Gwyn Barry | FARO UK Blog - Part 2
Aug
17
2015

FARO® CAM2® Measure 10.5

FARO Technologies, Inc. announces the release of CAM2 Measure 10.5, its latest software for the FaroArm, FARO ScanArm and FARO Laser Tracker.

CAM2 Measure 10.5 leads the market with its capability to connect multiple 3D measurement devices, within the same coordinate system, and simultaneously scan into a single seat of software on one computer. This capability allows users to seamlessly scan large objects with higher speed and more precise accuracy in order to complete 3D scanning jobs faster.

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“The new CAM2 Measure 10.5 provides significant advancements that support our customers’ needs to measure faster and more efficiently with improved ease-of-use,” stated Kathleen J. Hall, Senior Vice President and Managing Director – Americas.

Significant advancements to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) functionality provide users with streamlined analysis and visual reporting. A part inspection can now be displayed just like a print to easily visualize and determine part quality. This enhanced functionality eliminates the need to look at each feature in sequence to make the same determination.

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Workflow efficiencies are maximized with the ability to automate repeat inspections by programing data analysis to automatically occur after the measurements are taken. This new capability reduces required training time, significantly reduces the risk of operator error, and accelerates job completion times.

Additional enhancements include expanded point cloud capacity and the ability to easily scan trim edges. Users are now able to collect over 20 times more data than our previous versions while maintaining accelerated processing speed. New capabilities also allow trim edges on materials such as sheet metal to be easily scanned, essentially eliminating the need to collect hard-probed measurements on part edges.

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“The capability to connect multiple devices for simultaneous 3D scanning, automating repeat inspections, and enhanced GD&T functionality represent major advancements in our metrology software. We are excited to launch this new release, and further enable our customers to use our world-class products to drive productivity gains,” Ms. Hall concluded.

To learn more about the new FARO® CAM2 Measure 10.5 and all of FARO’s metrology offerings, click here!

Aug
12
2015

FARO @ TCT Birmingham

FARO staff will demonstrate the FARO Edge touchscreen computer for basic measurements, the FARO Laser ScanArm HD with the lightest laser line probe for non-contact measurements and the revolutionary high speed FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D for detailed 3D modeling and image documentation. To help illustrate the FARO Edge ScanArm HD LLP remarkable data-capture and transfer capabilities it will be connected to a Laser Lines 3D printer.

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TCT Live is the event for Product Development and Additive Manufacturing in Europe. It is an essential event for everyone involved in the concept, design, specification and manufacturing process to learn about the latest in Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing and other cutting edge product development software and technology.

Aug
11
2015

Aturia S.p.A Group utlize the FARO ScanArm

The Aturia S.p.A. Group, based in Gessate in the province of Milan, is currently one of the leading industrial groups in the pump industry at an international level. The main fields of application are submersible pumps (used in heavy industry and in various segments including shipping, off-shore infrastructure and mining); surface pumps (used, for example, in water supply and heating and air conditioning systems); special pumps (used in reverse osmosis, desalination and cryogenic applications) and, last but not least, pumping units used in firefighting, in particularly high demand at refineries and in the petrochemical industry.

Andrea Guercilena, Group Quality & Test  Manager, explains: “The Aturia Group is able to offer high-tech products thanks to its integrated design, 3D modelling and FEM (finite element  method) analysis systems. The production cycle begins with the design phase. With our long-term experience and vast database, we are capable ofdeveloping and manufacturing pumps for special fluids with power values that reach 1,000 kW, pressure values up to 150 bar and temperatures up to 500°C.”

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The various phases of the industrial process are completed at the Gessate production facility, which facilitates coordination among the various company departments. Guercilena notes: “The large fleet of numerical control machines and the networked management of project specifications allow operators to easily obtain the required precision.”

Product quality is guaranteed by “full control” over all components. Pump shapes, sizes, tolerances and performance are checked in the testing room using traditional as well as latest generation devices and software. In this regard, the Quality & Test Manager talks about how the Aturia Group has recently managed to take a significant step forward: “As our workloads increased in recent years, we realised that we were not able to quickly carry out measurements and inspections with our fixed coordinate measuring machine, resulting in the risk of delaying deliveries and disappointing our clients. At the same time, we were witnessing an increase in requests for larger than average pumps, which are difficult to measure using traditional methods. Therefore, we decided to invest in a portable 3D measuring machine with a laser line probe, which is considerably more suited to our new requirements.”

