Apr
14
2015

Augmented Reality: a complete solution for the industrial field

The Control Fair will once again take place at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre, May 5-8.

Join us at FARO’s booth (Hall 3, Booth 3404) where we’ll demonstrate a workstation that contains a FARO Edge measuring arm that has been enriched with Augmented Reality software, Metaio Engineer.

The FARO and Metaio systems are perfectly suited for each other, especially in the context of quality control applications in the industrial field.

Different industries, including the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors, can benefit from Augmented Reality. The technology enriches a user’s view of a real assembly part with superimposed 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models to make all the following possible on a see-through device (e.g., tablet PC, head-mounted display, etc.): quick visual comparisons, assembly checks, identify errors, and detect deviations.

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The new release of Metaio Engineer provides built-in support for FARO measuring arms. All the necessary features are factory-set and ready to use, from calibration to other functions that support your daily tasks.

These are the basic steps to set up an Augmented Reality system based on the FARO Edge measuring arm:

  1. Mount the industry camera with available adapters onto the grip of the measuring arm. 2. Calibrate the camera and spatial relation between the camera and the measuring arm. 3. Determine the position of the arm in relation to the subject being analyzed 4. Visualize a superimposed CAD model onto an existing model, part or product. 5. Compare planned vs. actual state measurements.

Do you want to learn more?

Visit our booth (Hall 3, booth 3404) during the Control Fair and check out our live demonstration.

Reserve your free entrance ticket for the fair here!

Feb
02
2015

Stampinox – The right “measurement arm” for special fasteners

Stampinox S.r.l., a leading company in the hot-forged special fasteners sector, is located in Merone, Italy, halfway between Como and Lecco. It manufactures fasteners with no dimension limits and with diameters as small as M6 (metric system) or ¼” (imperial system), in alloy and stainless steels, titanium, duplex, super duplex and special alloys and materials.

Highly qualified personnel carry out control activities using inspection and testing systems and up-to-date procedures. The use of control instruments capable of preventing the waste of materials and time is also fundamental. “In recent years,” Stefano Marelli explains, “many of our clients have started requesting fasteners with increasingly strict tolerances to be used on parts with shapes and dimensions that are very difficult to measure. With traditional measurement instruments, it was extremely laborious to check measurements and concentricity, planarity and linearity rations on elements that are so small and, at times, also difficult to reach. We also tried out other types of solutions, such as mechanical sensors and probes, but we were never completely satisfied”.
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Stampinox therefore decided to acquire a more technologically advanced instrument, the FARO Edge portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM). Stefano Marelli explained: “We have found the FARO Edge to be the ideal instrument to meet our needs. It is capable of easily checking product quality using 3D inspections and measurements, dimensional analysis and CAD comparisons. It is also much more flexible than other 3D measurement devices: it can be used in the metrology room as well as on-machine right in the workshop. This last feature is particularly useful and convenient, since it enables us to speed up in-process as well as end-of-process controls. That saves us precious time.”

The FARO Edge measurement arm uses next-generation technology to guarantee top-of-the-line performance and reliability. Users will also find the device even simpler to use due to its integrated computer touchscreen. Stefano Marelli continued: “It was quite straightforward to begin using the measurement arm at our company. The FARO technicians who worked alongside us during the initial period of training and support helped us to appreciate how easy it is to use. It is no coincidence that the FARO Edge is used not only by measurement personnel, but also by other non-specialist staff.”

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Today, about one year since it was purchased, the FARO Edge has become an indispensable tool in the Stampinox workshop. Stefano Marelli stated: “When it comes to verifying tolerances in particular, this instrument provides extremely high levels of repeatability and accuracy, fully in line with the objectives we had set for ourselves. However, it is especially the measurement acquisition speed that has left us absolutely satisfied: with the FARO device, the speed of control operations has increased considerably, typically by around 20-30%.” To sum up, as confirmed by Stefano Marelli, this device has turned out to be an important and crucial investment for Stampinox: “The FARO Edge has allowed us to take a significant step forward, as it enables us to sell complex products that we previously had the technical capability of manufacturing, but were not able to measure adequately.”

