Laser Scanner Quickly Collects Detailed Data Over Large Area

Nikon’s ModelMaker H120 handheld laser scanner incorporates blue laser technology, a 450-Hz framerate and Nikon optics.


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Nikon’s ModelMaker H120 handheld laser scanner incorporates blue laser technology, a 450-Hz framerate and Nikon optics. With a field-of-view width up to 120 mm and a point resolution of up to 35 microns, it is designed for fast, detailed data collection over a large area. It provides 2,000 points per scan line and does not rely on point-to-point interpolation to artificially boost data density, enabling small details on large surfaces to be measured quickly.

Combined with the optics, the low-speckle blue laser’s high accuracy and low noise data identify small scratches and abrasions on surfaces and sharp edges. The system provides scanner accuracy of 7 microns (1 sigma) and MCAx arms of up to 28 microns (2 sigma). Because a single setting can measure many parts, training is minimized.

Warmup time is not necessary for achieving a stable setup due to the scanner’s temperature compensation and thermal stability. Users only need to connect to a PC via a USB cable and power on to start scanning.

Real-time feedback is displayed by the boundaries of the measurement area on the measured part, ensuring the user is scanning at the optimal position. An integrated locking mechanism is said to provide a simple, user-friendly and repeatable connection to the MCAx arm, enabling the scanner to be used on MCAx arms of different sizes and specifications without moving the whole arm assembly. The combination of the H120 scanner and the MCAx arm enables measurement of freeform and geometric parts, hard-to-reach features, highly textured or transparent materials, and easily-deformed materials such as foams or textiles.

Users can tailor the solution for their needs through integrations with different software tools for scanning, probing, processing and dimensional analysis of measurement data.

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