Konica Minolta 3D Scanners: highly accurate, cutting edge sensing on the go

Konica Minolta Scanners has been an industry leader in 3D scanning products for 15 years. They manufacture highly accurate yet portable 3D scanners ideally used in applications such as dimensional analysis, reverse engineering, industrial design, research & development, and arts & heritage. From pencil erasers to jumbo jets, these 3D scanners provide accurate representations for a multitude of uses.

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Currently Konica Minolta offers five different 3D scanners catering to multiple industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, military, education, medical, dental, fashion and entertainment. A summary of these models are as follows:

Range 5 3D

The Range 5 3D Laser Scanner is a cost effective, non-contact sensing instrument aimed at customers seeking for a more economical solution without sacrificing high performance and accuracy. It features a Dark Surface mode, a function which enables object measurement with as low as 2.5% reflectance without needing special darkrooms or object enhancement via spraying. For a scanner with a non-contact camera type, the Range 5 offers the highest level of guaranteed accuracy using its 1.31 megapixel CMOS sensor. Based from VDI/VDE guidelines, the Range 5 has an accuracy of ±40µm. The Range 5 also offers high-speed scanning capability of approximately 2seconds per shot. It is also equipped with a 3D preview function that helps users predict measurement results while checking for scan depth, dead angles, scan problems due to surface conditions, etc to reduce scanning errors. The Range 5 targeted for use in the casting and sheet metal stamping industries.

Range 7 3D

The Range 7 3D builds on the technology of the Range 5 3D and further expands on it by adding reliability, operability, and transportability to the already reliable Konica Minolta  optical technology and AF/AE controls. Similar to the Range 5, the Range 7 features an accuracy of ±40µm using its 1.31 megapixel CMOS sensor, scanning capability of 2seconds per shot and a 3D preview function. It has also been designed to be used on-site, and as such provides minimal influence of instrument tilt, temperature changes, and other variables at the time of measurement.

A more advanced autofocus (AF) and measurement algorithm are leveraged by the Range 7, with interchangeable TELE and WIDE lenses depending on the measurement subject. The AF feature provides a multi-function mode and a point AF mode, all geared toward providing the highest possible 3D measurement data. Comes standard with the Range 7 is a newly developed RANGE VIEWER software for a more comfortable scanning operation. Forged, cast, press-formed and plastic parts are the primary measurements applications for the Range 7.

Virtuoso 3D by threeRivers

The Virtuoso 3D, developed by threeRivers, enables generation of quick 3D modeling made from real world objects. It features a patented LaserCode technology, employing a unique laser-based structured light system to achieve unparalleled speed and accuracy. This is the only 3D scanner in the market which is Mac and PC compatible. It is capable of working under low light conditions, typically 500lx or less. With its lightweight, compact and versatile connectivity features, it is an ideal scanning device for education, industrial design, art & heritage and entertainment & CGI applications.

Vivid 910 3D

The Vivid 910 is one of the more high-end models in this lineup. It uses laser beam light-sectioning technology that scans work-pieces via a slit beam. Reflected light is then retrieved by a CCD camera and 3D data is created through triangulation. A high-precision and high-sensitivity galvanometric mirror is used for laser scanning, providing 640×480 scan points to be measured. The Vivid 910 employs high speed image processing chips, enabling measurement completions from 2.5seconds to 0.3seconds (in FAST mode). Color image data can also be created by the Vivid 910 using a rotating filter and a CCD camera.

Vivid 9i 3D

With a new hardware design and a unique measurement algorithm, the Vivid 9i provides ±50µm, or approximately 9x, the measurement accuracy of previous models. This enables the Vivid 9i 3D measurement capabilities of automobile parts and other objects that were formed by casting, pressing and/or molding. It is also well suited in reverse engineering to reflect the shape and dimension of prototypes in design drawings.

In Konica Minolta’s website, a 3D Scanning Wizard is provided to help rookies and seasoned professionals alike in determining which sensing product suits their requirements well.

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