Archive for July, 2020

New from Manchester Metrology Ltd is the WENZEL CT scanner, the WENZEL exaCT® M

Posted on: July 28th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

The new powerful and flexible CT scanner, used for measuring and testing small to medium-sized components.

The exaCT® M was built around a workstation-concept. Its compact design with well thought-out ergonomics make it possible for this new CT scanner to combine more power and flexibility with less space requirements. It has an integrated evaluation unit which allows for easy loading and makes it ideal for automating measuring and testing processes.

This workstation is used for measuring and testing small to medium-sized components, with a measuring volume of 300mm in height and 200mm in diameter. It is particularly suitable to use in dimensional metrology and non-destructive testing (NDT) of components, assemblies, and materials.

This new CT scanner’s flexibility makes it possible to be used in a variety of other fields:

– Dimensional control

– Wall thickness analysis

– Actual-to-nominal comparison

– Tool and component optimization

– Development, rapid prototyping

– Reverse Engineering

– Material defect analysis

– Structural analyses

– Assembly tests

– Joining technology testing

– Electronics testing

The WENZEL Group is a market leader in innovative Metrology. WENZEL’s technology is used in all industries, including the automotive sector, aeronautics, power generation and medicine.

Manchester Metrology Ltd is the official re-seller of the WENZEL exaCT® M and is an industry-leading metrology company offering sub-contract engineering work and metrology equipment for hire or purchase across the UK and worldwide.


The new open source ventilator design

Posted on: July 20th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

A team from Smith College, based in Massachusetts, has won the Covent-19 Challenge design contest. The aim of this competition was to create a ventilator that could help with the shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This ventilator was to be viable and built in a way which would allow it to be deployed quickly. The competition was set up to find a way to easily manufacture cost-effective ventilators and help the developing world during the current pandemic.

The team had no knowledge of ventilator construction, but this did not stop them. Only 3 months after they entered the competition, their design and functional prototype was approved and could be deployed. The team reportedly assembled this ventilator for less than a tenth of the cost of traditional ones, using a combination of 3D printed and off-the-shelf parts.

Another great thing about this project is that the team’s ventilator enclosure, ISO fittings, and mounting blocks can all be produced using Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) or stereolithography 3D printers and the design is open-source, which means other researchers can work on it and improve it.

You can learn more about the innovative ventilator here. 

The 3D printing community has responded quickly to Covid-19, by producing a large number of face masks and shields. A lot of companies have shifted their usual production to help combat the virus by 3D printing millions of PPE items every month.

Manchester Metrology has been helping fight Covid-19 as well by using its 3D, the Snapmaker2, to print free of charge visors for local companies in need. With this 3-in-1 3D printer you can 3D print, Laser Engrave and Cut and CNC Carve all in one! 

We are a leading supplier of metrology equipment, including 3D scanners, 3D trackers and 3D printers. We have 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. Learn more about this here.