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Manchester Metrology is supplying visors to local companies

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

Manchester Metrology is using its 3D printer the Snapmaker 2 to print free of charge visors for local companies in need. The Snapmaker 2 (which is available for purchase in September) can print 3 visors on the bed at one time in material PLA. Manchester Metrology has just purchased some polypropylene sheet in order to create the shield for the visor. Very soon we will be in a position to provide full masks to those companies that desperately need them for their staff.

Manchester Metrology is an official re-sellers of the Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D printer which allows 3D Printing, Laser Engraving and Cutting and CNC Carving all in one!

With this 3D printer your creations are just a few clicks away. The Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D printer is the perfect choice for rapid prototyping.

How 3D technology can benefit the construction industry

Posted on: October 15th, 2019 by Steven No Comments

The construction industry is often seen as a slow adopter of new technology, so firms that do adopt and invest in this are often doing better in the industry compared to their competition. Because of this, engineering firms and construction professionals are recognizing the benefits of advanced technologies like 3D laser scanning which can help them build faster and cheaper projects.

Projects in the construction industry usually involve surveying very large sites and this can be a difficult process using traditional surveying methods. They can be very time consuming and cost ineffective which causes challenges to the projects.

So, in what ways can 3D technology help the construction industry:

-It is faster, more accurate and consistent – by being able to collect data at one million points per second (which are invisible to the human eye), 3D laser scanning is the quickest and most accurate way to collect data. It makes possible to provide real life-like imagines of a piece of land, a location or an existing building to make well-informed calculations and designs.

-Easier to share information – because the data is now being scanned this makes it easier for it to be shared between companies. Architects, engineers and construction firms will all have access to the data allowing them to work together. Projects always have multiple teams collaborating and working on it at once, and so some of the tasks assigned to each team are interlinked with the other teams. Because of this, it is very important that everyone is aware of any changes or updates made.

-Improved planning and design – Because data is now so much more accurate, measurable and shareable, it becomes valuable for design. 3D scanning can document existing features inside facilities that have already been built to help reduce conflict between new and existing elements during facility upgrade projects, or to test alternative designs before constructing. It can also help improve planning by providing exact measurements for demolition and removal of components. It allows the team to remotely view and evaluate facilities, reducing the number of people exposed to potentially hazardous working conditions.

-Improvement on safety – because it is a remote process, 3D laser scanning can be used to reduce a team’s exposure to harmful environments making this process much safer than traditional methods (manual data capture methods). This is extra important if the site the team is working is a nuclear site, for example.

-Value for money – 3D scanning is usually pricier than traditional surveying methods, but in most cases it is worth it. 3D scanning can provide a better level of detail, safety and save the team time. The scanning can take as little as a few hours (depending on the scale of the project it can take up to a few days), as compared to using traditional survey methods which can take up to several weeks.

Manchester Metrology Ltd is a leading supplier of metrology equipment including 3D scanners and 3D trackers. Stocking the latest innovations in the industry, Manchester Metrology supplies a wide range of 3D trackers and 3D laser scanners, including FARO technologies: FARO Arm, FARO Edge, FARO Focus and Focus Gage, a new generation of handheld scanners that have been optimised to meet the needs of product development and engineering professionals on the outlook for the most effective and reliable way to acquire 3D measurements of physical objects.

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.

Manchester Metrology Faro Edge ScanArm HD is used to design cockpit of craft that beat World Water Speed Record

Posted on: August 29th, 2017 by Steven No Comments

When world water speed record team Longbow wanted to develop a new craft that could achieve speeds of more than 300mph it turned to Manchester Metrology and its Faro Edge ScanArm HD to help design the cockpit. PES Reports.

In the wake of British hero Donald Campbell establishing the Outright World Water Speed Record in his jet hydroplane Bluebird K7 of 202.32mph back in 1955, the decades that followed witnessed a succession of international teams achieving ever quicker times.

The current record of… Read More

Faro Edge arms can be found here


Using 3D Scanning in the Automotive Industry

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Steven No Comments

The automotive industry has grown massively over the past 50 years, with more of us behind the wheel than ever, car manufacturers are diversifying their range to suit our every requirement. Some automotive companies have even expanded into other vehicle types such as lorries, motorbikes and buses. As more models are added, the manufacturing process has to adapt, gone are the days when one factory fabricated one model of car.  Today, flexible production of multiple models allows car manufacturers to meet the growing demands of the public.

3D scanning is revolutionising the automotive industry; metrology equipment is helping to digitalise the production line to allow production all around the globe. Metrology experts have recently used scanners during production to create three-dimensional live images of operation facilities. These images can then be compared to visualise the different production processes for each model of vehicle. This method updates and refines production plans, a vast improvement over previous methods which used polystyrene models to identify changes and obstacles. Another benefit of using 3D scanners is the ability to measure hard to reach areas, such as the tunnels used to dry the paintwork for the vehicles.

Improvements in the manufacturing process allows construction to be replicated in factories all around the world, allowing factories to produce more than one model in-house. The use of 3D scanners not only allowes precise measurement but also contributes to the movement towards full automated processes. 3D scanning and metrology technology continues to revolutionise industries, with many expecting 3D scanners to soon be incorporated into mobile robots who will constantly scan their environment throughout the assembly line.

