Third Dimension - a world leading developer and manufacturer of non-contact, precision profile measurement solutions - has announced record turnover, up 25% last year, with a 20% increase in staff. This expansion will continue in 2018, with more staff members joining the 1st and 2nd Line Support team, to provide great customer care, either by desktop support or at the customer facilities.

GapGun – its best-selling handheld laser measurement system – is now sold in 25 countries worldwide. This is thanks in no small part to the company’s global distributor network. Last year Third appointed new distributors in the UK, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and South Korea. It is seeking to expand this network in Northern Europe and other key international markets

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Third Dimension has strategically chosen to focus on key vertical markets, such as aerospace, automotive, energy and general manufacturing. It is supporting a buoyant metrology market with opportunity for growth in 2018 as manufacturers are continuously seeking to improve production and quality control processes. Third Dimension is perfectly aligned to support improved quality control through reduced inspection time, providing great accuracy and repeatability.

Last year the company won its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise - this time for Innovation. This follows its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in 2015.

The company credits the record turnover to its business strategy, which, alongside its hard working staff and loyal customers, has helped turn the ISO 9001 certified company into a multi-million pound business.

Third Dimension’s laser measurement system, GapGun, has proved so valuable to quality inspection at Bombardier they have bought additional GapGuns for use on two London rail services.

Bombardier is using GapGun to assist quality inspection for the production of 66 train carriages - on order for Transport for London’s Elizabeth line service - and is now planning to use the system on 45 carriages for the LoTrain project for London Overground. They are being used to build the transport manufacturer’s new Aventra electric multiple unit passenger trains, which will deliver a significant increase in capacity for London rail passengers.

GapGun provides potential savings of millions of pounds to Bombardier by enabling significantly more efficient quality checking along the length of the production line.


Operation Quality Manager, Colin Mellor described the GapGun as a “culture changer”, which has already saved the company huge amounts of time and money.

He said: “Since we started using the GapGun we have been able to speed up the production process and check each part as we go along, meaning we can head off problems before they arise.

“We have recently sold our first Elizabeth line train and it’s clear from this first sale that the procurement of the GapGuns was indeed a wise investment.”

The new trains are being manufactured and assembled at Bombardier’s plant in Derby, supporting more than 750 manufacturing jobs and 80 apprenticeships.

Two members of the Third Dimension team attended a special reception at Buckingham Palace yesterday (11 July) to celebrate the company’s recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise win in the Innovation category.

Third Dimension’s Head of Engineering, Jeremy Riley and Principal Engineer, Steve Robinson joined Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and other award winners at the special reception.

Jeremy Riley, Third Dimension’s Head of Engineering, said: “It was a great honor to attend the reception at the palace and very exciting to have won the Queen’s Award for a second time. GapGun is a team effort and its success is down to the hard work of our staff and loyalty of our customers and partners around the globe – so a big thanks to everyone for their on-going support.”

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