Santinelli Debuts LT-980 (HC), a Versatile New Tracer
By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses + Technology
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Santinelli International is introducing a new generation tracer, the LT-980 (HC) Tracer, featuring high-curve frame trace capability with fully automatic operation. The unit’s design uses a variable stylus fulcrum that keeps the axis angle perpendicular to the frame. Its software then calculates the effect that the curve imparts with respect to size, reproducing the best digitized frame data available.
The tracer utilizes 50 percent less stylus pressure to the frame than previous models and thereby eliminates the potential for distortion on even the thinnest, most flexible of frames. This is achieved by altering the angle approach of the stylus-to-frame so the pressure is dispersed over a larger area of the frame and at various angles, rather than the standard 90 degrees. The low pressure, coupled with a Tungsten-carbide stylus tip, reduces abrasion, prolonging the lifetime of the tracer’s stylus and improving tracing accuracy.
The three-axis assemblies—horizontal, vertical and rotational—control and guide the stylus operation, establishing an effective free-floating center axis capability. These sealed mechanisms protect the mechanical core of the tracer from frame debris.
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