Nikon Metrology has introduced the MCAx Manual Coordinate Measuring Arm, a portable 7-axis measuring arm. It can be used with the ModelMaker MMDx/MMCx digital handheld laser scanners and Focus 10 Handheld scanning and inspection software. The MCAx arm can be equipped with a wide range of probing systems for laser scanning, touch-trigger measurements and continuous scanning. The new 7-axis MCAx range of articulated arms is available with a measurement volume ranging from 2.0 and 4.5 meter diameter.
The unit features aerospace-grade carbon tubes for stability; absolute encoders for immediate start-up; an ergonomic design; and simultaneous probe and scanner mounting.
According to the company, the integrated solution can reduce measurement times and allow rapid diagnosis of dimensional quality issues in all areas of manufacturing. Through Enhanced Scanning Performance (ESP3), the ModelMaker scanner adapts its laser power to suit the surface characteristics of the object. During scanning, it automatically tracks changes in surface conditions (both color and reflectivity) and adapts laser power and sensor settings accordingly in real-time. As a result, ModelMaker is able to handle parts with any surface color and texture, without requiring re-scanning , spraying or tuning of scanning parameters.
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