Tag: Metrology

10 Apr 2018

Adaptive in the News: Metrology for the Masses

Our very own Frank Thomas was recently interviewed by Digital Engineering for the April issue that was focused on Design for Additive Manufacturing.  In this article “Metrology for the Masses“, Frank is quoted a few times where he explains some of the challenges around metrology in manufacturing.

It was good to note that the metrology market is on a growth curve for the next ten years:

The global metrology market will experience a compound annual growth rate of 6.82% through 2027, growing from $607.9 million in 2016 to $1.25 billion in 2027, according to a report by Market Research Future. That includes traditional coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) as well as portable CMMs, laser scanners and optical digitizers.

Among Frank’s comments, he noted:

Many engineers don’t understand how laser scanning or otherforms of metrology can help them, according to Frank Thomas, metrology and additive manufacturing solution specialist at Adaptive
Corp. “It would surprise you how many engineers—when we show them the ability to 3D scan a part in a minute or two and in three mouse clicks, tell them if it matches their tolerance requirements or not—have never seen that,” Thomas says. “It was not nearly as fast and simple in the past as it is today.

Read the full article here



23 Dec 2015

Removing a CMM Bottleneck

Have you experienced a CMM bottleneck recently?  We’re running into more customers than ever that are telling us about their CMM Bottlenecks.

CMM Bottleneck’s are caused by the amount of time that it takes to:CMM

  • Setup and fixture parts
  • Program the CMM equipment
  • Perform the inspection
  • Generate the report

Just imagine…

If we could eliminate the need for fixtures, think of the time and resources that could be saved…

If we didn’t need to have a dedicated skilled resource on staff to program the CMM, perform the physical part inspection and generate the report, think about those efficiency gains…

And…If we didn’t need to have a dedicated “clean room” for inspection, think even bigger about cost savings…

How can we achieve this?

Enter the world of Hand Held Laser Scanning and Probing!HandyScan1

  • Accuracy to 30 Microns
  • Full repeatability
  • Simple to set up and use
  • Not affected by heat or vibration *
  • Minimal hardware and software training needed

*Operating temperature range 59 – 104°F (15 – 40°C)

Operating Humidity range (Non condensing) 10 – 90%

Aside from significant cost and time saving, what other immediate benefits could be gained?

  • Opportunity to increase production volumes
  • Reduced risk of missing shipping deadlines

Exceptionally fast data acquisition rates – up to 480,000 points per second can be acquired!HandyScan2

No fixtures needed **

How can we eliminate the need for fixtures?

The hand held laser scanners use Dynamic Referencing to align themselves to the part being scanned, the part could actually be moving whilst it is being scanned!

After the parts have been scanned, the software creates the alignment to nominal CAD data in one of the following ways:

  • Surfaces or cross-sections (measured-to-nominal best-fit, constrainable in rotation/translation, and within tolerance zone)
  • Features (3-2-1, pairs of center points, and GD&T datum reference frames)
  • Reference points and lines (RPS, surface points, and six-point nest)
  • Virtual gauges (caliper, flush & gap, and airfoil)

** Does not apply to flimsy parts or parts that will distort under their own weight

Powerful tools are available within the Inspection software that allow for very easy creation of inspection reports.



Many companies have found an almost immediate solution to their CMM Bottleneck by implementing portable Metrology solutions.

These solutions can be implemented as a standalone replacement for a CMM system but equally can be implemented to augment an existing CMM system.

Click here to schedule a demo at your facility!