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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Third Dimension are very happy to announce that today (28 June 2017), they been formally presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category by Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Gloucestershire.

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The Queen’s Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success.  The Bristol-based company won the award for GapGun, its best-selling handheld, laser-based optical measurement device.

This is the second time the company has won the Queen’s Award, having won the International Trade category in 2015. Third Dimension also won the EEF Future Manufacturing regional award for Innovation this year and the EEF regional award for Outstanding Export category in 2015.

Used to control production quality in automotive, aerospace, turbine and energy industries worldwide, GapGun, has increased Third Dimension’s turnover by 50% in the past five years.