Creaform has launched the HandySCAN BLACK, a re-engineered and refined update to its HandySCAN 3D handheld scanner with improved optics, multiple blue laser technology and powerful algorithms for faster, more accurate instant measurements.

This is the third-generation version of Creaform’s patented metrology-grade scanner. Its launch marks more than 15 years of innovation in technology to meet the evolving needs of the manufacturing and engineering industries. The HandySCAN BLACK has been designed for professionals who need an effective and reliable tool to capture accurate dimensional measurements of physical objects.

HandySCAN BLACK combines high-performance 3D scanning with a sleek, ergonomic design. Its distinctive simplicity and portability advantages are a staple of Creaform’s product line. As the company’s flagship portable metrology-grade 3D scanner, the HandySCAN BLACK sets the standard for measurement, regardless of size, material or complexity, within seconds anywhere. Features include:

  • 4X resolution: Fine details and large volumes are captured thanks to the unique and versatile combination of improved high-performance optics and multiple blue laser technology.
  • 3X faster measurement speed and instant mesh: The larger scanning area features 11 blue laser crosses that take up to 1,300,000 measurements per second, ultimately cutting down the time between acquisition and workable files.
  • More accurate and traceable measurements: Volumetric accuracy of 0.020mm + 0.040 mm/metre, based on VDI/VDE 2634 part 3 as well as ISO 17025, ensures reliability and full traceability to international standards.
  • Available in BLACK and BLACK|Elite: Customers can choose from two models based on their needs in terms of part complexity, measurement speed, accuracy, and so on.

“Over the past decade, Creaform technologies have become the standard in highly accurate metrology tools, trusted to take reliable measurements that help make informed decisions at all stages of the product lifecycle management (PLM),” said Simon Côté, Product Manager at Creaform. “HandySCAN BLACK packs the benefits of its predecessors and further takes on quality assurance inspections in the shop, at the machine, in process—where the customers need it.”

Meeting Boeing’s requirements

In May, Creaform announced that the HandySCAN 3D scanner can now be used for recording physical attributes of aircraft dents and blends on all models of Boeing commercial airplanes. Boeing has released a service letter with guidance on the use of 3D scanners for measuring dents and blends on airplanes. The SmartDENT 3D solution and the flagship HandySCAN 3D scanner were used in the process of guiding Boeing’s quality requirements for the service letter.

SmartDENT 3D benefits include:

  • Speed: Up to 80 times faster than the pit gauge technique, it is the fastest and most reliable aircraft surface damage inspection tool available on the market.
  • Metrology-grade measurements for aircraft maintenance: The scanner is accurate to 0.025mm and has a resolution of up to 0.100mm with high repeatability and traceable certificate.
  • Intuitive pass/fail assessments: With its intuitive design and real-time software visualisation, Creaform’s NDT solutions ensure short learning curves and minimal operator experience influence on the accuracy of results.
  • Live visualisation and portability: Weighing less than a kilogram, the handheld scanner is the perfect tool for work in hangars or directly outdoors. Users can easily perform 3D surface inspection of any part of an aircraft on which they would use manual techniques—including on and under wings.

In addition to complying with Boeing’s service letter, Creaform HandySCAN 3D scanners are listed in the Airbus Technical Equipment Manual, which is referenced in its Structure Repair Manual.

“Creaform is proud to see leaders such as Boeing, turn to 3D scanning solutions for surface defect inspection,” said Jérôme Beaumont, Global NDT Business Manager at Creaform. “With SmartDENT 3D, our goal is to provide the most accurate damage assessment to our customers, so they can make informed and safe decisions, while getting their aircraft back flying with minimal downtime.”