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Tuesday, 13 November 2012 10:16

ShapeGrabber Launches SG156 Scanhead

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ShapeGrabber, a pioneer in the development of 3D laser scanners for industrial measurement and modeling, today announced the availability of its fastest scanhead to date. The SG156 scanhead delivers a scanning speed gain of 2 to 10 times as compared to previous models, as well as a larger sensing range and greater stability in temperature variations.

Pierre Aubrey, CEO at ShapeGrabber said: “The [SG156 scanhead represents the sixth generation of our industrial 3D scanner technology and features a new design with an improved laser, lens, imager and mounting mechanism. It will enable our existing customers to more than double their output speed. With the addition of field of view compression, the speed increase can exceed a factor of ten. Based on extensive internal testing, a speed increase of 4 or 5 times will be typical. New customers will enjoy the most advanced 3D scanning technology platform on the market today.”

DENTSPLY Implants ATLANTIS division, supplier of digital implant solutions and CAD/CAM abutments, has been using ShapeGrabber scanners for more than 7 years, processing thousands of dental models each week at facilities in Sweden and in the U.S. DENTSPLY Implants is now using the new SG156 scanhead in all its ShapeGrabber scanners.

Per Nilsson, Process Engineer at DENTSPLY Implants, Mölndal Sweden, said: “We originally chose ShapeGrabber 3D scanners for their speed, ease of use, data quality and excellent scan volume. With the new SG156 scanhead, these benefits are now magnified and support our business growth. We have reduced our average scan time, thereby increasing our output capacity while significantly reducing cost-per-scan.”

The new scanhead design features these enhancements:

  • Up to 10 times faster scanning speed than its predecessor, the SG102
  • Variable field of view in addition to depth of field
  • Greater accuracy and tolerance to temperature changes
  • Larger dynamic sensing range to scan wider range of part types
  • A new mounting design allows the SG156 scanhead to be easily installed and removed; and, provides greater precision

The SG156 is backward-compatible with all currently installed ShapeGrabber scanners, with the addition of a new mounting bracket assembly.

ShapeGrabber industrial 3D laser scanners are in use by quality professionals and designers in automotive, aerospace, medical device, dental and other industrial sectors. They are ideal for rapid measurement and inspection of complex-shaped parts such as injection molded plastics, metal castings and stampings, and other parts that have compound curves and multiple features.

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ShapeGrabber, a pioneering innovator of industrial 3D laser scanners for quality inspection and measurement headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and Shelley Automation, distributors of technologically advanced automation products across Canada and headquartered in Toronto, today announced a distribution agreement.

Shelley Automation will add the ShapeGrabber line of 3D laser scanners to the stable of solutions it offers to Canadian manufacturers. The agreement advances a decade-long relationship between the companies, as Shelley Automation supplies ShapeGrabber with many of the motion control components used in the manufacture of its 3D scanners.

Pierre Aubrey, CEO at ShapeGrabber, said: “We are very pleased to bring on Shelley Automation as a Canadian distributor. We have worked with the company for more than a decade and know what a fantastic, professional organization they are. We’re thrilled to have such an exceptional company represent us and are excited to have new resources to increase our presence within the domestic manufacturing sector.”

Brian Shelley, Co-President and CEO at Shelley Automation, said: “ShapeGrabber’s automated industrial 3D scanners are an excellent addition to our range of products that bring advanced automation to manufacturers. ShapeGrabber 3D laser scanners provide manufacturers with another means to enhance productivity and achieve continuous improvement in the quality control cycle.”

Shelley Automation’s optical offerings already include fully automated, online vision systems. With the ShapeGrabber product line, Shelley enhances another element of its customers’ complete quality control process: the metrology lab. With a higher level of automation and modern optical tools for measurement, manufacturers can use the 3D scanners to dramatically reduce inspection time, provide rapid whole-part inspection, and troubleshoot the really tough quality problems.

Offering many times the speed of traditional dimensional measurement techniques such as calipers, gauges and coordinate measurement machines (CMMs), ShapeGrabber’s 3D scanners are used for industrial quality inspection to measure complex shapes that are otherwise too time consuming, costly or simply impossible to measure. They are particularly valuable for inspecting and measuring complex plastics, metal castings and stamped parts that features compound curves and multiple features.

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