When it comes to safety, care is the top priority. At Indi- Kar in Wilkau-Haßlau near Zwickau, safety is accurately and almost invisibly incorporated. Armoured steel is very easily concealed within the bodies of production cars and provides optimum protection inconspicuously but effectively. At IndiKar Individual Karosseriebau GmbH, a member of the WELP Group, the name says it all. The individual modification of car bodies is particularly in demand; special protection vehicles are just one aspect of this. Other important business areas include small batch production and prototypes, which are used at trade shows for example. When the company was founded in 2003, there were initially 20 members of staff; it now employs 156 people.
With the success and increasing number of employees, the car body manufacturers have also upgraded their technology. The requirements are becoming increasingly varied, and standards of precision and quality are increasing with experience. So for many years, as well as a double-stand measuring machine, a portable FARO coordinate measuring device and the software PolyWorks have been used to check whether everything fits together.
After initially using a FaroArm with a Laser Line Probe V3, a FARO Edge with Laser Line Probe HD (a 3D laser scanner attached to the FARO Edge ScanArm HD) has now been added to Indi- Kar’s portfolio of efficient FARO measuring systems. “When upgrading our measuring equipment, flexibility was key,” recalls Sascha Dorst, Head of Prototype Construction and Measuring Technology.
The daily challenges consist of ever changing measuring tasks on a wide repertoire of parts. A perfect habitat for a FARO Edge ScanArm HD, which enables both precise tactile and remote measurement in just one operation. In addition, the measuring probe for tactile measurement and the Laser Line Probe for remote scanning can be used alternately for digitisation, without needing to remove any other components.
Engineers trial new surveying methods in Kentucky. Parts of the “Big Bat Cave” are precisely recorded with 3D laser scanners. An extremely demanding project: There is hardly any light underground and it is very confined in places.
The Big Bat Cave is a great attraction for cave explorers and nature-lovers. The history of the area comes to life here; rare crayfish, crickets and bats are at home there. For the “Kentucky Karst Conservancy” , conservation of the landscape and nature is a matter of top priority, and in the engineers of QK4, Louisville, they found highly capable supporters.
The experts are testing new methods of acquiring data when surveying – and one of them is recording using 3D laser scanners. The engineers swapped their traditional surveying tools for a FARO Focus3D X 130 laser scanner whilst systematically and digitally recording the “Big Bat Cave” system in three dimensions. An exciting and groundbreaking experiment, which engineer Ben Shinabery explains step by step.
The three dimensional measurement is carried out from various standpoints using precisely defined reference points. The laser scanner takes around 8 minutes for each setting, measuring almost 1 million points per second in a 360-degree radius. This provides the surveyors with point clouds, which are then processed on the computer. FARO SCENE software is ideal in this context for creating three-dimensional models. The surveying team worked through the cave metre by metre, including through some tight spots which were difficult to access.
In this cramped, dark environment the advantages of the FARO Focus3D X 130 laser scanner come into their own: small and light, quick to set up and dismantle, and easily transported in the cave. Non-contact scanning delivers true-to-scale and ultra-precise data. The initial results were impressive. Project manager Ben Shinabery: “Now almost anyone can use the 3D models for scientific analysis: students, scientists and consultants.”
Kentucky is a region well-known for its caves – including the Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest known cave system in the world. However, its little sister in Breckinridge Kentucky also has its charms, as shown by this project. Now it is to contribute to preserving and protecting it. A first impression of the 13.9-mile cave system recorded to date is provided by the fly-through, which carries you off into the widely ramified system of underground corridors.
FARO is a renowned supplier of high-quality portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and 3D imaging devices, FARO technology is used throughout the world for high-precision 3D measurement and scanning. Due to it’s ease of use, accuracy and reliability it has become the measurement of choice across a diverse range of sectors including the Architecture, Construction and Crime scene analysis.
FARO has now extended application of products to new areas. Tracy Hill who worked at the University of Central Lancashire was able to manipulate the FARO Focus 3D x 130 and the FARO Software from here colleagues to allow the creation of a major installation – Sensorium. Given the fact she has never used it before, the ease of use meant that she could experiment and create the effects of visualisation that she was looking for.
