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Creaform's HandySCAN 3D has won a 2015 Red Dot Award: Product Design. The internationally respected award is now in its 60th year and recognised innovation in product development and design. This year, Red Dot received nearly 5000 entries from over 1900 participants.

Hexagon Metrology has launched new 3D laser scanner to extend the function of its ROMER Absolute Arm measurement system. The new non-contact sensor, the HP-L-8.9 laser scanner is, says Hexagon, positioned at a very affordable price point. The company says that the new scanner promises to make handheld 3D laser scanning accessible to users who until now were unable to justify investment in this technology.

Working with a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer, AMETEK Test & Calibration Instruments has developed a semi-automated system for testing the firing mechanisms used in one-shot pressurized metered dose inhaler (MDI) canisters.

Mitutoyo’s QM-Height Digimatic height gauge offers accuracy of 3.6/4.5µm over the measuring range (350/600mm) and significant improvements in design and capability. High accuracy/resolution Mitutoyo ABSOLUTE linear encoders ensure precision and dependability. A large display panel with user friendly icon-based control keys and GO/NG LED indicator provides excellent useability.

West Yorkshire-based tooling supplier Cutwel has announced an expanded range of new measuring tools for 2015, with catalogues from leading metrology suppliers Mahr and Insize available on request.

Third Dimension has developed a solution to the challenges of measuring automotive seal gaps. The system has been tested with a leading luxury automotive manufacturer, accurately measuring gaps from 0mm to 50mm controlling tolerance bands of +/-0.5mm (+/-0.02”), with R&R scores better than 15%.

Designed for use on machining centres, milling, drilling and boring machines and B-axis lathes with automatic tool change, a new generation of touch probes has been introduced by Heidenhain for aligning and measuring workpieces, tool setting and detecting cutter wear and breakage.

Hexagon Metrology has announced a new frame size for its high-accuracy coordinate measuring machine (CMM) range. The Leitz Reference HP 7.7.5 offers a compact solution ideal for measuring small workpieces with tight tolerances

FARO's new Freestyle3D hand-held laser scanner aims to be an easy, intuitive device for use in disciplines ranging from architecture and construction to law enforcement and engineering

UK optical instruments distributor PeplerOptics launched a new range of video inspection and measuring systems at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show last week.

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