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May 3, 2013

LMI acquires 3D laser scanning firm, targets 3D printing market


3D3’s operations to be merged into Vancouver-based LMI Technologies

LMI Technologies Inc.. a leading provider of 3D sensor technology, said it has signed an agreement to acquire all shares of British Columbia-based 3D3 Solutions, a leading supplier of 3D laser scanning software and hardware, and will now expand into both inline factory automation and offline 3D scanning markets such as reverse engineering and 3D printing.

Vancouver, B.C.-based LMI said it will fold 3D3’s operations into its own and leverage 3D3’s existing reseller channel network and deliver next generation scanner products suitable for OEM customers, including:

  • medical (dental, ear, foot, face and body scanning)
  • entertainment (gaming, special effects, and animation)
  • manufacturing (reverse engineering, fast prototyping with 3D printing)
  • arts (archival, reproductions)

3Dd3 staff will continue development of HDI 3D scanners and FlexScan3D, a leading PC application offering sophisticated 3D acquisition, visualization and mesh processing, LMI said.

“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,” said Thomas Tong, 3D3 president.

LMI’s Gocator 3D smart sensor product portfolio 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,” said Terry Arden, LMI CEO. “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.”

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