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An unprecedented success story began ten years ago when iQvolution AG of Ludwigsburg, Germany, was acquired by FARO Technologies, Inc. This global market leader in the area of portable coordinate measuring machines added 3D laser scanners to its array of products as a result.
“We are confident that this step will push the continuing development of our 3D laser scanning technology towards new products and strengthen the global expansion of our market presence”, said Dr. Bernd Becker, founder of iQvolution and now Chief Technology Strategist at FARO Europe, commenting on the merger – and he was proven right.
A whole range of innovative developments in the areas of 3D laser technology and computer-aided measuring systems bear witness to success. FARO has been ahead of the market for years. How about some examples? In 2006, FARO introduced a laser scanner that allowed three-dimensional measurements to be taken outdoors – and this was a sensation. A short time afterwards, the company again surprised the market when they presented the Photon laser scanner.
The big breakthrough came in 2010 – only five years after taking over the 3D laser scanner line of business and incorporating it into the FARO portfolio: FARO developed the smallest and lightest laser scanner in the world. Furthermore, this high-tech device was as easy to use as a digital camera. The company showcased its consistent ongoing developments with the Focus3D X 130 and the Focus3D X 330, which allow an even greater range while providing excellent and precise measurement results. The 3D documentation business also sustained further growth that year with the Freestyle3D models – top-quality high-precision hand scanners.
The FARO Edge ScanArm HD can now add medical casts to the list of areas it can be applied to!
When Doc Mike North broke his leg, this affected his social and professional life as an active person. In particular, with a normal cast, it is not possible to fly – and he flies a lot! Indeed, if you want to fly, doctors normally have to cut the cast in half, put it on your leg, wrap it with a bandage, so that you can loosen it on the plane and your leg can expand with the pressure. The problem is that you cannot walk on that!
Doc North contacted FATHOM (www.studiofathom.com) to create together a better solution. They had the idea for a more aesthetically pleasing and technological cast and have been able to turn the breaking of a leg into a positive experience! The FARO Edge ScanArm HD played an important role in reaching this result.
At FATHOM, they took a scan of Doc North’s leg and got an STL mesh. NURBS curves became the solid model of Mike’s leg. That model was used to build the cast, which is basically an offset of that solid model. They brought it into SolidWorks where they added the split line that separates the two bodies of the cast… This would help alleviate pressure on his legs when travelling on planes.
In the sole, they added additional components, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a force sensitive resistor and other technological features that allow you to sense what the human is doing.
All things that can also be exploited by Mike’s doctor, who can e.g. track the pressure put on the cast and track the movements.
They called this first prototype the “BoomCast”, because it also has a sound system!
But the development process continues and the project is now an open source.
In the world of wind turbines, size and shape matters. The quicker its turbine rotates, the more energy a turbine can capture from the wind and the greater its
electricity generating capacity. In addition to size, the efficiency of a wind turbine blade is determined by the precision of its airfoil profile, a shape similar to that of an aeroplane wing. Given the potential difficulties related to the critical measurement of the world’s largest blades used on the record breaking V164-8.0 MW turbines, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind selected FARO Laser Trackers as its preferred large-volume, high-precision measuring technology.
Despite the impressive scale (80m – almost as long Vestas generates the Power of Precision with FARO as a football field) of the V164-8.0 MW turbines blades, the advanced FARO instruments are able to quickly and accurately measure aerodynamic profiles and a wide range of other critical blade features. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). The company’s sole focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind parks through reducing the costs and increasing efficiency.
MHI Vestas’ V164-8.0 MW prototype turbine broke the record for power production by a wind turbine in a 24 hour period from the 6th-7th October 2014. The
turbine produced 192,000 kW/h during steady wind conditions. The power produced by the turbine in one day was enough to supply the energy needs of approximately 13,500 households. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s CEO Jens Tommerup said the record demonstrates the full capacity of the V164-8.0 MW. “This power production record further underlines both the quality of the technology as well as the skills of the team involved who have been working hard to ensure the turbine is performing according to our testing schedule.”
We have already provided you with some details concerning 3 of the 4 key factors that work in harmony to optimize the performance of the FARO Laser Line Probe HD: the Blue Laser Technology, its large-diameter custom optics and the frame rate.
