Non-contact measurement is used to solve many difficult measurement applications. The ability to measure parts without touching them has obvious advantages and the range of applications that benefit from this approach is huge, spanning all industry sectors including medical, packaging, electronics, aerospace, printing, automotive and plastics / rubber to name but a few.
On November 4, 2010, one of Qantas Airbus A380s, heading for Sydney, Australia, suffered engine failure over Batam Island shortly after take-off from Changi Airport in Singapore. In spite of the exploded and still burning engine, captain Richard Champion de Crespigny was able to land the plane safely back in Singapore, with 440 passengers and 29 crew members still shaken and scared, but all safe and sound.
Laser scanning combined with touch probing on a Nikon Metrology co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) fits perfectly with additive layer manufacturing (3D printing) practices at French rapid manufacturing service bureau, Applications Additives Avancées (3A). This modern metrology system is the key to reduced lead-times and lower costs in the manufacture of medical, aerospace and other mechanical components.