Portable 3D Scanner with Haptic Technology

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Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence today announced the release of the new 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. Design-focused on improved usability, the handheld 3D scanner allows shop floor operators, regardless of experience, to easily and quickly capture complex point-cloud data. The LAS-20-8 laser scanner works in tandem with the ultra-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 product’s ease of use and ability to auto-adjust laser intensity for different surface types dramatically minimizes training requirements, enabling novice operators to scan worry-free with confidence. The new Leica LAS-20-8 product will be showcased at IMTS 2016 in Hexagon Booth #E-5202.

The lightweight, ergonomic LAS-20-8 is optimized for portable metrology applications requiring effective measurement volumes up to 196.85 ft. With an IP50 rating and a convenient battery power option, the scanner can be utilized almost anywhere on the factory floor or in the field. The scanner synchronizes with the laser tracker, enabling fast transitions between scanning, probing and reflector measurements. Newly integrated haptic technology adds a new level of user feedback during operation, along with acoustic and visual guidance for the best possible results. Using the main trigger button of the scanner, the operator can select pre-set measurement profiles on-demand, such as an 8" wide scan line for maximum coverage of large surfaces or a smaller scan line with up to 13-micron point spacing for small complex surface geometry.

“With the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8, we wanted to create an affordable handheld laser scanner that delivers results every time without complex setups or training needs,” explains Joel Martin, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Laser Tracker Product Manager, North America. “Alongside the Leica T-Scan 5, our high-speed laser scanner for feature-rich inspections or use with robotic and automated systems, LAS-20-8 enables us to offer an easily scalable laser scanning solution for any large-volume measurement application.”

The LAS-20-8 laser scanner integrates seamlessly with the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960, Leica T-Probe. The laser scanner uses the same software interface as Hexagon’s Romer Absolute Arm product line, enabling experienced operators to immediately apply their existing knowledge to system checks, compensation and certifications.

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