Exclusive FARO UK Launch Event For Brand New Laser Technology

On the 8th – 9th November 2016, FARO will be hosting an exclusive two-day laser technology event at our FARO UK Office in Rugby.

During this event we will present the FARO VectorRI Imaging Laser Radar, an ultra-high speed, large-volume, non-contact 3D measurement solution with high-resolution 3D imaging and projection guidance for manual and automated manufacturing processes.

Visitors will also be given the opportunity to see a live-demo of the new FARO TracerM Laser Projector for laser-guided assembly and production.

In addition, our complete product range will be on display which includes the FARO Cobalt Array Imager, FARO Laser TrackerFARO Arm and the latest 3D laser scanners.

We will also offer a guided tour of our UK Service/Calibration Centre.
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Super 6DoF – The Large-Scale Measurement Solution that Can See Around Corners

FARO’s Super 6DoF package combines all the capabilities of 3D Measurement Arm and Laser Tracker technology to create an integrated 3D measurement system that is the industry’s only 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF)* solution that completely eliminates line-of-sight challenges and significantly expands measurement range while maintaining superior accuracy.


Benefits to Existing Users:

If you already use a Laser Tracker, adding the FaroArm will eliminate line-of-sight restrictions and will provide fast, high-resolution 3D scanning to easily measure difficult to reach features and surfaces.

If you already use a FaroArm, adding the Laser Tracker will expand the Arm’s working volume so it can be quickly positioned with greater accuracy.

The Super 6DoF package provides greater capability and value with a turnkey bundle that includes two separate portable coordinate measurement machines (PCMM) and leading 6DoF capabilities.

*6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF): A specific parameter count for the number of degrees of freedom an object has in three-dimensional space.


FARO expands Factory Metrology offerings with Acquisition of BuildIT Software & Solutions Ltd.

BuildIT Software & Solutions Ltd. is a leader in process-configurable 3D metrology software solutions with hardware agnostic interfaces.

By adding BuildIT Software to its metrology portfolio, FARO customers now have even greater software options for use in a variety of 3D metrology manufacturing applications to reduce inspection and assembly times and increase productivity.

BuildIT Software delivers an ideal solution for large-volume metrology and configurable in-process metrology. Rooted in the Aerospace industry, the software has optimized workflows for jig and tool building, real-time assembly, and alignment work.

BuildIT’s highly-configurable and flexible workflow automation capabilities are perfect for your specific automation needs. From building a repeatable process for use with a portable metrology device, to creating a process for an in-line metrology solution, BuildIT’s automation suite is there for you. Process creation can be as simple as recording your measurement process as you perform it, or extremely complex and powerful, using our advanced process editor. It is designed to be configurable to your workflow, whether that is a small shop floor or a huge in-line factory.


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Tried and tested: Possibilities and limits of different 3D scanning technologies

A frequently asked question regarding the areas of stocktaking, construction progress monitoring and quality assurance is; which 3D scanning technology is the most suitable for the task in question?

Due to the continually increasing number of options, this question is not so easy to answer. Data sheets contain a wealth of technical details, but even specialists find it difficult to identify what this all means in relation to everyday use. New users who are just starting out with 3D scanning technologies are confronted with a huge and often confusing range of offers.

From this problem sprang the idea to review theoretical expectations and technical specifications through a practical exercise. Within the scope of an extensive campaign, a wide variety of devices and scanning/recording methods were used from FARO as well as other providers, in order to produce a three-dimensional scan of the idyllic municipality of Dischingen, which borders  the Swabian Jura. The entire town centre was scanned in detail, as well as the beautiful baroque church St. Johannes Baptist, from the nave to all the way up to the belfry.

Experts from FARO wanted to scan it precisely. They chose to use the FARO Focus3D and the FARO Freestyle3D laser scanners, as well as the latest generation of the FARO ScanArm and a FARO Laser Tracker. Furthermore, a wide range of hand-held scanners, a professional drone with camera and various different photo cameras were used. With the help of modern photogrammetry methods, 3D data was extracted from the pictures.

