December 7, 2018
LK Metrology’s new 8.5 version of its CAMIO CMM software has a range of new features.
The CAMIO software is designed to drive accurate and efficient inspection programs for geometric features along with full surface analysis with Part-to-CAD comparisons. CAMIO features interoperability across CMM platforms, sensor technology and manufacturing sites.
The new CAMIO 8.5 software includes the following features/enhancements:
- Reorganizing of RPS Alignments
- Improvements in angle between tolerances to toggle between acute, obtuse supplementary angles easily
- More precise and pronounced warning messages for users when setting machine/program parameters outside of min/max limits
- GOTO command that allows the user to specify the number of axes for move
- Updated ACIS CAD engine and support for 3rd-party CAD format
CAMIO User Interface Improvements
Window docking was significantly improved. CAD layers are now displayed in a separate window, which provides easier access. CAD orientation buttons now allow user to keep current zoom level. Mouse/pointer coordinates now shown in the status bar allow for quick estimation of dimensions.
Laser and Point Cloud Improvements
There's a new detection offset parameter for point detection. Users can also export point clouds in Geomagic GDP format.
Ease of Use
There are improvements in the setup of the Machine Launch Utility for offline programming. There are additional options for opening and/or printing CAMIO reports. Also check out the ability to relocate a single stall of rack instead of all the stalls.
Probe Head Support
The Renishaw PHS1 servo head and autochange rack are now supported, as are the Renishaw SP80 head and autochange rack.
“Common practice is to provide a couple of new releases of metrology software like CAMIO every year, but in 2018 LK Metrology acquired the Nikon CAMIO CMM software business and needed to rebrand it, refresh the interface and implement a new licensing mechanism,” Dennis Freimark, LK Metrology’s North American chief software applications engineer explains.
Several of the significant additions were: (1) The new ability to interface with Geomagic’s 3D-data processing software that is used in 3D scanning solutions to create accurate models from scanner data, or for quality control and measurement applications; (2) Support for the Renishaw PHS1 head system along with the ACR2 autochange rack. ACR2 is a modular extension arm change system for the PHS1 servo positioning head that allows any number of racks to be positioned on a pillar anywhere within the machine volume. (3) Support for the Renishaw SP80 head; (4) Changes to the docking behavior of the windows to allow users to more easily customize the interface for a specific task or application.
Freimark adds, “The shift from Nikon CAMIO to Lk Metrology CAMIO has been a smooth transition for our customers, and the new 8.5 version incorporates many of the needed enhancements that provides CMM users with greater measurement flexibility for better product conformance.”
LK is a long-time manufacturer of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). The company was founded in Derby England 1963 by Norman Key and his father-in-law Jim Lowther. In 2018, ASI Metrology in Torino, Italy, purchased all the CMM production, development, sales and services activities, including the CAMIO software from Nikon Metrology. A strategic partnership with Nikon Metrology continues as a Preferred CMM Sales Partner for LK CMMs. LK Metrology manufacturing continues to be located in Derby, England, with sales and support offices in the UK, North America, Belgium, France and Germany.
Sources: Press materials received from the company.