CMM features desktop size design.

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Microgage CMM is 3D Direct Computer Controlled instrument delivering volumetric accuracy of better than 5 µm, repeatability of 0.7 µm, and scale resolution of 0.1 µm. Fixed bridge type design features XYZ travel range of 225 x 150 x 125 mm, precision linear bearings in X and Y axes, moving stage for Y axis, and instrument roller bearings for Z axis. Device is capable of dimensional inspection, scanning, and reverse engineering of critical manufactured parts.

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Helmel Announces New Microgage CMM

Helmel Engineering Products, Inc., a 33 year old manufacturer of Coordinate Measuring Machines in Niagara Falls, New York, is introducing a new system that offers extraordinary value in the high accuracy CMM market. Called Microgage, it is a small format desktop 3 dimensional Direct Computer Controlled instrument expected to deliver volumetric accuracy of better than 5 micrometers with repeatability of 0.7 micrometers, and scale resolution of 0.1 micrometers. The Microgage design is a fixed bridge type with moving stage for the Y axis. The XYZ travel range is 225mm x 150mm x 125mm. The system features precision linear bearings in the X and Y axes and instrument roller bearings for the Z axis. Accuracy is intrinsic; error mapping and volumetric error compensation are not used. Design emphasis is on powerful bearing ratios, thermal stability, and long term reliability. The Microgage is capable of dimensional inspection, scanning, and reverse engineering of critical manufactured parts. The system utilizes Helmel's GEOMET CMM Metrology Software and motion control, providing extremely easy operator control over geometric measurement, analysis, and programming. It can be operated in joystick mode or in fully automatic mode, and is suited to R&D, short run, or production and process control. Renishaw's CMM probe systems and automatic stylus changing are supported. As many products continue to become smaller, precision needs are increasing. Helmel believes that many manufacturers have been buying CMMs much larger and more costly than necessary in order to have the required accuracy. Introductory pricing for the Microgage is expected to be under $35,000. Anticipated markets include medical devices, mold tooling, EDM products, electronics and computer components, and precision stampings.

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