A direct comparison of the various data sets from identical objects could then be used to identify the differences between the methods that were used. The comprehensive results enable every user to assess the possibilities and limits of the available technologies based on practical examples from everyday use, which in turn helps them to make the optimum choice for their project.

Have we aroused your interest? Are you interested in the results of the project? Then come and visit the FARO 3D Conference 2016. Meet our FARO experts personally and find out the details of the results during one of our relaxed workshops.
Further topics will include, among others, the structured utilisation of SCENE software and the resulting, efficient processing of large quantities of data, the use of intra-operative imaging technologies in medical technology, and some exciting insights into user cases with 3D technology in forensics and public security.

Precise details of the programme and the speakers can be found here: http://www.faro-europe.com/3dconference2016/



A glimpse into the future of digitalisation FARO 3D Conference 2016 at the Kraftwerk Rottweil

Rugby, United Kingdom, 9 June, 2016 – FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FARO), 3D technologies open up chances for industrial production, which have by no means been exploited to the full so far. Be it the mapping of existing facilities and buildings, measures for quality assurance or intelligent production planning and control – 3D technologies help to increase productivity and efficiency in all of these areas.

Experts and interested parties from all over Europe will be discussing future potential and practical experiences at the next FARO 3D Conference, which will take place on 3rd and 4th November 2016 at the Kraftwerk Rottweil. This networking event offers exclusive insight into the latest developments of the world’s leading provider of measurement and imaging technology. With talks, workshops and presentations, FARO wants to introduce the entire bandwidth of application possibilities of its hard and software products.


The conference participants can discover for themselves with the help of numerous hands-on training activities, just how simply and precisely 3D objects can be scanned and how quickly the data can be processed. Experienced users of the 3D technologies will highlight some best-practice examples and provide valuable tips and tricks for getting the most from the FARO product portfolio.

FARO specialists Dr. Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Chief Technology Strategist and Oliver Bürkler, Director Product Management, will take a look at the factory of the future in their visionary plenary lecture. “We provide the participants with an exciting overview of the latest product ideas from the FARO lab”, says Dr. Bernd Dietmar Becker, “and offer them a platform for discussing visionary ideas and strategies with experts and opinion leaders from the 3D arena.”

A ‘Call for Papers’ has been issued by the company so that interested parties can help to shape the 3D conference. The conference will be held in English.

More information can be found here.




Westerhof BV

In recent years, modern machine factories have made a strong shift in professionalizing their measuring solutions. In particular engineering factories made for specialized industries such as automotive, Oil and Gas. The main reason is that these sectors constantly require new machinery to be integrated in existing production lines. Accuracy is always a key element in this engineering process, therefore, machine factories are making a shift from manual measurements to new solutions such as 3D laser measurement.



Westerhof BV is a versatile and modern machine factory that has been going strong in the Nether-lands for over 50 years. One of Westerhof ’s main tasks is the conceptualisation, creation and imple-mentation of new machinery in existing production lines. A high level of accuracy in the preliminary measurements is vital for the basis of a precise 3D model of the machine. In the past this was the main problem as all Westerhof ’s measurements for their 3D models were done manually.

“If that happens, we have to reengineer the entire machine, causing a large financial cost for both us and the client. Because if this, we looked for a solution that gave us perfect accuracy, to avoid these mistakes,” Thijs Lenferink, commercial technical advisor at Westerhof BV explains.

The engineers at Westerhof found this solution in the FARO Focus 3D X130 laser scanner and the FARO Gage, which were able to provide the accuracy that was required for their clients. “We did some market research and eventually chose the FARO Focus 3D X130 and the FARO® Gage for the creation of 3D models and gauging of existing machinery, due to their accuracy, high quality and user-friendliness,” Lenferink explains.

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Argon Measuring Solutions NV

As part of its services to clients especially those in the gas and electricity sector, ARGON offers measuring solutions to determine when maintenance of its devices is necessary. Careful decisions regarding maintenance have to be as cost effective as possible.

