Creaform launches Academia 50 3D scanner

Creaform has added the Academia 50 3D scanner to its Academia educational solution suite. This professional-grade, portable 3D scanner is suitable for teachers looking to show students the benefit of handheld 3D scanners and their use in real-life applications, such as reverse engineering, industrial design and quality control.

Easy to set up and use by teachers and students of all levels, Academia 50 employs structured white light technology to scan objects made of any material, or with any surface type or colour. Its technical specifications highlight the device’s performance levels, with an accuracy of up to 0.250 mm and a measurement resolution of up to 0.250 mm.
Academia 3D scanners are part of a turnkey educational solution that includes: 50 free seats of scan-to-CAD and inspection software to show students how to address any conventional or innovative engineering workflow; a five-year Academia customer care plan; and self-training documentation. Creaform offers teachers a free Creaform Academia sample kit that gives academics didactic material to enhance their curricula.
“This latest addition to our Academia educational solution suite attests to Creaform’s commitment to the educational sector by offering the designers and engineers of tomorrow the tools they need to help them excel in their careers,” says François Leclerc, marketing programme manager at Creaform. “We offer a complete education solution that does not sacrifice on quality or performance – all at a cost
which educational institutions can afford.”
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Ford Dagenham installs seven robots

Ford Dagenham has invested in seven UR10 Universal Robots from RARUK Automation to automate the previously manual task of applying fasteners to engine blocks.

The fasteners are now applied automatically to engines that arrive on the production line every 30 seconds, across a 24-hour, three-shift operation. UR10 collaborative robots pick up fasteners and run them down threads in the engine blocks to secure exhaust manifolds in position. Development of the process and application was fully supported by RARUK Automation, including training.
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Laser Scanning expands with second CMM

Inspection and reverse-engineering capacity has doubled in terms of throughput, while the size of component that can be measured has increased more than five-fold at Laser Scanning Ltd, based near Sheffield, following the installation of a second, larger CMM built by LK Metrology.

The latest LK 20.12.10 ceramic-bridge CMM with 2,000 by 1,200 by 1,000 mm working volume has joined a smaller 8.7.6 model.
The purchase of the larger CMM was prompted by the receipt from Derby-based JCB Power Systems of a contract to assist with the quality control of cylinder blocks and heads for the engines that power the OEM’s off-road vehicles. JCB has its own LK machine equipped with a touch probe that serves the production line in Derby. Laser Scanning assists by providing measurement and inspection of goods-in to the plant, where it has a QC engineer permanently stationed.
In addition, the Chapeltown facility helps out with preparing CMM programs and proving them out, as well as inspecting prototypes to support JCB’s R&D department.
While the engine plant does have laser-scanning capability on an articulated arm, the level of detail that can be acquired is less, as its scanning resolution is 23 µm, much lower than the best CMM-mounted scanner in use at Laser Scanning.
Managing director Johnathan Rigby says: “By working with JCB’s inspection department and R&D team we’ve been able to free up our customer’s machine to concentrate on production QC. They also appreciate the greater detail we’re able to provide for new prototypes, as laser scanning allows us to show them the form of a component, as well as supply measurement data.”
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Robo-Tend well received

XYZ Machine Tools unveiled its Robo-Tend mobile machine-tool automation system to customers at two recent customer days held at its facilities in Devon and Nuneaton. Both events were well attended, with the new system receiving strong interest among companies looking to increase productivity and reduce overheads.

“In developing Robo-Tend the brief was to create a simple, easy-to-use robotic automation system that would appeal to a wide range of customers, especially those who may not have considered automation as an option previously,” says Nigel Atherton, managing director of XYZ Machine Tools. “Therefore, it was pleasing that many of those in attendance recognised this, with comments that it was one of the simplest systems they had seen.”
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Filtermist grows distribution

Filtermist is investing in a new distribution centre in Shropshire to help meet growing demand for products. The company, which is part of the Absolent Group, has taken on a 30,000 sq ft unit just a few minutes’ walk from its purpose-built headquarters on the T54 Business Park in Telford.

Impressive organic sales growth and an acquisition trail that has seen the company purchase the DCS Group and Kerstar Ltd in the past six months, resulted in the decision to create a central facility that would be responsible for Filtermist’s logistics operations. The move will further enhance stock control and delivery lead times, as well as release additional capacity to increase the firm’s metal fabrication footprint.
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