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Creaform is pleased to announce that it has signed an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, a global market leader in orthotics and prosthetics based in Germany. The Creaform HCP 3D scanner will become an integral part of Ottobock’s “3D-Design” system in its patient-care centers as a digital image capture system that will bring faster and more accurate results.

The HCP scanner’s proven performance and industry-wide acceptance, coupled with its technical superiority and ease of use, convinced Ottobock to choose Creaform over the competition.

“Ottobock took the time to thoroughly test and benchmark our HCP scanner against the other scanners in the market, and chose the HCP as the best technology to go forward with their solution,” explains Peter Warburton, Business Development Manager at Creaform.

Fabian Thön, Ottobock’s Product Manager for CAD CAM Products welcomed the agreement by saying, “Creaform’s technology fits perfectly in Ottobock’s patient care center model. The combination of Creaform’s innovative 3D scanning solutions with Ottobock’s high-quality and technologically outstanding medical technology products and services for orthotics and prosthetics are expected to contribute significantly to restoring mobility to people with disabilities.”

Replacing messy and difficult plaster casting, the HCP 3D scanner provides non-contact, non-invasive 3D scanning of limbs with minimal patient discomfort. The HCP’s extremely short scanning sessions helps to ensure short consultation times, minimal waiting time for patients, and a higher number of patients that can be treated on any given day.

Creaform is pleased to announce that it's Canada-based head office has received the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is an internationally recognized standard for testing and calibration. Laboratories accredited as per the ISO/IEC 17025 standard have demonstrated their technical competencies related to the calibration of its technologies. Creaform also follows the ASME B89.4.22 Standard for its acceptance testing and holds an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system.

“With an increasing demand for rigorous quality control, this recognition reaffirms our commitment to quality to our clients and further solidifies our position as a metrology-grade manufacturer,” states Daniel Brown, Product Management Director at Creaform.

“This designation means that Creaform uses the highest calibration laboratory management standards and has the technical competencies to guarantee that its 3D measurement products meet their technical specifications,” adds Karl Chabot, Creaform’s Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager. “This certification for the HandyPROBE Next™ optical portable CMM product line-up serves as a recognized warranty of consistency in the delivery of high quality and traceable products.”

Creaform was awarded certificate No. 4274.01 on March 15th, 2017, showing full compliance with the international testing standard in the field of calibration.

Creaform announced its decision to move its headquarters to Lévis’ Innoparc in order to support its growth. This move represents a 20-million-dollar investment in order to triple its production capacity and hire a significant number of new employees. The new building will have twice the square footage of Creaform’s existing facilities, increasing from 38,000 to 76,000 square feet.

The company’s management unveiled Creaform’s future site in front of all its employees. Established for the past 10 years on rue Saint-Georges in Vieux-Lévis, Creaform’s headquarters includes its research and development, product manufacturing and assembly, engineering services, sales and marketing, and administration.

Creaform partnered with Groupe Commercial AMT to work on the project of transitioning to its new headquarters. Mr. Jacques Tanguay, President of Groupe Commercial AMT, will have the honor of making the first dig in Creaform’s highly symbolic groundbreaking ceremony.

The company has increased its sales tenfold over the past decade. “And we have no intention of slowing down. Our goal is to double our sales within the next five years,” explained Mr. Martin Lamontagne, Creaform’s Co-Founder and Vice President and Business Unit Manager. “We needed to expand our headquarters in order to increase the production of multiple new 3D technology platforms.

“The investment in the Innoparc will enable us to increase our office space, modernize our facilities and integrate new, cutting-edge technology,” added Ms. Fanny Truchon, “Creaform’s Vice President of Operations. These are compelling reasons for our current and future employees.”

The building will offer a high-quality, contemporary working environment for the Creaform team. It will be the result of an integrated architectural design process that blends comfort and functionality. In addition, it will be located near a forest of over 7,000,000 square feet with winding bicycle and foot paths.

Creaform also wanted to remain in Lévis, where it was founded. “Creaform will continue to support Lévis—our hometown that gave us a chance and remains today the ideal location for our company to thrive,” said Mr. Lamontagne. The site was chosen for its proximity to Québec City’s major roadways and services.

Creaform will be moving to its new headquarters, situated at 4700 rue de la Pascaline, in November 2017.

In order to pursue its expansion, Creaform is currently recruiting for over a dozen job positions in Lévis.

Creaform announced the latest generation of its automated inspection solution, the MetraSCAN 3D R-Series, which features drastically improved cycle times to further support industrial production control.

With seven built-in laser crosses, the system can now pick up to 480,000 measurements/second on complex surfaces with high reflectivity, providing faster data acquisition than ever before. Attuned to the needs and requirements of high-volume manufacturing operations, the robot-mounted optical-based 3D scanners seamlessly integrate within any working environments and without impeding the production workflow.

“By extending our optical-based 3D scanning technology to automated quality control processes, Creaform meets the market’s call for turnkey inspection solutions that can be seamlessly integrated right into the manufacturing stage,” explained Jérôme-Alexandre Lavoie, Product Manager at Creaform. “Along with enhanced shop-floor performance, the new MetraSCAN 3D R-Series enhancements capitalize on several application-oriented key features, such as an optimized robot reach to enable fast measurements of large parts with complex geometries. Its small shop-floor footprint and shop-floor-ready accessories provide easy control of the scanner parameters for maximum operator safety. Along with TRUaccuracy, it is also compatible with a turntable. This advancement in automated 3D metrology is a big step forward in informed manufacturing and production, and underscores Creaform’s core values: versatility, flexibility and ease of use.”

In addition to its rugged new design, the MetraSCAN 3D R-Series also features new glass-protected positioning targets that can withstand harsh environmental conditions and ensure overall improved durability in shop-floor environments, such as airborne dust or dirt, that could impact product lifecycle and require unnecessary and repetitive calibrations.

The MetraSCAN 3D R-Series is now available for ordering.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/robot-mounted-optical-cmm-scanners-metrascan-r

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 10:44

Creaform Engineering Announces Major Expansion

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Creaform announced that its engineering division is undergoing a major expansion to meet the increasing demand for its expertise in a wide array of fields, including design, engineering and simulation.