Want to find out more about FARO? Then check out our FARO UK Website or our FARO GB YouTube Channel!

Jan
30
2015

Cambium makes a name for itself in the renovation market with help from the FARO Laser Tracker

Machined parts have long been reserved for industrial markets. However, they have recently started being used in the construction industry to meet the demands of architects who are continually pushing the boundaries in both their architectural designs and their choice of materials. As a result, building professionals must find different ways of working, breaking their habit of making on-site adjustments, which would be impossible (as machine tools are not portable) or extremely costly for these kinds of parts. Cambium – an industrial company that has diversified into the construction industry – has understood this change perfectly, as Thomas Mermillod, Head of Research and Development at the company, explains: “It is essential for the parts to fit together well, which means it is necessary to have a very precise knowledge of the topography of the site and to position the first pieces with a high degree of accuracy. With the Focus3D laser scanner and FARO Laser Tracker, we are able to meet this challenge.” While new construction is not simple, renovation projects are even more complicated as the geometrical layout of the site is generally notprecisely known.

Cambium was recently faced with this situation when it participated in the renovation of the concert hall in the Maison de la Radio in Paris. Cambium was selected to manufacture and install the wooden panels of the 140 m2 acoustic reflector hanging from the ceiling in the hall. The company made 200 wooden panels, each one unique, with curved shapes and grooves of different shapes and widths. As sound quality is crucial for the reputation of a concert hall, it was imperative to respect every detail of the requirements set out by the acoustics experts (the Japanese firm Nagata Acoustics). “Without the Laser Tracker, we would not have been able to complete this project. We used the tracker to check the panels after manufacture and particularly when positioning the first panel, as this first element is crucial for the arrangement of all the parts of the structure. This long-range tool is very convenient to use: the camera was located on the ground and guided us as we positioned the panels 12 m above ground level. The tool’s range is also ideal for largescale projects, so we were able to work for an entire day without changing its position,” said Thomas Mermillod.

 

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Cambium has been using the FARO Laser Tracker for eight years. The company uses it for the two main tasks for which laser trackers are employed – control and alignment aid. Initially, Cambium also used the tracker for scanning sites and buildings, which was a bit tedious because this required a point-by-point survey. As the Focus v laser scanner automatically creates a point cloud, things have become much easier. The tool proved to be invaluable in the renovation of the concert hall in the Maison de la Radio. It allowed Cambium to create a plan of the architecturally complex hall, which has almost no flat areas (vertical or horizontal) or angles, but many curves. “Another very important aspect of the FARO product range is that it is very easy to use the laser tracker and laser scanner within the same reference framework and using the same software (PolyWorks, in our case),” concludes Thomas Mermillod.

If you’d like to find out more about the FARO Laser Tracker then check out our FARO UK Website along with Laser Tracker User Stories to see what FARO can do for you!

Jan
28
2015

FARO Laser scanner at the service of historic Italian religious monuments!

The Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is therefore a building of superb beauty dating back almost one thousand years, with an absolutely unique feature: it is “the other original”, an almost exact copy of the church at Montecassino which, as is well known, was destroyed by bombing during World War II and subsequently rebuilt. The two buildings differ only in the number of naves: Montecassino has five, while Sessa Aurunca has three. The Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is one of the infinite “pearls” of Italian artistic heritage. Indeed, it stands out for its beauty and historical significance: despite the changes made over the centuries (Baroque and eighteenth-century additions), the cathedral still bears direct witness to the typical religious architecture of the period, combining structural rigour, Christian symbolism and a number of refined Byzantine-style elements (such as the splendid mosaic floor).

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Despite its obvious significance, the Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is not well-known among the general public and is overlooked by “traditional” tourist flows. For this reason, the diocese and the municipality of Sessa Aurunca in the Campania region of Italy decided to launch the “Sessa Aurunca 3D Project”, a communications project designed to promote the Cathedral and provide the associated services and products.

