2nd 3D Metrology Conference 2017

October 9-11, Aachen

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... where metrology meets industry

3D Metrology Conference - 3DMC

3DMC is a conference and exhibition dedicated to the application and development of 3D measurement technology for industrial, scientific and cultural purposes. After the successful start of the series in Aachen in 2016, the organizing committee is dedicated to open the forthcoming second event to an even broader audience.
3DMC 2017 will again be hosted in Aachen.

3DMC aims at end users of 3D metrology systems, equipment and software suppliers, service providers, researchers and procurement and quality managers. These target audiences operate in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, power generation, marine, off-shore, built environment, cultural heritage and virtual reality. Users and developers from these diverse fields can share their differing experiences, values, and requirements while, at the same time, helping to drive the industry forward.

Typical conference themes include:

We welcome presentations of applications at all scales, from the reverse engineering and inspection of small parts to the as-built 3D modelling of entire process plants.

Whilst portable methods drive many developments in 3D metrology, we also want to hear about the high accuracies of fixed axis technologies and sub-surface inspection offered by computed tomography and non-destructive testing (NDT).

Visit Aachen this October to explore 3D metrology and to contribute to the community.

Conference format:

We request presentations only, no papers. The presentations will cover both applications-oriented and research-oriented subjects and will be publicly available in electronic format after the event.


Benefits for Delegates:


Benefits for Exhibitors:

Key figures from last year's 3DMC









Impressions from last year's 3DMC

Industrial Advisory Board 2017

Exhibitors currently registered for 2017



We are delighted to bring together internationally leading expertise to an open forum for presentations and discussions focused on 3D metrology.

Monday, October 9th, 2017

14:00 — 18:00
(Location: WZL)
Commercial and Educational Workshops
User Group Meetings
Presentation of the e.Go Life

18:00 — 24:00
(Location: Demo Production Facility)
Fingerfood & Drinks

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

08:30 — 17:30
(Location: Tivoli)
Exhibition & Presentations
Healthy Lunch
18:00 — 24:00
(Location: Tivoli)
Live Music
Open Bar

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

08:30 — 17:30
(Location: Tivoli)
Exhibition & Presentations
Healthy Lunch
18:00 — 24:00
(Location: Aachen City Center)
Outlook for the 3rd 3DMC in 2018


Workshops are provisionally planned on subjects such as laser tracker usage and introductory photogrammetry.


Approximately 15 abstracts have been submitted for consideration so far on subjects such as radio telescope measurement, on-machine metrology, novel coordinate measuring system design, new photogrammetric systems and applications, metrology-assisted robotic machining, particle accelerator alignment, X-ray computed tomography and comparison of metrology systems.

Abstracts for oral presentations and posters will still be accepted until August, 18th and final selections will appear on the agenda on August, 25th.



Share your experience in a comfortable atmosphere!

Hotel Information:

There is a wide variety of hotels in Aachen that can provide suitable accommodations for all requirements.
We recommend the following hotels; more offers are available via booking.com:

Platinium Hotel Aachen Hampton by Hilton Aachen Tivoli Leonardo Hotel Aachen More Hotels


Travelling to Aachen

You can use Google Maps with the help of a click on one of the buttons below:
WZL Aachen City Center

Additionally we summarized some useful travel information for you and integrated two maps for your convenience:

By plane:


Airport Düsseldorf International (DUS)

Train rides from Dusseldorf Airport to Aachen take about one and a half to two hours with Deutsche Bahn. Trains run about every hour. The SkyTrain connects the railway station and the terminals (5 minutes). It is also possible to rent a car at Düsseldorf Airport.


Airport Cologne/Bonn (CGN)

Depending on the connections, the train ride with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne/Bonn Airport to Aachen takes about one to one and half hours with a changeover at Cologne Central Station. It is possible to rent a car at Cologne/Bonn Airport.


Airport Frankfurt am Main (FRA)

The train ride from Frankfurt to Aachen with Deutsche Bahn takes about two to three hours depending on the connections. It includes a changeover at Cologne Central Station. It is possible to rent a car at Frankfurt Airport.


