Standing the test of time with special reinforcement by modern technology

When it comes to rebuilding historical sites, the traditional ways of rebuilding can have flaws, that is where modern 3D printing technology is able to offer a much better option.  

Dating back to 1761, The Great Pagoda was built in the Royal Palaces, enriching the London skyline for curious crowds of tourists. The dragons were removed before roof repairs could take place and were never replaced. Time has come, and the Historical Royal Palaces have decided to reinstate the dragons atop. 

Once designed, a dragon prototype was carved from wood then scanned into a 3D design environment with FARO® Design ScanArm, enabling to address HRP’s concerns regarding weight and facilitating the ability to scale up to various sizes. 

The Great Pagoda, located in Kew Gardens, London, carries 72 dragons reaching up to 1.8 meters in length. 


Expert interview with Denis Wohlfeld

Denis Wohlfeld, a Senior Innovation Manager at FARO, leads FARO’s smart factory technology innovation and is the coordinator for ARENA2036 project “Digital Twin”. Smart factories have a mission to eliminate errors, increase repeatability and respond quickly and flexibly to real-time changes in demand. In the future, they will make decisions for themselves by learning every day how to make production more efficient.  

FARO creates the link between the real and the digital worlds. Creating a Digital Copy, a digital version of a part or a component, allows engineers to test and simulate new parameters and design variants that would be impossible in the physical world, to a high degree of precision.  



FARO @ Tech Severn

The Tech Severn event brought together a crowd with an interest in technology to showcase how technology could improve the lives of residents within the Shropshire county. PSG, a company offering a wide range of design services, took it as an opportunity to showcase the FARO 3D Laser Scanner along with the support and assistance of a FARO representative, Jack Strongitharm, and his very impressive 360° virtual reality Walker. Learn how PSG benefits from using our versatile FARO Laser Scanners: 


FARO @ CCR Summit 

This year’s annual International CCR Summit is inviting you for a 2-day programme to enjoy Summit Break-Out Sessions, Masterclasses, Workshops & Training sessions at the Conference Center Bovendonk. The topics covered by the event are Command & Control, Real-time Intelligence, Analytics & Big Data, Safe Cities, Community Policing and Critical Communications. 

When: 10-11 October 2018 

Where: Hoeven, Netherlands 


FARO Is Nominated at the TCT Metrology Awards 2018!


We are happy to share that our Design ScanArm 2.0 has been nominated as one of the finalists in the TCT Metrology Awards 2018!

The TCT Magazine will be hosting an award ceremony that celebrates additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering industries with companies from all over the world. This year four new categories were introduced to showcase the industries in more depth.


All types of bodywork repaired as new

After receiving a powerful impact, car manufacturers are hoping that a car can be restored to its former condition. Spanesi® is a company that provides a range of equipment and tools that are used to verify that the body and structural parts of the repaired vehicle are within the tolerance limits specified by the manufacturer.

The traditional calibration procedure used to comply with the criteria laid down by the standards was quite long and laborious which led to Spanesi® adopting an innovative solution using the FARO® QuantumS Arm. This shortened the time required for calibration from 4 hours to just 30 minutes, expanded the calibrated geometric space and provided effortless use combined with CAM2 software.

To learn more about how FARO laser improved the calibration time read the full article:



Incorporating Scanning Technology and Robotics

As factories get “smarter”, measurement is playing an even more essential role in speeding up operations without losing the accuracy and rigour that many final products are required to exhibit.

A major focus for factory measurement or metrology is to move from the status quo of machining parts in batches and relying on “tailgate measurement” verification on a co-ordinate measurement machine (CMM), towards a system where the measurement is fully embedded in the manufacturing process. Every part is measured in-process, in real-time and companies achieve 100% verification of parts rather than a sample rate.

Future smart factories will aim for speed, accuracy, operational flexibility, and the reduction of waste to near-zero carbon operations. “Right first time every time” fabrication of bespoke products in volume is the objective. To achieve this, factories need embedded or in-line metrology.


Ambassador Award Paul Colegate – Made in the Midlands.

FARO has been supporting Made in the Midlands for 2 years now!

Where it all began…

MIM evolved out of an editorial campaign in the pages of Business Report a regional business publication. The campaign existed to challenge the erosion of British industry through a succession of poor decisions by UK government and financiers, their campaign revolved around a pledge signed by manufacturers to open a channel of communication with local firms, take on apprentices and export to new markets.

In 2012 the Made in the Midlands dropped the ‘campaign’ name and is now referred to as just Made in the Midlands. Thier roots have remained intact and they are here to challenge the status quo about how people think about British industry and ensure the sector is connected and informed.

MIM Provide their members with these core services:

  • Digital
  • Exbhition

 FARO is very proud to be awarded the MIM Ambassador award through our local representative Paul Colegate and look forward to continuing their work with MIM in the future!








Measurement is critically important to the advancement of smarter, future factories. Inspection eliminates defects before the end-user, and measurement of manufacturing processes lets engineers understand them and make them more efficient.

If factories are to become faster and more flexible, inspection is a bottleneck to overcome, especially in industries where 100% inspection is required.

As manufacturing becomes more responsive and connected, customizable, more flexible and in-process metrology techniques for machined, molded, cast and additively manufactured (AM) parts will become more important.

New measurement methods, involving more in-process technology, are reducing human intervention. Measurement data, connected to a Manufacturing Execution System, for example, can receive, validate and pass the measurements automatically, enabling “connected factories”.

Companies like FARO are driving the movement to bring measurement equipment out of the inspection lab and upstream onto the shop floor, to save time, reduce scrap and reduce rework upstream.



Spitfire Solent Sky Museum

Watch the Point Cloud taken of a Spitfire located at the Solent Sky Museum. The data was collected using a FARO Focus S350 Laser Scanner.


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