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CT scanning – What is it and how it works

Posted on: September 24th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

The ability to scan through a solid object and see what is inside was once thought to be a technology of the future, but this technology is available to us now. For many years, CT scanning (or Computed Tomography) was only available to use in the medical field, but over the last few years it has been adapted and is now being used in the manufacturing world. This technology is making the life of many manufacturing workers easier and is giving them opportunities to do things they were not able to do before.

The main advantage of CT scanning is that it allows the inspection of an object’s interior without damaging or ruining the object itself.

Industrial CT scanners, used in the manufacturing field, use the same type of technology as scanners seen in hospitals. They take multiple readings from multiple angles and convert them into a 3D image. Once this is done, a specialist can then generate a CAD-to-art comparison map, create a 3D model of the object, or even reverse engineer the object.

Some of the most common uses of CT scanning in metrology include:

Reverse engineering CT scanning becomes extremely useful when you have a manufactured object, but not the original print or design. It allows you to take measurements of the object and then create an exact CAD replica.

Non-contact measurement – it allows manufacturers to capture the shape of the object through the use of laser emitting 3D scanners.

Contact measurement – this is a method of collecting single points relative to each other. When trying to capture small volume information, articulating arms are used. When the information is larger, optical solutions like laser trackers are used.

Long range scanning – it allows specialists to capture a detailed 360-degree 3D image of a structure or land with high accuracy.

 

In the manufacturing field these 3D scanners are used for inspection of components and to make sure that a certain object part meets the specifications. By confirming that the object is okay, they can make sure that the mass produced part comes out the same every time.

Manchester Metrology is now an official re-seller of the WENZEL exaCT® M, a powerful and flexible CT scanner, used for measuring and testing small to medium-sized components. Its compact design with well thought-out ergonomics make it possible for this 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.

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. 

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

 

To contact a member of the Manchester Metrology team please click here.

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.

See Manchester Metrology in the GTMA Suppliers Guide

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

The GTMA is a UK-based trade association representing leading companies in precision engineering, rapid product development, toolmaking, tooling technologies, metrology and other critical manufacturing related products and services.

In issue 13, Supply Chain Solutions, the GTMA has published an editorial about Manchester Metrology and the Snapmaker. You can see it on pages 33 and 34, here.

The revolutionary Snapmaker is a 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

To learn more about the Snapmaker please click here.

How 3D printing is helping to tackle Covid-19

Posted on: May 14th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

Advances in 3D printing have been radically transforming manufacturing and revolutionising so many sectors. The benefits of 3D printing are huge, and now, as we fight a pandemic, everyone that does have access to a 3D printer maybe able to help in some way or make some kind of contribution.

There are many 3D-printing communities, like universities or other places of education, and manufacturing companies, that are working to help fight Covid-19. Their help is very important as we see a shortage of medical supplies all around the world.

Manufacturers and 3D printing companies all across the globe are switching from their usual line of business to produce equipment for the medical professionals that need them. Things like face masks or face shields, 3D printed nasal swabs, hand-free door openers and emergency replacement respirator valves.

Manchester Metrology Ltd has been helping with the fight against Covid-19 as well. We have been running the Markforged 2 3D printer around the clock to produce visors for the NHS and the Snapmaker 2 3D printer to print visors for local companies in need, which we have distributed free of charge.

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.

We have available the Snapmaker 3D printer. With its 3-in-1 software, it allows your creations to be just a few clicks away. The Snapmaker software updates regularly with new features to enable users to have the best possible experience when using it.

It operates at very high precision and with its ‘all metal build’ frame allowing very high quality prints. It is the perfect choice for rapid prototyping. See it in action here.

For more information please call us on 0161 637 8744.

Our 3D printers running 24-7 in the fight against Covid-19

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

Manchester Metrology has been running the Markforged 2 3D printer around the clock, to produce visors for the NHS free of charge.

The Markforged 2 is a 3D printer for serious engineering and manufacturing applications. This is the first 3D printer in the world capable of printing composite materials with a heat deflection temperature of 140°C.

So, in addition to being able to reinforce nylon parts with continuous strands of carbon fibre, you can now reinforce parts with high-temperature materials like polycarbonate.

With Manchester Metrology, 3D scanning and printing has never been more accessible.

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.

YES, WE ARE OPEN!

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   steven@manchester-metrology.co.uk      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.