Portable 3D Scanner Handles Large-Volume Applications

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence offers the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8, a portable laser scanner for large-volume inspection applications such as automotive sheet metal, aerospace mold tools, large industrial castings and more.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence offers the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8, a portable laser scanner for large-volume inspection applications such as automotive sheet metal, aerospace mold tools, large industrial castings and more. Designed for improved usability, the handheld 3D scanner enables shopfloor operators, regardless of experience, to easily and quickly capture complex point-cloud data, the company says. The LAS-20-8 laser scanner works in tandem with the portable Leica Absolute Tracker AT960, and offers enhanced performance for manual freeform surface inspections on intricate workpieces, even those with dark or shiny metallic materials. The ability to auto-adjust laser intensity for different surface types minimizes training requirements, enabling novice operators to scan worry-free with confidence.

The LAS-20-8 handles portable metrology applications requiring effective measurement volumes ranging to 196.85 ft., the company says. With an IP50 rating and a battery power option, the scanner can be brought to almost any location on the factory floor, the company says. The scanner synchronizes with the laser tracker, speeding transitions between scanning, probing and reflector measurements. Haptic technology adds a new level of user feedback during operation along with acoustic and visual guidance to promote better results. Using the main trigger button of the scanner, the operator can select preset measurement profiles, such as an 8"-wide scan line for maximum coverage of large surfaces or a smaller scan line with a 13-micron point spacing for small, complex surface geometry.

The laser scanner uses the same software interface as Hexagon’s Romer Absolute Arm product line, enabling experienced operators to immediately apply existing knowledge to system checks, compensation and certifications, the company says.