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Portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) - HandyPROBE Next

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Portable CMM videoCreaform’s arm-free probing system, the HandyPROBE Next™, outperforms traditional portable CMMs and articulated arms on the shop floor. Because it is truly portable and insensitive to instabilities found in any production environment (e.g. part displacement, part set-up or CMM instability), it is highly efficient at measuring parts that can’t be moved to a granite or cast-iron table. It is also ideal for geometric and surface inspections. HandyPROBE Next can accurately measure parts ranging from 0.2 to 10 m (0.7 to 33 ft.) in size and made of any type of materials.

The PCMM HandyPROBE Next comes with a C-Track™ optical tracker that provides dynamic referencing for the highest accuracy and greater, extendable measurement volume—ideal for dimensional inspection on the shop floor or assembly line.

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  • Metrology-grade measurements: accuracy of up to 0.020 mm (0.0008 in.), high repeatability and traceable certificate
  • Dynamic referencing: optical reflectors are used to create a reference system that is “locked” onto the part, so that users can move the object any way they want during the measurement process
  • No accuracy drift over time with an easy-to-perform field calibration procedure
  • No rigid setup required: the part and the system can be moved freely at any time during the measurement process
  • Greater and easily extendable measurement volume
  • Automatic alignment: optical reflectors allow repetitive inspections without requiring any re-alignment
  • Ergonomic, wireless probe
  • Optional 3D scanning capabilities by adding the MetraSCAN 3D
  • Find how you can improve your measurement workflow with the Virtual Metrology Lab and the Creaform Shop-Floor Workstation

Technical specifications

  HandyPROBE Next™ HandyPROBE Next™​|Elite
Accuracy (1) Up to 0.025 mm (0.0010 in.) Up to 0.020 mm (0.0008 in.)
Single Point Repeatability (2) 9.1 m3 (320 ft3(4) 0.060 mm
(0.0024 in.)
0.044 mm
(0.0017 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (3) 9.1 m3 (320 ft3(4) 0.086 mm
(0.0034 in.)
0.064 mm
(0.0025 in.)
Single Point Repeatability (2) 16.6 m3 (586 ft3(4) 0.088 mm
(0.0035 in.)
0.058 mm
(0.0023 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (3) 16.6 m3 (586 ft3(4) 0.122 mm
(0.0048 in.)
0.078 mm
(0.0031 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (with MaxSHOT 3D or C-Link) (5) MaxSHOT Next™ 0.060 mm + 0.025 mm/m
(0.0024 in + 0.0003 in/ft)
0.044 mm + 0.025 mm/m
(0.0017 in + 0.0003 in/ft)
Volumetric Accuracy (with MaxSHOT 3D or C-Link) (5) MaxSHOT Next™|Elite 0.060 mm + 0.015 mm/m
(0.0024 in + 0.00018 in/ft)
0.044 mm + 0.015 mm/m
(0.0017 in + 0.00018 in/ft)
Measurement Rate 80 measurements/s
Weight 5.7 kg (12.5 lbs.)
Dimensions 1031 x 181 x 148 mm (40.6 x 7.1 x 5.8 in.)
Operating Temperature Range 5–40°C (41–104°F)
Operating Humidity Range (non condensing) 10–90%
Certifications EC Compliance (Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, Low Voltage Directive, RoHS 2 Substance Restrictions Directive), IP50, WEEE
  HandyPROBE Next Stylus
Weight 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs.)
Dimensions 68 x 157 x 340 mm
(2.7 x 6.2 x 13.4 in.)
Operating Temperature Range 5–40°C
Operating Humidity Range (non-condensing) 10–90%
Certification EC Compliance (Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, Low Voltage Directive, Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Equipment, RoHS 2 Substance Restrictions Directive), compatible with rechargeable batteries, IP50, WEEE
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MetraSCAN 3D

MetraSCAN 3D: Optical CMM 3D scanner

Add metrology-grade 3D scanning to your inspection routine with the MetraSCAN 3D. By significantly increasing the reliability, speed and versatility of the measurement process, this complete system outperforms 3D scanners that are mounted on articulated arms on the shop floor. Based on optical measurements, users get total freedom of movement, which increases productivity and quality.

  • No rigid set-up required
  • Metrology-grade measurement, high repeatability and traceable certificate
  • Dynamic referencing: optical reflectors are used to create a reference system that is “locked” onto the part
  • Easy field calibration: no accuracy drift over time



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