About us

About us

AICON 3D Systems – Measure the Advantage

AICON 3D Systems is one of the world’s leading providers of optical camera-based 3D measuring systems. The company, founded in 1990, develops and distributes portable coordinate measuring machines for the fields of inspection and testing including car safety and tube and wire inspection, as well as optical 3D scanners for the measurement of complex surface structures.

Efficient and high-precision production monitoring, quality control, inspection and reliable reverse engineering are essential to be competitive in a global market. Renowned automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, companies from the aerospace industry and from the areas of shipbuilding and renewable energies rely on the performance of our innovative optical systems.

AICON offers optimized solutions for inspection and digitisation tasks to keep product quality at the maximum level.

About Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence helps industrial manufacturers develop the disruptive technologies of today and the life-changing products of tomorrow. As a leading metrology and manufacturing solution specialist, our expertise in sensing, thinking and acting – the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data – gives our customers the confidence to increase production speed and accelerate productivity while enhancing product quality.

Through a network of local service centres, production facilities and commercial operations across five continents, we are shaping smart change in manufacturing to build a world where quality drives productivity. For more information, visit HexagonMI.com.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 18,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.1bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

Our History

Launch of the new ProCam generation: ProCam wireless

Presentation of PrimeScan, the attractive entry-solution into white light scanning

AICON 3D Systems joins Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

25 years of AICON 3D Systems GmbH

Presentation of stereoSCAN neo – the first white light scanner with adaptive full color projection and back projection of measuring results directly on the object

TubeInspect P16 – launch of the large measuring cell of the TubeInspect P series for all tube lengths

Launch of PartInspect - high-precise scanning in an enclosed housing

smartSCAN R8 - high-resolution extension of the smartSCAN family

Opening of the new AICON office in Yokohama, Japan

Launch of the MoveInspect 3D Arena - the optical tracking system for design centers

Launch of TubeInspect P - the new benchmark in 3D tube and wire measurement

Opening of the new Breuckmann office in Beijing, China

Product launch of stereoSCAN R16 - the scanner with the highest available resolution

New OPTOCAT module Texture Mapping for capturing and mapping the texture of a scanned object to its 3D representation

Launch of the new MoveInspect XR for the measurement of large objects

Launch of the MI.Probe mini for measurements with breuckmann Scanners

AICON acquires patent on adapters for DPA measurements of geometric features

2nd August, Acquisition of Breuckmann GmbH, Meersburg/Germany

Foundation of the Breuckmann subsidiary in Shanghai (China)



Foundation of AICON's North-America Office in Plymouth (Michigan/USA)

Opening of AICON's China Showroom in Shanghai (China)

Launch of the new software platform BendingStudio

Construction of additional AICON office building

Introduction of the variCOLOR Projection Technology: Broad range of projection lights for a refined customization of the 3D data acquisition for individual project requirements

Launch of the hand-held MI.Probe for probing applications with MoveInspect

Introduction and employment of the quality management certification ISO 9001

Development of TubeInspect HS, for highest accuracy

Launch of MoveInspect Technology, the modular system for portable CMMs

Market introduction of the d-STATION for applications in dental technology

Foundation of AICON's Asia-Pacific-Office

Market introduction of the smartSCAN-HE, the first mobile measurement and digitization system

Premiere of TubeInspect HD for the measurement of small tubes and wires

Market launch of the smartSCAN

Construction of the company building‘s additional wing

Construction of additional lab building

Development of the top end digitizing system stereoSCAN

Presentation of TubeInspect S, specially designed for the measurement of short tube and tubes with flexible parts

Market launch of the optoSCAN - a system designed for automatic scanning of small objects

Move to the new AICON lab and office building

Rebranding of OLM in TubeInspect, new housing and design Presentation of the new measuring software AICON 3D Studio

Presentation of robot-based measurement

Introduction of the new DPAPro

Patent registration for the Miniature Projection Technique (MPT), core technology of Breuckmann scanner

Installation of international distributor network

New windows based software for measurement of large tube diameters (2001: first installation at Daimler Düsseldorf for exhaust pipes)

First installation of a robot-controlled topometric 3D digitizing system at Audi, Ingolstadt

Company strategy is oriented towards development, manufacturing and sales of standardized optical metrology systems

Installation of the first computer-aided system for topometric inspection of metal sheets at Mercedes Benz, Sindelfingen

First installation of a system (OLM) for measurement of brake lines at Mercedes in Sindelfingen

Official company foundation of the Breuckmann GmbH

Founded at Braunschweig Technology Park

Release of Bernd Breuckmann’s first fringe projection system based on the phase shift technique


Certified quality

AICON is ISO 9001:2008 certified

AICON Certificate (PDF)

Don't hesitate to call us!

Our experts will be happy to give you advice.

+49 (0)531 58 000 58

Of course, you can also use our contact form.

"AICON’s measuring equipment has pushed us far forward in the area of quality assurance."

Florian Windler, Serto AG, Aadorf (Switzerland)

"In comparison with a CMM, the data acquisition with AICON's 3D scanning system is extremely time effective, enabling us to quickly obtain the evaluated data."

Jürgen Weber, Messtechnik Zollern GmbH & Co. KG, Sigmaringen (Germany)

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