Experimental design practice ‘sixteen*(makers)’ based at University College London have been given a prime position in the architecture room at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Show. Curated by Sir David Chipperfield, over 200 exhibits from many of the UK’s leading design practices have been selected by the award winning designer “to shed light on the common language on which all architects draw”. The work by sixteen*(makers) presents an exported high resolution view from a 3D scan of their recently completed building known as 55/02. The scan was captured on a FARO Laser Scanner Photon 120 currently on loan from FARO to UCL for collaborative research in engineering and architecture. 55/02 was designed as an experimental collaboration with steel fabrication firm Stahlbogen GmbH for a remote site within Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland UK. The work was completed in June 2009 with many of the final design decisions made in the process of manufacture without revising the drawn model. Equipped with the Photon 120 the designers returned to Kielder early this year and captured the projects final iteration as a scan. Bob Sheil, senior lecturer at UCL and partner in sixteen*(makers) says “In construction, the as-built is invariably different to the as-designed. Changes and alterations are made in the course of assembly by numerous agencies, some deliberate, some accidental, some circumstantial. In this regard, 3D scanning offers both the designer and the maker a powerful tool to understand the invisible traces between the ideal and the real. It becomes even more fascinating when these differences are understood and exploited”.
Coventry, 18th June 2010 – FARO, the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging systems, has seen a huge success at this year’s MACH which took place at the NEC, Birmingham from 7th – 11th June 2010.
David Homewood, Area Vice President for the UK, France and Benelux is highly satisfied with the outcome of the show, “MACH is the most established showcase for UK manufacturing. It is the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies event, and we have seen a very high level of interest in our products. We noticed that visitors are more and more educated and have deep understanding of the technology. Especially our FARO ScanArm received very positive feedback.”
FARO is hosting an Open House at KITS (Junction25 Conference and Meeting Venue) in Brighouse on 6th July. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations of FARO’s portable CMM FaroArm and ScanArm, FARO Gage, FARO Laser Tracker and software solutions.
Software from Pointools is being used to create 3D walk through models to explore the viability of laser scanning on the Moon and Mars. Researchers from Navajo Technical College together with representatives from NASA and New Mexico Tech laser scanned a volcanic formation in New Mexico gathering 240 million individual measurements. Using Pointools software, the data was processed to create an immersive and interactive 3D computer model from which NASA scientists can assess the potential of laser scanning for future missions.
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FARO, the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging systems, and Airbus, one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, announced today that they have signed a five-year agreement for FARO to be a key supplier of laser trackers and measurement accessories for the new Airbus A350 project assembly line. This agreement includes 62 FARO Laser Tracker ION™ units and also covers Airbus’ key system providers for fixtures and production systems.
Airbus has been a long-standing FARO customer and this agreement complements the 33 units in operation since 2002, which includes the assembly of the A380’s main body section (fuselage) in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. [Read more …]
England Legends Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Theo Walcott and James Milner took the place of the traditional four presidents of the United States of America last month. Nike planted a massive billboard on Cromwell Road in West London, taking over the largest advertising site in the UK.
The rock sculpture billboard idea began five months ago when each footballer had their face electronically scanned to produce a lifelike reproduction of the players.
The scanning of the football stars has been carried out using a FARO Laser ScanArm.
In the scope of FARO’s cooperation with the UCL FARO will be a part of the Bartlett Summer Show 2010, The Summer Show is the annual celebration of student work at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Over 450 students show innovative drawings, models, devices, texts, animations and installations.
FARO and Geomagic are organizing a joint User Group Meeting to provide Tips & Tricks for users of the FARO Laser ScanArm / Laser Scanner Photon and Geomagic. The event will take place at the FARO Office in Coventry on 22nd June.