As a result, in late 2013 the companypurchased the FARO Edge ScanArm, a complete system consisting of the portable Edge FaroArm and the laser line probe, ideal for contact and noncontact measurements. “We had seen the machine in action in other workshops,” Guercilena continues, “and we were really impressed. In addition, by speaking with external colleagues and technicians, we understood that for our needs there could be no better tool in terms of quality and reliability than the FARO Edge ScanArm.”

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The FARO Edge ScanArm is a seven-axis measurement system with an integrated laser scanner, which makes it possible to measure individual points with the sensor and to conduct scans when large volumes of data are required. According to Andrea Guercilena: “The very broad scanning range enabled us to immediately measure parts of any shape and size. The rapid acquisition speed, portability, manageability and ease of use of the FARO instrument also provided a great boost in productivity.”

But that’s not all: thanks to efficient data processing and management and the possibility to immediately generate easy-to-analyse reporting, with the FARO Edge ScanArm scans can be checked in real time. This is a very important feature since, as Guercilena explains, “it allows inspections and checks to be conducted on-site at the premises of clients or certification bodies. This is a very valuable service that guarantees complete security, even for the most demanding users.”

The technical features of the FARO Edge ScanArm provide very accurate, reliable and repeatable measurement data: “Our pumps,” Guercilena continues, “are complex objects with specific, difficult to measure shapes that require accuracy to the hundredth of a millimetre and just as strict concentricity and parallelism tolerances. Thanks to the FARO ScanArm, we have expanded our measurement possibilities and sped up certification and inspection activities. The high-quality scans also allow us to analyse our products in detail and continuously improve them.” Therefore, the introduction of the FARO Edge Scan- Arm triggered a small but significant revolution at Aturia. “Yes, absolutely,” Andrea Guercilena concludes. “The results achieved are attributable to this excellent technology as well as the FARO personnel who, besides providing the training course, fulfilled our needs by passionately and skilfully responding to our specific requests and supporting us during our technological training and development process.”

Aug
06
2015

FARO @ Northern Manufacturing

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics is the largest exhibition dedicated to serving the needs of manufacturing and electronics industries in the North of England. Event City, Manchester, makes the show easily accessible to visitors from the North.

Make the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition 2015 a firm date in your diary to discover and evaluate quality Northern and UK suppliers who can help you redesign and pioneer new products, increase productivity and improve your profit margin. When it comes to sourcing and investigating emerging technologies locally, you won’t find a more comprehensive display of precision engineering products, materials, components and state of the art manufacturing processes.

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The event takes place in Manchester at the Event City from 30th September till 1st October 2015. We will present our cutting-edge metrology products such the FARO Edge with touchscreen computer for basic measurements, FARO Laser ScanArm HD with the lightest laser line probe for non-contact measurements, the FARO Gage with barcode scanner, as well as the brand new FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements.

To find out if there is a FARO event near you then check out our other FARO Events!

Jul
25
2015

Muc-Off utilise FARO Edge ScanArm HD as they gear up for Tour de France

Please see this short feature produced by Muc-Off, to tell the story of how their Hydrodynamic Chain Lube was formulated, both as an answer to one of cycling’s unanswered questions and how a concept develops into a product.

Watch this video to “find out more” about its origins and the reason its existence is a necessity for one of the worlds most advanced cycling teams, Team Sky.

Bradley Wiggins and Carsten Jeppeson of Team Sky talk about the substantial gains and advantages to be made over their competitors following an advancement in technology in this area.

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We were able to assist Muc-Off and their drive for chain lubrication perfection, through the use of our very own FARO ScanArm HD which combines the flexibility and the functionalities of a FARO Edge measuring Arm with the high-definition Laser Line Probe HD creating a powerful contact/non-contact portable measurement system ideal for challenging application requirements.

The FARO ScanArm HD itself can be seen being used in the video at 2.15!

To find out more then visit our FARO Website or even check out or FARO GB Youtube Channel! and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Muc-Off kit too. They’ve currently an insanely busy R&D program so please keep checking to see the exciting products they’re about to launch!

Jul
23
2015

FARO, Autodesk & UCL AEC tech collaboration day

With around 100 participants involved in the FARO, Autodesk & UCL AEC tech collaboration day, the event itself seems to have gone down very well indeed. We would like to thank all those who took part and helped make this event happen with a special shout out to Autodesk and the guys over at UCL for all their support.

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Due to the success of the event we plan to hold an annual event so stay tuned for more details..

However if you wish to find out more about what we do here at FARO then check out our FARO UK Website or alternitavely check out our FARO UK YouTube channel!

Jul
20
2015

Scientists Build High Precision 3D Model of Gomantong Caves

Located in Sabah, East Malaysia, Gomantong Caves is a 65-million-year-old limestone cave system that is famous for its edible-nest swiftlet and bat populations, as well as an ecosystem of critters and creatures that thrive in dark and moist conditions. Despite its harsh environment, Gomantong still sees its fair share of visitors, whether they be bird’s nests collectors or eco-tourists.

