Apr
27
2016

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.

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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.

Pompeii New Secrets Revealed from ScanLAB on Vimeo.

Apr
18
2016

The FARO laser scanner records everything that happens on the building site…

IMG_20151023_093107Previously a bank, now a large restaurant of 720 metres, with a capacity of 140 seats: the construction of Studio 16, which opened its doors in Orléans in the
Autumn of 2015, represented a huge challenge in terms of construction, development of the space and decoration.

MB Design, a firm specializing in interior architecture, was charged with the creation and the realisation of this new concept, and monitored the progress of the building work closely, over a period of 8 months. “We had decided to carry out surveys using a FARO Focus3D X 130 scanner as the work progressed. In doing so, we were able to ensure a real and precise indication of the position of all elements of the site that would end up being hidden by various partitions and covers. The objective was to know exactly where the pipes and cables lay, which would turn out to be very useful later, for example when making an alteration, or if a problem were to occur in one of the hidden installations (a blocked pipe or a leak, for example),” said Michael Bustillo, Director of MB Design and sister company ABM2 (which specialises in surveys).

Like any establishment open to the public, the restaurant had to comply with building regulations before being allowed to open. A problem comes to light at this point: the facilities are 4 cm above the permitted height. Who is to blame? The plumber says he worked with the reference line, i.e. the horizontal level line marked on the wall by the bricklayer. The surveys obtained by ABM2 quickly prove otherwise: the resolution of the FARO Focus3D scanner is such that the bricklayer’s line is clearly visible. This simple fact has farreaching consequences: “Firstly, we have not lost time discussing whether the bricklayer or the plumber was right. Then we saved money because to trace a possible line level would have required breaking tiles which had been laid on top of it. Finally, there is no dispute to be resolved: the plumber being wrong, the removal of the fittings and their reinstallation at the right height becomes his problem,” explains Michael Bustillo. In playing the role of “justice of the peace”, the scanner saved a great deal of time and the establishment was able to open on schedule.

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Apr
08
2016

4 Reasons to attend the MACH Fair

It’s that time of the year again! FARO will be attending the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies exhibition, MACH 2016. This event runs every 2 years.

With a 7 days left until the exhibition check out the 4 reasons to be at the FARO stand booth 5910.

 

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 FARO Robo Imager- The first mobile, ready to work 3D measurement solution will be on show at the MACH Fair. A mobile and flexible robot with a setup time of less than 5 minutes, it is seen as a product with great benefits for the automotive, aerospace and mechanical engineering industry.

FARO experts on hand to help – The wonderful expert team will be on hand to help you out with any queries you may have. You will be provided with the opportunity to see live demonstrations from a wide range of products from Metrology & 3D Documentation.

 

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Great Quality stands – There will be a wide range of innovative products from many different exhibitors. FARO will be exhibiting a wide range of products from Metrology and 3D Documentation. This will include the newly highly-adaptable FARO Factory Array 3D Imager, a metrology grade non-contact scanner which utilizes blue light technology to capture millions of high resolution 3D coordinate measurements in seconds. We will also be presenting the high speed FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X Series for detailed 3D modelling and image documentation as well as the recently released 3D Laser Scanner Freestyle3D X with enhanced accuracy of 1 millimetre at a 1-metre range.

Raffle Prize – Test your knowledge of the FARO Factory Array 3D Imager and your in with a chance to win a prize. Test your knowledge of our new scanner metrological level FARO 3D Imager Array Cobalt for the production workshop and assembly . Come to stand booth 5910 and take our quiz and return your completed ballot in the ballot box at the FARO booth. You can also download the quiz here.

 

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You will be able to find the answers on our FARO Factory Array Imager information page.

Don’t forget stand booth 5910

 

 

Jan
13
2016

FARO presents the new FARO Factory Array 3D Imager! 3D Scanning for the shop floor and the assembly line

The FARO Factory Array 3D Imager is a metrology-grade, non-contact scanner, which utilizes blue light technology to capture millions of high-resolution 3D coordinate measurements in seconds.

Ideal for the production environment and easily deployed within manual or automated manufacturing workflows, Array Imager delivers fast and consistent measurements, independent of the operator, for quality inspection and reverse engineering applications on parts, assemblies, and tools.

