Faniel Tesfay | FARO UK Blog - Part 3
Oct
20
2015

Decided with precision

Red carpet at INTERGEO: the new Freestyle meets with huge interest in Stuttgart.

FARO used this year’s INTERGEO to allow people to get a sense of its products up close. Visitors to the trade fair could pick up the FARO Scanner Freestyle3D and experience the ease of use and the quality of the point cloud for themselves. As part of a competition, they were first asked to size up the model of a fish by eye. The participants then measured the fish precisely and by themselves using the Freestyle3D. Visitors to the stand evidently enjoyed the promotion, which also showed how efficient the scanning and registering of point clouds can be without special setup work. In addition, it was demonstrated that the device can be used by almost everyone immediately. Here too, precision was crucial. At the end, the prize on offer for the promotion was a weekend in Hamburg.
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Clear value was also important to visitors to the stand. Despite the concentrated content, FARO products are astonishingly manageable and portable. They also perform well in difficult circumstances and offer reliable protection against dust and water drops. Particular attention was paid to the fact that the point clouds of the FARO Focus3D can be easily combined with those of the Freestyle3D.

These qualities were praised, as was the simple processing of the point clouds and the opportunities for 3D modelling, which have arisen through the merger with the company formerly known as kubit GmbH (now: 3D Software GmbH). The new version 16.5 of the PointSense program was also met with considerable interest. They now contain additional tools and functionality for the efficient evaluation of 3D laser scanning data within Autodesk’s AutoCAD® and Revit®, thus speeding up the documentation of survey data considerably. Among the new PointSense functions for AutoCAD® are, for instance, the simultaneous fit of multiple polygons cross-sections or contours with point cloud layers, the single-click plane extraction and auto-boundary detection. Revit® users also benefit from a new, intuitive surface analysis tool that enables the deformation of any surface – such as walls, floors and ground – to be visualised in comparison to the point cloud. In addition, users of the Agisoft PhotoScan software can now import their calibrated photos into PointSense Heritage to use them as an additional reference source for modelling and image plan creation.

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Oct
19
2015

FARO @ Advanced Engineering Show

FARO UK will be exhibiting the company’s range of innovative products at the Advanced Engineering Show, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, on 4th and 5th  November, 2015.

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The annual Advanced Engineering Show is the UK’s is the must-attend event where the supply chain meet with visiting engineering & procurement decision makers.
FARO UK staff we will proving how quality improvements and time savings can be achieved by the use of FARO portable 3D measurement equipment.

FARO will be presenting a wide range of cutting-edge metrology products such as the  FARO Edge with touchscreen computer for basic measurements and the FARO Laser ScanArm HD LLP featuring the lightest laser line probe for non-contact measurements. Also being demonstrated will be the FARO Gage with barcode scanner, as well as the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements.

Date: 4 – 5th November 2015
Location: NEC, Birmingham

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Oct
14
2015

Increased safety for pieces of art

Now it’s official: paintings and pieces of art that have been scanned with the FARO Focus3D suffer no damage through heat. This has been confirmed by a report by Seibersdorf Labor GmbH.

The recordings of pieces of art or interiors of museums is quick and reliable with laser scanners – and can even be done during visiting hours thanks to the safety of scanners for eyes. Nevertheless, the question of whether pieces of art suffer damage as a result of scanning arises time and again. Reason enough for FARO to have this danger investigated in a report.

Oil paintings are seen as particularly sensitive. Paint and oil have low thermal conductivity and heat capacity values. The high-energy laser could cause an increase in the temperature on the surface and damage the substance of the painting considerably. The report does away with these fears.

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For a worst case scenario, a FARO Focus3D X was set up at a distance of one metre from an oil painting – without any protective glass between the piece and the scanner. If a scan is conducted in which the scanner moves horizontally – as is customary in practice – there is a temperature increase on the surface of the oil painting of less than 1.3 degrees Celsius. Even if the head of the scanner doesn’t move and the painting is thus scanned with the laser beams for several minutes, the maximum temperature increase is under 2 degrees Celsius.

To test restorative techniques for example, it is normal to place items with oil paints in an oven for several days at over 60 degrees Celsius and so accelerate an aging process. Against this backdrop, it quickly becomes clear that a short-term temperature increase of less than 2 degrees Celsius due to the FARO Focus3D will cause no damage. This has now been confirmed in the report by Seibersdorf Labor GmbH. It also permits the conclusion that photochemical effects are very unlikely at a wavelength of 1,550 nm – good news for the use of the FARO family of laser scanners in the area of cultural assets.

Oct
12
2015

FARO @ The Future of BIM: Looking beyond 2016

FARO UK will be attending the The Future of BIM: Looking beyond 2016 conference. This conference will provide an industry update of the BIM Level 2 adoption in the UK construction industry.
Guests should gain knowledge of where the industry is at the present moment and providing strategies to improve efficiency and minimising waste within the construction industry. Some of the products related to this include the FARO Laser Scanner which have contributed to the handling of project data and data capture.

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The event will take place on Thursday 3rd December 2015 in Euston, London.
Tickets for the event are £325.

