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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.

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.

3D Printing: Breaking New Barriers in World Medicine

Posted on: March 16th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

3D printing is revolutionizing so many sectors – here, we take a look at the huge changes being brought globally by 3D technology in the field of medicine, where computer-generated design is resulting in 3D objects that are really changing lives at the front line of medicine, to the extent that healthcare is the field set to drive the huge growth of 3D printing technology going forwards.

In the Netherlands, surgeons have already been able to replace the entire top section of a patient’s skull using a customized printed polymer implant; similar replacement cranium parts have also been employed in other countries, with FDA approval.

3D printing is being used to manufacture expensive or otherwise unavailable essential medical equipment in the developing world – in Haiti, for example, umbilical chord clamps are already being 3D printed for hospitals. In fact, 3D printing’s finest moment could be in significantly reducing health inequalities worldwide.

Did you know that even blood vessels can be 3D printed? Researchers at Harvard University designed a 3D printer that uses dissolving ink to create tissue with skin cells interwoven with structural material that can potentially function as blood vessels.

Making prosthetics is notoriously expensive and time-consuming, with the added difficulty that any required modifications to the prosthetic render the original molds useless. But researchers in Toronto have now used 3D printing technology to produce inexpensive and customizable prosthetic sockets for patients in Uganda and other countries in the developing world. Meanwhile, a California-based R&D company has used 3D printers in Sudan, training local people to operate the equipment then create and fit inexpensive prosthetics.

Researchers at Cornell University have 3D printed intervertebral discs used in the treatment of patients with major spinal complications, having already created ear molds using 3D photos of real ears, which held the shape of the ear while cells grew their extra-cellular matrix. Meanwhile, a team at Princeton have 3D printed a collagen ear with built-in electronic components.

In the field of drug distribution, University of Glasgow researchers are working on a 3D printer that will be able to assemble chemical compounds at the molecular level, allowing patients to buy a blueprint and chemical ink online and then print the drug at home.

In the USA, the epilepsy drug Spritam became the world’s first FDA-approved 3D-printed pill, notable also for its alternate layers of powder and liquid giving it a very fast dissolution rate which was unattainable through conventional manufacturing.

At Nottingham University, meanwhile, researchers have been able to 3D-print one ‘polypill’ containing five different drugs.

Blueprints or apps could now be the future of drug distribution, with pharmacies becoming 3D printing medicine hubs.

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.

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 CAM2, Measure 10, Polyworks, Geomagic, Aberlink, Declam and PowerInspect.

Manchester Metrology’s Snapmaker has a 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. See it in action here.

For more information please call us on 0161 637 8744.

Measure Anything Event 2020

Posted on: March 4th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

A 4th Measure Anything Event is coming up and once again Manchester Metrology is proud to be co-hosting it alongside many other Metrology companies. This year we are working together with PolyWorks, Wenzel, Reflecon, Peli, GTMA, Bruker alicona, Optimax, 3D Systems, Measurement Solutions and Aberlink to bring to you a fantastic networking opportunity. This event will be at the Etihad Stadium (Manchester City Football Ground) on the 4th of June 2020.

Register today and join us at the event to chat with industry experts about top of the range equipment. Live demonstrations and complimentary refreshments will be available.