Today we conclude this short series of posts, with some specific information on the fourth key factor, namely the laser line width (also called beam width or stripe width):
The laser line width is the end-to-end distance of the laser line produced by the scanner’s laser. The FARO Laser Line Probe HD features a laser line width of 150mm. The wider the laser line width, the wider the area that can be scanned in a single pass.
Additionally, the Laser Line Probe HD features a solid, blue laser beam. This is a big benefit compared to other technologies as for example “flying dot” arrangement, whereby the laser oscillates via moving mirrors, potentially causing errors and impacting productivity by forcing the user to repeat scans over the same areas.
For the user the benefits are immediately evident:
• A wider beam, coupled with larger optics means that more data can be gathered in each scan frame.
• The Laser Line Probe HD’s industry-best frame rate and the laser line width can be multiplied by one another to obtain a number that can be used to compare scanning productivity.
For example, we know that the Laser Line Probe HD’s frame rate is 2.8 times higher than most competing products. If the Laser Line Probe HD’s beam width happens to be 1.7 times that of a competing product, the resulting scan speed differential is 2.8 X 1.76 = 4.8 times better than the competing product.
The Laser Line Probe HD would scan nearly five times the surface area versus a competing product in the same time.
• In addition, the solid stripe results in a more even distribution of the data point samples scanned, and therefore, greater resolution and quality.
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FARO is pleased to announce that our new product the FARO Freestyle has been nominated for Hardware product of the year at the Construction Computing Awards 2015.
Voting is now underway with the winners announced on November 19th at the Hotel Russell, London. If you would like to vote, register on the website and go to the Hardware Product 2015 category.
Voting closes on the 6th November.
The company from Lübeck has provided a highly competent all-round service for the die casting industry and mechanical engineering for over 25 years. With the slogan “everything under one roof”, the globally oriented company offers the latest technology and comprehensive services. From the manufacturing of large components, to the repair, modification and modernisation of die casting machinery, right through to analytical measurement and variance analysis at the customer’s premises.
Druckguss Service GmbH relies on the FARO measuring system for the quality assurance of its products and services. With the FaroArm and Maximum accuracy for large dimensions Optimum measuring results thanks to the FARO Laser Tracker the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage, the company is
equipped to meet all the requirements of its customers. “As our company specialises in large, heavy components, large measuring volumes are important to us,” explains André Dylong, Business Development Manager at DSD. For the SHW moving column milling machine UniForce 8, for example, a measuring system is needed which can also record the possible machining operations – after all, the working range of the machine is 12,000 mm in the x-axis and 6,500 mm in the y-axis, with a tolerance of up to 0.01 mm.
Also when it comes to manufacturing replacement parts or master patterns by means of reverse engineering too, the Lübeck company is a reliable partner for its customers. In order to ensure the quality satisfies high standards, DSD relies on the FARO measuring system. “If our customer wants to record the entire actual geometry of a large component or even a whole machine, we can now reliably do that,” says André Dylong. “We offer our measuring services in a wide variety of industries and often face a variety of different tasks and requirements. So we need flexible, accurate, easy-to-use measuring systems like the FARO Laser Tracker”.
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In December 1836, the London terminus of the world’s first passenger railway, the London & Greenwich Railway, opened. Almost 180 years later and known as London Bridge Station, the UK’s fourth busiest railway station still reflects some of its early 19th century origins, being an elevated structure built on brick arches, but the complex has since been expanded and reconfigured piecemeal many times.
In addition FARO Laser scanner Focus3D aids Costain in improving its capture and sharing of field data to being a terminus, the station now also caters for through services, including cross-London Thameslink connections, but by the early 2000s the station had become a bottleneck hampering rapid movement of both passengers – some 56 million use the station each year – and trains. To remove the bottleneck and to expand passenger capacity by 40 per cent, Network Rail set about transforming London Bridge station.
Six low-level platforms for terminating services were to be raised to the height of the platforms of through services; the total of through platforms would be increased from six to nine; and a new single concourse at the foot of London’s iconic Shard was to be constructed – and all while continuing to operate passenger rail services through the station and allowing interchange with London Underground, local bus and taxi services, and onward journeys on foot or by bicycle.
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