The new ZScanner 800 adds a third HD camera that raises the resolution of its previous model, the 700, from .25 mm to .05 mm. Z Corp. claims its scanners are the only “self-positioning laser scanners” in the world. Whereas other scanners require reference points or “targets” on the product being scanned, the ZScanners do not, a booth spokesman said at the show. He also said they are faster than tripod mounted models — a small part, for example, could be scanned in six minutes or an entire car dashboard in two hours.
The new scanner costs $50,000. The 700 is $40,000. These scanners are typically used in quality control, inspection or for rapid prototyping. They produce .stl files, which can be imported in 3D CAD software or output to 3D printers.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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