Before going over to the FARO Edge ScanArm and FARO Laser Tracker, ARGON saw that the previous hardware that was offered didn´t meet ARGON´s requirements according to Stijn De Leener, Finance, HR and Administration at ARGON: “The previous devices were too difficult to handle for our engineers and especially for the clients. In addition, the point cloud was too small  for our line of work and the accuracy needed improvement since the more accurate you can be, the better informed your decisions can be. Because of this we made the switch to the FARO Edge ScanArm and this in combination with the FARO Laser Line Probe has brought spectacular results.”




As part of its pipeline integrity management, a main independent operator of both the natural gas transmission and storage infrastructure in Belgium monitors corrosion on its gas transport pipelines with the help of ARGON and the FARO ScanArm. 3D scanning increases the accuracy of the corrosion measurements, leading to better informed decisions and lower repair costs. Quantification of this corrosion is not easy since pipes are curved and corroded spots have complex shapes. Traditional measurement methods like calipers are often unusable and very conservative, giving less accurate values of the corrosion state. Using the FARO ScanArm, ARGON is able to make a 3D copy of a corroded area.

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FARO ‘Inserts’ Quality for MSA Foams

Part of the Peli UK Group since 2012, MSA Foams Ltd offers a wide range of transit cases and produces bespoke foam inserts and packaging for the protection and presentation of items being transported. To help satisfy the growing demand for the company’s high quality products, Dorset based MSA Foams have in- vested heavily in relocating to new premises, employing further skilled staff and purchasing the latest foam design and cutting technologies. MSA tailors its services to correspond with each individual customer’s specific requirements. Foam inserts can be custom designed and produced to accommodate the
majority of customers’ products and to match almost any type of case or container.
In order to be as responsive as possible to customers’ needs and to provide the most accurate, custom cut foam inserts, MSA recently invested in a FARO Edge ScanArm HD and Geomagic software. The use of the advanced portable device that features rapid action and quick set up times, enables customers’ products to be scanned quickly and accurate profiles and dimensional data to be captured. Once a product’s scanning routine has been completed, if required the acquired data allows the viewing of virtual representa- tions of foam inserts and cases to be shown to customers.
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FARO Factory Array Imager

The next generation of automated probes offer advanced in-process inspection for integration and infrastructure at minimal costs.

The FARO Factory Array Imager is a scanner with extremely high accuracy for contactless measurements which, with its blue-light technology measurement, within seconds computes several million 3D coordinates on component surfaces – regardless of colour, texture, reflectance or ambient light.

Structured light and stereo recordings open up new possibilities in 3D measurement & inspection and reverse engineering. The new optical 3D measurement system by FARO, the FARO Factory Array Imager, combines the two processes and complements them with high-performance 3D processing.

The combination of flexibility, portability, speed and accuracy makes the compact and light FARO Factory Array Imager an ideal but cost-effective solution for 3D data capture or reverse engineering of components or modules in many different industries, such as automotive, aviation and space flight, and mechanical and plant engineering.

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Pompeii new secrets revealed

A new special of the BBC One show Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard has helped uncover some myteries in Pompeii. This is one of the most iconic archaeological sites and with the use of the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D unearthed the human stories behind the casts hidden underground.  The presenter of the show Mary Beard is a passionate TV historian who wanted to find out the truth the bodies underneath the ashes. This ancient city was destroyed by volcanic ash and pumice during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Researchers were able to examine in detail the remains of bodies to find out more about how these people lived their lives thousands of years ago.


The precise yet simple laser scanner is especially suited to the outdoors due to its small size and lightweight capabilities. The FARO Focus3D Laser scanner was able to perform the most detailed scan of the archaeological site and was shown on the BBC One show for the world to see. The Focus3D can create a precise, virtual copy of the scanned objects at millimetre accuracies in only minutes by capturing up to 976,000 data points per second. Estelle Lazer from the University of Sydney was able along with her team to help Mary unpick the remains which are preserved in Pompeii.

ScanLABProject Pompeii New Secrets Revealed  on Vimeo.


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