Creaform Engineering has experienced substantial and consistent growth in revenues and market share year after year. Just in the past 15 months, Creaform Engineering created 50 new job positions, which expanded its workforce by 42%, set up new offices in California, started operations in India, and opened a testing/prototyping facility in Montreal area. Moreover, Creaform Engineering is continuously investing in new value-added skills to its offer, such as automation, electronics and software development.

“What sets Creaform Engineering apart from other traditional engineering firms is the sheer breadth of expertise we can offer,” explained David Gagné, Division Vice-President, Engineering and Metrology Services at Creaform. “For one, we can quickly accommodate customers for pressing needs and offer different skill levels and skill sets to meet very precise project and market requirements. Our clients benefit from our team’s practical field experience, seasoned track record in a variety of domains, and an agility that is simply second to none for their product development and manufacturing support activities. Creaform Engineering can now rely on more than 175 engineers and technicians to support its customer base.”

Creaform Engineering is currently deploying a major recruitment campaign in order to fulfill several positions, including mechanical and electrical engineers and technicians, automation experts and FEA engineers to staff its worldwide offices based in Canada, the United States, Europe and India.

“In today’s competitive global marketplace, manufacturers wanting to stand out cannot overlook any step of their product development process. From initial design to simulation to production, Creaform Engineering ensure that product development projects are aligned with our customers’ product visions, specifications, compliance standards—and bottom-line objectives,” added Mr. Gagné.

Furthermore, Creaform engineering has recently redefined its brand identity and launched a new website, tailored to the specific needs of potential customers looking to learn more about the team’s end-to-end engineering services, the industries it serves as well as current and past projects.

For many production managers, measuring parts directly on the production floor means fewer alignments and manipulations, which is one of the keys to more efficient production processes. However, quality control teams may be more reluctant to inspect on the shop floor and prefer to redirect measured parts to the lab, where the control will be performed on the CMM. This article is intended to demystify why, when, and how inspections can be performed efficiently on the production floor.

WHY

1. To unload the CMM
Because CMMs are very accurate metrology instruments, they are very popular for inspection and quality control. Therefore, they are extremely loaded. Among the tactics employed to unload the CMM is prioritizing inspection directly on the production floor, especially if the measured parts are large and cannot be moved easily.

2. To enable measurements at intermediate steps
Waiting until the end of the production to inspect the manufactured parts may be risky and hazardous. It is usually not easy to locate where specific issues occur, especially if the manufacturing process comprises many steps. Thus, deciding to wait may save time in the short term, but can quickly become a headache later on. Action today can prevent a crisis tomorrow. Measurements at intermediate steps, therefore, are paramount to better quality control. In addition, they must be performed on the production floor to minimize manipulations of parts, especially when they are large and heavy.

3. To enhance the quality of the products
Because more measurements can be done on the production floor than on the CMM, more parts can be inspected. The inspection frequency can also be increased due to the availability of measuring tools. All this has a major impact on the quality of the products.

WHEN

Whenever you want! Inspection on the production floor gives production teams more autonomy, better capabilities, and greater independence. They no longer need to rely on the CMMs, which are already extremely loaded, nor do they have to wait for a quality control department, which can be very busy. They can use another metrology tool, one with a level of accuracy that is not overkill for the tolerances typically required in the industry. With the possibility of measuring parts whenever they want, at any intermediate step, production teams can perform better quality controls.

HOW


Inspection on the production floor requires a tool suitable to take measurements in an industrial environment. The metrology tool must be portable, compact, and easy to use.

Some metrology tools are more sensitive to environment instabilities than others. In those particular cases, it is important to track any vibrations that could impact the measurement system and to minimize the induced error. Another solution is to use an optical technology. In addition to being portable and suitable for industrial conditions, optical metrology provides measurement accuracy that is insensitive to the instabilities of the environment.

Remember, if the measured part moves, vibrates, or oscillates during the measurement, then the inspection and quality testing are not valid.This enhances the importance of having a rigid measurement setup or a reference system that is locked to the part itself. Dynamic referencing gives this flexibility by optically tracking the measured part and the measuring tool at the same time.

Inspection on the production floor, therefore, requires fewer manipulations, which means less error accumulation and less pressure on quality control operators. It also reduces the amount of back and forth in the lab, which means fewer bottlenecks at the CMM. All tooling remains available for production, which minimizes delays and accelerates customer approval. For all of these reasons, inspection done directly on the production floor leads to more efficient production processes, saving time and money.

DANIEL BROWN, B. ENG.
Product Manager, Creaform


For more information, visit: www.creaform-metrology.com

Creaform announced the release of its new portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM), the HandyPROBE Next. This next-generation, optical-based contact inspection solution addresses the increasing demands of rigorous quality control directly on manufacturers’ production lines.

The HandyPROBE Next features productivity and efficiency enhancements in a more shop-floor-ready design for unprecedentedly accurate part inspections—wherever they need to be performed. The CMM is perfect for quality control experts who rely on portable tools to validate the dimensional conformity of production tools, jigs, assemblies, sub-assemblies and final products on the shop floor.

Features Include:

  • 2X more accurate measurements: Volumetric accuracy of 0.064 mm (0.0025 in.)—ASME B89.4.22 compliant
  • Instant measurement: HandyPROBE Next’s wireless probe enables the instant capture of coordinates
  • Greater, extendable measurement volume: Can be easily and dynamically extended
  • New ergonomic, sturdy design for shop-floor hardware reliability
  • Available in Standard and Elite versions


“Manufacturers are under increasing pressure to integrate more rigorous quality control operations into their production processes, while still maintaining the same efficiency. Aligned with today’s requirements for the efficient production of top-quality products, the HandyPROBE Next delivers versatility, shop-floor accuracy and portability, unlike articulated arms or fixed CMMs. The solution comprehensively addresses quality issues that, if left unattended, can lead to unwanted production and part approval delays, fabrication shortcomings and unexpected costs,” explains Daniel Brown, Senior Product Manager at Creaform.