Speaker will include:
Martin Simpson – Associate Director at Arup (Chair)
Dr Arto Kiviniemi – Professor of Digital Architectural Design, University of Liverpool
Elahe Gholami – Researcher, Building Research Establishment
Click here for more details

 

Oct
09
2015

Integrating Digital Technologies into Construction Workflows

We invite you to join us on a FARO Event, supported by the BAM construction and hosted by Bespoke careers.This is also in association with Digital Construction Week.

This will take place on the 19th of October at the Bespoke London office in St Johns Square.
Visitors will be able to hear from our two speakers Mark Taylor from BAM and Chris Palmer fom FARO. Mark is responsible for implementation of Information Management processes and digital construction tools nationally for BAM Construct UK. Chris Palmer is a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor who specialises in 3D Data capture and BIM. Over the last 10 years, Chris has worked within the construction industry as a surveyor, architectural designer and project manager, working as a lead consultant on a diverse range of project types and values

 

 

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Location: 58 St Johns Square
Time: 18:30 – 20:30

On the agenda for the speakers include;
Integrating Digital Technologies into Construction Workflows – An overview of how BAM Construction integrate digital information and technologies into traditional design and construction workflows

Laser Scanning for Construction Verification- A look at projects involving the FARO Laser Scanner and how throughout the construction process it could improve the reliability and accuracy of measurements

Automated Modelling and Feature Extraction from Point Clouds – Also a topic of conversation is a live deomonstration of the FARO 3D Software tools and how it could automatically generate 3D geometry from laser scan data.

To Register click here

 

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Oct
08
2015

FARO Laser Line Probe HD: fastest possible frame rate for faster scanning with superior resolution

In two previous posts, we have highlighted four key factors that work in harmony to optimize the performance of the Laser Line Probe HD, namely the attached 3D laser scanner of the FARO Edge ScanArm HD: the laser type, the optics, the frame rate and the laser line width.

We already spoke about the Blue Laser Technology and the large-diameter, custom optics.

Considering that the speed at which a camera of a Laser Line Probe captures a scanned area is measured in frames per second, we would like to emphasize that the Laser Line Probe HD’s camera uses the most advanced chipset available to deliver the fastest possible frame rate of 280 frames per second (fps). Frame rate refers to the number of times per second that the camera gathers new data on the part being scanned.

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For the user the benefits are immediately evident: Higher frame rate produces faster scanning with superior resolution, delivering greater productivity. A frame rate of 280 fps delivers 2.8 times the scanning speed of a frame rate set at 100 fps. A higher frame rate also delivers superior scan resolution, because sampling a part with more points provides better reconstruction of the original part from the scanned image. Scanners with low (100 fps) frame rates are prone to producing gaps or blurs in measurement data if they were to move at the same travel speed as the Laser Line Probe HD across a part.

Intricate components can be captured in fine detail as a result of the 2,000 actual points per scanline and the new blue laser featuring noise reduction technology. Combined with the fast frame rate, the Laser Line Probe HD provides 560.000 points/second.

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 00800 3276 7253!

Stay tuned!

During the next weeks, we will post more details about the Key Design Parameters and Features that are seamlessly integrated in the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to deliver simultaneous high-definition resolution and fast scanning!

Oct
01
2015

FARO helps GTR into Pole Position for Speed & Accuracy

The company GTR has built a business that is now firmly established as a leading composite part supplier to the demanding motorsport market.
With regards to ease of use and impressive accuracy, GTR preferred the quality of the point clouds created by the Edge ScanArm HD when scanning.

So the FARO Edge ScanArm has helped GTR to perform a range of non-contact 3D inspection routines and to accurately capture complex and free-form surface data as a detailed 3D point cloud.

When asked about ways to improve racing cars’ performance, Colin Chapman, the founder of the iconic Lotus brand replied. “Simplify, then add lightness”. If he was alive today the innovative designer would be fascinated to see the practical application of his tongue in cheek advice, with the widespread adoption of composites throughout the world of motorsport.
The extraordinary strength to weight ratio of composite materials has enabled F1 and other series to design cars that use semi-monocoque chassis, wings, spoilers, and other parts, made from composites materials that are significantly lighter and stronger. This results in cars that are both faster and safer.
Motorsport’s transition to the use of composites as a preferred material has been aided by a small number of highly specialised companies that have the required levels of composite design and production expertise.

