Exact Metrology Open House Showcases Latest 3D Scanning Tech

Exact Metrology hosted its annual Open House at their Brookfield, Wisconsin location on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Many old clients, as well as new ones, were on hand to learn about the company’s new technologies.

Clients attended several breakout sessions, discussing Polyworks software, Geomagic software, and GOM CT scanning.

Jonathan Bourchard, the director of sales and business development at Polyrix, was on hand to talk about both about the company’s scanners and software. According to Bourchard, Polyrix is a 3D scanning system with unique technology based on structured light. The scanner takes images from all angles, so users obtain a 3D image without operator interference. Next, the scan can be compared to a CAD model with Polyworks. Reverse engineering also occurs through Polyworks. Bourchard mentioned that most materials can be scanned except translucent materials and shiny concave surfaces.

One of the companies present at the Open House was Willer Tool Corporation. Steve Keniz, Willer’s quality technician, attended this event to gain more knowledge on Exact Metrology’s new technologies. Keniz mentioned that the company already uses the Romer Absolute Arm and the Surphaser scanner but that they are interested in purchasing more equipment in the future. Regarding this event, Keniz believes the Brookfield Open House provides a great opportunity for networking and getting helpful insights.

3D Parts Unlimited, a printing service bureau, is another Exact Metrology customer. Besides replicating parts, the company also reverse engineers them. Scott Boese, the company’s sales engineer, mentioned that complex parts are sent to Exact Metrology. The parts are scanned and an STEO file is sent. Next, 3D Parts Unlimited prints it and sends it to their customers.  Boese expressed interested in GOM and wanted to purchase a Romer Absolute Arm.

Dean Solberg, Exact Metrology’s co-president, said the Open House was meant to introduce clients to new technology in the 3D scanning world. The GOM CT scanner is a high accuracy and high-resolution scanner new to the US market. Polyrix’s multiple light systems are activated with a single button and can scan both large and small parts quickly. Solberg was pleased with the companies in attendance, some of which were Mercury Marine, Sub Zero, Komatsu and NH Global.  In terms of responses he’s gotten, Solberg mentioned that attendees are always learning something new and that this makes it easier for them to do their job.  

The Brookfield office is still expanding. In fact, due to the continuous addition of equipment and capabilities, the space will soon be outgrown. As a result of its expansion, Exact Metrology has added a full-time training professional for Polyworks and Geomagic Design X and several contract inspection specialists.

Looking towards the future, Solberg believes Exact Metrology has several opportunities for entry into new markets. One of these is their role as the only North American distributor of GOM CT scanners. They are also excited about expanding in the Texas market.

Solberg concluded “We are thrilled about the results of the Open House, the attendees and what the attendees learned. We look forward to holding this annual event again and introduce our customers to more and better technology.”

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