As part of Creaform’s comprehensive quality control solution, shop-floor operators can add 3D scanning capabilities to their inspection sequence with the MetraSCAN 3D portable CMM scanner. The solution is also fully compatible with VXinspect, Creaform’s dimensional inspection software.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/coordinate-measuring-machines-handyprobe

Creaform announced the opening of its US-based corporation and offices in Costa Mesa, California. The opening of this new office is the result of the growing demand for Creaform’s portable measurement solutions as well as its dedication to better support its ever-expanding US customer base.

The offices, strategically located on the West Coast, will provide complete sales and metrology services, with the addition of local application engineers and project leaders on site.

“California is a hotbed for cutting-edge technology,” explained Martin D. Chader, US Country Manager at Creaform. “With such a flourishing economy, substantial military presence, and significant commercial potential, California was a natural fit for our US-based office.”

Creaform US Sales can be reached at 1.855.939.4446 while Creaform Technical support services can be reached from Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. East Coast to West Coast at 1.855.933.4446.

Creaform develops, manufactures, and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions, such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development, and numerical simulation (FEA/CFD). Its products and services cater to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation, and research and education. With headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lévis, Québec, Creaform operates innovation centers in Lévis and Grenoble, France, and has direct sales operations in the United States, France, Germany, China, Japan, and India.

Creaform is a unit of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies, a division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, with annual sales of $4.0 billion.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, announces the launch of the next generation of HandySCAN 3D laser scanners, which have been completely re-engineered for optimum speed, accuracy and portability.

The new HandySCAN 300 and HandySCAN 700 provide ground-breaking accuracy, resolution and substantially higher measurement rates—all in truly portable device. The benefits of the metrology-grade HandySCAN 3D’s are truly compelling:

•    40% more accurate with a volumetric accuracy of 60µm/m.
•    25 times faster than former generation.
•    TRUaccuracyTM feature ensures accurate measurements in real life operating conditions
•    Unmatched versatility: Limitless 3D scanning possibilities, regardless of the part size, complexity, material, or color.
•    Quick set-up: Get up and running in less than 2 minutes.
•    Automatic mesh output: Get ready-to-use files as soon as data acquisition is complete—and integrate within your workflow without any post-processing.

Handyscan 3D scanners can be used at all stages of product lifecycle management, including:

•    Concept: Product requirements as well as concept design and prototyping
•    Design: CAD designs, prototyping, and testing, simulation, and analysis
•    Manufacturing: Tooling design, assembly/production, and quality control
•    Servicing: Documentation, MRO, and replacement/recycling

Creaform also announced the launch of two completely new versions of the Go!SCAN 3D scanner. Both versions provide unmatched fast and reliable 3D measurements, while offering the easiest portable 3D scanning experience on the market.

The Go!SCAN 50 was designed to measure the shape of medium to larger parts and offers optimal flexibility. The Go!SCAN 20 delivers maximum resolution and is dedicated for use with smaller objects with intricate details, making it the perfect companion for 3D printers. Customers will attest to the Go!SCAN 3D’s multitude of benefits:

•    High speed: Typical objects are scanned in five minutes or less.
•    Professional-grade measurements: The Go!SCAN 3D provides an accuracy of up to 0.1 mm (0.004 in.) and resolution of up to 0.2 mm (0.008 in.).
•    Full-color 3D models: Users can easily and simultaneously capture of high-quality geometry and colors.
•    TRUsimplicity™: Extremely simple scanning process.
•    Point and shoot: No preparation or complicated setup is required. The scanner is up-and-running in less than two minutes.

Go!SCAN 3D scanners are tailored to the unique needs of:

•    Product development engineers and technicians from all industries
•    Engineers who use CAD and 3D printing professionals
•    Museology, heritage preservation, restoration, digital archiving, 3D scanning for research, analysis and publishing, multimedia, entertainment, computer graphics and special effects

“Thanks to this latest Go!SCAN 3D release, 3D scanning has never been easier,” explained François Leclerc, Product Manager. “With the addition of color and the intelligent hybrid positioning system, the Go!SCAN 3D are the professionals’ go-to all-around solution for professional-grade 3D scanning capabilities.”

At the same time as the Go!SCAN 3D release, Creaform launched the revolutionary new HandySCAN 3D scanner, which has been completely re-engineered for optimum speed, accuracy and portability. In addition, Creaform released the VXmodel, a Scan-to-CAD software module that integrates directly into Creaform’s 3D software platform, VXelements.

In addition, Creaform released VXmodel, a Scan-to-CAD software module that integrates directly into Creaform’s 3D software platform, VXelements.

For more information, visit: www.creaform.com





Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:31

Creaform Acquired by AMETEK

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AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) announced that it has acquired Creaform, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative portable 3D measurement technologies and a provider of 3D engineering services for approximately $120 million. Based near Québec City, Canada, the privately held company has annual sales of approximately $52 million.

Creaform is the industry leader in stand-alone portable 3D scanners. These optical devices are used in a growing number of applications to create accurate 3D models and measurements of a wide range of objects. Its products include several families of handheld 3D scanners, portable coordinate measuring machines and related accessories that are widely used in reverse engineering, dimensional inspection, precision manufacturing, non-destructive testing, automated quality control and 3D printing. The Handyscan 3D, a handheld laser scanner used to perform non-contact measurement, leads the market in capability and portability.

“Creaform is an outstanding acquisition.  It has an impressive R&D base and an industry-leading position across a number of high growth market applications. Creaform significantly expands the range of non-contact metrology products offered by our Ultra Precision Technology business,” comments Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Creaform’s innovative, optically-based product line and excellent customer base will expand our metrology sales into attractive segments closely adjacent to those of our existing Taylor Hobson and Solartron Metrology businesses,” he adds.

Creaform has its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lévis, Québec.  It operates innovation centers in Lévis and Grenoble, France, and has direct sales operations in the United States, France, Germany, China, Japan and India. It joins AMETEK as part of its Electronic Instruments Group (EIG) -- a recognized leader in advanced monitoring, testing, calibrating, and display instruments with 2012 sales of $1.9 billion.

