HandyPROBE Next – Portable CMM

Measurement accuracy that is insensitive to the instabilities of any environment.

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HandyPROBE Next

Manufacturers and production managers can use portable 3D measurement technologies to enable considerably greater flexibility and efficiency in performing quality control (QC) operations directly on the production floor. The HandyPROBE Next™ portable CMM provides measurement accuracy that is insensitive to the instabilities of any environment. Free of any rigid measurement setup, the portable CMM outperforms traditional portable CMMs on the shop floor. The C-Track optical tracker and wireless probe can be moved at any time during the measurement sequence and generate the same high-quality data.

This metrology inspection solution helps manufacturing companies eliminate inefficiencies in the manufacturing process and avoid unnecessary expenses.

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Size and Weight

154 x 178 x 235 mm (6 x 7 x 9.2 in.)
930 g (2.05 lbs.)


EC Compliance (Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, Low Voltage Directive, RoHS 2 Substance Restrictions Directive), IP50, WEEE

Measurement Rate

80 measurements/s


Up to 0.025 mm (0.0010 in.)
9.1m3 Working Volume
VOLUMETRIC: 0.086 mm (0.0034 in.)
16.6m3 Working Volume
VOLUMETRIC: 0.122 mm (0.0048 in.)

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  • Professionnal-grade measurements: accuracy of up to 0.1 mm (0.004 in.) and resolution of up to 0.1 mm (0.004 in.).
  • Built-in intelligence: ensures that 3D data is high-quality and accurate.
  • Optional targets: possible to use targets to compensate for an object’s lack of positioning information.
  • No rigid setup required: both the part and the scanner can be moved during scanning.


  • Hybrid positioning: uses the parts’ natural geometry and color.
  • Point-and-shoot: no need to prepare parts. Just go!
  • User-friendly: no experience required, up-and-running in minutes.
  • Scan in color: allows for seamless capture of high-quality geometry and colors simultaneously.
  • Real-time visualization: look at the computer screen to see what you are doing and what is left to be done.


  • Fast: typical objects are scanned in 5 minutes or less.
  • High measurement rate: capture large amount of 3D data for faster scanning.
  • Automatic mesh output: ready-to-use files (geometry and color), right as you complete acquisition.
  • Quick workflow integration: usable scan files can be imported into RE/CAD/3D printing software without post-processing.


  • Stand-alone device: the part is the reference, no external positioning system needed.
  • On-the-go scanning: fits into a carry-on case, so you can use it both in-house or on site.
  • Lightweight and small: weighs under 1 kg (2.2 lb.), can reach confined areas. Fits into a carry-on.

VXelements: Creaforms’ 3D Software Platform and Application Suite

Creaform 3D scanners come with VXelements and the VXscan module, a fully-integrated 3D data acquisition software that powers its entire fleet of 3D scanning and measurement technologies. It gathers all the essential elements and tools into a uniform, user-friendly and intuitive working environment.

VXinspect: dimensional inspection software module

VXinspect is an intuitive and powerful 3D inspection software designed for manufacturing companies conducting first article inspection (FAI) or quality control. Directly integrated into VXelements, Creaform’s 3D software platform and application suite, VXinspect provides the simplest integration of probing and scanning measurement capabilities.


  • BuildIT Software & Solutions – BuildIT
  • Delcam – PowerINSPECT
  • 3D Systems – Geomagic Solutions
  • InnovMetric Software – PolyWorks Inspector
  • Inspect 3D – Inca3D
  • Metrologic Group – Metrolog X4 and V5
  • New River Kinematic – SpatialAnalyzer
  • Verisurf – Measure
  • Wenzel Metromec – Metrosoft CM


Inspection and Quality Control

  • Part-to-CAD analysis
  • First article and supplier quality inspection
  • Conformity assessment of 3D models against original parts/production tooling
  • Conformity assessment of manufactured parts against the originals
  • Alignment
  • Tooling certification
  • Multi-shot measurements (up to 30 points/s)
  • Complete free-form inspection and high-density color maps when used with a MetraSCAN 3D

Reverse Engineering

  • Reverse engineering of geometrical entities (spheres, cylinders, planes)
  • Faster and more accurate reverse engineering of mixed parts (geometrical and free-form) when used with a MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanner


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive/Transport
  • Consumer Products
  • Heavy Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Power Generation
  • Research and Education
Accuracy (1) Up to 0.025 mm (0.0010 in.) Up to 0.020 mm (0.0008 in.)
Single Point Repeatability (2) 9.1 m3 (320 ft3(4) 0.060 mm
(0.0024 in.)
0.044 mm
(0.0017 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (3) 0.086 mm
(0.0034 in.)
0.064 mm
(0.0025 in.)
Single Point Repeatability (2) 16.6 m3 (586 ft3(4) 0.088 mm
(0.0035 in.)
0.058 mm
(0.0023 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (3) 0.122 mm
(0.0048 in.)
0.078 mm
(0.0031 in.)
Volumetric Accuracy (with MaxSHOT 3D or C–Link)(5) MaxSHOT Next™ 0.060 mm + 0.025 mm/m
(0.0024 in + 0.0003 in/ft)
0.044 mm + 0.025 mm/m
(0.0017 in + 0.0003 in/ft)
MaxSHOT Next™|Elite 0.060 mm + 0.015 mm/m
(0.0024 in + 0.00018 in/ft)
0.044 mm + 0.015 mm/m
(0.0017 in + 0.00018 in/ft)
Measurement Rate 80 measurements/s
Weight 5.7 kg (12.5 lbs.)
Dimensions 1031 x 181 x 148 mm (40.6 x 7.1 x 5.8 in.)
Operating Temperature Range 5–40°C (41–104°F)
Operating Humidity Range (non condensing) 10–90%
Certifications EC Compliance (Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, Low Voltage Directive, RoHS 2 Substance Restrictions Directive), IP50, WEEE

1Typical value for diameter measurement on a calibrated sphere artefact.
2 Based on the ASME B89.4.22 standard. The probe of the HandyPROBE Next is located within a conical socket. Individual points are measured from multiple approach directions. Each individual point measurement is analyzed as a range of deviations in X, Y, Z (value = range/2).

3 Based on the ASME B89.4.22 standard. Performance is assessed with traceable length artefacts by measuring these at different locations and orientations within the working volume of the C-Track (value = maximum deviation).
4The volumetric accuracy performance of the HandyPROBE Next is dependent on the working volume in which the measurement is made: 9.1 m3 (320 ft3) or 16.6 m3 (586 ft3).
5 The volumetric accuracy performance of the system when using a MaxSHOT 3D cannot be superior to the default volumetric accuracy performance for a given model.