In July 2014, a group of seven international academics embarked on an expedition to the far North East of Borneo to study the renowned Gomantong Caves. Funded by the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions, the project’s goal was to obtain highprecision, three-dimensional (3D) laser scans of the complex cave systems, and to integrate the scan data with the digital elevation model of Gomantong Hill’s surface.

Involving specialists of various fields from six countries, the study is driven by an interest to understand the interaction between animals and landform changes, and is a continuation of earlier expeditions to Gomantong Caves and Niah Caves in Sarawak. FARO – the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology – partnered the team.

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Obtaining a 3D Model

Under the guidance of Professor Donald MacFrlane from the Keck Science Department, The Claremont Colleges (California, USA), the interdisciplinary research team included Mr. Warren Roberts from the Honhold Library, The Claremont Colleges, Professor Joyce Lundberg from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa (Canada), Professor Manfred F. Buchroithner and Mr. Benjamin Schröter from the Institute for Cartography, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), Mr. Guy van Rentergem from Deinze (Belgium) and Keith Christensen from Falls Church (Virginia, USA).

Prof. Buchroithner commented, “This expedition is an essential data collection trip for us to build a very detailed 3D model that will enable further scientific research. The 3D ‘cave map’ will then form the basis of various geologic and biologic tasks that each team member will undertake.”

For the cave biologist, it would be important to identify the exact distribution of bats and swiftlets; for the geologist, however, the vertical profiles that indicate cave genesis or the horizontal profiles that give elevation contour lines would be vital information. In that regard, it is absolutely critical for the team to ensure flawless execution in the early stages of data collection.

Gotamon caves

Prior Knowledge & Rich Experience

As several members possessed rich experience in terrestrial laser scanning, particularly in caves, the team had a good idea of what was required, and of what to expect. In particular, given that scanning would be performed in a remote location that was dark, dirty, humid, and distant, the device had to be able to overcome all those difficulties.

Having had prior experience with the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, Prof. Buchroithner was fully aware of its capabilities. He shared, “Clearly, we needed a device that was rugged, lightweight, and capable of capturing accurate data even with low ambient lighting. My prior encounter with the Focus3D gave me full confidence that the new Focus3D X 330 would deliver the results we needed. In fact, it surpassed our expectations in several ways!”

Over 17 days of fieldwork, the team worked tirelessly for at least eight hours a day, taking a total of 270 detailed, over-lapping scans in the cave system. Back in the office, these scans were then processed using the FARO SCENE software, which eventually resulted in the detailed 3D cave model that the team desired.

The research team unanimously felt that the Focus3D X 330 provided highly accurate scans in a consistent manner. Measurement times were also significantly reduced as the device could collect large amounts of data in just a few minutes. In addition, the power efficiency and portability of the Focus3D X 330 – both in weight and form factor – made it even more attractive for the cave-scanning project. Not only was the device easy to bring around, it did not require additional computers or heavy battery units for a day out in the field.

On several occasions, the team members had to perform scans in extreme ‘exposed locations’, where there was no way to deploy the device on a tripod. The Focus3D X 330 was put to the test, as it collected data while being held in oblique or even horizontal positions. In some instances, researchers even risked their lives to perform scans by hanging from vertical rock-faces of cave shafts, just to collect sufficient point cloud data for a complete model. These ‘stunts’ were made possible only because the Focus3D X 330could scan even with significant device inclination, unlike other older devices that required a level base.

Perhaps most noteworthy of all, the latest version of the FARO SCENE enabled the team to process the captured data more efficiently. The software’s ability to support targetless scan registration meant that artificial markers were no longer required for scans to be positioned in post-processing. In actual fact, the FARO SCENE stitched data from separate scans accurately and quickly, even under challenging conditions.

“The automated merging function in the FARO SCENE facilitates the processing of scans tremendously,” said Prof. Buchroithner. “The fact that the software can deal with an irregular environment like the Gomantong Caves is a testament of its strength.”

Indeed, the FARO SCENE software was celebrated for its user-friendliness by this research team. It allowed them to generate reports easily and to utilize CAD data in later stages. Photo-realistic images could also be added as an overlay to provide simulation, providing flexibility in data manipulation.

At the end of the trip, the interdisciplinary research team managed to complete the geometric model they aimed for. Furthermore, the resulting 3D ‘cave map’ is now the most accurate worldwide, and the one with the highest data volume. Prof. Buchroithner concluded, “We appreciate the technical support that we have received from FARO in the past few years. Without it, these demanding projects would not have been possible. I hope to ‘conquer’ more caves in other parts of the world with FARO in future.”