AMETEK is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electro-mechanical devices with annualized sales of $3.6 billion. AMETEK’s Corporate Growth Plan is based on Four Key Strategies: Operational Excellence, Strategic Acquisitions & Alliances, Global & Market Expansion and New Products. AMETEK’s objective is double-digit percentage growth in earnings per share over the business cycle and a superior return on total capital. The common stock of AMETEK is a component of the S&P 500 Index.

For more information, visit: www.ametek.com or www.creaform3d.com

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 08:58

Creaform Webinar: New Go!SCAN 3D Scanner

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Learn all about this breakthrough in 3D scanning and revolutionary scanning platform. The Go!SCAN 3D handheld white light 3D scanner features intelligent hybrid positioning and yields great results when used towards both industrial and non industrial applications.

Feature Topics:

  • Go!SCAN 3D – A 1st encounter
    • Discover Creaform’s most recent portable 3D scanner.
  • Go!SCAN 3D technology platform – How does it work?
    • Learn all about the technology behind the Go!SCAN 3D.
  • Go!SCAN 3D – The benefits
    • What the Go!SCAN 3D can do for you and your business.

Plenty of sessions for you to choose from!

There will be 8 webinars over the next couple of weeks: October 16-18-23-25. Register to the webinar that best suits your agenda!

For more information or to register, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/resource-center/webinars

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:47

Creaform Launches the Go!SCAN 3D Scanner

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Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement technologies, is proud to introduce Go!SCAN 3D, a breakthrough in 3D scanning and a revolutionary scanning platform. This handheld white light 3D scanner features intelligent hybrid positioning and yields great results when used towards both industrial and non industrial applications.

Go!SCAN 3D scanner highlights

  • Point-and-shoot: no preparation or complicated setup is required. The scanner is up-and-running in less than two minutes.
  • Affordable and up to 10 times faster than standard 3D scanners.
  • Can be used by anyone without prior experience.
  • The software provides visual guidance throughout the process, ensuring quality results.
  • Handheld and lightweight (1.1 kg), it fits into a carry-on case, so you can bring and use it everywhere.
  • Dynamic referencing means that it is possible to move the part during scanning and that no rigid setup is required.
  • It provides accuracy is up to 0.1 mm, for results you can count on regardless of the work conditions or environment.

"The Go!SCAN 3D comes from our willingness to further expand our reach and make 3D scanning accessible to a much larger group of companies and individuals," said Daniel Brown, Product Manager. We wanted to provide a scanning experience that combined incredibly quick results with real user-friendliness, at a very interesting price point. Thanks to these features and along with its reliable data, we believe that the Go!SCAN will really open up tremendous possibilities for scanning in a wide array of industries."

With the launch of the Go!SCAN 3D, Creaform completes its portfolio of handheld portable 3D scanners, which also includes the Handyscan 3D and the MetraSCAN 3D. While each scanner is unique in its own way, the whole Creaform range shares the same key points: their TRUportability, TRUsimplicity, and TRUaccuracy.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/handheld-portable-3d-scanner-goscan-3d

Thursday, 06 September 2012 08:59

Creaform Releases VXelements 2.0

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Creaform will be introducing next week version 2.0 of VXelements, the proprietary data acquisition software that powers its entire fleet of portable 3D measurement devices.

The Creaform technologies actually draw their measurement power from exclusive and advanced surface reconstruction software algorithms that have undergone major improvements. Based on the concept of intelligent measurement, Creaform’s technologies and software deliver a very accurate high density set of points, in real time and without noise.

All types of 3D scanners combined (white light, laser, etc.), Creaform’s portable 3D scanners offer the best-in-class surface quality, which translates into accurate and high resolution data. Ultimately, users are provided with 3D models that are the closest possible to the actual part.

Where to see VXelements 2.0 in action?

Visitors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 on September 10-15 in Chicago can come by Creaform’s booth (E-5647) to see VXelements’ new and improved capabilities and features showcased with the Creaform 3D scanners. Moreover and for the first time in America, we will be introducing our brand new line-up of MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners and the C-Link functionality.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com or www.imts.com

Thursday, 30 August 2012 08:56

Creaform Now Offering CFD Services

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Creaform is celebrating its 10th anniversary by extending its 3D engineering services portfolio with the addition of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to its expertise in structural simulation (FEA), for a complete numerical simulation offer.

Numerical simulation helps companies identify efficient and reliable solutions to structural, dynamic, thermal or fluid dynamics issues. Having concepts and 3D models undergo CFD analysis contributes to reduce the cost and length of development cycles, while improving the quality and reliability of products. Plus, it makes it possible to detect and correct issues before they arise, better understand complex thermofluid systems or validate operation concepts or conditions, for instance.
 
Creaform also offers comprehensive thermofluid systems simulations:

  • Liquids, gas, flow mixing and multiphases
  • Turbulence modeling: RANS, RSM, LES, DES
  • Moving bodies and FSI analysis
  • Heat transfer and thermal modelling
  • Simulations from CAD or 3D scan files

After 10 years in business and more than 10,000 projects delivered, Creaform has acquired a solid track record as a trustworthy service provider with major worldwide OEMs from the aerospace, mass transportation, recreational products and consumer product industries.

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development and simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, health care, manufacturing, oil & gas, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE optical portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also offers an intuitive photogrammetry device: the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system.

The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Lévis, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/3d-engineering-services/numerical-simulation-feacfd-services

Discover the fastest and easiest way to inspect complex setups, jigs, tooling or prototypes. Learn about Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology behind the HandyPROBE and MetraSCAN.

Combined With Your Metrascan 3D Optical CMM Scanner or Handyprobe CMM, C-Link:

  • Makes the inspection process of complex setups, jigs, tooling or prototype than never before
  • Can be used as a mobile measurement solution for complex setups
  • Allows the creation of fixed measurement rooms (virtual CMM with freedom of handheld probe/3Dscanner)

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The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up.

Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

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  • Discover the indisputable benefits of this complete and powerful inspection and scanning solution.
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Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, is proud to unveil today its redesigned and optimized website, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations. The new website has been aligned with Creaform’s revitalized visual identity and it will be offering visitors an enhanced browsing experience as well as a wealth of information.
 
The content of the new website has been organized around Creaform’s main target markets, which are metrology solutions, non destructive testing (NDT), 3D body measurement and 3D engineering services. Visitors can get additional information through "See it in action" videos, industry-focused applications sheets and our new Resource Center section, which gathers all press releases, success stories, newsletter, magazines and other articles published by or about Creaform.

"The redesign of the new website was conducted in parallel with our rebranding initiative, but our goal went beyond aesthetical considerations, said Stéphane Auclair, vice-president of Marketing at Creaform. We know that for many web users, a visit to our website is their very first encounter with Creaform, so it was important for us to design a website in which people could easily find the information they are looking for and get something out of their browsing session. They can refine their search by application, industry or product and they can now “Ask an expert” about a particular issue that they might be facing. We are absolutely thrilled with the result, because the new website projects exactly what Creaform is: it is leading edge, classy and world-class".

The website keeps with the international vocation of the company and can be viewed in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development and simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, health care, manufacturing, oil & gas, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE optical portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also offers an intuitive photogrammetry device: the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system.

The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Lévis, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com

This webinar explains how you can digitize fast, flexible and unique existing 3D concepts with a Creaform Handyscan 3D scanner. Then, you will see how the 3D scan data will be converted with Rapidform XOR into a parametric 3D CAD.

  • You have an existing 3D concept?
  • You are looking for a flexible 3D scanner with dynamic referencing?
  • You would like to get a parametric 3D CAD?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BST

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/858053680

Creaform is proud to introduce the latest improvement to its inspection systems: the C-Link functionality. Through C-Link, it is possible to network up to 4 C-Tracks and operate them simultaneously with a HandyPROBE portable CMM or a MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanner.

Benefits of the C-Link Functionality

  • Makes the inspection process of complex setups, jigs, tooling or prototype faster and easier than ever before.
  • Featuring the TRUaccuracy technology, it generates guaranteed high accuracy results, no matter the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variation, etc.) or operator skills;
  • Can be used as a mobile measurement solution for complex set-ups;
  • Allows the creation of fixed measurement rooms (virtual CMM with freedom of handheld probe/3D scanner);
  • Can be used for large or complex objects deformation analysis when used with Creaform’s VXtrack software module.

“We were receiving repeated requests from our MetraSCAN and HandyPROBE customers towards a solution that would enable them to carry out demanding and specific applications such as deformation analysis on plane wings and presses or measure car chassis with their Creaform technology, but without having to actually move the CMM, explained Jean-François Larue, product director. The idea of the C-Link functionality was born out of a desire to actually meet this need; our R&D crew figured out a way to build upon our inspection systems’ accuracy, power and dynamic referencing capability and developed C-Link, which also improves the performance of our systems with regards to inspection and QC of large or complex parts.”

Creaform’s technologies upgraded with the C-Link functionality will be demoed at the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com

Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement technologies, is proud to unveil its new line-up of MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners – the most accurate 3D scanners for demanding quality control and reverse engineering applications.

The MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM Scanners

The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up. Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

The new MetraSCAN 3D handheld scanners are now offered in two versions:

  • The MetraSCAN 70 offers optimal resolution. It is ideal for projects where geometrical feature definition is key, such as sheet metal and tooling inspection.
  • The MetraSCAN 210 offers increased measurement speed. Its increased stand-off and depth of field make for enhanced scanning flexibility. It is ideal for large surface metrology and large-scale reverse engineering.
  • Both 3D scanners feature the same accuracy and they have been fitted with a new light carbon structure.

“We believe that this expanded and enhanced MetraSCAN line-up fits the needs of our customers now more closely when it comes to quality control or reverse engineering applications, said Jean-François Larue, product director. What’s more, we integrated the know-how acquired on the technology since the launch of the first generation of MetraSCAN in 2010. Among all the inspection systems available on the market, the MetraSCAN 3D scanners remain best at increasing the reliability, speed and versatility of the measurement process.”

The new devices will be presented to the public for the first time during the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, advanced surfacing, inspection and numerical simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, 3D body measurement, consumer products, heavy industries, manufacturing, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE arm-free portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also brings photogrammetry to all its technologies with the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system. Moreover, the company offers the Creaform 3D Body Digitizers.

Creaform reached C$37.5 million in sales in 2011. The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Québec City, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrascan/default.aspx

Through real life examples, this webinar explains how you can inspect very large parts by combining various kinds of optical technologies into one simple process.

Webinar’s topics:

  • Introduction of the portable 3D measuring solution
  • Basics on photogrammetry
  • Demo
  • Examples of applications

Who Should Attend:

  • You are manufacturing large parts or tools for the aerospace, transport or power generation industry?
  • You would like to combine portability of optical CMMs with the accuracy of photogrammetry to inspect large part?
  • You would like to make your inspection process easier and faster?

Date:
Tuesday April 24, 2012

Time:
9 a.m. EDT (GMT -5:00)

Duration:
45 minutes

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/579147393

Thursday, 29 December 2011 08:56

Creaform Achieved ISO 9001:2008 Certification

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Creaform is proud to report that following a successful audit by Intertek, its Canada-based head office - that houses the departments of R&D, Production, Technical Support, etc. - has reached the ISO 9001 : 2008 certification as of November 2011. Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world.  With more than 31,000 employees in over 100 countries, Intertek holds extensive global accreditations, recognitions, and agreements.

"After 10 years of accelerated growth and innovation, we felt it was time to ensure the quality of our products and services and the satisfaction of our clientele through a formal, organized and recognized system. We spent the last months implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) throughout head office, which reflects the continuous commitment of our employees towards high quality and thoroughness," said Marco St-Pierre, VP of Innovation and Technologies and quality representative at Creaform.

Creaform's Quality Policy
By taking a preventative approach through its rules and regulations, Creaform's management and staff undertake to meet the standards of the company's quality management system while continually striving to make it more efficient, with a view to ensuring total customer satisfaction.

