Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has announced the DS1000 3D laser profiling system. The system calibrates real-world units of measurement for inspections too difficult to perform with traditional two-dimensional machine vision. The new DS1000 3D sensor reads embossed or raised characters, such as those on automobile tires; verifies the presence of low-contrast items in boxes or packages; identifies surface defects and chips; measures heights and tilts of components to determine misalignment; and calculates volumes and dimensions for food portioning. The DS1000 system is integrated with VisionPro® 3D software. VisionPro allows users to add GigE cameras for 2D inspection tasks. DS1000 is an integrated technology; a Cognex proprietary high-speed sensor and laser are both enclosed in an IP65-rated industrial housing.