Archive for April, 2020

What is reverse engineering and how does it work?

Posted on: April 22nd, 2020 by Steven No Comments

Reverse engineering is a process in which software or products are deconstructed to extract design information from them.

This is useful because over the years, manufacturers have developed a long list of machine products and parts for these machines. When one of these parts breaks or needs replacing, people want to avoid replacing the whole thing and replace only the part they need instead. With reverse engineering you can work with sophisticated equipment and it allows you to determine how a certain part was designed and recreate it. Companies sometimes use this when looking to replace a part as to go to the original manufacturer is no longer an option.

The reverse engineering process is named this way because it involves working backwards on a product, to rediscover certain functions and bring them up to date. In some situations, reverse engineering might be the only solution to obtain the original product design. The challenge in this is that you will, most likely, have very limited knowledge of how the product was built in the first place.

It is useful as well to help connect the old and the new. By dismantling an old piece of equipment that has functions which are no longer used, reverse engineering allows manufacturers to work with products which are in some cases 20 or 30 years old, with the original 2D drawing no longer being available.

Manchester Metrology Ltd offers a Reverse Engineering service to produce true to form 3D data in .stl file formats. We are pioneers and innovators of metrology offering specialist contract measurement services using the latest metrology technology and equipment. Offering support across the UK and worldwide our attention to detail and helpful attitude towards our customers are among the many positive attributes which distinguish the company as a benchmark metrology company.

Manchester Metrology Ltd is a leading supplier of metrology equipment including 3D scanners, 3D trackers and 3D printers. Manchester Metrology has 4 top of the range 3D printers available to hire or use as a service – these include Project 460 Plus, Figure 4, Fabpro 1000 and Markforged 2.

Manchester Metrology Ltd also supplies a new generation of scanners. The HandySCAN BLACK™ | Elite hand-held scanners continue to be the reference stand in professional, metrology grade portable 3D scanning. Now in its 3rd generation, the new HandySCAN BLACK™ | Elite has been optimized to meet the needs of design, manufacturing and metrology professionals looking for the most effective and reliable way to acquire 3D measurements of physical objects anywhere.

You can read more about all our products and services here, or please call us on 0161 637 8744.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Latest update

Posted on: April 9th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

We understand the uncertainty this unprecedented time might be causing, however we remain focused on supporting all of our customers wherever they may be.


Manchester Metrology Ltd is accepting and processing orders. Our Customer Service and Technical teams are available to assist you. Please bear with us as phone calls and emails may be answered with reduced capacity.

We would like to assure our customers and suppliers that we are still open for business and operating as usual at this very difficult time.  But like many other businesses we are making changes to the way we work to minimise and contain any risk of contagion, following guidance and advice from the government. Our dedicated team is working as efficiently as possible to provide you with the service and equipment that you require.

At present we have no plans to enforce a company shutdown, but we will of course adhere to any advice from the UK government or the local authority. In the event of an enforced shutdown our customers will be notified as soon as possible.

Please find below a list of key contacts, email addresses and telephone numbers.

General Manager:     Steven Richardson      0161 637 8744

Health and Safety

As always, our highest priority is to ensure the health and safety of our employees. We are following all advice from the UK Government and we have implemented a range of measures to ensure the welfare of employees and communities.

We have taken in-house preventative measures including stringent cleaning and disinfecting measures in our facilities.

Keeping our colleagues safe and well and respecting stringent social distancing requirements is our number one priority.  We are also protecting those that must work on-site by reducing the number of people in the building and by encouraging working from home where that is possible.

Snapmaker -3D Printing, Laser Engraving and Cutting, CNC Carving all in one!

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by Steven No Comments

New from Manchester Metrology Ltd is the revolutionary Snapmaker, the modular 3-in-1 3D printer that allows you to unlock your full creative potential from 3D printing to laser engraving, cutting and CNC carving.

The Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D printer will come with everything you need to start your maker journey including:
• CNC carving & cutting module
• Laser engraving module
• 3D printing module
• Heated bed
• Touchscreen
• PLA filament

3D Printing

The Snapmaker allows you to print almost anything for your creative projects from applications to objects with specific mechanical properties such as toughness, durability and flexibility.

Laser Engraving & Cutting

The Snapmaker can engrave or cut a wide variety of materials including paper, plywood, leather, acrylic, cardboard, paper and fabric.

CNC Carving

CNC carving is normally associated with precisely carving or cutting hard materials but with Snapmaker there will be no limitation with the options of plastic or soft materials such as hardwood, PCB, Acrylic, POM, Carbon fibre sheet and many other materials.

Free 3-in-1 Software

With the 3-in-1 software, your stunning creation is just a few clicks away, which allows entry level users to complete the work quickly. The Snapmaker updates regularly with new features to enable users to have the best possible experience when using it.

The Snapmaker has high precision with its all metal build as the all metal frame allows high quality prints. Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D printer is the perfect choice for rapid prototyping.

More about Manchester Metrology Ltd

Manchester Metrology is a market leader in the inspection of engineered components, offering metrology support throughout the UK and worldwide for both indoor and outdoor 3D measurements. Manchester Metrology offers laser scanner equipment hire, stocking a wide range of calibrated measurement equipment including 3D scanners, 3D printers, laser trackers and portable CMM’s. Manchester Metrology has 4 top of the range 3D printers available to hire or use as a service – these include Project 460 Plus, Figure 4, Fabpro 1000 and Markforged 2.

In addition, Manchester Metrology also has a vast range of probes, mounting options and accessories for your metrology equipment and offers both onsite and offsite training on a variety of the latest software such as Faro CAM2, Polyworks, Geomagic, Aberlink and PowerInspect.

For more information on Manchester Metrology, its products and services please call us on 0161 637 8744.