Quality Magazine

LMI Technologies Acquires 3D3 Solutions

Expansion into 3D printing,3D visualization and mesh processing algorithms and FlexScan3D PC software platform

May 10, 2013
VANCOUVER-- LMI Technologies Inc. has acquired 100 percent of the shares of 3D3 Solutions – a leading supplier of 3D scanning software and hardware products based in Burnaby, Canada. The deal will result in the integration of 3D3 by LMI Technologies under the LMI brand to create a powerhouse in 3D scanning, visualization, and measurement solutions for both inline factory automation and offline 3D scanning markets such as reverse engineering and 3D printing.

The 3D3 staff will continue development of HDI 3D scanners and FlexScan3D, a leading PC application offering sophisticated 3D acquisition, visualization and mesh processing. “The simplicity of building precise and complete 3D datasets sets us apart from everyone in the 3D scanning market today. We are excited to integrate our 3D processing technology with LMI’s sensor design expertise to build a formidable offering for customers,” says Thomas Tong, president of 3D3 Solutions. “As Global Sales Manager for 3D scanning products at LMI, I am looking forward to deliver exciting 3D scanner products to a larger audience.”
 
LMI’s Gocator 3D smart sensor product family delivers scanning, measurement, and control logic in a single industrial sensor package suitable for broad use in factory automation where non-contact quality inspection of widgets is required. “Integrating 3D3’s mesh processing algorithms into Gocator will deliver a new level of capability such as comparing scanned parts to a golden part or CAD model - a key requirement by factories to ensure parts with hundreds of features are rapidly inspected for manufacturing errors,” says Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies. “In addition to enabling fast 3D inspection on Gocator, we see FlexScan3D as the platform to deploy both our 3D measurement tools and 2D HexSight machine vision library. This will give our customers an exceptional PC based solution for high end inspection applications where multi-core PC processing is required.”