Leuven, September 27th 2007 - Metris (MTRS, Euronext Brussels) announces the release of its next generation K-Scan handheld laser scanning system. The Metris K-Scan MMD blends the better of all-digital Metris ModelMaker D laser scanning and Metris Optical CMM continuous probe tracking. Optical probe tracking enables the operator to freely walk around and efficiently acquire surface scans of the measurement object. The ergonomic lightweight housing of Metris K-Scan MMD makes the system ideal for on-site 3D geometry digitizing and inspection, covering small parts up to an entire vehicle. Metris K-Scan MMD features excellent material scanning capabilities and reaches highest effective throughput in the market.

Operating in a larger scale measurement space without mechanical constraints offers unabridged measurement convenience. With the Metris K-Scan MMD at hand, the operator conveniently walks around and efficiently scans the measurement object. With 40 infrared LEDs built into the laser scanner housing, the Metris Optical CMM accurately tracks probe position and orientation in real time. This unit also features motion compensation in case the measurement object should be moved inadvertently, avoiding intermediate re-alignment.

Optical probe tracking technology in combination with Metris MMD laser scanning creates the ultimate handheld measurement tool for accurate part-to-CAD inspection and productive reverse engineering. Digital data processing implies high frame rates and high resolution data acquisition to promptly display scanned surfaces. Productivity increases with K-Scan MMD’s laser line width of up to 200 mm, which considerably reduces the number of manual scans required for the job. Through Enhanced Sensor Performance technology for continuous parameter adaptation, Metris K-Scan MMD offers excellent material scanning capabilities that require minimum user interaction. This ensures maximum sensor performance during scanning when surface material, color and reflectivity may vary.

The scanner’s lightweight carbon fiber housing is designed for premium ergonomic use featuring a balanced handgrip and programmable buttons at the operator’s fingertips. The lightweight scanner housing can be equipped with different Metris MMD scanner types in order to tune system performance to application needs. MMD200 offers maximum productivity, while MMD100 provides higher scanning resolution and accuracy. The Metris MMD scanner is also directly interchangeable with articulated arms from Metris and other leading manufacturers.

The K-Scan MMD is driven by Metris KUBE software, which references, visualizes and meshes the scanned object. The resulting point clouds can be analyzed instantly in Metris KUBE or exported to Metris Focus for more detailed investigation.

About Metris

Metris (Euronext – MTRS) designs, develops and markets a unique range of 3D hardware and software inspection systems servicing design and manufacturing industries. The company’s reliable and innovative metrology solutions cover the full range of measurement volumes required by automotive and aerospace customers, in both fixed and portable configurations and with optical and touch sensors.

Metris Headquarters are based in Leuven (Belgium) with additional production and development centers in Belgium, UK, Italy, US, China, India and Bulgaria. Metris provides a worldwide network of sales and support offices located in Europe, Asia, and the US.

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Renaat Van Cauter – Metris – Email Contact – Tel +32 16 74 01 01

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