The HandyPROBE Launches into Space! The Creaform technology will participate in assembling the Ariane 5 launcher

Lévis, May 18th, 2010 – Creaform, a world-class company in 3D technology and engineering services, is proud to announce that the HandyPROBE has found new applications in the space industry! After having successfully served the aeronautics industry since its launch, the HandyPROBE will participate in assembling the European space launcher Ariane 5, the most used and the most precise satellite launcher.

In the aeronautics industry, the HandyPROBE is already commonly used for first-part and serial manufacture quality control. For instance, many plants of the Safran group have been using the HandyPROBE technology for almost 5 years already, to their satisfaction. The most recent application was introduced in 2009, and allows to control the doors on the thrust reversers of the Airbus A320 as much as ten times faster than with a traditional CMM method, and three times faster than requested by the client in the specifications (in less than 15 minutes for about 100 control points, including set-up and take-down of the door).

Such exceptional time saving is the result of the exclusive and innovative technology developed by Creaform. This technology helps to suppress the potential for error by the operator during critical stages, and it helps to acquire a dynamic measurement of the relative position of various objects, with an emphasis on the high-precision control of the assembly procedure. The system is completely insensitive to the usual disruptions to the measurement process on a mobile platform. Thus, the HandyPROBE is much more precise in actual conditions and has even reached positioning accuracy of less than 20 µm.

About Creaform

Creaform is a technological company that offers innovative solutions covering the entire range of 3D applications: 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, design and engineering, and FEA. Our products, our services and our advanced training program are intended for companies from the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, education, heritage preservation & architecture, manufacturing, medical care and multimedia industries, among others.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D line of scanners. These state-of-the-art self-positioning handheld 3D laser scanners are known for the high accuracy of the 3D scanning data they generate, their true portability, and their ease of use. Creaform also manufactures and sells the HandyPROBE, the 100% portable, wireless CMM, a probing system designed for inspection applications. Creaform is an international company, with offices in Québec City, in Montréal, in the United States, in France, in Germany, in China and in Japan.


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