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Leica Microsystems’ DCM8 is a two-in-one machine with high-defi nition confocal microscopy and interferometry.


machine, and then graduates to a larger machine, that pro- gram is easily adapted to the bigger equipment, he said. The Contura CMM line has eight models available, with measuring volumes ranging from 700 × 700 × 600 mm up to 1200 × 2400 × 1000 mm. The direkt model is for small workpieces where a small, single or star stylus will do the job. The RDS model’s articulating probe holder enables posi- tions in 2.5° increments, resulting in 20,736 positions for parts with different angular positions. Its sensor interface per- mits the fl exible use of contact and optical sensors, including the Zeiss LineScan sensor. The aktiv model is recommended when long styli (up to 500 mm) are needed for measurements deep inside a part or for additional demands on precision and speed.


A Laser for Z Optical Gaging Product’s (OGP; Rochester, NY) recent


2014 offerings include its ZONE3 software for multisensor measurement systems, and the TeleStar Plus telecentric


interferometric through-the-lens laser, made specifi cally for Z-axis measurement.


For ZONE3, “The most distinguishing factor is the fact that it was designed around multiple sensors,” said Tom Groff, sales manager for OGP in North America. Plus, he explained, there’s no need to determine a primary


sensor. As a result, ZONE3 can operate SmartScope multi- sensor systems with video, laser, touch and scanning probes. Also, it accepts CAD models—even multiple ones—and makes use of automatic feature generation tools. It does this by analyzing the CAD model for features with similar charac- teristics to speed up routine building and help optimize the run time.


ZONE3 was many years in development, and introduced at IMTS 2014. Its built-in 3D animations “clearly display relation- ships between parts, sensors, alignments, GD&T and machine tooling, making ZONE3 a great teaching tool,” said Groff. Nate Rose, manager of applications for OGP, agreed, and said, “It gives them a snapshot of what they’re seeing. It’s a valuable step.”


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