Cobalt’s versatility supports a variety of deployment options including rotary stage, industrial robot inspection cells and multiple imager arrays.

Technical key features that support challenging applications include, among other, the following:

> Multiple Imager Arrays: Expand field of view with flexible configurations of multiple Array units operating  simultaneously

> On-Board Processing: Delivers fast, reliable performance and ease of integration

> Stereo Cameras: Enable high accuracy, stability and self-monitoring

> Enhanced Stereo Mode: Maximizes coverage area in each scan and shortens inspection time

> Interchangeable Lenses: Provide flexibility for multiple fields of view

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The most significant benefits of the new FARO Factory Array 3D Imager:

> Increase productivity by automating measurement workflows

> Multiply productivity with multiple imager arrays

> Real-time 3D data for statistical process control (SPC)

> Measurement accuracy ensured by self-monitoring

> Easy to configure and integrate

> Easy set-up and transport

Do you want to learn more about the FARO Factory Array 3D Imager?

Please click here for more information or contact us by phone 00800-3276-7253

Stay tuned!

During the next few weeks, we will post more details about the key features of the new FARO Factory Array 3D Imager!

Dec
18
2015

New methods in the Big Bat Cave

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.

 

Oct
15
2015

FARO @ GeoData Edinburgh

FARO is set to participate at the GeoData Event in Edinburgh where you will be able to see first-hand how our 3D documentation solutions can benefit your operation.

We will showcasing our FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner with accompanying FARO Scene Software. The smallest and lightest laser scanners on the market – FARO Focus3D X Series are ideal tools for indoor and outdoor applications. The fast and accurate laser scanners Focus3D offer everything you might expect from professional 3D laser scanners – with FARO’s established and well-known level of simplicity.

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Also being demonstrated will be the groundbreaking FARO Scanner Freestyle3D. The new FARO Freestyle3D is a premium quality, high-precision handheld 3D scanner that can quickly and reliably documents rooms, structures and objects in 3D and create high-definition pointclouds. The highly efficient scanner is suitable for all applications in which installations or properties must be precisely and quickly measured from various perspectives. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre body, the FARO Freestyle3D weighs less than a kilogram, rendering it extremely portable and mobile.

To find out how to register  for the GeoData Event click here and head up to Edinburgh on the 12th of November!

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 @ European Portable Metrology Conference 2015

FARO UK invites you to  European Portable Metrology Conference (EPMC) 2015 which is the only event solely dedicated to portable and large volume 3D measurement technology. It is the premier technical conference in Europe dedicated solely to the use of precision dimensional measurement technology for process improvement for manufacturers.

Underpinning the event as always is the key theme of Process Improvement Through Measurement Technology. The event will give you the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in large volume and portable metrology. In particular, topics that will be covered will include:

  • Developments in metrology education
  • Automation of metrology applications in shop floor environments
  • Novel and unusual adaptations and applications of existing metrology technology
  • Developments that will lead to the future of metrology
  • Discussions of the challenges and needs of the dimension metrology community

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The events takes place in Manchester from 9 – 11th November 2015. Where we will present our cutting-edge metrology products: the FARO Edge ScanArm HD with new LLP to scan challenging materials with high speed and high-definition data clarity!  The FARO Gage with the barcode scanner  as well as our latest and most accurate FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements. Also the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D and our new handscanner FARO Freestyle3D, the only industrial-grade handheld device allowing to scan almost any kind of surfaces and environments will be shown!

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.

Sep
21
2015

FARO @ Durham Oktoberfest 2015

Durham Oktoberfest, the north east’s premier engineering and manufacturing show is the driving force for the promotion of engineering and manufacturing in the north east region and is being held on 22nd October 2015 at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe.

FARO offers you the opportunity at Durham Oktoberfest 2015 to meet one-on-one with FARO experts and receive a demonstration of our impressive range of 3D measurement and imaging solutions, including the FARO ArmFARO Gage and FARO ScanArm

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We are happy to also announce that our brand new FARO Edge ScanArm HD, the world’s most affordable, high performance contact & non-contact portable measurement system on the market, will be showcased and demonstrated to attendees at Durham Oktoberfest.

For more information visit the event website!



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