The Worlds First Truly Portable,DCC,CMM

ZCAT -- A revolutionary solution to a complicated problem

Utilizing advanced technology, software, design and electronics, the zCAT is manufactured as a compact self-contained unit that is fundamentally different than existing CMM technology, design and operation.

Height-24.4 in Diameter-6.8 in 30 lbs
Requires No:
  • Air
  • Constant Power
  • Granite Surface Plate
  • Dedicated Oparator
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Portable Precision THE NEXT DIMENSION

A revolutionary solution to a complicated problem

Utilizing advanced technology, software, design and electronics, the zCAT is manufactured as a compact self-contained unit that is fundamentally different than existing CMM technology, design and operation. From initial equipment ax-question through set-up,training and maintenance,the zCAT offers significant cost reductions without compromising measuring accuracy or performance.


The zCAT is the easiest DCC CMM to use. Built with the intention of lowering the threshold of training needed to successfully operate and even program a DCC CMM, every component, from the mechanics to the software, has been examined for optimal user experience and ease of use.

Probe System

The zCAT ensures accuracy with an industry-standard probe system. Find comfort in knowing that easy-to-acquire, accurate results are measured by this reliable touch-trigger probe system. Whatever your measurement task, this probe system allows for the optimal stylus arrangement for accuracy.


The zCAT comes with Control CAT - built-in, easy-to-use, geometric measurement software controlled through an intuitive, icon-based touch screen interface. Take advantage of the direct computer controlled measurements without the need for a secondary computer. From shop technicians to dedicated CMM operators, anyone can feel comfortable operating the zCAT.

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Being tethered to an outlet is a thing of the past. The zCAT is powered by a built-in 10.8 volt lithium ion battery, providing enough power to gain precise, accurate measurements for four hours in the field.The zCAT is truly wireless.A power supply charger is included for quick recharges between or during use.

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Automate measuring processes, and gain accurate data time after time. The unique zCAT clutch seamlessly shifts from direct computer to manual control without the need for flipping switches or clicking button.simple, move the probe manually, and the computer will remember and reproduce the movements for accurate, repeatable measurements.

Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.

We manufacture the zCAT in the United States. From California to Massachusetts, we’re taking advantage of American ingenuity, drive, and passion to create a high quality product that will help advance the capabilities of those who use it.


The zCAT is the world's first portable direct computer control coordinate measuring machine (DCC CMM). At only 30 pounds, the zCAT conveniently goes with you wherever you need it. No longer are you required to take the part of the CMM;from a surface plate, to a table on the shop floor or on a large part itself, the zCat can be deployed directly in the manufacturing process.

zCAT Software

I++ Server Software

zCAT MK4 3D Software - 54-950-105-0

The whole philosophy of the zCAT is to make measurement easy. zCAT 3D software has been written by engineers for engineers and sets the industry standard for simple-to-use software. Designed around a graphical interface, zCAT 3D can work in 2D or 3D

zCAT 3D software is becoming the industry standard for ‘easy-to-use’ software and also has the depth of functionality to make it the choice for either occasional users or full-time inspection professionals

zCAT 3D software is revolutionary. As a component is measured a representation of it is built up on the screen. The user simply clicks on the measured features to call up dimensions exactly as they would appear on a drawing. Inspection reports can be in the form of fully dimensioned graphical representations as created on the screen, or tabulated reports in various formats that can show nominal, tolerances, errors, pass/fails, geometric tolerances etc. These reports can also be output to an Excel spreadsheet. Further reports are available to show the form of features (roundness, straightness etc.), hole or point positions, or complete batch results on one report. The user’s company name also appears on all outputs.

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3D Measurement Software

Key Features:
  • Automatic measurement routines
  • Powerful interactive graphics window
  • Automatic feature recognition
  • 2D and 3D manual and CNC inspection
  • Geometric feature inspection
  • Free form curve inspection
  • DXF data import/export
  • STEP and IGES export for reverse engineering
  • Feature construction
  • Intelligent feature projection
  • GD&T dimensions and tolerances
Program Tools:
  • Teach and repeat programming
  • Drag and drop program editor
  • Run programs from any point
  • Measure a subset of features
  • Simple object-based programming
  • No complex programming language
  • Automated batch inspection
  • Password protect programs
  • Automatic safety moves
  • Feature replicator
Report Formats:
  • Engineering drawing GD&T report
  • Simple PASS/FAIL report
  • Form plots
  • Batch summary report
  • Tabulated reports
  • Graphical fly-out labels
  • Drag & drop reporting
  • Real-time SPC
  • Combine multiple views
  • Export to Excel
  • Historical data reporting

Every time a component is inspected, a program for measuring subsequent components is automatically created. The software also calculates ‘safe’ moves between features, even when the probe is indexing – just another thing that the operator doesn’t have to worry about!

