Jul
13
2015

FARO Laser Line Probe HD with optically-superior blue laser technology

FARO Edge ScanArm HD  combines all of the advantages of a hard probing system with the capabilities of the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to provide rapid point cloud collection with high-definition resolution and precise accuracy – all in a compact, easy-to-use, and fully-integrated system.

The FARO Edge ScanArm HD is ideal for product development, inspection and quality control, and offers capabilities such as point-cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modeling of free-form surfaces.

The FARO Laser Line Probe HD brings together the power of a blue laser, state-of-the art camera and optics to maximize:

  1. Scanning speed, delivering highest possible productivity
  2. Accuracy
  3. High-Definition resolution that captures clear, noise-free data with intricate details
  4. Scanning of challenging surfaces including dark and reflective materials

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In designing the Laser Line Probe HD, FARO’s engineers recognized and seamlessly integrated all the key factors that work in harmony to optimize performance.

For a laser line probe product, the key design parameters impacting performance are:

  1. Laser Type – typically blue laser or red laser
  2. Optics – The lenses used on the camera
  3. Frame Rate – the speed at which the camera can capture a scanned area, measured in points per second and driven by the chip set that the camera uses
  4. Laser Line Width – also called beam width or scan stripe width

Laser Type

Today’s scanners employ one of two laser types: blue laser or red laser. The Laser Line Probe HD leverages an optically-superior blue laser technology.

Blue lasers have a shorter wavelength, which delivers improved scanning results with higher resolution thanks to greater ability to discern smaller detail in an object.

Blue laser technology also provides a 50% reduction in speckle noise that is proportional to wavelength and degrades measurement accuracy.

For the user the benefits are immediately evident: the FARO Laser Line Probe HD’s blue laser offers 50% better optical resolution than a red laser scanner. This difference is most noticeable when scanning optically challenging objects with dark, shiny or reflective surfaces. With red laser technology, it is sometimes necessary to use a special spray on the scanned object to make the surface less reflective, or multiple target placements.

The blue laser’s higher resolution dramatically reduces the need to spray parts. This removes an unnecessary step from your measurement process and saves you valuable time and productivity.

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!

Stay tuned!

 In the next weeks we will post more details about the other Key Design Parameters and Features (Optics, Frame Rate and Laser Line Width) that are seamlessly integrated in the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to deliver simultaneous high-definition resolution and fast scanning!

Jul
10
2015

FARO @ Advanced Manufacturing Show Success 2015

FARO UK staff reported great interest in, and high levels of sales leads related to the company’s new technologies exhibited at the Advanced Manufacturing Show 2015.

As the UK’s only dedicated market place for global manufacturing technologies, the Advanced Manufacturing Show was the ideal venue for FARO to demonstrate its world-class advanced measurement technologies.

Through visitor demand, FARO’s advanced Edge ScanArm HD was demonstrated throughout the course of the show. The Edge ScanArm HD combines the flexibility and the functionalities of a FARO Edge measuring Arm with the high-definition Laser Line Probe HD, creating a powerful contact/non-contact portable measurement system that is ideal for challenging application requirements.

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Also in great demand from customers needing to measure smaller parts were demonstrations of the FARO Gage measuring arm. An industry leader in portable CMMs, this accurate 3D gauge ends users’ reliance on expensive and hard-to-use fixed CMMs. The FARO Gage offers high accuracy levels, improves measurement consistency, reduces inspection time and the ability to generate automatic reports.

FARO UK staff are now busy following-up the large volume of sales leads  received at the exhibition and performing in-house practical demonstrations for potential customers throughout the UK.

Jun
22
2015

FARO Laser Tracker – Machine Tool Production & Tool Setup

The FARO Laser Tracker is particularly helpful for Machine Tool production and set up. It supports different types of control and measuring tasks. Companies can speed up and maximize the ROI with a single technology to be learned, extremely useful for a wide range of applications.

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The FARO Laser Tracker is an extremely accurate, portable coordinate measuring machine for precise quality and dimensional analysis of large components, machine calibration, alignment and assembly, reverse engineering and tool building.

With the FARO Laser Tracker you can produce more competitive products and machines whilst efficiently optimizing your production processes.

Want to learn more about the versatility of our FARO Laser Tracker, then click here!

Jun
15
2015

FARO helps Reichenbacher Hamuel GmbH to achieve maximum 3D precision

The intelligent and comprehensive CNC solutions stand out across the line in a broad range of industries because the machines are designed to guarantee highly dynamic chipping in consistent quality. The increasingly broad range of variations and the resulting quick succession of product cycles present a huge technical challenge when it comes to reliable and flexible processes. Reichenbacher Hamual GmbH relies on vertical integration and the outstanding develop ment skills within their company, which provides them with decisive competitive advantages.

