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Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine: HandyPROBE Next

Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine: HandyPROBE Next

The new generation handheld optical coordinate measuring machine (PCMM)



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Manufacturers and production managers can use portable 3D measurement technologies to enable considerably greater flexibility and efficiency in performing quality control (QC) operations directly on the production floor. The HandyPROBE Next™ portable CMM provides measurement accuracy that is insensitive to the instabilities of any environment. Free of any rigid measurement setup, the portable CMM outperforms traditional portable CMMs on the shop floor. The C-Track optical tracker and wireless probe can be moved at any time during the measurement sequence and generate the same high-quality data.

This metrology inspection solution helps manufacturing companies eliminate inefficiencies in the manufacturing process and avoid unnecessary expenses.


New features
  • 2X more accurate
  • Instant measurement
  • Greater volume of 16.6 m3 (586 ft3)
  • Sturdy design for shop floor hardware reliability
  • Multi-function buttons for easier interaction with the software
  • Metrology-grade measurements: accuracy of up to 0.020 mm (0.0008 in.), high repeatability and traceable certificate
  • Dynamic referencing: optical reflectors are used to create a reference system that is “locked” to the part itself, so users can move the object any way they want during measurement
  • Volumetric accuracy of 0.064 mm (0.0025 in.) (ASME B89.4.22 standard)
  • Single point repeatability of 0.044 mm (0.0017 in.) (ASME B89.4.22 standard)
  • Accurate measurement of parts ranging from 0.2 to 10 meters (0.7 to 33 feet) in size
  • No accuracy drift over time In your quality control with the easy field calibration procedure
  • No rigid setup required: the part and the system can be moved freely at any time during measurement
  • Greater and easily extendable measurement volume
  • Automatic alignment: optical reflectors allow for repetitive inspections without realignment
  • Ergonomic, wireless probe
  • Optional 3D scanning capabilities by adding the MetraSCAN 3D
  • Multi-function buttons for easier interaction with the software
  • Short learning curve and intuitive operation
  • Optimized for use on the shop floor
  • Portable CMM: the system can be easily brought wherever the part is
  • Portable CMM case: the system, tripod and accessories fit into a single, portable carrying case
  • No physical link between the probe and the system for maximum versatility


Technical Specifications

  HandyPROBE Next HandyPROBE Next​|Elite
Accuracy (1) Up to 0.025 mm (0.0010 in.) Up to 0.020 mm (0.0008 in.)
Single Point Repeatability (2) 9.1 m3 (320 ft3(4) 0.060 mm
(0.0024 in.)
0.044 mm
(0.0017 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (3) 9.1 m3 (320 ft3(4) 0.086 mm
(0.0034 in.)
0.064 mm
(0.0025 in.)
Single Point Repeatability (2) 16.6 m3 (586 ft3(4) 0.088 mm
(0.0035 in.)
0.058 mm
(0.0023 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (3) 16.6 m3 (586 ft3(4) 0.122 mm
(0.0048 in.)
0.078 mm
(0.0031 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (with MaxSHOT 3D or C–Link)(5) MaxSHOT Next™ 0.060 mm + 0.025 mm/m
(0.0024 in + 0.0003 in/ft)
0.044 mm + 0.025 mm/m
(0.0017 in + 0.0003 in/ft)
Volumetric Accuracy (with MaxSHOT 3D or C–Link)(5) MaxSHOT Next™|Elite 0.060 mm + 0.015 mm/m
(0.0024 in + 0.00018 in/ft)
0.044 mm + 0.015 mm/m
(0.0017 in + 0.00018 in/ft)
Measurement Rate 80 measurements/s
Weight 5.7 kg (12.5 lbs.)
Dimensions 1031 x 181 x 148 mm (40.6 x 7.1 x 5.8 in.)
Operating Temperature Range 5–40°C (41–104°F)
Operating Humidity Range (non condensing) 10–90%
Certifications EC Compliance (Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, Low Voltage Directive, RoHS 2 Substance Restrictions Directive), IP50, WEEE
  HandyPROBE Next Stylus
Weight 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs.)
Dimensions 68 x 157 x 340 mm (2.7 x 6.2 x 13.4 in.)
Operating Temperature Range 5–40°C (41–104°F)
Operating Humidity Range (non-condensing) 10–90%
Certification EC Compliance (Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, Low Voltage Directive, Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Equipment, RoHS 2 Substance Restrictions Directive), compatible with rechargeable batteries, IP50, WEEE
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Complete your shop-floor quality-control toolbox

Integrate the HandyPROBE Next into your inspection routine without impacting your productivity


The portable CMM, HandyPROBE Next, makes highly accurate measurements possible—right on the production line

Inspection and quality control
Reverse engineering
  • Reverse engineering of geometrical entities (spheres, cylinders, planes)
  • Faster and more accurate reverse engineering of mixed parts (geometrical and free-form) when used with a MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanner


VXelements: Creaform’s 3D software platform and application suite

The HandyPROBE Next PCMM comes with VXelements, which powers our entire fleet of 3D scanning and measurement technologies. It combines all the essential tools you need for your data acquisition process into a user-friendly, simplified and sleek working environment.

The HandyPROBE Next is compatible with other leading inspection software

  • BuildIT Software & Solutions – BuildIT
  • Delcam – PowerINSPECT
  • 3D Systems – Geomagic Solutions
  • InnovMetric Software – PolyWorks Inspector
  • Inspect 3D – Inca3D
  • Metrologic Group – Metrolog X4 and V5
  • New River Kinematic – SpatialAnalyzer
  • Verisurf – Measure
  • Wenzel Metromec – Metrosoft CM


Creaform Shop-Floor Workstation and Stand

The Creaform Shop-Floor Workstation is designed to facilitate mobility across the shop floor and increase reliability by protecting your scanning and probing systems while still in operation or when stored (two stands with C-Tracks can fit in the workstation).

The Creaform C-Track Shop-Floor Stand, available as stand-alone or bundled with the workstation, increases the stability of the C-Track and facilitates mobility around the part while still in operation.

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Virtual Metrology Lab

Take full advantage of the C-Link functionality by connecting up to 4 C-Tracks in a single network to create a virtual metrology lab. This dimensional inspection solution, designed for metrology lab applications, enables seamless probing and 3D scanning operations without having to move the C-Track optical tracker around.

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The MaxSHOT 3D portable optical coordinate measuring system is a complementary product that provides data accuracy and speed of photogrammetry to the wide range of applications already possible with Creaform technologies, especially when it comes to larger parts.

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