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Exact Metrology Partners With FABTECH 2015 and the Art Institute of Chicago for 3D Scanning and Printing of Historic Lions

Event will feature speakers from Exact Metrology, FABTECH and Met-L-Flo to discuss the art of manufacturing and other innovative technology showcased at FABTECH 2015

WHAT: FABTECH 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry, will bring 3D scanning technology to the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago on Sept. 16. Exact Metrology, a 3D scanning solutions company, will use its Surphaser technology – known for its high accuracy and scan data quality – to 3D scan the museum’s south lion by Edward L. Kemeys (1843-1907). The guardian lions have flanked the Art Institute’s iconic Michigan Avenue entrance for more than 100 years and have become a symbol of the museum and of the city.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness Exact Metrology’s scanning technology firsthand and hear from industry leaders as they discuss the process and benefits of 3D scanning and printing. Additionally, speakers will provide a look at what other advanced manufacturing technology will be showcased at FABTECH 2015, taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Nov. 9-12.

After the scan data is captured, Met-L-Flo will use it to print approximately 300 small-scale replicas of the lion, which will be on display and used as giveaways at FABTECH.

Following the brief press conference, representatives from FABTECH, the Art Institute, Exact Metrology and Met-L-Flo, Inc., will be available for interviews.

WHO: Dean Solberg, vice president, Exact Metrology

Ed Youdell, president and CEO (FMA), FABTECH

Carl Dekker, president, Met-L-Flo, Inc.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 16

9 a.m. – Press to arrive; photo opportunities

9:20 a.m. – Press conference

WHERE: The Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Ave.

Chicago, Il 60603-6110

Note: Press conference to take place on steps near the south lion, located in front of the Art Institute.

About Exact Metrology

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company that offers contract measurement & scanning services, metrology equipment solutions, and hardware & software rentals. Its goal is to provide customers with a specifically tailored solution to their measuring needs. To accomplish this, it offers more options, more products and more experience.

About FABTECH

FABTECH is North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry. The event provides a powerfully aligned hands-on, face-to-face business growth experience, attracting more than 1,500 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees. The event is made possible by its five co-sponsors, all of whom representing the varied and diverse makeup of the manufacturing industry. They include SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Read more about FABTECH’s co-sponsors here.

About the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession’s highest ethical standards and practices.

 

About Met-L-Flo Inc.

Met-L-Flo, Inc., is a contract manufacturer specializing in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing services since 1991. It strives to partner with clients to implement innovative solutions for their product development and low volume production needs. Advanced applications of its technologies enable it to boost clients’ competitiveness and enhance product success. Its commitment to Quality is solidified in the company’s ITAR, ISO 9000 and AS 9100 Rev C Certifications.

As a leader in the industry, it prides itself on creating innovative, unconventional solutions that utilize both tool and tool-less applications. Products may be produced in metal, plastic, silicone, or wax including fiber reinforcement

For more information on the event, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Phone:  513-831-6620
Toll Free:  866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com
Steve Young, President
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Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 

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An Inside Look at CT Scanning

First application of CT scanning for metrology in America involves aluminum casting

Josh Schradin, one of the 3D Scanning specialists at Exact Metrology’s Cincinnati facility, recently completed a CT Scanning project involving aluminum castings measuring approximately 12” x 6” x 6” and weighing 10 to 15 pounds.

CT scanning for aluminum casting | Exact MetrologyThe company’s new Metrology Grade GE v|tome|x 300 CT Scanner, with Nanofocus Tube (180kV/15 W) and Microfocus Tube (300kV/500W), is equipped to “look inside” aluminum to a wall thickness or total amount of material of six to seven inches, or steel to a wall thickness or total amount of material of one inch.

First application of CT scanning for metrology in America involves aluminum casting | Exact Metrology
For this particular job, which represents the first use of CT scanning for metrology in America, the client was interested in wall thickness inspection as well as porosity and void analysis. The blue paint visible in some of the images was applied by the customer to indicate stress areas where leaking or breaking was suspected. Josh Schradin performed three stacked scans, each taking only about 30 minutes, to capture the entire casting. The result of the scans revealed the voids (legitimate holes) and highlighted the most serious problem areas in red-to-pink shadings.

CT scanning for porosity and void analysis | Exact Metrology

In addition to offering the only method to get 3D views inside a part, another primary benefit of the Exact Metrology CT scanning is the true dimensional data provided in a non-destructive test manner, i.e. without cutting up or otherwise destroying the test object.

The workpiece (casting) was rotated 360 degrees in the x-ray beam’s path, with multiple readings from various angles being taken. Once the CT grey scale images were converted into voxel-based 3D point clouds, Schradin was able to generate a CAD-to-Part comparison for the customer.

If interested parties have a need for Internal Defect Analysis/3D Quantitative Porosity Analysis, Materials Structure Analysis or Assembly Control, CT Scanning (Industrial X-ray), Exact Metrology invites inquiries for immediate assistance.

