PRODUCT SHOWCASE: AIMS Pairs Renishaw 5-Axis Scanning Technology with the Industry’s First Linear-Motor Driven CMM


When it comes to coordinating measuring machines, manufacturers want less downtime and lower cost of ownership. In response to customer feedback, OEM AIMS Metrology has designed and introduced the industry’s first linear motor-driven CMM with 5-axis measurement capabilities. AIMS’ Revolution LM series combines a robust frame with Renishaw’s Revo 5-axis scanning system to provide submicron accuracy in the laboratory environment. The LM is especially suited to the needs of the automotive, aerospace, and medical markets.

“Unlike conventional machines with belts and pulleys, we chose to design our LM model with linear motors,” said AIMS co-owner Mark Gearding. “It’s the only CMM on the market that uses this configuration. For manufacturers that need a laboratory grade CMM, it means virtually no maintenance and downtime.”

Renishaw 5-axis probe technology is able to scan five times faster than conventional touch probes. AIMS integrated a granite work plate into the LM’s frame and constructed the CMM’s mobile bridge out of aluminum for higher rigidity and lower inertia. These features provide higher accuracy and repeatability. A large Z-axis ram, also produced from aluminum, gives customers the flexibility to use a variety of motorized probe heads. The margin of error or hysteresis is minimized because the LM’s steel optical scales float in an aluminum carrier. The LM is equipped with Renishaw Modus software and supported by comprehensive aftermarket services.