News in 3D Scanning, Photogrammetry, Inspection and Automation - June 2012
Capture 3D Newsletter: 3D Metrology - A faster way to quantify and make decisions

3D Metrology Newsletter- A faster way to quantify and make decisions - June/July 2012

  1. Engineering Innovation at Work
  2. Capture 3D's Measurement Innovation Conference! Register before it's too late.
  3. Motorola Commentary
  4. GOM Conference in Braunschweig, Germany was a Success!
  5. New ATOS ScanBox- Advancing Metrology Automation
  6. Trade-in your existing system and receive credit
  7. ATOS system for as low as $1,720 per month
  8. Register for the latest support updates
  9. Upcoming events schedule


Catherine Kim  

Engineering Innovation at Work
Catherine Kim, Marketing Manager, Capture 3D, Inc.

It’s amazing how fast the granules of time can slip right past you especially when you are running at full speed.  Let’s just pause for a moment, take a deep breath, exhale, and clear your mind.  Think back… Do you remember the first hand held mobile phone?  On April 3, 1973, Motorola inventor Martin Cooper made headlines by making a call from his prototype cell phone.  It was 9 inches in length, 5 inches in depth, and 1.75 inches in width weighing 2.5 pounds.  Talk time was 30 minutes and it took 10 hours to recharge the battery.  The listed price for the device was said to be in the thousands.  Fast forward to present time, cell phone technology has come a long way.  Not only can we make and receive calls, we have mobile internet access, GPS, email, social networking, music, videos, and a multitude of apps right in the palm of our hands.  For many companies, mobile phone technology has allowed them to stay in contact with their consumers through cell phone marketing.  It’s become a device most people and businesses cannot live without.  Stemming from a vision, engineers have transformed the industry.  That is just one example of engineering innovation at work. 

The requirement for faster and more accurate data is a necessity to achieve demands for multi-functional product designs, faster throughput, higher product quality, and reduced manufacturing costs.  The need to optimize manufacturing methods are driving companies to advance to accurate and fast non-contact optical 3D measurement solutions to conquer today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.  Capture 3D is thrilled to be celebrating our 5th biannual Measurement Innovation Conference.  This educational event focuses on how companies are improving their design, production, manufacturing, and maintenance processes with optical and structured light measurement technologies.  With stimulating keynote and guest speaker discussions on how their company is leading their industry through measurement innovation.  This special program is geared for engineers, managers, and executives to learn, discover, assimilate, interact, and collaborate.  We welcome you to join us.

Trivia Question: Do you know where Martin Cooper received his inspiration to design his prototype mobile phone?  Check the bottom of this newsletter for the answer!

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Capture 3D's Measurement Innovation Conference!
Register before it's too late.

Hilton Hotel
3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
August 21-23, 2012
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5 Important Updates

  • GOM Inspect Training on Tuesday, August 21st is Almost Full
  • Educational Metrology Tracks and Forum Added to Conference
  • Guest Speaker Topics Updated
  • New Hands-on 3D Measurement Technical Labs Added to 3D Expo
  • Hilton Hotel Room Block Closes Monday, August 6th

GOM Inspect Training on Tuesday, August 21st is Almost Full
We are limiting the class size to ensure our attendees receive maximum attention.   GOM Inspect is a free point cloud editing and inspection software that can be utilized with various types of measuring systems (i.e. structured light, laser scanner, CT, etc.).  This course will cover importing point cloud data to full dimensional part and component analysis. It is a great refresher for current customers and a stimulating course for newcomers.  The cost is $350.

Educational Metrology Tracks and Forum Added to Conference
Technical sessions have been added to the program.  Attendees will have the following options to participate-

Wednesday, August 22nd

  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM 3D Expo and Chrysler Engineering Vehicle Showcase Open
  • 1:00PM – 1:30PM Sheet Metal Advanced Inspection Track
  • 1:30PM – 2:00PM The “How To” Technical Forum Q&A Session – Speak with a panel of technical specialists on best practices, processes, software questions, etc.

Thursday, August 23nd

  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM 3D Expo
  • 1:00PM – 1:30PM Power Generation Advanced Inspection Track
  • 1:30PM – 2:00PM The “How To” Technical Forum Q&A Session – Speak with a panel of technical specialists on best practices, processes, software questions, etc.

Keynote and Guest Speaker Topics Updated

  • Alcoa Howmet Castings-  ATOS Gage R&R Study of Investment-Cast Turbine Components for the Propulsion and IGT Industries*
  • Boeing- Solving Production Risks with Optical Metrology for Aircraft Modifications
  • Capture 3D- Improving and Optimizing Processes with Automation
  • Capture 3D and GOM- Measurement Innovation in Today's World for the Growing Future
  • Chrysler Design- Product Development Through Digital Design
  • Chrysler Tech Center- 3D Scanning and Inspection for Die Construction
  • GOM- 3D Metrology Technical Developments
  • Mann+Hummel- Improving Throughput & Productivity with Automation and the Virtual Measuring Room
  • NASA- Space Shuttle: Thirty Years of Flight, Thirty Years of Lessons Learned
  • Nissan- Topic TBA
  • North American Eagle- Attempting to Break the Land Speed Record Utilizing Photogrammetry & 3D Scanning for Crucial CFD Analysis
  • Pratt & Whitney- Rapid Deployment & Other Interesting Things
  • Shape Fidelity- Resurrecting the F-1 – 3D Scanning to Digitally Capture the Saturn V Main Engine
  • Trilion- Optical Full-Field 3D Deformation & Material Testing Analysis

*Denotes preliminary presentation title.

