ARCOCAD is an Application for Dimensional Metrology based on the latest Software Technologies. The modern architecture highlights the following features:

  • Implementation of the native DMIS language
  • Total solution for both prismatic and free form measurement
  • Complete GD&T, geometric dimension and tolerances, as per ASME Y14.5M-2009
  • Geometrical engine supporting neutral IGS and STEP formats or native CAD interfaces
  • Points cloud inspection with chromatic CAD reports
  • Textual, graphical and statistical output representation
  • Fully integrated with Metrology Gate for Industry 4.0
  • Powerful solution for single and dual arm CMM
  • Integrated with articulated arms
  • Interfaced to several different CNC controller and measuring instruments
  • I++ compliant
  • Off-Line Graphical programming tools with simulation of the program  
  • Complete compensation of the CMM errors (Bridge, Horizontal and Dual Drive)

ARCOCAD – Inspection from the model

The full package for the total metrological solution

ARCOCAD uses the CAD model to support the inspection of prismatic and free form models

All the nominals come directly from the models, the CAD engine lets the free form alignment to be done and the add-in for reverse engineering makes the reconstruction of models possible

The Cad model it is used to build custom graphical reports while simulation add-ins let the user preview the path before it is actually performed

The graphical representations of the sensors make the environment more realistic and the choice of the inspection strategy easier

ARCO GRAPHICS – Visual Inspection Option

Enhances the geometrical inspection with the graphical representation of the measured elements

The curve reconstruction from points, the export in IGES format of the measured elements and the form error visualization are the main features of this option.

All the feature available in ARCO QUICK are know enhanced by the graphics

ARCO OFF-LINE – Time Saving Option

Use the full set of capabilities of ARCOCAD to build programs without using the machine

This complete simulation package makes the construction of programs independently from the CMM saving time and reducing the period where the machine is down to build programs

The collision avoidance function verifies the path and helps to create a collision free program to run on the actual CMM

ARCO OFF-LINE makes your CMM a real production instrument letting ARCO OFF-LINE build programs and the ARCO RUNNER execute them

Hardware Compatibility

Manual Counting Card for CMM

  • Rd77
  • ENC7480
  • DEVA 001
  • UCC light

CNC Controller for CMM

  • LK NMC300
  • CC3
  • DEVA004
  • Renishaw UCC Light
  • Renishaw UCC2
  • Renishaw T and S
  • B3C

Articulated ARM

  • LK
  • Faro
  • Kreon
  • Tomelleri
  • Romer
  • RPS
Sensor Technologies Compliancy
  • Probing Heads
  • Touch Trigger Probes
  • Contact Continuous Scanning Sensors
  • Sensor Library capable of recognizing most sensors available on the market today
  • Renishaw
  • Laser Scanning Sensors
  • LK
  • Nikon
  • Kreon
  • Precitrack 3D
  • STL
  • Sensor Changing Racks
  • The build-in wizard makes the use of Multiple Tool Changing Racks easy and immediate.
  • The handling of all tool changers is included as a standard feature of ARCOCAD
  • Renishaw
  • Tesa
  • Custom
International Standards Compatibility


Using proprietary licences ARCO is able to use the following native formats:

  • CATIA V4
  • CATIA V5
  • PRO-E
  • UG
  • VDA-FS
  • STEP
  • ACIS

The models are brought in ARCO maintaining the original colours and layer structure.


ARCOCAD supports, as a standard, the neutral format IGES.

All the geometrical information (CAD and features and Points Cloud) can be exported in IGES format

The standard DMIS Editor works side by side with  the natural language view.

The DMIS language is now translate in human language!

  • All the programs are shown in a DMIS Editor with a colour code representation for an easy reading of the language
  • The editor carries a DMIS assistant that helps to write native DMIS code when doing advanced programming and the syntax analyser finds the typos.
  • ARCO use all the DMIS language capabilities to write advanced syntax in building parametric programs
  • It is also possible to build macros and procedure to speed up the programming.
  • Libraries of functions can be moved from one system to another.

ANSI/ASME GD&T tolerance

ARCOCAD allows the application of geometrical tolerance in accordance to international standards.

It is possible to define the data reference frame for each tolerance range by using specific tools to define the minimum and maximum tolerance for each material.

The tolerance data may be directly sent to the program or showed in a preview in order to allow a quick analysis of the part.

ARCOCAD fully supports the I++ standard protocol, this enables the software to be compliant with all the controllers supporting the standard independently from the manufacturer.


Self Teach Panel and Data View

The main component of ARCO is the Quick Programmer from where  all the programs are built.

In a single panel ARCO can do:

  • Inspection of Feature
  • GD&T tolerance
  • Creation of Alignment
  • Build Output
  • Manage Sensors

All the results are available for consulting in the practical viewer.

Building a Coordinate System

The alignment can be created in several ways with a preview on the CAD area. This reduces drastically the editing time due to error in alignment.

ARCO handles all the free form alignments:

Both Best Fit and RPS are managed in order to solve the sheet metal and plastic alignment requirements.

Definition of A feature from CAD

ARCO uses its CAD capabilities to extract the nominal definition of the feature from the model.

With a single selection the feature is defined and ready to be measured with the current Canned Cycle.

When the program is ready and some modification is to be done, then ARCOCAD provides the graphical editing tools.

Redefinition of nominal and path editing can be easily done by clicking and repositioning to the new location.

When the output option is enabled, then the tolerance is applied and the chosen report can be created immediately.

Measure and Construct Features

A quick  inspection of an element ARCOCAD is made with the TECH CAD utility.

Each click with the mouse over the model is transformed into an inspection point.

The path can be simulated or directly executed.

Once the features are created, it is possible to construct elements extremely fast with the graphical selection.

Inspection Path

With the selection of the surfaces that define an element, ARCOCAD can  evenly distribute the points in order to  quickly create the inspection path.

When a free form surface is to be inspected, ARCOCAD provides all the tools to make it possible.

Sheet metal thickness, relative inspection of elements, grouping the surface, boundary measurement: all the capabilities are there.

The surfaces are measured in real time both in manual or CNC mode.


The Output of the Results can be formatted in different formats:

  • TEXT
  • HTML

The Output Viewer Allows the edit of the report graphically with no access to DMIS CODE

The output of the Results can be formatted in different formats: TEXT, HTML, EXCEL, GRAPHICAL, STATISTICAL

Color Map on both Scanner data and Point to Point inspection

The SPC - Metrology Gate module is an option to ARCOCAD. ARCOCAD’s versatility can be further enhanced through the use of this module expressely dedicated to Statistical Process Control.

Metrology Gate’s objective is to create a real time connection between the CMM’s measurement results and those people dedicated to the analysis of the status of the production process. Metrology Gate is the necessary tool to integrate your quality control instruments to your Industry 4.0 system.

Metrology Gate allows a statistical analysis of the Process Control with the creation of a variety of charts:

  • XR
  • XS
  • Cp, CpK
  • Pp, PpK
  • Quadsum
  • Pareto
  • Normal Distribution

Customized charts for specific industry segments can be produced upon request.

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