw will also exhibit Equator, the first product in its new gauging line, which is a new alternative to traditional gauging systems. Equator  is a lightweight, fast and highly repeatable gauge that operators can use with push-button simplicity. Equator can switch between parts in seconds, perfect for flexible manufacturing processes or accepting parts from multiple machines.

GOM  will be showing its  Blue Light technology for 3D scanning. Blue Light technology eliminates environmental light effects and allows higher quality data to be captured compared to white light systems. All GOM ATOS scanning systems are self-checking to provide easy, trouble free work flows for the operator. GOM Inspect Professional software can be used with any 3D scan data for mesh processing and inspection. Parametric inspection software enables repeat reports to be updated with just a few clicks of the
mouse. The “Teaching by Doing” concept removes the need to record macros for repeat inspection, just create the report once then it can be simply updated.

Carl Zeiss Metrology on  Stand F40 is a market and technology leader in the field of coordinate measurement. Its portfolio ranges from CMM technologies through to new dimensional metrology solutions with CT Scanning (using X-ray) and Optical Multi Sensor Metrology. It will be showing for the first time in the UK the new “O Inspect” multi sensor CMM with optical, contact scanning and White Light sensors, as well as presenting our UK Contract Measurement facility with a focus on CT Scanning and information about the complete product range. Also on display, with high resolution optics, innovative microscope design, and leading software capabilities, will be the ZEISS Microscopes.

At this year’s TCT Live Hexagon Metrology (UK)  on Stand H12, one of the world’s largest groups of measurement companies, shows its latest technology innovations: Its new Optiv brand is a wide range of vision and multi-sensor measuring systems. The multi-sensor technology in the Optiv product range combines optical and tactile measurements in one system. Optiv supports multi-sensor measurements using video sensors, tactile sensors, through-the-lens lasers (TTL – lasers) as well as the innovative Chromatic White Light Sensors (CWS).
Also on the Hexagon stand is the ROMER Absolute Arm – a new generation of ROMER portable 3D measuring arms.

Nikon Metrology on Stand E30 presents the most complete and innovative metrology offering, including Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), Optical CMMs, 3D laser scanners, handheld laser line probes, X-ray and Computed Tomograph  (CT), Optical CNC measuring systems, measuring microscopes, and Large Volume metrology systems. The scanners offer speed and accuracy in combination with the ability to measure almost any surface.

Measurement Solutions on  Stand E11 will be demonstrating  3D measuring and scanning technology - Handyscan3D systems showing how high accuracy can be achieved with hand-held scanning. Handyscan3D is able to quickly scan a part, even if it moves during the measuring process, enabling users to scan the impossible e.g. vehicle interiors, door closures, areas with difficult access, etc.  Handyscan3D is ideal for all types of reverse engineering and inspection applications. For specialist applications where high accuracy is demanded, the latest KREON laser scanning systems will be on display.

Central Scanning on  Stand F6 will demonstrate the low-cost, high quality and high accuracy Steinbichler Comet L3D Blue LED Digitizing system. The company will have a variety of Steinbichler systems (White Light, Blue Light and Laser) on the stand and can discuss and explain the differences between each system and recommend the correct system/ technology for your application. .

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