 

Jul
14
2015

FARO @ GEOBIM 2015

FARO is a silver sponsor at the upcoming 2nd GEOBIM Middle East Conference, 16-17 August 2015 to be held at the Hotel Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, UAE.  Join us to discover the FARO´s strong existense in the field of BIM Technologies with its High End 3D Documentation solutions during the GeoBIM 2015.

The Technical Slot of “3D Documentation in the BIM workflow: Efficiency Increase, Cost Saving, Risk Reduction” to be presented by FARO´s Senior Product Manager 3D Documentation Oliver Bürkler, will focus on implementing FARO´s award winning 3D Documentation solutions in documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for developing and sustainability of large Scale Infrastructural Projects and the implementation of FARO 3D BIM processes into them.

With more than 30 years of pursuing its vision:  “To be the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology”, we are developing values and adding them to computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and softwares to deliver the superior solutions.

Those who employ FARO 3D Solutions, are enabled to easily and accurately connect the physical world to the virtual world.

Please click here for Plenary Plan and further information of the event!

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Jul
14
2015

2015 Innovation Awards – Faro Crime Scene Scanner

A clip from Larimer County demonstrating the benefits of our FARO Laser Scanner and how it excels in comparison to previous methods when tasked with documenting a crime scene.

Brian Wangler, a Crime Lab Analyst for the Northern Colorado Sheriff’s Office, received the award for his efforts in introducing the FARO Focus3D X 120 Laser Scanner solution to Larimer County.

By allowing investigators to capture crime scenes in 3D, the FARO Laser Scanner provides an exact record of the entire scene at the touch of a button and permits the site to be returned to normal use a short time later.

With 3D documentation replacing crime scene sketches, the crime scene reconstruction can be visited multiple times to verify witness testimony or evaluate hypotheses. Forensic scientists can accurately analyze line of sight, blood spatter and bullet trajectories to complement other techniques such as offender’s height estimation from video surveillance.

To find out more than click here!

Jul
13
2015

FARO Laser Line Probe HD with optically-superior blue laser technology

FARO Edge ScanArm HD  combines all of the advantages of a hard probing system with the capabilities of the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to provide rapid point cloud collection with high-definition resolution and precise accuracy – all in a compact, easy-to-use, and fully-integrated system.

The FARO Edge ScanArm HD is ideal for product development, inspection and quality control, and offers capabilities such as point-cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modeling of free-form surfaces.

The FARO Laser Line Probe HD brings together the power of a blue laser, state-of-the art camera and optics to maximize:

  1. Scanning speed, delivering highest possible productivity
  2. Accuracy
  3. High-Definition resolution that captures clear, noise-free data with intricate details
  4. Scanning of challenging surfaces including dark and reflective materials

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In designing the Laser Line Probe HD, FARO’s engineers recognized and seamlessly integrated all the key factors that work in harmony to optimize performance.

For a laser line probe product, the key design parameters impacting performance are:

  1. Laser Type – typically blue laser or red laser
  2. Optics – The lenses used on the camera
  3. Frame Rate – the speed at which the camera can capture a scanned area, measured in points per second and driven by the chip set that the camera uses
  4. Laser Line Width – also called beam width or scan stripe width

Laser Type

Today’s scanners employ one of two laser types: blue laser or red laser. The Laser Line Probe HD leverages an optically-superior blue laser technology.

Blue lasers have a shorter wavelength, which delivers improved scanning results with higher resolution thanks to greater ability to discern smaller detail in an object.

Blue laser technology also provides a 50% reduction in speckle noise that is proportional to wavelength and degrades measurement accuracy.

For the user the benefits are immediately evident: the FARO Laser Line Probe HD’s blue laser offers 50% better optical resolution than a red laser scanner. This difference is most noticeable when scanning optically challenging objects with dark, shiny or reflective surfaces. With red laser technology, it is sometimes necessary to use a special spray on the scanned object to make the surface less reflective, or multiple target placements.

The blue laser’s higher resolution dramatically reduces the need to spray parts. This removes an unnecessary step from your measurement process and saves you valuable time and productivity.

Do you want to learn more about the FARO Edge ScanArm HD and its Laser Line Probe HD?

Please download our tech sheet or contact us by phone!

Stay tuned!

 In the next weeks we will post more details about the other Key Design Parameters and Features (Optics, Frame Rate and Laser Line Width) that are seamlessly integrated in the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to deliver simultaneous high-definition resolution and fast scanning!



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