Zeiss Computed Tomographs Offer Expanded Capability
Zeiss highlights its Metrotom 800 and Metrotom 1500 computer tomographs (CTs) for measuring and inspecting components made of plastic or metal. The Metrotom 800 offers an extended performance spectrum, while the new Metrotom 1500 offers a larger measuring range. Both are designed to be fast and flexible.
3D printing combined with CNC machining is a powerful mix that enables the creation of parts unobtainable from using one method alone. However, taking full advantage of both requires special attention to testing and measurement.
Measurement aids AM and AM aids measurement. Recently posted articles describe how sensing and measurement make AM more capable, while AM delivers devices that are smarter because of sensing.
The 2016 IAMA was awarded for a technology that monitors thermal radiation to map the internal consistency of a metal part as it is being made. The technology might point the way to an entirely new paradigm for inspection.