QMT Features: October 2017
3D event for metrology professionals
3DMC, the 3D Metrology Conference returns to Aachen 9 – 11 October

The 3D Metrology Conference, 3DMC, is a new series of conferences dedicated to the application of 3D metrology systems. The conference series is run by experts in the UK at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and University College London (UCL), and in Germany at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the RWTH Aachen University.

The conference team is supported by an industrial advisory board comprising members from major primes in the aerospace, automotive and power industries, as well as service providers.

3DMC is not a conventional scientific conference, rather an industry and application oriented event for metrology professionals with specific interest in the development and application of 3D measurement technologies. 3DMC aims to bring together end-users and suppliers of measurement systems and software, service providers and academics developing the next generation of systems and industrial applications. 

The informal environment, with dedicated networking sessions, encourages delegates from industry and research institutes to explore their respective requirements and ideas for the future. This helps to focus research activity to maximise impact and to keep end-users informed of future capabilities. 3DMC is “where metrology meets industry” and “innovation meets application”.

The conference is supported by an exhibition showcasing the products of around 20 commercial companies, a bigger show than at the first event last year.
Amongst the products on show, Faro will be exhibiting the new Quantum articulated arm CMM as well as their laser tracker, SIOS will show their SP 15000 C5 5DoF calibration interferometer, API will have their latest laser tracker, the OT2 Core, and Werth will show the new TomoScope XS compact x-ray CT machine. Furthermore, Capvidia and Kotem will be announcing their cooperation in development of manufacturing workflows from Design to Quality using semantic MBD technology and QIF; a combination of technologies that has demonstrated gains of greater than 50 % in efficiency compared to prior traditional workflows.

A key focus of the event is current and future manufacturing and the opportunities which, in particular, portable 3D and integrated metrology can offer. However, this is not exclusive and contributions are welcomed from a range of related 3D technologies such as fixed-axis coordinate metrology (CMMs), Computed Tomography, indoor navigation, 3D imaging for heritage recording and virtual/augmented reality.

This year the conference has presentation offers from Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the USA, Canada, China, Japan and Russia.
There will be workshops from API on robot positional verification, OGP on software for point cloud analysis, and Werth on XCT operation.
The event will kick-off on Monday 9th October with workshops and an ice-breaker drinks reception.
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