Creaform's Quality Management System
Creaform has implemented and maintains a quality management system that meets ISO 9001 standards. The QMS reflects the interconnectedness of the company's processes and allows for ongoing improvement according to the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) management principle.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com

When it comes to quality control of complex parts, the combination of 3D scanning and probing is a great alternative. If you add the benefits of optical CMM systems to it, you end up with the most complete and powerful inspection solution on the market.

In fact, the optical CMM will allow accurate measurement, scanning and probing, regardless of the environment conditions, the level of experience of the user and the quality of the set-up.

This live presentation will demonstrate the advantages of using Creaform's MetraSCAN and HandyPROBE in real life measurement environment, and show the complete inspection process (including the data analysis and reporting in PolyWorks Inspector from InnovMetric).

Key learning points:

-View the whole acquisition process including 3D laser scanning and feature probing
-Understand the benefits of optical CMM 3D scanning & probing
-Ask your questions to 3D scanning experts

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Americas - 2:00 PM ET
Europe - 8:00 PM CEST

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/258912217

Creaform, leader in portable 3D optical measurement technologies, today presents the technological fundamentals behind its 3D laser scanners product lines.

“As a developer of innovative metrology-grade measurement technologies, we have based our research and development work on well-defined and innovative technological principles, which has led to the release of several successful and highly accurate, reliable 3D optical measurement technologies over the years”, said Marco St-Pierre, vice- president, Innovation & Technologies at Creaform.

In a nutshell
3D optical sensor technologies can capture a huge number of data observations at very high rates, on the surface of objects. Based on that huge number of data observations, Creaform has developed a new framework to generate very accurate points. Thanks to this technological advancement and based on the concept of intelligent measurement, it is now possible to deliver a very accurate high density set of points, in real time and without noise.

Intelligent measurement process, data framework, real-time processing, calibration and acquisition model are a few keys elements of Creaform’s technological fundamentals that make for more accurate systems in 3D optical metrology.

Journal of the CMSC
Creaform’s president Charles Mony first introduced our technological fundamentals in a presentation he made during the 2011 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference last July in the United States. We received great feedback from our fellow metrologists, and the related technical paper was eventually selected by the Journal of CMSC’s editorial team to be published in the fall edition of the magazine - now available.

The technical fundamentals paper is available at: www.creaform3d.com/en/products/technological_fundamentals/default.aspx

Creaform, leader in portable 3D optical measurement technologies, is proud to introduce the latest addition to the wide range of technologies it develops and manufactures, the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system.

The MaxSHOT 3D adds the accuracy and speed of photogrammetry to the wide range of applications already possible with Creaform technologies, most especially when it comes to larger parts. It combines the MaxSHOT 3D photogrammetric video camera and the VXshot processing software.

"We are excited about this new system, since it reflects perfectly our commitment to high accuracy and reliability, says Creaform's president Charles Mony. The MaxSHOT 3D system brings photogrammetry to a whole new level in terms of affordability, ease of use and accessibility. With the MaxSHOT 3D, we will indisputably strengthen our position and grow our market share in metrology-grade technologies on the international basis".

Features and Benefits

As product director Jean-François Larue stresses out, "our main goal was to come up with the most user-friendly photogrammetry software that ever existed to support our MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measurement system. We are extremely proud to present the metrology/ quality control community with an innovative software that is very simple to operate. Featuring real-time visualization and validation of acquired data and an entirely guided step-by-step operation, it allows even those new to photogrammetry to quickly and easily generate a high accuracy positioning model of an object."

In concrete terms, using the MaxSHOT 3D with a Handyscan 3D self-positioning scanner, a MetraSCAN optical CMM 3D scanner or a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM translates into shorter measuring time on larger parts, accelerated positioning of the device around the part and higher measurement accuracy, which ultimately leads to reduced production costs and increased efficiency.

The MaxSHOT 3D will be introduced to the public at EMO metalworking tradeshow in Hanover (Germany) on September 19th, and at Quality Expo in Chicago (USA) on September 20th.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/maxshot3d/default.aspx

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 11:47

Creaform Reveals New HandyPROBE Arm-Free Optical CMM

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Today, we have unveiled our new HandyPROBE arm-free and portable optical CMM system. In keeping with our innovation philosophy, the HandyPROBE optical probing system features the TRUaccuracy technology, which generates higher accuracy measurements of up to 22 µm (0.001 in.) and significantly increased productivity, reliability and quality compared to other coordinate measurement systems, especially in real work environments.

The new version presented today shows smoothed out and sophisticated lines. The sturdier and slimmer device also shed a little more than 0.5 kg in the process, and now offers increased reliability. These changes are part of the continuous improvement program implemented by the company to ensure that it fine tunes its technologies so as to keep the lead in portable 3D optical measurement technologies and strengthen its position of developer and manufacturer of premium quality metrology and quality control devices.

According to product director Jean-François Larue, "the gain in productivity and the outstanding measurement reliability of the HandyPROBE explain the system's sky-rocketing 118% YOY sales increase. Plus, they are definite key points in the decision of aerospace, aeronautics, automotive and nuclear industry leader companies such as the European Space Agency, EADS (Airbus), Safran, Pratt & Whitney, BMW and Honda to provide their plants with the system. It has been used on five continents for several years now to control various types of parts on production floors' harsh environments. Some of our clients have cut down their control time by 10, while others were able to reduce human error occurrences by five."

We will be premiering the redesigned HandyPROBE at the EMO metalworking show in Hannover, Germany on September 19th (Hall 5, booth F79) and at the Quality Expo show in Chicago USA on September20 (booth # 622).

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/handyprobe/handyprobe.aspx

Thursday, 18 August 2011 09:12

PUT US TO THE TEST 2011 challenge

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As you know, Creaform works tirelessly to maintain its position as a leader and groundbreaker in 3D digitizing. This is why we are proud to launch the 2nd worldwide edition of the PUT US TO THE TEST 2011 challenge.

