The Reference Machine in the Compact Class


For reliable and uncompromising quality assurance

The latest generation is even more precise and offers a large package of optical sensors on top of a larger measuring range. 



Outstanding scanning technology, ZEISS CALYPSO reference software and a highly tuned overall concept enable ZEISS CONTURA to cement its place as the standard in its class.

Convenient control

The system is controlled via a userfriendly control panel and does not need a computer. The progressive joystick enables easier and more precise control of all axis movements. The speed can be regulated in CNC mode.

Computer-Aided Accuracy (CAA)

The bridge is subjected to dynamic forces that can affect accuracy, particularly while scanning. ZEISS CONTURA calculates the compensation for such inertia effects. This ensures that the required precision remains intact even at high measuring speeds.

ZEISS CONTURA comes with a fixed passive sensor, the flexible RDS articulating probe holder or with an active scanning probe
ZEISS CONTURA comes with a fixed passive sensor, the flexible RDS articulating probe holder or with an active scanning probe

Robust and precise

Depending on the configuration, ceramic or CARAT guideways are used on ZEISS CONTURA for high rigidity, low thermal expansion and minimal moving weights. Air bearings in all three axes ensure consistent stability even at high travel speeds and acceleration.

The floating glass ceramic scales on ZEISS CONTURA are practically expansion free and therefore do not require any additional temperature sensors or mathematical compensation. They are suitable for the shop floor and are protected against contamination and other influences.

Sensor variations

ZEISS CONTURA comes with a fixed passive sensor, the flexible ZEISS RDS articulating probe holder or with an active scanning probe. All sensor variations enable scanning. ZEISS navigator technology comes standard with the active version – for smooth measurements without a stop & go.


The direct sensor model is ideal for the measurement of small parts with perpendicular geometries without inclined features. Equipped with the ZEISS VAST XXT scanning sensor, ZEISS CONTURA direct provides a particularly affordable means of entering the world of scanning technology from ZEISS for production and progress inspection of single processing stages.


ZEISS CONTURA active comes standard with navigator technology for fast scanning in one smooth run. It can be operated with the VAST XTR gold or VAST XT gold active scanning probes from ZEISS for the measurements of deep and offset features with high throughput rates.


  • HTG (High Temperature Gradient) for a larger temperature range (18-26°C) with the same measuring uncertainty. Features temperature sensors for the workpiece.
  • Integrated sensor rack for maximum reproducibility without recalibration
  • QuickChange fast sensor change-out for active probes
  • ZEISS AirSaver for up to 60% less consumption of compressed air

Technical Data for ZEISS CONTURA

Measuring accuracy with ZEISS probe system




Measuring range X/Y/Z

length measurement error E0 in μm

length measurement error E0 in μm

7/7/6 - 7/10/6

1.5 + L/350

1.7 + L/350

9/12/8 - 9/16/8

1.6 + L/350

1.8 + L/350

10/12/6 - 10/16/6

1.7 + L/350

1.8 + L/350

12/18/10 - 12/24/10

2.1 + L/350

2.2 + L/350