Aberlink will have a new linear drive CNC CMM making its debut at the MACH 2020 Exhibition in Hall 19 on stand 507. Named the Horizon CMM, it breaks new ground in design and innovation and will enable Aberlink to further extend its horizon into the high-end CMM marketplace.

With an 800mm bridge (X axis), 600mm of measuring range in the Z axis and from 1,000mm to 2,000mm in the Y axis, the all-new and technologically-advanced Horizon takes CMM design to new levels and completes Aberlink's range of machines (bridge sizes from 640mm to 1,200mm).

Frictionless linear drives are the key to the Horizon's fast and exceptionally smooth motion. The innovative kinematic isolated drive structure is completely independent of the CMM structure and ensures that the motor thrust is directed through the centre of gravity of the moving parts. This not only avoids acceleration induced metrology errors but also has the effect of thermally isolating the motors from the metrology structure of the CMM and negates any issues regarding the heat generated.

By driving the bridge through its centre of gravity, the Horizon's design gains all the metrology benefits of a CMM with a raised Y axis guideway, but without having the inconvenience of associated limited access.

The result of all this novel design is that Aberlink has now produced a stand-out machine with fast, smooth and silent motion, ideally suited to contact scanning and with a first-term accuracy specification well under two microns, resulting in Aberlink's most accurate CMM to-date.

Also on display will be Aberlink's latest major release of their Mk4 3D inspection software (4.14). Visitors to the stand will be able to see for themselves the ease-of-use and functionality of this industry leading measurement software.