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After last years METS trade show we took on the distribution of the Prodim Proliner 5 and Proliner 8 to marine industries.

We were very impressed by the ease of use and accuracy of the Proliners and thought that for many applications, swimming pool liners and boat covers for example, the Proliner was a terrific tool. Fast, accurate, almost unaffected by wind and weather, able to be used by one person, and something which could deliver a pattern right out of the box.
Proliner 8
Essentially, the Prodim Proliner is a clever stick on a string. The distance the string is pulled out of the Proliner is measured, as well as the angle of the string in the horizontal and vertical planes. These are used to capture points in 3D space.

The operator takes a pen-like pointer in one hand and a remote control with four buttons in the other. A button on the remote control is pressed to tell the Proliner the shape is starting. Then the tip of the pen is positioned on a point on the object being measured and a button pressed on the remote. Where there is a curved section on the pattern, a different button on the remote is pressed, and the Proliner captures a series of points as the pointer moves, until the button is pressed again.

Proliner 5

With the Proliner, you capture just the points you need to describe the shape. This means there is very little editing required to get a finished pattern, ready for cutting.

Many other measuring systems such as tape measures, laser theodolightes and similar devices can model a space or an object in 3D, but the resulting data requires significant time, knowledge and skill to edit. There is at least one complex, time consuming stage between measurement and farmacia de guardia la linea concepcion a cutting pattern. The big advantage of the Proliner is that can eliminate intermediate steps and deliver something which is almost ready to cut.

Aeronaut has spent some time and effort in developing digital camera based pattern scanning methods. These are quick and accurate too, but for many marine applications they do not work as well as a Proliner... for a number of reasons. Perhaps the main one is the fact that you need a pattern to scan in the first place!

Then you need a calibrated digital camera rig, software and most importantly a good clear pattern. Since most patterns are done initially on clear plastic, there are problems right from the start. Proliners eliminate this because they can generate the cutting pattern right out of the machine.

Aeronaut realised that most people working in marine and related industries do not want to learn complex 3D software, so we developed a simple software tool to allow 3D patterns from a Proliner to be flattened in low-cost CAD software. This process takes around 15 seconds and the result is ready to cut on a plotter-cutter. Adding seams and federal real estate tax health care bill details is a very simple matter.

So now Aeronaut can offer a complete package for industries working with measuring 3D shapes, and wanting a flat cutting pattern. This might be anything from biminis to armoured vehicle camouflage. We keep a Proliner in stock and are happy to demonstrate the machine and software any time.