By entering this contest, you have the opportunity to make the project you've always dreamed of a reality! You know, the project that you've been cherishing for ages, and for which time, human resources and/or required technology you simply couldn't find...

Among the candidacies received, we will pick the 3 most challenging of them to put our 3D Engineering skills to the test...once again.

• One (1) Nothing is impossible! prize ($20,000 value)

• Two (2) Consider it done! prizes ($2,000 ea. value)

Whatever your industry or the scope of your project, we are eager to push back our limits whether we're talking 3D scanning, long-range scanning, inspection, reverse engineering, design or FEA.

Dare to submit your project, even if you are convinced that it is mission impossible! Picture the possibilities ahead of you if you were to be picked out!

For more information, visit: http://www.creaform3d.com/en/contests/put-us-to-the-test.aspx

We are proud to announce a new partnership with Geomagic. From now on, CBD's Gemini and MegaCapturor ditigizers will be bundled with Geomagic Wrap 12.

Creaform Body Digitizers

The Creaform 3D Body Digitizers adapt to most surfaces and digitize the human body in full color in less than one second, producing results as realistic as a photo!

Geomagic Wrap® integrates with and processes data from 3D scanners, providing powerful yet simple to use tools for point cloud and polygon mesh editing. Geomagic Wrap can be used to create, repair and modify STL data to prepare for rapid manufacturing.

Benefits of the partnership

This new package offers Creaform's acquisition speed and reliability, backed up by the power and performance of the Geomagic software, at a retail price that is actually lower than the former CBD/EM software duo.

Webinar - CBD Gears up with Wrap!

Learn how Geomagic Wrap's functionalities can be used to enhance and complement CBD digitizers' features and performance. Tuesday May 10th, at 10 am (GMT - 4:00). Book your seat now!

We released our new VXtrack dynamic tracking software module during the 25th CONTROL international trade fair for quality assurance that will be taking place in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 3-6, 2011 (Hall 5, booth 5108)

The VXtrack dynamic tracking module is a key component of TRUaccuracy technology, which guarantees the highest precision. Teamed with the C-Track dual camera optical sensor, the VXtrack module can be used to simultaneously and continuously measure positions and orientations in space with great precision, which makes it possible to control displacements, drive assembly processes or measure deformations.

Combined with the portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) arm-free probing system HandyPROBE, VXtrack provides a complete portable 3D measuring solution offering both probing inspection and dynamic measurement capabilities. Plus, the probing stylus is very useful for aligning parts with respect to a referential (determined through a group of reflectors), allowing for movement or deformation monitoring directly on the part’s referential.
Benefits

* TRUaccuracy technology that guarantees the highest precision, in the lab or on the shop floor
* Simultaneous measuring of the set of reflectors, for increased 6 DOF precision (position and orientation)
* A complete inspection and dynamic measurement solution integrating the portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) arm-free probing system HandyPROBE and compatible with the MetraSCAN optical CMM 3D scanner
* Passive, wireless, low cost and ultralight (<1g) reflectors, available in adhesive or magnetic versions and 100% compatible with photogrammetric measures (for resetting with a global measure in the case of large equipment)

Main features

* Rate of up to 24,000 3D points per second with oversampling (3000 without oversampling)
* 6 DOF measuring (position and orientation) of a rigid set of reflectors
* Synchronous measurement of the reflector set
* Measuring volume from 3.8 to 14.8 m3 (133 ft3 to 518 ft3)
* 1 unique system for 3D inspection and 3D dynamic measurement
* Real-time curve display in VXelements
* Export to .csv format
* API for interfacing with third-party applications
* Acquisition synchronization capability through external trigger input


For more information visit: www.creaform3d.com or www.control-messe.com

Last August, we launched the Put Us to the Test 2010 challenge. High-difficulty engineering projects were submitted, and the 3 most challenging entries shared more than $25,000 in prizes. Today, we are happy to present the projects that were delivered to our winners.


Nothing is Impossible - The Walking Horse $20,000 grand prize winning project

The main goal of the "Walking Horse" ideaman Benjamin Julian was to build a mechanical horse that would faithfully reproduce the fluidity of the equine walk. In order to do that and in line with the budget allotted, Creaform's mechanical engineers started the project with a literature review on existing walking quadruped robots. They worked at developing the 3D model and full 2D drawings of a 1:10 prototype replica, as well as a complete bill of materials.

In short, the acrylic and aluminium prototype developed should be able to walk on a straight line while keeping its balance, and also turn to the left and right. While a living horse's leg has 8 degrees of freedom (DOF), the prototype's leg will have only 4 DOF to control in order to decrease the complexity level of the robot.  Each degree of freedom will be controlled by a servomotor typically used in the radio control (RC) world. Moreover, another servomotor has been embedded in the structure to simulate the hip movement. All the servomotors are controlled by a servo controller programmed using the LynxmotionVisual Sequencer software to define the angular position of each joint in time.

According to Mr. Julian, his experience collaborating with Creaform's engineering was more than he ever could have asked for. "They were quite amazing to work with because there was never a question in mind that they knew exactly what they were doing. Their expertise in robotics and mechanical engineering allowed the mechanical walking quadruped to come to life because they went above and beyond with their efforts. The team focused on delivering exactly what was needed during this early design phase, a digital model of the prototype, which will now be realized in 3D with an advanced CNC milling machine."


Consider it Done! - $2,000 prizes

FP Innovations's Aboriginal Totem Pole involved 3D scanning of an Aboriginal totem pole and post-treatment of the 3D file generated. Using the high accuracy data file obtained, the company carves reduced-scale totems using a 5-axis CNC machine. First Nations artists of Canada can market these small replicas and share their fascinating art with the population.

Lastly, Globe Composite Solutions' Hand-Made Diving Helmet project involved 3D scanning of the helmet fabricated, and reconstruction under CATIA to create a 3D file for manufacturing of an aluminum mould for ongoing production of the helmet, so as to replace the soft tooling currently used that require substantial maintenance and re-working.