Manchester Metrology is a market leader in the inspection of engineered components.  It offers metrology support throughout the UK and worldwide, in the measurement of engineered components for both indoor and outdoor 3D measurements. Manchester Metrology offers laser scanner equipment hire; they stock a wide range of calibrated measurement equipment for hire including Faro arms, laser trackers, laser scanners, Faro Focus X330 and the Einscan Pro.

In addition to equipment hire, 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.

For more information please visit

Manchester Metrology invests in Faro Focus Laser Scanner

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 by Steven No Comments

Leading specialists in the inspection of engineered components, Manchester Metrology Ltd has invested in a laser scanner for fast and exact indoor and outdoor measurements in three dimensions.

The smallest and lightest laser scanners on the market – Focus3D X Series Faro scanner are ideal tools for indoor and outdoor applications. The fast and accurate laser scanners faro Focus 3D offer everything you might expect from professional 3D laser scanners – with FARO’s established and well-known level of simplicity.

Faro Focus 3D X 330 Faro Scanner offers extra long range – 330m, Faro Focus 3D X 130 is a mid-range device offering precise scanning up to 130m. The Laser Scanner Faro Focus 3D X30 was specially designed to fit the need of short-range and interior scanning applications. The Faro Focus 3D X 30 captures data up to 30 metres.

All scanner types offer the possibility to perform scanning even in bright sunlight. Remote scanning as well as almost limitless scan data sharing via SCENE Webshare Cloud make the laser scanning solution truly mobile.

The smart entry-level X Series Laser Scanner enables fast, straightforward, and accurate measurements of objects and buildings. It records small architectural façades, complex structures, production and supply facilities and accident sites very quickly, as time consuming image data acquisition has been consequently avoided.

Typical applications include – measurement of building interiors, precision spatial measurement, data for the perfect illusion of film scenes, 3D scans of factory plants and heritage buildings.

Simply at your fingertips – the benefits of the Focus3D X Series:

Distance accuracy up to ±2mm
Range from 0.6m up to 30m
Best value for money


For more information contact a member of our team today on 0161 637 8744.


Focus3D laser scanner features-

FARO Focus 3D laser scanners are revolutionary, non-contact devices for 3D modelling and documentation that can be operated simply and intuitively via an integrated touchscreen display. In addition to the touch interface, features such as its minimal size and weight make the Focus3D easy to use and allows you to save up to half the scan time compared with conventional 3D laser scanners.

FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X Series
Focus3D X 30
Range Focus3D X 30: 0.6 – 30m
Measurement speed: up to 976,000 points/second
Ranging error: ± 2mm
Laser class: Laser class 1
Weight: 5,2kg
Multi-Sensor: Compass, Height Sensor, Dual Axis Compensator
Size: 240 x 200 x 100mm
Scanner control: via touchscreen display and WLAN


Faro Focus Laser Scanner


New Company Brochure

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by Steven No Comments


Manchester Metrology has produced a new company brochure, to read it please click here.


Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by Steven No Comments


An investment of £500k into new equipment has resulted in rapid growth for Manchester Metrology. Since its inception in 2008 Manchester Metrology has become a market leader in the inspection of engineered components with a record turnover of £1.4m in 2014.

Over the next three years Manchester Metrology aims to maintain sustainable growth and predicts a turnover of £3.4m by 2017. The company’s long term partnership with equipment supplier Faro will allow Manchester Metrology to stay ahead of the competition in providing the latest technology and training services.

In 2015 alone Manchester Metrology has already invested over £200k in new equipment. This is in addition to the £300k invested in Faro equipment in 2014. This significant investment has enabled Manchester Metrology to become a UK leader in the inspection of engineered components, offering an extensive range of equipment hire packages and on-site services.

Manchester Metrology’s extensive client base includes global machine manufacturer JCB, engineering giant Babcock and world water speed record project Quicksilver. More recently Manchester Metrology provided three employees to work alongside Rolls Royce in Derby following the win of a major £1.6bn contract.

Employee development is another key area of investment, with three new employees this year and the possibility of an apprenticeship scheme in the near future, Manchester Metrology is dedicated to creating new opportunities in the local area. Paul Bulman, Managing Director states “We have employed staff from the local community and invested in training to provide opportunities for the younger generation to enhance their skill level and introduce them to new and exciting roles within the metrology sector. There is a definite shortage of skilled metrologists and we have taken it upon ourselves to invest in the right training to ensure our workforce has the knowledge and skill to represent the company and maintain our strong reputation.”

Export is a growing side of the business and there has been a significant increase in the volume of products being shipped across Europe. Manchester Metrology attended its first European trade show last year in Stuttgart which has resulted in several big contracts for measurement services in Portugal, Qatar, France and Norway.

For more details of the press release please contact Benedict Lombe at or call Conception Marketing on 0161 875 2480

New Website Launched

Posted on: May 1st, 2015 by Steven 1 Comment

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website, redesigned with a fresh look and feel, with improved navigation to help you find the information you require or get in touch with us more easily.

The new website is mobile device ready and will be much easier for you to use on your smartphone or tablet.

We would welcome any feedback you may have on how we can further improve the website.

The website was designed and built by Digital Group Media