Creaform acquires a new CMM

August 22, 2007

Lévis, August, 23th, 2007 Creaform, an expanding company recognized worldwide for its state-of-the-art technologies in laser scanning and inspection, has recently diversified its service line by purchasing a coordinates measure machine (CMM).

The CMM chosen, the Mitutoyo Crysta-Apex, delivers great precision (up to 5 µm) as well as excellent execution speed and repeatability. The device can be used in palping mode or laser scanning mode. Paired up with IBM’s Prélude Inspection software, the CMM allows the measurement and conformity assessment of high precision parts against their original digital 3D model. This robotized CMM is perfect for the quality control of parts, whether it is a few samples or large series, and generates important time savings with regards to repetitive inspections.

“This purchase required a global investment of $200 000 from the company. The machine will enable us to expand our metrology services line and to meet the needs of high precision industries such as that of aerospace”, said Martin Lamontagne, Creaform’s vice-president, Operations and General Director. The new CMM adds up to a comprehensive list of measure and inspection equipment, including Handyscan 3D laser scanners, Romer portable measuring arms, Zephyr laser sensors.

The machine is operated by Creaform’s experienced metrologists and is located in a dedicated and environmentally-controlled room. The recent move of Creaform into more spacious quarters has allowed for the dedication of a complete room to the new CMM alone. To mark this investment, Creaform will offer its metrology services at a special rate of $70/h, from September to November 2007 inclusive.

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About Creaform

Creaform is a technological company offering reverse engineering and 3D digital solutions with offices in Canada, the United States, France, China and Japan. Creaform provides complete 3D acquisition, processing and analysis products and services for product development, manufacturing and inspection applications in a wide variety of industries, such as aerospace, automotive, recreational and consumer products, multimedia and medical. Our range of technological products and services as well as our advanced training offer include laser scan technologies, measuring arms and conventional CMM, 3D post-treatment software, CAD/CAM/CAE, reverse engineering, styling and surfacing, 3D inspection and analysis, as well as turn key system design.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D™, the first self-positioning hand-held 3D laser scanner. This state-of-the-art scanner provides real-time 3D rendering visualization which generated file can be exported to most CAD platforms. Due to its true portability, versatility and precision, the Handyscan 3D™ makes 3D scanning simple.