New Hands-on 3D Measurement Technical Labs Added to 3D Expo
In addition to the labs below, the following software providers will also be present- Geomagic, Polyworks, and Rapidform.

  • Automating Sheet Metal Inspection with new ATOS ScanBox
  • Complex Casting and Forging Analysis
  • Automating Turbine Blade Inspection (Power Generation)
  • Plastics and Injection Molding Process
  • 3D Scanning Applications in Reverse Engineering
  • Inspection Software Functionalities
  • Virtual Measuring Room (VMR) for Automation
  • Integrating Robots into the Scanning Process
  • Portable CMM (Digital Photogrammetry)
  • Online Tracking and Assembly Guidance (NEW)
  • Scan Your Part- Bring your part and use our ATOS system (NEW)
  • Deformation and Material Testing by Trilion (NEW)

Hilton Hotel Room Block Closes Monday, August 6th
As a friendly reminder, our Hilton room block closes Monday, August 6th.  If you attempt to book your room and the group rate of $139 per night (includes internet and self-parking) is full, please immediately email Catherine Kim at

This is truly one event you will not want to miss. Register at   

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Motorola Commentary

"Motorola utilized the extensive Six Sigma DMAIC process to benchmark tactile measurement systems, laser scanners and numerous white light scanners.  We used accuracy as a main criterion to narrow down the playing field and then focused on speed and ease of use.  We found that with Capture 3D's Motion Control system we were able to analyze our parts quicker, and it requires very little training and no special skill sets.  With the ATOS Motion Control integration it allows us to easily program variable part sizes for an automated routine.  We are currently on target to meet a 13-14 month payback compared to our old processes.  In addition we are able to get product to market quicker and help our customers and vendors solve their build and fit issues."

Operations Manager

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GOM Conference in Braunschweig, Germany was a Success!

Here about the presetations at Capture 3D's Measurement Innovation Conference!

  • ACTech, Germany
    Optical measuring systems in the rapid prototyping process for castings
  • Airbus, France
    Automated corner fitting inspection on Airbus A350
  • Braun, Germany
    3D Metrology on plastic parts
  • Fraunhofer IWU Dresden, Germany
    Application of optical metrology for analysis during the car body process chain
  • Gedia, Germany
    Strategic implementation of optical metrology at Tier-One automotive supplier
    Optical metrology techniques in support of the space shuttle Columbia accident investigation
  • Opel, Germany
    Automated inspection - standardized scanning cell in Opel/Vauxhall bodyshops
  • Rolls Royce, United Kingdom
    Advanced quality control on blades and blisks including gauge R&R
  • Samsung, Korea
    Optimizing production processes of electronic products using ATOS, PONTOS, ARAMIS and ARGUS
  • Snecma, France
    Digital inspection workflow with CAD based FTA integration
  • VW Wolfsburg, Germany
    Policies and procedures for the implementation of optical measurement technology at Volkswagen AG

GOM Conference

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ATOS ScanBox

ATOS ScanBox



New ATOS ScanBox- Advancing Metrology Automation

The true definition of “out of box” solution within a box. In industrial environments automated inspection cells have become an important part of various manufacturing processes. The ATOS ScanBox is constructed and engineered to industrial standards to assure highest safety and mobility. Delivery time is short and setup is easy. The ATOS ScanBox includes an ATOS Triple Scan digitizer, robot, rotary stage, software, safety house, and more. All the elements in one box to ensure automation success. 

The ATOS ScanBox made its public debut at Control in May.  Since then there have been many installations including OEMs and suppliers such as Daimler, Volkswagen, Rolls Royce, Bosch, Eisenwerk Brühl, Dräxlmaier, Delcam and many more.

View the video on YouTube here-  

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Trade-in your existing system



Trade-in your existing system and receive credit

The new ATOS Triple Scan and Compact Scan with Blue Light Technology takes the stress out of metrology.  Whether you must have the latest and greatest, or you are simply curious on your current trade-in value, contact us today for a quote.  Capture 3D offers great incentives to our customers who wish to upgrade their existing Capture 3D products.  

Request an upgrade quote to

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ATOS Triple Scan  

ATOS system for as low as $1,720 per month*

Capture 3D works with various financing companies to offer flexible payment options for our customers.  Contact us today to learn more about our lease options.  *Subject to credit approval.   

Contact us for more information

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Register for the latest support updates

The GOM Support Area is free and registered users get exclusive access to:

  • Latest news and software updates
  • Software and hardware manuals
  • Downloadable video tutorials
  • Community areas and user forums
  • Knowledge base articles
  • Free sample data sets
  • Introduction seminars

Register and login at

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Upcoming Events


Upcoming events schedule

  • July 16-20, 2012- CMSC, Booth 308-309, New Orleans, LA
  • August 21, 2012- Capture 3D GOM Inspect Training, Costa Mesa, CA
  • August 21-23, 2012- Capture 3D Measurement Innovation, Costa Mesa, CA
  • September 10-15, 2012- IMTS, Booth E-5368, Chicago, IL

Planning on attending one of these events? Contact to schedule a meeting onsite, or if you would like to bring us one of your parts please let us know.

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Answer to Trivia   Trivia Answer: "Cooper has stated that watching Captain Kirk using his communicator on the television show Star Trek inspired him to develop the handheld mobile phone."
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