By train/railway:


Aachen Central Station

Aachen is linked to the international railway network. Every two hours the high-speed train THALYS operates via Aachen between Paris and Cologne. There is also a fast connection to London via train. Besides, ICE trains run from Frankfurt to Brussels via Aachen. There are direct connections to the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Siegen, Frankfurt/Main and Hamm. An hourly connection to Heerlen links Aachen to the Dutch railway system.



Innovation Expo

Exhibitors will present their innovative products to the interested audience which is exclusively focused on 3D metrology. The 2017 exhibitors are listed in the introductory section. Please refer to the plan below in order to get an insight into the booth distribution.

Floor Plan of Exhibition Area

Exhibitors in 2016

Delegates in 2016 (Selection of Affiliations)

Advanced Forming Research Centre, Airbus, AMETEK GmbH Division Creaform, Automated Precision Europe GmbH, AWE Aldermaston, Bruno Kessler Foundation, CATIM, Cracow University of Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, D.I.Mendeleyev Institute for Metrology (VNIIM), Delft University of Technology, Dr. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, Dr.-Ing. Wesemann Ges. für Ingenieurgeodäsie mbH, ETH Zürich, FARO Europe GmbH & Co. KG, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, GDV Systems + Solutions GmbH, GEATOP srtl, Geodesie Maintenance Services (GMS), GKN Aerospace, GOM mbH, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, ISG Industrielle Steuerungstechnik GmbH, Jade Hochschule, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., LIFA Surveyors, Metromecanica Sarl, New River Kinematics, Nikon Metrology GmbH, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Poznan University of Technology, Renishaw PLC, Scania CV AB, SCHOTT AG, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, SRAM, Steinmeyer Mechatronik GmbH, Tecnimex do Brasil, TU-Dresden, University of Bath, University of Sheffield, VMT GmbH, Warwick University, WZL Machine Tool Laboratory


3D Metrology Conference – 3DMC 2017

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3D Metrology Conference – 3DMC 2017

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If companies want to sponsor the ice breaker event or the live music, they are welcome to contact Markus Ohlenforst.
Registration provided by eventbrite.com. All data transactions are encrypted. If you have any questions or want to apply as startup exhibitor, please don't hestitate to contact us:

Markus Ohlenforst
Email: M.Ohlenforst@3dmc.events
Phone: +49 241 80 24183

Benjamin Montavon
Email: B.Montavon@3dmc.events
Phone: +49 241 80 20576

Call for Abstracts

Open now!

If you are interested in presenting your work as a speaker or with a poster, you are invited to provide us with an abstract (max. 200 words + 2 figures).
Speakers will receive their free delegate pass upon review of their abstract.
Please send us your abstract via e-mail to B.Hughes@3dmc.events a.s.a.p.
Please note the following time limits: Abstracts should be submitted by August 18th, 2017, drafts should be supplied by September 15th, 2017.

Please consider the following guidelines for presenters


Download images and presentations from our growing archive.
Images and presentations will be available approximately six months after each conference.

1st 3DMC (2016)

 Image Gallery    Presentations    Programme

Organizing Committee

  • Chairman: Prof. Ben Hughes

    National Physical Laboratory
    London, United Kingdom

  • Prof. Robert Schmitt

    WZL Board of Directors, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

  • Dr. Harald Bosse

    Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
    Braunschweig, Germany

  • Dr. Stephen Kyle

    3DIMPact Group, University College London
    London, United Kingdom

  • Martin Peterek

    WZL, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

  • Markus Ohlenforst

    WZL, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

  • Benjamin Montavon

    WZL, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

  • Johannes Brand

    WZL, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

Industrial Advisory Board

Jean-Christophe Bry
Airbus Operations S.A.S.

André Kreul
GE Power AG

Ben Adeline

Dr. Bin Cai
Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Martin Harding
Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG

Heiko Paluszek
sigma3D GmbH

Hosting Institutions

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL at the RWTH Aachen carries out research and consultancy projects both on a fundamental level and according to industry’s specific requirements, and develops innovative, practical solutions that safeguard business growth. The objective of handling the entire range of production technology issues under one roof results in a wide scope – from strategic innovation, production and quality management to control, machine, production and measuring technology.


