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Technology Comparison Chart

 

This is by no means a complete listing. There are many more instruments available in each technology category and from each vendor, and from many additional vendors, as well. Entries were selected to illustrate the general specifications of a technology, or to show the upper and lower bounds of a vendor's offerings. Use the commercial directory pages to explore categories of interest in depth.

Technology Representative Vendor Model Volume Accuracy Color ? Speed Price Range
Mechanical Touch Probe
Mechanical Arm Faro Technologies FaroArm - Advantage 4 feet 0.001 inches Not Applic Manual operations $19,900
Mechanical Arm Faro Technologies FaroArm - Platinum 12 feet 0.005 inches Not Applic Manual operations -
Mechanical Arm Immersion MicroScribe G2 50 inches (1.27 m) 0.015 inches (0.38 mm) Not Applic Manual operations $3,495
Mechanical Arm Immersion MicroScribe G2LX 66 inches (1.67 m) 0.012 inches (0.30 mm) Not Applic Manual operations $5,495
Guided Probe Roland DGA Corp. PIX-4 6 x 4 x 2.4 inches Minimum scan pitch of 0.002 inches Not Applic No info provided $1,995
Guided Probe Roland DGA Corp. PIX-30 12 x 8 x 2.4 inches Minimum scan pitch of 0.002 inches Not Applic No info provided $3,495
Strengths accuracy; low-cost instruments avail.; measures deep slots, pockets; not affected by color or transparency
Weaknesses manual operation; slow for complex surfaces; can distort soft objects
 
Technology Representative Vendor Model Volume Accuracy Color ? Speed Price Range
Laser Line Scanner
Laser Meas. Head Laser Design, Inc. RPS-120 Not Applic., Measuring head; 3.5 inches stand-off distance +/- 0.00025 in acc.; 0.001 in resolution No 14,400 points / sec -
Laser Meas. Head Laser Design, Inc. RPS-450 Not Applic. Measuring head; 7.83 inches stand-off distance +/- 0.001 in acc.; 0.0037 in resolution No 14,400 points / sec -
Laser Meas. Head KREON Technologies KLS 51 Not Applic. Measuring head; Mtd to Arm or Mach tool / Triangulation angle 30 deg resolution 42 microns No Up to 20 000 points/sec -
Laser Meas. Head KREON Technologies KLS 171 Not Applic. Measuring head; Mtd to Arm or Mach tool / Triangulation angle 30 deg resolution 120 microns No Up to 20 000 points/sec -
Laser Scanner / Aux. Video Cyberware Model 15 Desktop Scanner 9.84 (X) x 5.91 (min Y) x 2.95 (Z) inches Resol: X,Y: 0.012; Z: 0.002 to 0.008 (inches) Yes 14,580 points / sec. -
Laser Scanner / Aux. Video Cyberware Model Shop 3D Scanner 3030RGB/MS 39 (X) x 10.25 (min Y) x 11.82 (Z) inches Resol: X: 0.01 to 0.04;Y: 0.028; Z: 0.004 min (inches) Yes 4,580 points / sec. -
Laser Scanner / Aux. Video Cyberware Whole Body 4 color 3D Scaner Cylindrical FOV; Depth: 47 inches; Height: 79 inches Resol: X: 0.19;Y: 0.08; Z: 0.019 min (inches) Yes 60,000 points / sec. -
Laser Scanner / Aux. Video Konica Minolta Sensing Vivid 700 2.8 x 2.8 to 43.3 x 43.3 inches 200 X 200 X 256 points (x,y,z resol.) Yes 160,000 points in 0.6 sec. -
Laser Scanner / Aux. Video Konica Minolta Sensing Vivid 910 111 x 84 x 40 mm (tele lens) to 1200 x 903 x 400 mm (wide lens) +/- 0.008 mm acc.; +/- 0.008 mm prec. Yes 307,000 pixels in 2.5 secs using Fine mode and tele. lens -
Laser Scanner Nextec Table Top Hawk Linear travel: 240 mm (9.4 inch); Scanning range: +/- 5 mm (+/-0.2 inch) Resolution: 1 micron; Total measuring accuracy: 10 microns (1 sigma) No 40 points per sec -
Laser Scanner / Aux. Video Riegl LMS-Z210i 4 to 400 m range x 80 deg vert x 360 deg Rot. 5 mm resol.; +/- 15 mm accuracy (averaged) or +/- 25 mm single shot Yes, Optional 12,000 points / sec; up to 15 deg / sec for horiz scan -
Laser Scanner Riegl LMS-Z420i 2 to 800 m range x 80 deg vert x 360 deg Rot. 5 mm resol.; +/- 5 mm accuracy (averaged) or +/- 10 mm single shot No 12,000 points / sec; up to 15 deg / sec for horiz scan -
Laser Scanner Roland DGA Corp. LPX-250 10 in (dia.) x 16 in (ht.) 0.008 inches resol. No No info provided $9,995
Laser Scanner ShapeGrabber LM600 System 600 x 160 x 165 mm Accuracies to 0.03 mm No 15,000 to 100,000+ points/sec -
Strengths non-contacting; fast digitizing of substantial volumes; good accuracy and resolution; color capability available
Weaknesses possible limitations for colored or transparent surfaces; laser cautions apply
 