The “Sessa Aurunca 3D Project” has several goals and is broken down into seven specific points that will explore new frontiers within the world of communications: the publication of academic and scientific reports and articles; the organisation of conventions, seminars and events; the production of stereoscopic 3D animations and videos, with the creation of a You- Tube channel and dedicated videos; the creation of a “360-degree Virtual Tour” with a database and “multidata” to “explore” the Cathedral using computers and mobile devices; the creation of thematic apps and a website; and the production of a “docu-film” about the project and the technologies used. Regarding this last aspect, Danilo Prosperi observed: “Part of the success of this initiative can be attributed to the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner, an extremely precise device that we used to scan the Cathedral’s architecture, which provided us with a point cloud or, more precisely, digital data that we were able to use in our various activities.” The data acquisition phase involved 38 scans made inside and outside the church, including the crypt, and took just over half a day. “The quality of the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner enabled us to acquire extremely high-resolution and high-precision images with very low margins of error, which was fundamental for the scanning of extremely beautiful details, such as the mosaic floor, the ambo, the spiral Paschal candelabrum and the crypt on the lower level.”

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The data gathered was then processed in SCENE, the FARO software for the management of scanned data, designed specifically for the Focus3D. This software was used to create and edit videos and images for the 3D Virtual Tours of the Cathedral. “SCENE,” Danilo Prosperi specified, “allows us to easily process the scanned data and quickly generate particularly complex high-resolution equirectangular panoramic images”. Danilo Prosperi stressed: “We believe that the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner is the best technology on the market, not only due to its extreme precision, but also because it is so flexible, fast and easy to use. In fact, it is a compact instrument that is very lightweight and easy to move from one scanning position to another.” He concluded: “The collaboration between FARO and the Master’s in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy at the European University of Rome has only just begun. Given the quality of the results, we plan to use the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner in the future for other projects aimed at promoting highly important monumental sites of great beauty.”

Jan
26
2015

FARO Freestyle3D – Accident Reconstruction Video

When an accident occurs a reliable rapid documentation is essential for forensic purposes.

Police forces and crime scene investigators alike often turn to FARO’s Focus3D Laser Scanner to ensure the capture and recording of the entire scene in 3D. However the capturing of details in narrow or not easily accessible areas where scanning with a tripod can be difficult.

Providing the highest efficiency in its field coupled with the added time saving, due to both the mobility of the scanner and its intuitive acquisition of gathered data the FARO Freestyle3D really is a perfect accompaniment to our FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner.

Not only can police officers and investigators rapidly capture any event scene in great detail, allowing for delay minimization, the FARO Freestyle3D scan data can be easily transferred to a computer for further processing and the merging with other point clouds to deliver an absolute 3D .

To find out more visit our FARO UK website or check out the Video below!

Jan
21
2015

FARO @ AVEVA WORLD UK USER MEETING 2015

Set ot take place on the 24th-25th of February at the Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Uk the AVEVA World UK User Meeting is open to the entire AVEVA UK user community, from end users and discipline leads to division managers. This event will bring together a wealth of knowledge from the UK’s Oil & Gas, Power, Marine and Plant industry sectors alongside product expertise from both AVEVA and our customer base.

The programme will specifically focus on how the use of digital information throughout the asset life cycle, from inception to operation, can assist in overcoming the challenges of Integrated Project Execution for EPCs and Operations Integrity Management for Owner Operators.Thus providing us with a perfect platform to showcase our cutting-edge product range including;FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner FARO Scene Software and WebShare Cloud.

To find out more about the event head over to Aveva or visit the FARO UK Website for more details!

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Jan
19
2015

FARO @ Southern Manufacturing 2015

FARO UK invites you to the Southern Manufacturing Event which is UK’s LARGEST regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition.

The event takes place in Farnborough at FIVE from 10th till 12th February 2015. We will present our our cutting-edge metrology products such the latest FARO Edge ScanArm HD with new LLP to scan challenging materials with high speed and high-definition data clarity! Also the FARO Gage with the barcode scanner and most accurate FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements will be demonstrated!

Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are ,used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, large part inspection or structures in 3D.