PRS Technologie GmbH was founded in 2012, as a consultancy spin-off at RWTH Aachen University. Through its extensive network with RWTH Aachen University and Fraunhofer Society, PRS Technologie provides consultancy and capacity building services with the focus on transfer of technology and knowledge from academia to practice. PRS Technologie functions under two business units namely PRSTG International and PRSTG Solutions, while the former focuses on development of technology and education partnerships between Germany and the countries abroad, the latter provides consultancy and training services in Germany, as the home country.


Supporting Institutions

The 3DMC Organsing Committee is formed by experts in the field of 3-dimensional metrology who come from industry, academia and national metrology institutes in order to ensure that the conference has an interdisciplinary character.


If there are any questions or comments, please get in touch:

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)
RWTH Aachen University

Markus Ohlenforst
Steinbachstr. 25
52074 Aachen
Email: M.Ohlenforst@3dmc.events
Phone: +49 241 80 24183


Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)
RWTH Aachen University

Markus Ohlenforst
Steinbachstr. 25
52074 Aachen
Email: M.Ohlenforst@3dmc.events
Phone: +49 241 80 24183


Journalists please contact
Johannes Brand,
especially regarding any questions concerning accreditation.

Terms and Conditions

Area of Application

The following general company terms and conditions apply to all contractual conditions between participants and continuing education organizations offering for example; seminars, symposiums or day conferences, as well as the organizers of this conference.

Registration / Registration Confirmation

Registration for any continuing further educational events can be done online, by email, post or telephone (only reservations). The registration is first confirmed and legally binding upon reciept of confirmation in writing per post from the organizers. Upon registrations by consulting companies and competing institutions, we reserve the right to investigate on the degree of business competition with any partners involved with the event and to deny the participation or cancel the registration on these grounds. To every legally binding registration applies all underlying general terms and conditions.


The participation fee is upon reciept of the invoice, and without any deductions, to be immediately paid. The cost of service charges is the responsibility of the participant and to be paid in full. By nonsucessful payment, the organizers withhold the right to cancel and transfer the placement to another party. By late payment, the organizers are entitled to apply an additional interest of 5% over the base interest rate (§247 Abs. 1 BGB) per annum.
Included in the charges are the above mentioned services and training, however, regularily not included are the travel and accomodation costs.

Withdrawl / Cancellation

The participant has the right to cancel. A cancellation may occur within one week of registration, and registration begins immediately with reciept of written registration (online, email, post or fax). A cancellation within the one week period requires no explanation and must be submitted immediately in writing. The cancellation policy is no longer applicable once the conference has started and the participant is in attendance. Independent of the cancellation policy, the participant has the right to name a substitute participant to take their place at the conference. After the cancellation expiry date, no further cancellations are possible and the full participant fee will be invoiced. If a cancellation is made one week before the beginning of the conference, the participant fee will be reduced to 100,-Euros.

Cancellation or Program changes by the Conference Organizers

The organizers withhold the right to cancel conferences. The participants will immediately be informed (by telephone and in writing) of any change of program or cancellation. The organizers will offer if possible the participants an alternative conference place or date if necessary. If the participant agrees, the change is free of charge. If however the participant does not agree, the full applicable conference fees will be reimbursed. Further changes and demands are not included, as is incurred travel and accomodation charges, as well as working days lost, will not be reimbursed. The organizers reserve the right to allow for changes to the organization, changes to personnel or invited speakers, or changes to the scheduling of the conference which have no fundamental influence on the final character of the conference.

Participation Certificates

Every participant receives a participation certificate upon personal request to the organizers.


All lecture, seminar or conference materials are copyright protected. The copying of any material, distribution or any other use of the material is only allowed with the written approval of the the organizers.


All conferences will be held with the appropriate, authorised lecturers or authors and thoroughly prepared and organized. The organizers are not responsible for the timeliness, accuracy or completeness of the lecture contents or conference execution. For dammaged personal property or belongings, the organizers take legal responsibility only if willfull intent or negligence on their part can be proved, and as long as there are no legal regulations to the contrary.

Storage of Data

The organizers keep personal data confidential and uses the data only under the legal data protection act. Personal data is reserved only for the sole purpose of conference organization by the the organizers, and for future offers by the organizers. Every participant has the right to refuse the storage and future use of their personal data for unrequested correspondance of informational material.