Portable 3-D laser scanner

  • 11-Jan-2010 10:43 EST

M7 Aerospace is using Z Corp.’s ZScanner 700 PX portable laser scanner to scan aircraft to obtain precision engineering data for repair, modification, and reverse engineering. M7 recently used the scanner to capture the entire surface of a Fairchild Metroliner in a resolution of 0.1 mm in three days. The same job would have taken weeks, months, or years with other scanning technology. The scanner is handheld and self-referencing; it automatically determines its location in space without the need for external orienting devices. The user sweeps the scanner over the target surface and “paints” it with complete freedom of movement around large objects such as aircraft. As the user paints with the scanner, the digitized object appears on a laptop screen, eliminating costly and time-consuming post-processing.

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