To find out more about the Southern Manufacturing Event click here or head over to our FARO UK Website!

 

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Jan
16
2015

FARO Freestyle3D – Forensic Reconstruction Video

The new FARO Scanner Freestyle3D, a handheld scanner for professionals provides a fast and easy to use scanning solution with verifiable accuracy of the 3D colour scan data.

Moreover, the handheld 3D scanner maximises your productivity offering fast data acquisition, real-time visualisation and the largest scan volume on the market. With this the scan time in the field is reduced enormously during the point cloud acquisition as well as with the processing of your scan results.

The 3D scan data can easily be imported into all commonly used software solution to aid crime scene and forensic reconstruction.

The FARO Freestyle3D ensures a high degree of confidence on acquired data required by crime scene and forensic investigation, whilst it effortlessly captures the 3D data of almost any type of surface. The ability to quickly record a detailed point cloud of the scene and visulise the results on the tablet in real time really sets it apart from conventional measuring techniques.

Click here to head to our FARO GB YouTube page and watch the video below!

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Jan
14
2015

FARO FOCUS 3D X330 assists Bury Associates in their latest project

With Laser Scanning continuing to gain popularity, more workflows than ever now rely on the unparalleled precision and speed offered by the latest in scanning technology. We here at FARO continue to bring new instruments to the table, and legislative changes revolutionising the ways in which project data is handled, getting it right in terms of data capture, processing and modelling is more critical than ever. One company who pride themselves on being well ahead of the competition is Worcester-based Bury Associates: Opti-cal caught up with MD Steve to talk all things buildings, BIM and Bury.

In a rapidly changing project landscape, survey businesses like Bury’s occupy an increasingly pastoral role when it comes to guiding clients through the project lifecycle; and they’re not alone – with specifications now littered with demands for BIM, tighter phase collaboration and the need to navigate complex software suites, knowledge in the supply chain is king. They often say that a workman is only as good as his tools, but even with the FARO Focus 3D X330, what truly sets Bury Associates above the competition is the sheer breadth of knowledge, and committed attention to detail that has characterised the business right from its humble beginnings. Commencing back in May this year, their latest project has focused around the documentation and refurbishment of several of the core buildings of the one of the UK’s major academic institutions. With plans to overhaul the structure of the existing buildings, the University commissioned Steve and his colleagues to comprehensively scan, model and deliver a functional Revit BIM from which plans to renovate the central portion of the building could progress.

Having used cutting-edge data modelling techniques since the early 2000s, Bury Associateshave spent the past fourteen years building a reputation as one of the UK’s most experienced topographic and measured building surveyors around. “The project was essentially to carry out scans, and produce a BIM of several buildings and key external areas”, explains Steve; “Scanning started on site in May 2014 and the last of the models was issued to the client in October.”

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“The FARO Focus3D X330 has already been used on several other prestigious projects, providing the point cloud for a large Rights of Light model in central London – again, it proved to be invaluable.”

“The end goal is to completely transform a whole major block of buildings so as to make more use of the space available”, he continues, “at present, the main courtyard surrounded by large U-shaped building isn’t really being used at all, so this projects aims to put the space to better use by installing extra glass blocks and lecture theatres. Much of the scanning has been carried out using our new Faro Focus3DX330,” says Steve; “There weren’t many vantage points from which the buildings’ high roofs could be seen – and those that were visible were a good distance away – so a high powered scanner with sufficient range was necessary to pick up the detail needed to model everything as accurately as possible. We were really pleased with the quality of the point cloud we got from the X330; it was clean with little or no noise, and with full coverage even in areas covered in dark slate tiles.” Even with the significantly reduced site time enjoyed by those opting to use high definition 3D data capture methods, the project still demanded a huge amount of raw data from which to accurately model the buildings in question: “In total we’ve performed well over 1000 scans, with more than 200 of those being taken in the voids above suspended ceilings,” says Steve.

