AGT Robotics makes low-volume, high-mix robotic equipment, and they’ve partnered with Creaform, the portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services provider, to announce a brand-new, turnkey 3D scanning solution called the ScanMaster.
Since 1992 AGT has been offering their innovative approach in developing and manufacturing automated industrial equipment which integrates tools such as FANUC robotics and Lincoln Electric robotic welding. The company provides engineering services, dedicated equipment and flexible robotic systems to improve productivity and quality.
This latest offering, the ScanMaster, features Creaform TRUaccuracy technology and it’s designed for automated quality control applications. Powered by Creaform’s MetraSCAN 3D R-Series optical scanning system, the new AGT ScanMaster robot cell takes on dimensional metrology of complex parts – parts of up to one cubic meter in size – in both on-line and off-line inspection processes.
Creaform says the TRUaccuracy technology is accurate to 0.085mm in shop-floor conditions, all regardless of instability, vibrations and thermal variations. The dimensional measurements are determined by the company’s optical CMM scanner, and it operates independently of the robot. Perhaps most critically, the companies say that the ScanMaster requires a very short learning curve and it’s compatible with all major metrology software.
Creaform specializes in 3D portable metrology and scanning technologies. The company is a unit of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies, a division of AMETEK Inc, a major manufacturer which features some $3.6 billion in annual sales.
Creaform also sells scanners and solutions which are used to build product designs through reverse engineering and prototyping, the development of custom dies and molds and the fabrication of jigs and fixtures. Those products are used to design prostheses, surgical aids, orthotics and guides for biomedical applications. They’re also frequently used in mechanical engineering and design education.
The key features of this ScanMaster solution include, plug-and-play automation, easy adaption to different design, volume and specific inspection requirements via an automated turntable, and compatibility with major metrology software.
The ScanMaster handles parts up to 0.9 m × 0.9 m × 1 m (35.4 in. × 35.4 in. × 39.4 in.) in size and weights up to 300 kg (661.4 lb.) placed on a 1.3 m (52 in.) turntable. It can be loaded with a transport cart, pallet truck, crane or forklift through a 1.5 m (60 in.) external loading area. The ScanMaster is available through AGT and Creaform’s direct sales and worldwide distributor network.
The machine comes in three different models the ScanMaster T, ScanMaster TC and ScanMaster TC2, for a wider selection for clients. Below is a look at some of the specifications of each ScanMaster model:
Could your place of business or facility make use of this new automated scanning and metrology system from Creaform and AGT Robotics? What will this ultimately mean for the 3D scanning industry in general? Let us know your thoughts in the ScanMaster forum thread on 3DPB.com.