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HN-C3030 - High-speed, high-precision, non-contact 3D metrology

nikon metrology non contact 3d metrology system HN C3030

HN-C3030 is a non-contact 3D metrology system equipped with a high-speed, high-precision laser scanner. Five-axis automatic control allows scanning of parts with complex shapes using optimum scanning angles. The HN-C3030 scans complex gear types in a fast way and the resulting detailed point cloud reveals the smallest imperfections such as machining traces. This valuable insight enables manufactures to find root causes of undesired noise and vibrations and to finally built quieter and more efficient cars.


  • Dense 3D scan provides better insight into complex gear shapes
  • Part-to-CAD comparison reveals surface imperfections (e.g. waviness, machining traces) that cause of undesired vibrations or high frequency noise
  • Laser scanning offers high measurement speed
  • Non-contact eliminates the need for probe tip compensation


  • Gear inspection: hypoid gears, bevel gears, helical gears, spur gears, internal gears, splines
  • Complex parts: turbocharger wings, oil seals,


Benefits & features

High-speed, high-density acquisition of point cloud data

High-speed digital transform processing enables surface point clouds to be acquired at the rate of 120,000 points per second. For example, inspection of all tooth surfaces on a single automotive bevel gear can be completed in only 5 minutes.
High-density acquisition of in-line point clouds with a point pitch of 20 µm enables not only analysis of shapes but also of surface waviness.

nikon metrology non contact 3d metrology system HN C3030 point cloud data

High-precision, non-contact laser scanner

nikon metrology non contact 3d metrology system HN C3030 high precisionThe HN-C3030 provides the world’s lowest ES, MPE of 5 µm for a non-contact system.
Nikon has developed special optics, such as newly designed cylindrical lenses for laser scanner light emitters and an image-side telecentric optical system to achieve non-contact measurement with an unprecedentedly high degree of precision.
The HN-C3030 also allows detection of glossy or dark surfaces without manual preparations, such as powder spraying.

An important advantage of an non-contact laser scanning system is that it elimates the need for probe tip radius or deflection compensation.

Five-axis automatic hardware control

Five-axis synchronized hardware control with a high-precision three-axis (XYZ) drive system (MPEE 1.6 + 4L/1000 µm (L=measured length(mm))/JIS B 7440-2:2003), as well as an unlimited angular rotary stage and a rotatable laser scanner swing arm enables laser scanning of wide areas covering even bottom surfaces of parts.
In addition, the direction of the laser scanner can be changed, allowing scans of various shapes from optimum angles.
Optional chucks are also available to suit the various sizes and shapes of parts.

nikon metrology non contact 3d metrology system HN C3030 five axis

High operability

nikon metrology non contact 3d metrology system HN C3030 high operatabilityThe laser scanner has a 98.6 mm working distance that enables scanning of highly uneven surfaces while avoiding collisions. In addition, heavy components weighing up to 30 kg can be measured.
HN-C3030 can be used outside temperature-controlled rooms, such as at production sites, when connected to an optional thermal regulator.

Revolutionizing gear inspection

nikon metrology non contact 3d metrology system HN C3030 gear inspectionThe HN C3030 is a viable solution for measurement of highly detailed, complex gears such as hypoid, helical, bevel & spiral bevel, elliptic gears across all industries from medical and defense to automotive and aerospace. The HN-C3030 is also suitable for non-contact inspection of other complex parts with critical dimensions such as impellers, compressors, cutting tools.

Dedicated acquisition and application software

The main software for the HN-C3030 comes with analysis tools for optimum laser scanning of various sizes, shapes and surface conditions, including codes for geometric shape measurements and coordinate setting.
Dedicated gear software is optionally available, enabling easy creation of teaching files and gear tooth analysis.

nikon metrology non contact 3d metrology system HN C3030 software

Max. part size Φ300 x (H) 300 mm*
Max. part weight for guaranteed accuracy 30 kg (including fixture)
Effective measurement range (X x Y x Z) 300 x 300 x 300 mm
Laser scannerWorking distance 98.6 mm (from center of measurement range)
Measurement distance 20 mm
Height detection range ±10 mm
Linear resolution 20 µm
Safety standardsLaser class Class 1
Device EU low voltage directive, EU EMC directive, EU machinery directive
Host computerOS Windows7® 64 bit
Interface USB2.0 x 1, IEEE1394b x 1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 1,450 x 1,550 x 1,980 mm
Weight 1,170 kg
PowerFor main unit Single phase AC200 V ±10%
50/60 Hz ±3.5%
5 A
For PC Single phase AC100-240 V ±10%
50/60 Hz ±3.5%
15 A
Installation requirementsSpace (W x D x H) 2,950 x 3,400 x 2,100 mm
 (including space for operation and maintenance)
Temperature 20°C ±0.5K
With thermal regulator (option): 15 - 30°C
Humidity ≤ 70% RH (without condensing)
Permissible floor vibration Up to10 Hz: ≤ 3 µm P-P,
 10-200 Hz- with speed of acceleration: ≤ 0.012 m/s2
(With active vibration isolation table)
 Up to10 Hz: ≤ 10 µm P-P,
 10-200 Hz- with speed of acceleration: ≤ 0.04 m/s2
Dust protection Degree of protection: IP00 (JISC60034-5)
 (interior, dust protection required)

* Space for shaft (Φ61 x H187 mm extended downward from chuck fixture level) for measurement of shaft-mounted gears


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