How to Properly Clean an SMR (Spherically Mounted Retroreflector)

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For this blog post, we’ll be sharing how to properly clean an SMR (spherically mounted retroreflector). Before we start there are several “DO-NOT’S” that can ruin an SMR: – Do not blow directly into your SMR (only use canned air). You may add more debris to the mirrors. – Do not use a q-tip more than once.

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ATS uses XD Laser in Contract Measurement Services

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Spike Carter works alone. After 24 years as a service and applications engineer for a major European manufacturer, he left in 2004 to start his own contract measurement service. Setting out on his own, as Carter Advanced Technical Services Inc., his mission was to provide quality service in a timely manner. The XD Laser and

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Laser scanning a model 737 plane with the API Axxis Arm

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API offers in house and on-site 3D laser scanning. We have the ability, utilizing a multitude of laser scanning instruments that best fit your application, to reverse engineer your part, mold, tooling gauge or model. Our API Axxis 7 arm equipped with a Kreon laser scanner easily jumps locations around this Boeing 737 model painting over 80,000 point clouds

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3D Measurement in confined spaces using a laser tracker

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It is a paradox of manufacturing that objects requiring the most complex and precise three-dimensional (3D) measurements often offer the least freedom of movement, making it difficult to obtain such readings. Cockpit equipment, filling systems, aircraft parts and railroad cars are all such examples of objects that require very precise measurements in their construction but

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3D Scanning American History and landmarks

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America is abundant with historical sites and landmarks. Some well known and others that are not as mainstream, but each important in understanding and remembering the history of America. We certainly think one of the best ways to commemorate the journey to this point is 3D scanning American History and landmarks. The Sydney Opera House

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API Announces Partnership with Basis Software

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ROCKVILLE, MD – Automated Precision Inc. (API), a leading provider of mobile measurement systems for industrial use, announced today that it has released a Surphaser high-accuracy scanner branded under its own name. Called the API Hemispherical Scanner or “Hemi-S,” the new instrument will make its public debut at the IMTS Show opening Sept. 10 at

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Top 10 reasons to rent an API Laser Tracker

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There has been much debate in the metrology world whether or not it’s better to buy or to rent a laser tracker. API has the answers. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should rent an API laser tracker: Each API Laser Tracker rental comes with an up-to-date calibration certificate.  Additionally, each tracker is

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iPad Meets the Laser Tracker and SpatialAnalyzer

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One of the many issues we face today as a leader in the metrology service industry is the ability to provide a safe, quality product all while remaining cost efficient for our customer base. Over the past decade, a typical measurement survey would consist of an API laser tracking system, an engineer to conduct the

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3 best pieces of metrology equipment

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When you’re looking for the best metrology equipment, no one is going to argue that using the right metrology tools is one of the most important aspects of getting the accuracy that you want. The good thing about metrology technology is that we’re always moving forward! Just think of what is possible today versus what we were doing

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