CT scans see inside plastic parts.
The technology has been used in the automotive and aerospace industries for materials evaluation, prototyping, and QC. While industrial CT scanners cost from $300,000 m $5,000,000, Zeiss aims to make the technology affordable with its new service. Plastic part inspection will cost in the ballpark of $400 to $700 per part. A key to the service is the new Zeiss Metrotom scanner for parts whose longest dimension is 350 mm. It produces internal and external measurements that are accurate to [+ or -]10 microns, thanks to integration of Zeiss Calypso CMM metrology software. Most industrial CT scanners produce only visual representations, not dimensional data, according to Zeiss product manager Kevin Legacy. The Zeiss facility also has a Varian CT scanner for large components like plastic chairs.
(763) 744-2400 * www.zeiss.com
Only a few other companies offer such a service--such as Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, Calif., and Bolton Works, E. Hartford, Conn.
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