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

To see videos on this new scanner’s capabilities, please visit:

VG GE casting analysis with CT hi-res at Exact Metrology

http://youtu.be/DfRV-JzFlUo

v | tome | x m CT scanner at Exact Metrology

http://youtu.be/-PVlS7TYbks

For more information on this new system or to arrange a demonstration, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Phone:  513-831-6620
Toll Free:  866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com
Steve Young, President
Connect with Exact Metrology online: yt twit gplus fb li

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 

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Take A Look Inside! Exact Metrology Opens Its Doors

Product demonstrations and technical presentations from principals impress large crowd

On May 14, 2015, Exact Metrology held an open house at its Brookfield, Wisconsin facility and the event was attended by over 125 local area companies, comprising quality assessment, design engineering and management personnel from many of the leading manufacturers in the region. Hosted by company co-president Dean Solberg, the day included ongoing product demonstrations of the various metrology equipment brands offered for sale, lease and rental by Exact, as well as the testing procedures provided as a service by this unique metrology supplier.

Exact Metrology | Open House

Services on display at the Brookfield open house included 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, instant scan-to-CAD comparison and a full suite of PolyWorks software solutions. Equipment shown at the event included Aicon 3D systems, Breuckmann 3D scanners, Leica Geosystems, Romer and Hexagon brands of scanning devices and related hardware, all of which were available for hands-on use by event attendees.

A new product of great interest to attendees was the Breuckmann steroScan, a flexible scanning system for precise 3D digitization and metrology. Applications for this product include quality inspection, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, deformation analysis and digital documentation. Because of the adjustable focal length of the scanner, products from small components up to large sections of automotive and aircraft parts can be scanned with high resolution and accuracy. Breuckmann is a company of Aicon 3D Systems.

During the event, technical presentations were made by Aicon, PolyWorks by InnovMetric and Exact personnel on the newest advancements in 3D scanning technologies. The presentations were given to a “full house” of interested attendees.

As Dean Solberg commented, “We seek to find the right combination of equipment and services to suit the applications and challenges presented by our customers. In some cases, it’s a matter of matching the right standard equipment to the job, while at other times we bring custom solutions and services to our customers, whether they buy, lease, rent or simply use our services to achieve the desired results on projects.” Solberg credited his staff of metrology engineers, technicians and customer service personnel for their hard work, dedication and adaptability in seeking their correct solution to all customer challenges.

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

For more information on this new system, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

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Project Puts Exact Metrology On The 3D Map With Fermilab

High precision 3D mapping supports installation of a new beam transport line for scientific research

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), America’s premier high-energy particle accelerator laboratory, in Batavia, Illinois, collaborates with scientists from around the world to perform pioneering research, operate world-leading particle accelerators, plus experiment and develop technologies for science supporting U.S. industry.

In 2014, Fermilab contracted Exact Metrology to work on a project known by its location as “Main Injector Ring Section MI-10.” Horst Friedsam, Head of the Alignment & Metrology Department at Fermilab, led the week-long project with Exact Metrology, which involved 3D mapping of existing equipment in order to yield data to support the placement and installation of an additional beam transport line.

Exact Metrology performed the scanning in section 10 of the Main Injector Accelerator, which is situated in a tunnel about 10 m below ground with a circumference of approximately two miles. The Main Injector accelerates a proton particle beam, arriving from the 8 GeV (Giga-electron-Volts) Booster, to 120 GeV and subsequently blasts it into a stationary target to generate the world’s highest intensity neutrino beams.

Recently, Fermilab has been working on a new Deep Underground Neutrino Project (DUNE) to provide a neutrino beam to the Homestake Mine in South Dakota. This project features access to research facilities 2 miles below ground, which is ideal for neutrino experiments requiring shielding from cosmic ray events. In order to deliver a neutrino beam to the DUNE, a new beam transport line that fits within the existing beam line infrastructure was required. As a result, data scanning, full CAD modeling and photo overlays of a large section of the currently installed Main Injector equipment was needed. The collected data were crucial for the design of new beam elements and visualizing interferences with existing components.

3D Map will help Fermilab install a new beam transport line | Exact Metrology

3D Map will help Fermilab install a new beam transport line

The Alignment & Metrology Department maintained a high precision control network throughout the laboratory complex. For the scanning process, a Leica ScanStation P20 ultra-high speed 3D Scanner was used in conjunction with special laser scanner targets, modified to fit within the existing control network points. Exact Metrology’s Leica ScanStation P20 was chosen for its combination of high accuracy and low scan noise, plus its industry-leading environmental specifications for industrial as-built documentation. The software chosen to aid the process was Leica Cyclone, producing TruView—a web-enabled panoramic point viewer allowing the user to view, pan, zoom, measure and mark up point cloud data over the web. Additionally, RSL300 laser scanner target markers from Berntsen International Inc. were mounted concentric to 1.5” radius steel half spheres interfacing with Exact Metrology’s laser tracker nests. The coordinates of the control network, determined at the millimeter level, were provided to Exact Metrology to globally register all scans relative to Fermilab’s system. Thus, the end product provides information for all scanned objects in the common coordinate system used for the entire Fermilab site.

Fermilab has a long-existing relationship with Exact Metrology, having purchased and rented equipment from their instrument pool plus contracted for metrology services as on-site work, such as this scan.

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

ExactMetrologyLOGOExact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

For more information on this new system, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Phone: 513-831-6620
Toll Free: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com
Steve Young, President

Or

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

Or

FERMI NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY (FERMILAB)
1117 N Washington Ave
Batavia, IL 60510
Phone: 630-840-2787
Horst Friedsam

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

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