Archive for June, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Latest update

Posted on: June 25th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

The manufacturing and engineering industries continue to play an essential role in keeping the economy going in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our team is working harder than ever with our customers, networks and suppliers to ensure we deliver an excellent service. Thank you for your continued support, the team at Manchester Metrology appreciates it!

It is clear to us all that we are making positive progress towards returning to some sense of normality which is welcome news. However, it is important to remember that following government advice is still paramount.

In light of this, we have been considering how we can establish good safeguarding processes that guarantee the well-being of our colleagues and customers, and making sure that our employees feel confident and safe in the workplace.

We have implemented protective measures in line with the government guidelines. All staff have been briefed on the new processes going forward and how they can contribute to keeping one another safe and well.
We are implementing the 2 metre social distancing measures and have placed hand sanitisation throughout our facility.

As a responsible company, the health and safety of our customers, our partners and our staff is the highest priority as we face the challenges ahead and begin to work with our ‘new normal’. To minimise the risk of infection as far as possible, we are following all guidelines issued by Public Health England and reviewing our own policies, keeping our staff fully informed.

How we are protecting our staff :-

2 metre social distancing

Protective clothing equipment for staff, where necessary

Control of the number of employees on site at one time

Sanitisation and washing facilities available to all staff

Trained all staff to ensure they know how to protect themselves and visitors when on site

Break times are now split to prevent overcrowding of any area


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How can 3D scanning help with heritage preservation?

Posted on: June 11th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

Everyone knows the importance cultural monuments have, and many people’s dream is to travel the word and visit these places. The problem with this is how difficult it is to preserve these monuments, because of time damaging, natural disasters and sometimes even vandalism. Because of the risk of losing these monuments it is important to document them, and 3D technologies such as laser scanning or 3D printing, are used to capture detailed images of these landmarks.

The reality is, not everyone has the opportunity to visit or experience these places. And while it is important to maintain a record of them in case they get damaged, it is also important to consider cultural monuments preservation for those who might want to experience them from home.

The reason 3D technology is now so important for heritage preservation is because, until recently, replicas of historic structures (things like artifacts, statues, art and even architecture) were made using molds and casts. This is dangerous because they can potentially damage the objects. Using 3D technology can prevent damage, as it is done with lasers which are safe to use as they do not touch the original piece at all. With this technology even colour can be captured, which makes it safer to replicate things such as art pieces and paintings.

With 3D scanning it is possible to digitally record and preserve these objects, as they are capable of scanning the pieces features with high precision. This then transforms into an accurate 3D model that can be studied (or appreciated) by anyone without damaging the original. This allows for people to look at the piece with even more detail than they would be able to if the original was to be displayed in a museum for example, as analysing it digitally allows for zoom, for example. With 3D printing, we can use the data that was scanned to print a replica of the original. 3D printers can achieve an impressive level of detail, guaranteeing the safety of the original art.

Things like time-damage, erosion or climate change are unpredictable and even though these things cannot be prevented, 3D technology can make sure that there will always be data for backup replicas. These could, in the future, be accessible to everyone, teachers, scholars and even people in their own homes who are interested in them.

Manchester Metrology is an industry-leading metrology company offering sub-contract engineering work and metrology equipment for hire or purchase. Through continuous investment in the latest metrology equipment, Manchester Metrology is also 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’s Snapmaker has 3-in-1 software which allows your stunning creation to be just a few clicks away. Helps entry level users to complete the work quickly. The Snapmaker updates regularly with new features to enable users have great experience on using it. For more information please call us on 0161 637 8744.