For more information visit: www.creaform3d.com

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), visited Creaform Inc. today to announce the results of Government of Canada-funded research and development projects that are supporting commercialization success, such as the company's handheld 3D scanning system. The company received support from the Government of Canada through the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The Minister was joined by several of his caucus colleagues who are visiting other companies across Canada today to highlight similar commercialization successes that are strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians.

"Our government is supporting Canadian companies that invest in research and development to bring new ideas to the marketplace, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy," said Minister Lebel. "Creaform is a Canadian success story and an example of how businesses can succeed when they invest in research and commercialize new discoveries."

Creaform's digital solutions provide high-quality innovative 3D technology, turnkey services and reliable support to enable seamless collaboration in 3D. The equipment was developed, in part, as the result of an IRAP investment, and the system is used by businesses worldwide.

"Programs such as IRAP, together with our strong innovation capacity, our ongoing commercialization efforts, and the quality of our in-house teams, our clients and our suppliers, have enabled us to become a leader in the growing field of 3D scanning," said Charles Mony, President of Creaform.

Increasing business investment in research and development is crucial to Canada's long-term competitiveness. To remain at the forefront of the global economy, Canadian businesses must invest in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow's breakthroughs. Programs such as IRAP are helping businesses innovate.

Canada ranks first among the G7 countries in terms of expenditures on research and development in the higher education sector as a share of the economy.

Canada's science and technology strategy was launched by Prime Minister Harper in 2007 with the goal of encouraging our businesses to invest in research and development and to bring new ideas into the marketplace for the benefit of all Canadians. Through the 2006, 2007 and 2008 budgets, the government provided an additional $2.2 billion in new funding for science and technology initiatives.

Years one and two of Canada's Economic Action Plan built on these investments by providing $6.3 billion in additional funding for research infrastructure, research, highly skilled people and commercialization.

For more information on Canada's science and technology strategy, please visit the Industry Canada website: www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/h_00231.html

Last August, 3D technology world leader Creaform launched its Put Us to the Test 2010 challenge. Daring the world to submit high-difficulty engineering projects to its team of experts, the company promised thousands of dollars in engineering labour hours to the 3 most challenging entries. Today, Creaform's Put Us to the Test 2010 jury is happy to reveal the projects selected.

At the top of the list and winner of the "Nothing is impossible" $20,000 grand prize is Conceptual Art Technologies LLC Benjamin Julian's Walking Horse project. The idea - that's been deemed impossible by most - is to design a walking mechanical quadruped directly modelled on the musculoskeletal system of a real horse and able to support a 200 lbs rider.

Without a doubt, this full scale robotized horse will have Creaform's team of engineers rack their brain! They are ambitiously planning to reverse engineer a full scale horse - nothing less! This way, they will have the morphological data at hand to carry out the project milestones: frame structure dimensioning, choice of materials, internal motion structure design and construct and kinematics validity.

Consider it Done!
As 1st runner-up, FP Innovations' Alain Albert gets the first $2,000 "Consider it Done!" prize for his Aboriginal Totem Pole project. The project involves 3D scanning of 2 existing pieces of Aboriginal artwork (a mask and a totem pole). The ultimate goal is to carve the artefacts using a five-axis CNC machine and provide First Nations artists of Canada with a 21st-century tool to improve their output and meet the growing demand for the fascinating art that they produce.

The 2nd runner-up project chosen is the Helmet Project, submitted by Mr. Glenn Thayer, from Globe Composite Solutions. This project involves 3D scanning of a helmet to build an aluminum mould for the ongoing production of helmets, so as to replace the soft tooling currently used that require substantial maintenance and re-working.

Promising Outcome
As the work on these 3 ambitious and challenging engineering projects is about to start, Creaform is expecting great things from its expert engineers. If you are interested in the PUT US TO THE TEST 2010 project results, visit Creaform's website regularly for the follow-ups!

Creaform, a world-class technology company offering 3D engineering services and innovative 3D scanners, announced today the acquisition of Genicad, a leading Québec City company specializing in engineering, digital and mechanical design, project management and technical drawing. The acquisition became official October 29, 2010.

"The acquisition is part of Creaform's growth strategies to strengthen regional operations, secure its position as a major player in the industry and expand its range of 3D engineering services to better meet the needs of our clientele," indicated Chief Executive Officer Martin Lamontagne.

"This is a most significant move for the industry. The synergy between Genicad and Creaform will create the most important 3D engineering services firm in the Québec City area," stated Genicad President Michel Cyr. Over the past twenty years, Genicad has become a leading player in Quebec's mechanical design industry through proven expertise and top-quality services. As a leading 3D engineering partner with an outstanding drive for innovation and technological development, Creaform will build on the excellent reputation of Genicad to provide the clientele with highly-advantageous, innovative solutions.

Creaform's acquisition of Genicad is the latest in a series of major events that took place over the year, including the acquisition in January of InSpeck, a world leading 3D human body digitizing company, the opening of three new offices overseas this summer and the international launch in October of the all-new MetraSCAN 3D scanner, which adds to Creaform's line of revolutionary 3D scanners.

Genicad offices located at 2260 Léon-Harmel in Québec City will soon be closed and Genicad employees will be relocated at Creaform's offices in Lévis to maintain top-notch services provided to the clientele. Creaform will keep the Sainte-Claire offices open where the employees are to remain. For more information on Creaform's 3D engineering products and services, visit the company's Web site at www.creaform3d.com.

About Creaform

Creaform is a leading technology company offering innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, inspection, design, engineering and FEA. Our wide range of products and services as well as our advanced training program are intended for key industries such as the automotive, aerospace and defence, consumer products, education, heritage preservation and architecture, manufacturing, medical care and multimedia.

Creaform has developed and offers the Handyscan 3D line of scanners and the new MetraSCAN scanner, a complete 3D inspection solution. These state-of-the-art self-positioning handheld 3D laser scanners are known for the highly-accurate 3D scanning data generated, their true portability and ease of use. Creaform also manufactures and offers the HandyPROBE fully portable, arm-free and wireless CMM, a probing system designed for inspection applications. Creaform is an international company with offices in Canada (Lévis and Montréal, Quebec), the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan.

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