Leica’s new handheld 3D scanner gets striking new design

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The Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8 features auto-adjusting laser intensity for surfaces, and includes haptic feedback

Focussed on improved usability and ergonomics, the new Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8 is the striking new piece of kit from the 3D scanning experts.

Noticeable for its black exterior and prominent Leica branding, the LAS-20-8 laser scanner also offers enhanced performance for manual freeform surface inspections on intricate workpieces, and on surfaces with dark or shiny metallic materials.

Designed to be easy to use, laser intensity auto-adjusts for different surface types, and minimises training requirements while working in tandem with the similarly portable Leica Absolute Tracker AT960.

Designed for use on large projects, the handheld scanner is ergonomically designed


The lightweight and ergonomic LAS-20-8 is optimised for large jobs, requiring effective measurement volumes up to 196.85 ft, with an 8″ wide scan line for maximum coverage of large surfaces that can be dialled down to a smaller scan line with up to 13 micron point spacing for small complex surface geometry.

With an IP50 rating and a convenient battery power option, the scanner can be used almost anywhere. The scanner synchronises with the laser tracker, enabling fast transitions between scanning, probing and reflector measurements.

Newly integrated haptic technology adds a new level of user feedback during operation, along with acoustic and visual guidance for the best possible results. Using the main trigger button of the scanner, the operator can select pre-set measurement profiles on-demand.

“With the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8, we wanted to create an affordable handheld laser scanner that delivers results every time without complex setups or training needs,” explains Joel Martin, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Laser Tracker product manager.

While no price is listed, parent company Hexagon MI states that it should be at the more affordable end of the scale.

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