Popular throughout the world and available in many languages, zCAT’s revolutionary measurement software provides the user with a powerful, yet easy-to-use solution for inspection measurements. This not only increases component throughput but vastly reduces the learning period for new users.

zCAT Software Module

zCAT CAD Comparison - 54-950-106-0

The zCAT CAD Comparison software module enhances zCAT 3D with the capability to compare measured points to a CAD model. Often this will be the only way to measure complex parts, or perhaps sometimes drawings for the component simply don’t exist.Powerful alignment routines allow measurement points to be best-fitted to the modal.Color coded errors can then be displayed on the modal to produce both graphical and tabulated reports that are extremely clear and very easy to understand.

zCAT's CAD comparison module allows the input or either STEP or IGES files as Standard and allows exports to be exported as an Excel spreadsheet.It really does make measuring complex parts easy, especially on the zCAT!The world first truly portable Direct Computer Controlled (DCC) Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).

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CAD Formats:
  • IGES and STEP import and export
  • DXF export
  • Re-scale Models
  • Simple measurement of complex parts
  • Point cloud best-fit
  • Feature best-fit
  • best-fit constraints
  • Graphical and tabulated reports
  • Export to Excel
Report Formats:
  • On CAD fly-out labels
  • Color deviation whiskers
  • Color point markers
  • Configurable color options
  • Graphical and tabulated reports
  • Combine multiple views
  • Export to Excel
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zCAT Programming from CAD - 54-950-107-0

zCAT 3D software has been setting the industry standard for both ease of use and speed of programming. However, until now this has been best done by using the teach-and-repeat method of programming when measuring a component. But what if you want to prepare the which in true zCAT fashion, allows the simplest programming possible from either an IGES or STEP CAD model.

If you can use zCAT 3D software then you will already know how to use the CAD programming module – it couldn’t be easier. Rather than taking measurement points on a component, you can now just click on the surface of the model where you would like the points to be taken.

Feature Predict works in the same way as when measuring, for instance, if you click in four places on the same plane on the model, then the software will automatically create a Plane Measure unit with those four points in it. Then click on a different feature and it will automatically close the Plane window and look for another feature. If you click on a circular feature it will take just one click to produce a circle or two clicks for a cylinder. Suddenly programming in zCAT 3D just got even easier!

zCAT’s CAD programming module can be used either on the zCAT or off-line... nothing could be more straightforward

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Additional Software CMM-Manager Software - Optional

  • Unified Meteorology Software Soluation
    • Use with any portable arm, any CMM, Nikon iNexiv and zCAT
  • Full automatic probe path generation
  • 3D CAD import and collision avoidance
  • Full reporting capabilities with GD&T
  • Report output formats
    • PDF, MS Excel, Text, SPC, QC-Calc and more
    • Create custom MS Excel reports by DDE

System Components

zCAT DCC Coordinate Measuring Machine - 54-950-001-0

  • zCAT CMM - 4 Axes
  • Control CAT Meteorology software
  • Renshaw TP20 probe
  • Battery
  • Ethernet communication ( Bluetooth optional)
  • I++ software interface
  • zCAT Wedge excel export software
  • Training part and calibration sphere
  • Quick start guide
  • zCAT dust cover
  • Reusable shipping container
  • Standard 1 year warranty
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  • 1mm ball probe module - 54-950-200-0
  • Vertical only 2mm probe - 54-950-201-0
  • Calibration service - 54-950-120-0
  • 5 year service and calibration contract - 54-950-110-0
  • Extended 5 year warranty - 54-950-115-0
  • Loc-N-LoadTM Quick-Swap fixture system
    • Fixture No. 1 - 54-950-170-0
    • Fixture No. 2 - 54-950-175-0
    • Base plate only - 54-950-180-0
    • Work holding kit - 54-950-185-0

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zCAT Specifications

Working volume X and Y 700mm diameter, Z 250mm
Diametrical Accuracy (µm) 3.0 + (D / 100mm)
Linear Accuracy (µm) 5.0 + (L / 100mm)
Fixturing accuracy requirement 5mm
Machine speed User controlled to 150 mmps
Machine air requirement None required
Construction Stainless steel for all structural components
Machine power requirements 100-240 V AC±10%, 50-60Hz
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Battery life 4 hours with normal use, 3 hours at peak
Power consumption Peak 15 W, normal 10 W
Manual motion control User controlled by hand movement of probe
Controller On board PCB provides motion control, error mapping,I++ interface and ControlCAT metrology software
Temperature compensation On board monitoring and compensation
Probe Type Renshaw TP20 probe
Machine weight 13.6kg, 30lbs
Machine dimensions (W x D x H) 420mm x 172mm x 620mm

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