Technology Representative Vendor Model Volume Accuracy Color ? Speed Price Range
Other Types of Laser Systems
Laser time of flight Callidus Precision Systems GmbH CT900 1.6 m W x 1.4 m H 50 microns resolution on axis of turntable; 70 microns at far end of meas range No 4000 points / sec -
Laser time of flight Callidus Precision Systems GmbH CT180 350 mm W x 375 mm H 25 at near end to 70 microns at far end of meas range No 4000 points / sec -
Laser tracking Automated Precision, Inc. Smart Trak 6D 40 m range Static acc: 0.001 inches at 16 ft No Up to 2000 meas / second tracking a moving target -
Strengths non-contacting; fast digitizing of substantial volumes; good accuracy and resolution; trackers are very precise; large stand-off distance for large objects
Weaknesses possible limitations for colored or transparent surfaces; trackers are fairly slow and may req targets; laser cautions apply
 
Technology Representative Vendor Model Volume Accuracy Color ? Speed Price Range
Tracking Systems, Other Than Laser Types
LED-based tracking Boulder Innovation Group, Inc. 3D Creator 1 m Sphere 0.2 mm mean volumetric acc No 300 points / second -
LED-based tracking Metronor Solo Measurement System 10.5 m range 0.02 to 0.1 mm meas. uncertanty No Manual operations -
Magnetic tracking Northern Digital Aurora 500 mm cubic volume 1.3 mm rms; 2.1 mm to 95% confid. level No 22 to 45 points / sec depending on number of sensor coils -
Strengths can digitize hidden points in some cases; can be used to track motion of many points simult.; magnetic devices can meas outside line of sight; not affected by color, transparency or surface quality
Weaknesses requires targets or contacting probes; smaller volumes; lower accuracy; slow for complex surfaces
 
Technology Representative Vendor Model Volume Accuracy Color ? Speed Price Range
Structured-light and Broadband Source Systems
Arm-mounted structured white light scanners GOM mbH ATOS II 5 x 4 x 4 to 67 x 53 x 53 inches 0.003 to 0.039 inches No 1.3 million points in 7 secs. -
Arm-mounted structured white light scanners GOM mbH ATOS III 6 x 6 x 4 to 80 x 80 x 80 inches 0.003 to 0.040 inches No 4 million points in 8 secs. -
Moire white light pattern Inspeck 3D Mega Capturor II / Small Field 401 x 321 mm X & Y: 0.3 mm; Z: 0.4 mm resol. Yes 1.3 million points in 0.7 sec. -
Moire white light pattern Inspeck 3D Mega Capturor II / Large Field 1140 x 910 mm X & Y: 0.9 mm; Z: 1.0 mm resol. Yes 1.3 million points in 0.7 sec. -
Moire white light pattern Inspeck Capturor II / Small Field 352 x 264 mm X & Y: 0.6 mm; Z: 0.5 mm resol. Yes 0.3 million points in 0.4 sec. -
Moire white light pattern Inspeck Capturor II / Large Field 1195 x 896 mm X & Y: 1.9 mm; Z: 1.0 mm resol. Yes 0.3 million points in 0.4 sec. -
Projected white light patterns Genex Technologies, Inc. Rainbow 3D Camera Several customizable models offered with capacities from approximately a 3 inch cube to more than a 10 inch cube. Accuracy to 25 microns (0.001 in) Yes Captures 768 X 576 pixel image (442,368 pixels) in < 1 sec. -
Moire-coded white light triangulation Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH Comet Not specified; 2 million points per view Accuracy to +/- 20 microns No Not speciied -
Strengths very fast; color available; no laser safety precautions
Weaknesses somewhat lower accuracy
 
Technology Representative Vendor Model Volume Accuracy Color ? Speed Price Range
Internal Viewing Systems
X-ray computed tomography Aracor Konoscope 160/200 200 mm dia 1024 X 1024 X 1024 pixel image; 0.4 mm resol; 0.04 mm acc. Not Applic No info provided -
X-ray computed tomography Aracor ICT 2500 2500 mm dia 2048 X 2048 pixels; 3mm resol; 0.25 mm acc. Not Applic No info provided -
X-ray computed tomography Bio-Imaging Research (BIR) Actis 600/450 600 mm dia; unlimited height 20 line pairs/ mm max spatial resol; density resol: 0.1%; can detect 150 micron flaw, 200 micron void and 10 micron crack. Not Applic 14 min for scanning 600 mm dia object -
X-ray computed tomography HYTEC Sensors & Imaging Group, Inc. Flash CT 16 inches in height; cross sectional area undefined 0.005 inches resolution Not Applic 200 MB / minute of volume data -
Destructive / Cross-sectional Scanning CGI, Inc. CSS-300 7 x 5 x 9 inches +/- 0.0008 inches (0.0005 to 0.010 inches layer thickness) No 2 to 3 hours -
Destructive / Cross-sectional Scanning CGI, Inc. CSS-3000 14 x 16 x 15 inches +/- 0.0008 inches (0.0005 to 0.010 inches layer thickness) No No info provided -
Strengths Internal viewing and sample preservation for CT
Weaknesses radiation safety; sample destruction for CSS; can be slow
Technology Representative Vendor Model Volume Accuracy Color ? Speed Price Range

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