Aimess Services (Braunschweig, Germany) offers the R3Dscan 3D infrared scanner as an automated solution with direct connection to industrial robots. The scanner can be integrated into production lines to inspect dimension, shape, and position of objects in manufacturing cycles. The scanner was designed for inspecting objects with transparent, black, or reflective surfaces that cannot be measured with fringe projection systems (e.g. white light scanners) that usually require surface preparation with anti-reflective matting spray and the placement of measurement targets. The 3D scanner does not analyze the reflection, but rather the energy absorbed by the object to be measured. This energy is converted into heat, which is captured by the system using an infrared detector. It is also suitable for robot-assisted inline inspection of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, glass fiber, and fiber-reinforced plastics.

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