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One such concern is GTR, the company’s founders, John Biddlecombe and Simon Kingdon-Butcher, have built a business that is now firmly established as a leading composite part supplier to the demanding motorsport market. In addition GTR now supplies the aerospace, defence, marine and automotive markets.
As many composite parts are manufactured to demanding dimensional tolerances to ensure engineering reliability and best possible aerodynamic characteristics, they present a range of problems to the metrology industry. Not only must measuring equipment exhibit the required levels of accuracy and repeatability, the dynamic nature and the continuous evolution of designs within the F1 and the aerospace market demands speed of inspection and instant data capture
Troy Hull, GTR Quality Manager explained. “Our knowledge of the use of composite within motorsport is second to none. We manufacture everything from chassis, suspension, wing assemblies and bodywork to the smallest of fairings. Now, the vast experience we have gained in this most demanding of areas has enabled GTR to gain contracts for the manufacture of composite components, mouldings and assemblies for other challenging sectors such as the defence, aerospace, automotive and gas and oil industries.
“In addition to the quality of our work, a major factor in GTR’s success is our ability to react quickly to our customers’ needs. Having invested in the best available design systems including Catia V5 and Siemens NX CAD, we are able to rapidly take all projects from concept to fully designed products tooling and on to manufacture. Our first-class production facilities, such as our 3.0M diameter autoclave, one of the five we have on site, and state-of-the-art clean rooms also add to the speed of our service.
“In accordance with our policy of providing our customers with premium quality components as quickly as possible, we recently searched for a measuring technology that would both enhance our accuracy capability and further increase our inspection throughput speed.
“Having looked at several other alternatives, we purchased an Edge ScanArm HD from FARO.  In addition to its ease of use and impressive accuracy, we preferred the quality of the point clouds created by the Edge ScanArm HD when scanning. Compared to other systems, the FARO product also performed much better when scanning across a range of materials with different colours and reflective properties.
“Following a short training course, four of our operators were able to quickly understand the Edge ScanArm’s basic operation. Then, as it is so easy to use, they gained further knowledge in everyday use. All are now extremely proficient in the Edge ScanArm’s use.
“We use the FARO Edge ScanArm HD to perform a range of non-contact 3D inspection routines and to accurately capture complex and free-form surface data as a detailed 3D point cloud. We scan a wide variety of components, including items such as 5 meter aerospace wings and F1 gearbox components, down to the smallest of parts. Through the use of our ScanArm we are able to undertake first article inspection and to precisely digitise previously difficult to inspect features such as flush and gap. In addition to being quick and accurate, as FARO laser scanning is so easy to perform, we are able to verifying the most awkward of features and to include their dimensions in 3D documentation and comprehensive, easy to understand inspection reports.
“We also use the FARO Edge ScanArm HD to check components’ complex geometries against design or CAD comparison to ensure that their surface forms remain within tolerance. Additionally, on the rare occasion that no CAD files or drawings exist, we sometimes need to reverse engineer parts. The ScanArm allows us to perform a rapid scanning routine and to digitise a part and create a fully surfaced accurate CAD model for future use.
“Our Edge ScanArm HD has lived-up to each of the promises made by FARO. It has further enhanced our inspection precision levels, speeded-up our measuring routines and vastly improved our component data capture capability.”
The FARO Edge ScanArm HD 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 that is ideal for challenging application requirements. It delivers rapid point cloud collection with extreme resolution and high accuracy without the need for any special coatings or target placement – all in a compact and easy-to-use system.
The systems extra wide scan stripe and fast frame rate boosts productivity by increasing coverage and reducing scanning time. Intricate components can be captured in fine detail as a result of the 2,000 actual points per scanline and the new blue laser featuring noise reduction technology. Users are able to dramatically reduce required training time with the new crosshair feature and existing LED Rangefinder functionality, which provides real-time scanning feedback.
The Edge ScanArm HD is a most affordable, high performance contact/non-contact measurement system and is ideal for a wide range of situations, including product development, inspection, and quality control and offers capabilities such as point cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modelling of free-from surfaces.

To read the full post click here

 

Sep
28
2015

Vestas generates the Power of Precision with FARO

In the world of wind turbines, size and shape matters. The longer its turbine blades, 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 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.

 

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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 6-7 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.

 

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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.”
Encouraged by the outstanding efficiency of the world’s most powerful wind turbines, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has invested in upgrading the production hall at the Vestas Blades Technology Centre, to enable serial production of the V164-8.0 MW. The impressive Isle of Wight, UK facility was specifically designed to develop large blades for the latest wind turbines. The site has two halls, each 170m long and 50m wide, one for testing and verification, the other for blade production.

 

Sep
23
2015

FARO Laser Line Probe HD with superior, large-diameter, custom optics

In a previous post  we explained how the Laser Line Probe HD, the attached 3D laser scanner of the FARO Edge ScanArm HD, brings together the power of a blue laser, state-of-the art camera and optics to provide best-in-class scanning capability, responding to customer needs in terms of Fast Scanning speed, High definition resolution, Ability to scan challenging surfaces and High accuracy.

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We have highlighted four key factors that work in harmony to optimize the performance of the LLP HD (Laser Type, Optics, Frame Rate and Laser Line Width), clarifying the advantages of the optically-superior blue laser technology leveraged by the FARO Laser Line Probe HD.

Concerning the optics, namely the lenses used on the camera, it must be highlighted that the Laser Line Probe HD boasts superior, large-diameter, custom optics. A larger lens is able to:

  • Collect more data,
  • Deliver better accuracy by collecting more light – sharper and brighter images,
  • Offer a bigger sweet spot in terms of data collection, overcoming the blur or optical aberrations that smaller optics may create at the edges of a scanned area,
  • Support a wider laser line width that scans a larger area, providing faster, more productive scanning.

To learn more about the FARO Edge ScanArm HD and HD Laser Line Probe, download the datasheet or call our experts at number free call: 00800-3276-7253.



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