Metrology

The AMRC Metrology group provides a range of dimensional metrology technologies and services to our research groups and partners.

We are skilled in many areas of dimensional metrology, and have experience in a number of industry sectors.

Based in dedicated facilities within the AMRC Factory of the Future, the Metrology team supports the research groups by qualifying novel parts and processes to make sure that they meet physical requirements and industry standards.

To meet the needs of the AMRC’s core research areas, we have developed the flexibility to qualify diverse items such as:

  • High tolerance machined parts
  • Free form carbon composite parts
  • Airframe assembly fixtures
  • Near net shape components

Our key capabilities and resources include:

  • CMM contact probing (3 and 5 axis touch point and scanning)
    - Nikon Metrology LK Evolution CMM 251512 with SP25 and TP200
    - Mitutoyo Cryta Apex CMM 122010 with REVO
  • Measurement arm probing
    - FARO Gage 4′ arm
    - FARO Titanium 8′ arm with LLP v3
  • Non-contact scanning (laser and structured light)
    - GOM ATOS III
    - LC15 and LC50 for CMM
  • Photogrammetry
    - GOM TRITOP
  • Large volume metrology
    - API laser tracker
    - Leica AT401 Laser Tracker
    - Leica AT901 Laser Tracker with TMac (for adaptive robot control), TScan (for automated laser line scanning) and TProbe (for 6 degree of freedom probing)
    - Nikon Metrology laser radar
    - Nikon Metrology iGPS
    - Nikon Metrology K-Series optical CMM
  • Point and polygon data analysis
    - InnovMetric Software – PolyWorks V12
    - New River Kinematics – Spatial Analyzer
    - Delcam – PowerInspect

We collaborate extensively with the metrology specialists within the AMRC partnership. Our key members supporting the metrology group include:

The AMRC has multiple PolyWorks software licences to support our point cloud and probing-based inspection of parts. This allows us to standardise our data from multiple instruments for analysis on a single platform.

We also research and develop new metrology methods and technologies, using statistical techniques to benchmark the results and providing valuable data to help achieve technology readiness level targets.

We can provide a measurement service for AMRC partners, either as part of their own research or as a standalone project. To help provide a professional service, we have automated the scanning of batch components and written macros to perform complex alignments and analysis.

For more information, please contact:
Richard James
, Metrology group manager
email: r.james@amrc.co.uk