Metris Releases New Scanning And Point Cloud Inspection Software

August 31, 2006 - Metris has released new versions of its laser scanning application and point-cloud-based inspection software. Metris Scan 4.2 enables automation of the whole scanning process including the tuning of scanning parameters to the current material properties. Focus Inspection 8.2 offers more intelligent pre-processing of raw point cloud data, faster processing of large point clouds and meshes, and also includes additional inspection and reporting features. Focus Automation 2.1 ties scanning and processing together, enabling a fully automated process from data collection up to the generation of the inspection report. The focus for this software extension is to make the inspection process more productive.

Metris Scan is the data acquisition and point cloud pre-processing program for the Metris CMM-based laser scanner. It supports the LC15 and LC50, as well as the XC50 cross scanner in combination with most major CMM brands. The new version of Metris Scan 4.2 features a new routine for the automatic adjustment of the scanner parameters to the surface conditions of the actual test object. This way, the scanning programs are independent of the material surface. This is particularly interesting for people that inspect the same object in a variety of different colors and materials. An example application is the scanning of plastic covers of appliances in a variety of different car colors. This procedure can be included in automated macros, enabling fully automated scanning without user interaction.

Focus Inspection brings feature and full part-to-CAD inspection starting from point cloud data or meshes from CMM- or hand-based scanners, or hand-held scanning solutions like the Metris K-Scan or ModelMaker scanners. In line with the trend to perform a maximum of offline processing in order to maximize the availability of the CMM, Focus Inspection 8.2 now includes an extensive suite of tools to align, filter, smooth and merge individual scans to result in high quality data set by removing redundant data points. The handling of larger point clouds and meshes has been accelerated and the selection of solid objects is optimized thanks to a new selection tool.

Focus Automation 2.1 enables the user to automate repetitive scanning and inspection tasks in Metris Scan and Focus Inspection. It also ties the scanning and inspection process together to form a fully automated process, from data collection including setting scanning parameters, up to the generation of the inspection report.


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