“Although using 3D Laser Scanning for as-built projects such as this one has been documented to cause some problems in terms of attributing good, solid data to the resulting 3D model, I think this is where our wealth of experience comes into its own, because intuitively we’ve already got a fairly good idea of the kinds of features we’re likely to come across in a building of this kind. Obviously, it’s not a complete solution because every building is different, so where we could we were scanning up above suspended ceilings using elevated tripods, and putting the scanner up through ceiling tiles!

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As a company at the cutting edge of their art, Bury have always been eager to embrace the very latest in 3D data capture methods and their project solutions often stretch far beyond the initial remit of full three dimensional documentation. Now offering some of the most comprehensive project solutions around, Bury are no strangers to Laser Scanning; “The X330 has already been used on several of our other prestigious projects,” says Steve, “and once again it proved to be invaluable. The data collected using the X330 has been used to create a 3D Revit Building Information Model, which as well as basic structural information also includes detailed plant and MEP features.

As with many projects of this kind,it’s the work that takes place in the back office that often accounts for the majority of the time – and Bury’s latest endeavor is no exception, with months set aside for meticulous data processing. “The project has been quite a long one, and if we stay on track we’re due to finish around the end of this month,” he says, “Overall it’s progressed really well and we’ve had some excellent feedback from the design team; the challenge has been to ensure sustained collaboration between our team – using Revit to create our BIM – and the architects for the project who have been working in ArchiCAD, in order to maintain the smooth transfer of intelligent 3D information from one software suite to another.”

 

“I think it’s critical with all of the projects coming our way nowadays to get the modelling side of things right because so often we’re modelling everything – MEP and so on –not just the architecture,” Steve continues. Contrary to the swathes of survey companies seeking to harness the momentum of the industry ‘BIM buzz’ by simply outsourcing their modeling work,Bury are one of the few businesses who have taken the time to really perfect their modelling art in-house. With major legislative changes on the horizon for businesses at all levels of the supply chain, Bury Associates are way ahead of the competition; now proudly boasting BIM deliverables amongst their regular survey services. “We have been working with and modelling in Revit since 2007 – in truth way before many of our competitors – so in terms of the skill set we have at our disposal, we’re pretty confident in the quality of modelling services we can deliver from the survey side of things.”

“We always have, and will continue to be as hands-on as we possibly can with our projects”, says Steve: “The argument for outsourcing increasingly critical modeling work is often based on the assumption of cost-saving, but at the end of the day, saving twenty percent on modeling costs pales quickly when you consider the sheer amount of errors that so often occur as a result of businesses trying to cut corners. Maintaining the integrity and accuracy of intelligent data is crucial to the success of any project hoping to experience any kind of real success.”

 

 

 

Jan
12
2015

FARO Freestyle3D Handheld Scanner – Efficiency in your hands

FARO Technologies, Inc., the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging, and realization technology, announces the release of the new FARO Freestyle3D Handheld Laser Scanner, an easy, intuitive device for use in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Law Enforcement, and other industries.

The FARO Freestyle3D is equipped with a Microsoft Surface™ tablet and offers unprecedented real-time visualization by allowing the user to view point cloud data as it is captured. The Freestyle3D scans to a distance of up to three 3 meters and captures up to 88K points per second with accuracy better than 1.5mm. The patent-pending, self-compensating optical system also allows users to start scanning immediately with no warm up time required.FARO Technologies Inc Freestyle3D

“The Freestyle3D is the latest addition to the FARO 3D laser scanning portfolio and represents another step on our journey to democratize 3D scanning. Following the successful adoption of our FARO Focus 3D Scanners for long-range scanning, we’ve developed a scanner that provides customers with the same intuitive feel and ease-of-use in a handheld device.”

 

The portability of Freestyle3D enables users to maneuver and scan in tight and hard-to-reach areas such as car interiors, under tables and behind objects making it ideal for crime scene data collection or architectural preservation and restoration activities. Memory-scan technology enables Freestyle3D users to pause scanning at any time and then resume data collection where they left off without the use of artificial targets.

 

To find out more about the new FARO Freestyle3D Handheld Scanner then head over to our website or check out some of our YouTube videos.

 

 

 



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