QMT News: August 2009
National Freeform Centre launch

The Freeform Measurement Network will be launched at NPL, Tedington on 1 October 2009. Greater efficiency of aero engines, drag reduction for automotive bodies, increased life span of prosthetics and reverse engineering of heritage items are just some examples of the gains potentially achievable with suitable advances in freeform manufacture.

However, such advances are partly limited by poor metrology infrastructure, lack of measurement traceability and the absence of specialised facilities and knowledge base.

To address these needs, NPL is setting up a Centre for Freeform Measurement, together with a special interest network for freeform metrology. This industrially focused centre will provide high precision measuring facilities, for example, laser scanners, white light fringe projectors and other coordinate measuring systems. It will also provide traceability routes via complex reference artefacts and support for a range of diverse measuring techniques and associated point cloud data handling processes.

Confirmed speakers at this free one-day launch include:
• Chris Simmons – Rolls-Royce plc
• Dr Michael McCarthy – National Physical Laboratory
• Andrew Brownhill – UK Atomic Energy Authority
• Annemarie La Pensée – National Museums Liverpool
• Dr Lifong Lou – Institute of Dentistry at Barts and the
London School of Medicine and Dentistry
• Andy Robinson – National Physical Laboratory
• David Bambrough – Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

The event includes a tour of the Free Form Centre.

Enquires please contact:
Hannah Carter at hannah.carter@npl.co.uk or telephone 020 8943 6612
Technical enquires: contact:
Dr Michael McCarthy at michael.mccarthy@npl.co.uk or telephone 020 8943 6655

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