Jan
13
2016

FARO presents the New FARO Cobalt Array 3D Imager! 3D Scanning for the Shop Floor and the Assembly Line

The FARO Cobalt 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, Cobalt 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 Cobalt 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

Cobalt on robot Scanning Door

The most significant benefits of the new FARO Cobalt 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 Cobalt 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 Cobalt 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.

LLP Frame Rate

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

EPMC

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

OKtoberfest Durham

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!

Aug
27
2015

Seibersdorf Laboratories – FARO Focus3D X has no significant thermal effect on art when scanning

Seibersdorf Laboratories have recently conducted research into the potential for damaging of artworks exposed to a laser scanner FARO Focus3D X was investigated. The issue to asses was if the absorption of laser light in the superficial layers of paint and varnish on canvas can lead to an increase in temperature that could deteriorate the quality of the artwork.

Computer modelling was used to calculate the highest rise in temperature achievable in a worst-case exposure scenario. The question of this study was if it is possible to rule out the possibility for thermally-induced damage of paintings when using the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X. Other potential effects such as photochemical interactions or accelerated ageing provoked by extended exposures over the course of days or more go beyond the scope of the present study.

Given the unknown physical properties of the irradiated artworks, conservative values along with a worst-case exposure scenario (such as the scanner remains on one path and the scanner head does not turn in the horizontal plane, but also regarding choice of optical and thermal properties) were considered. In view of this, the rise in temperature at the surface of the painting was calculated to be less than 2 degrees. Considering that the scanner head also turns in horizontal direction, one spot on the painting would be exposed for less than 10 seconds at the lowest angular speed (0,004 revolutions per minute), during which the calculated rise in temperature was less than 1,3 °C.

Research

Figure 1. Calculated time-temperature history at the surface of the painting exposed to the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X (distance 1 m, minimum rotation frequency)

Such increase is less than, or as a worst case of the order of magnitude of temperature variations that can be observed indoors purely from ambient air temperature, even in a museum where the ambient temperature is controlled. Thus it can be excluded that paintings undergo temperature-induced deterioration after exposure to the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X.

Moreover, it can be ruled out that the melting point of the components of dried oil paint and hardened superficial layers (e.g. varnish) can be reached in the chosen exposure scenario, thus ruling out the possibility of a phase change. Similarly, it can be assumed that the change in thermal and optical properties is negligible over the range of 2°C around ambient temperature.

Aug
25
2015

FARO @ Offshore Europe 2015 – Aberdeen

FARO UK invites you to the Offshore Europe Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition which is one of the leading global technical conferences and exhibitions for the upstream E&P industry.

The event takes place in Aberdeen from 8th till 11th September 2015. We will present the our cutting-edge metrology products: the FARO Edge with the lightest and smallest laser line probe and touchscreen computer for basic measurements, the FARO Gage with the barcode scanner, the revolutionary FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, as well as the lastest FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements. In addition we will show our recently launched FARO Freestyle3D handheld laser scanner and the FARO Edge ScanArm HD with new LLP to scan challenging materials with high speed and high-definition data clarity.

To register visit the official exhibitor website.

Offshore Aberdeen

Aug
21
2015

FARO CAM 2 Measure 10.5 – Simultaneuos Measurement Capabilities

FARO CAM2 Measure 10 is an all-in-one metrology software for users that are looking for a single, complete solution for all tactile measurement and non-contact 3D scanning applications. The software is ideal for CAD and non-CAD inspection and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

CAM2 Measure 10 features image-guided measurement, automatic nominal association to various features, QuickTools and an intuitive user interface. Moreover, the software is delivered with a reliable CAD import tool which increases the ability to load a large amount of CAD data.

The latest version, CAM2 Measure 10.5 delivers one of its most powerful advantages when scanning large, complex objects.
Its extended point cloud capacity enables you to connect multiple 3D measurement devices to quickly scan large objects. Multi device 3D scanning can – for the first time – occur simultaneously within one coordinate system and input into a single seat of software on one computer.
Simple to set up and use, CAM2 Measure 10 let you leverage the power of simultaneous measurement to complete large scale 3D scanning in a fraction of the time required by conventional methods, allowing you to quickly collect and analyze the data you need to maximize your efficiencies and optimize your processes.

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