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ShapeDrive – The Technology

ShapeDrive – The Technology

In the area of 3D object measurement, the high quality of the 3D point cloud of ShapeDrive sensors is settings standards. As the structured light projection and simultaneous recording process do not require any sensor or objects to be moved, rapid digitization of the 3D data is achieved.

ShapeDrive MLAS & ShapeDrive MLBS

As a pioneer in the field of three-dimensional object measurement, ShapeDrive is not only distinguished by well-founded know-how. Where the implementation of industrial 3D applications is concerned, customers also profit from more than 10 years of experience with the innovative functional principle of structured light, as well as innumerable previously installed solutions.
  • High-resolution camera with 5 or 12 megapixels
  • Precision resolution (Z) of down to 3 µm is possible
  • High-performance optics for measuring ranges from 30 x 25 x 10 mm to 1300 x 860 x 800 mm
  • 16 ShapeDrive models
3D sensors ShapeDrive technology interfaces

Interfaces & Software

  • Program library made available for interfacing with external software
  • Free, downloadable Software Development Kit (SDK) for all ShapeDrive sensors (including DLL, description and examples)
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet
3D sensors ShapeDrive technology model selection

Selection of Models

  • 16 ShapeDrive models
  • 8 different measuring ranges
  • 2 performance classes
3D sensors ShapeDrive technology


  • Optimized algorithms – for black and glossy surfaces as well
  • 5 or 12 megapixel camera resolution
  • Integrated web server for configuration and analysis
  • Highly reliable even with changing colors and ambient light
3D sensors ShapeDrive technology operation support

Operation & Support

  • Worldwide support
  • Leasing option for ShapeDrive sensors
  • Free VisionApp Demo 3D for displaying 3D point clouds
3D sensors ShapeDrive technology functional principle

Structured light with triangulation angle.
The Functional Principle

The 3D sensors project several patterns onto the object to be measured and then record them by means of a camera. As a result, the object is digitized as a 3D point cloud. Neither the object nor the 3D sensor is in motion. Objects can therefore be recorded quickly and extremely precisely.

​​​​​​​1) High-resolution camera
2) Light engine
3) X, Y = measuring range
4) Z = working range
ShapeDrive 3D sensors

One Product Range, Two Power Classes and Thousands of Solutions

The 3D sensors included in the ShapeDrive series offer a high dynamic range with reference to the object’s color and brightness. The sensors deliver reliable results even for metallic and glossy surfaces. ShapeDrive sensors detect even the smallest component features thanks to their extremely high resolution, as well as large measuring volumes – for example, the entire content of Euro boxes and Euro pallets can be quickly scanned.
Simultaneous measurement of signal strength makes it possible to generate high-contrast gray tone images. Amongst other things, these can be used for the detection of data matrix codes and barcodes or contamination on objects – without any additional hardware. 
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