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To continue optimizing their production processes and facilitate perfect coordination between speed and precise processing as well as consistent quality with utmost flexibility, Reichenbacher Hamuel GmbH has chosen FARO portable measurement technology. The first FARO Laser Tracker Vantage was purchased in 2013 in order to keep up with the increasing demands in machine assembly. Increasingly large and precise processing machines had to be installed quickly and properly, as well as configured both in house and at customer locations – a routine task for the FARO Laser Tracker.

With this instrument, it was for the first time possible to uncover weak points related to construction and manufacture in all dimensions during assembly and to counteract them accordingly. During the assembly of the machine – some of which were up to 25 meters long – the adjustment of the axles is carried out with the aid of the Laser Tracker. The live display of 3D coordinates.and the levelling function of the Laser Tracker are essential features for the measurement, configuration and subsequent documentation processes.

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But the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage can be used in even more ways:

Through the synchronisation of the tracker’s position measurements using the machine control panel, the actuator can be tested and compensated as needed.

The geometric requirements that the customers demand can now be tested and documented independent of machine-specific transmitters. FARO measurement software CAM2 Measure 10 makes this process very easy and intuitive, which also significantly simplifies company communication with customers and suppliers. Linear compensation has thus become an integral part of machine assembly.

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Last but not least, the Laser Tracker is still a mobile 3D-coordinate measurement device. For this reason, the Laser Tracker is regularly used to measure large-scale components as they arrive from external suppliers, and for classic quality assurance in production.

Small-scale components, complex milling and cast components, and drive components have been efficiently measured by a FARO Prime measurement arm since 2014. The measurement arm and Laser Tracker complement each other perfectly. In the meantime, the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage is valued by various divisions. This is why the decision was made to purchase an additional FARO Laser Tracker in 2014. The two Laser Tracker Vantage devices now share the workload. One is kept at the Reichenbacher Hamuel GmbH headquarters in Dörfles-Esbach, Germany, while the other is used across the globe for international projects.

Jun
11
2015

FARO Scanner Freestyle3D wins Red Dot Award 2015 for product design

We are proud to announce a triumph in the product design category of the prestigious Red Dot Award 2015. FARO impressed the 38 members of the jury with its handheld FARO Scanner Freestyle3D, yet another demonstration of its excellence in this, the most important product design competition.

Established 60 years ago, the Red Dot is a seal of high design quality across national and industry borders. The use of this famous seal is reserved for products that the international Red Dot jury confirms possess outstanding design that is head and shoulders above the rest. This year, 5,000 products from 56 different countries were submitted. The international jury was impressed with the innovative design of the FARO Scanner Freestyle3D and pronounced it a worthy winner of the sought-after Red Dot label. Its streamlined, three-armed shape was especially intriguing to the jury, supporting as it does the device’s range of functions and lending it an absolutely unmistakable appearance.

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Usability and flexible applications were the focus when developing the FARO Freestyle3D. This is reflected in the design of this unique, industrial-grade handheld scanner. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre body, the scanner weighs less than a kilo and is therefore extremely portable and mobile. The application areas of the FARO Freestyle3D are diverse and range from construction to industrial production and forensics.

One key factor in its success was the scanner’s compact size, which allows it to be used in hard to reach areas, such as in industrial facilities. An intuitive plug and play system means that the Freestyle3D needs no warm-up and is quickly ready to use. Not only that, but the device also offers fast data entry, real-time visualisation and a high scan volume. This reduces the amount of time needed for scanning. The wide range of operating temperatures from 0-40°C makes scanning possible even in challenging environmental conditions. The 3D scan data can easily be imported into all commonly used CAD software solutions.

“When we developed the Freestyle3D we paid special attention to making sure that it was easy to use, so that even inexperienced 3D scanners can get to work immediately. Its unique design allows users to capture a high scan volume and create detailed documentation of a scene,” says Dr. Reinhard Becker, head of the product’s development at FARO.

FARO develops forward-looking solutions and sets benchmarks in product development and design. Back in 2012, the company received the prestigious Red Dot Award for its Laser Scanner Focus3D. Whilst the Focus3D enables scanning over vast distances, the Freestyle3D was developed to allow for very easy and intuitive capturing of details over shorter distances using a handheld device.

With the Freestyle3D, FARO is underlining its leading position in the market for portable 3D measurement technology, offering an innovative and user-friendly device to give new customer groups access to the world of 3D scanning.

Jun
01
2015

FARO® Edge ScanArm HD wins Innovation Trophy

This year, some 148 innovative products were in the running for the various trophies awarded by the organiser of the Industrie Lyon trade fair, the reference trade fair for all industry professionals. A panel of industrial and institutional experts and journalists from the specialised trade press reviewed the innovations submitted, and awarded the prize to the innovative FARO Edge ScanArm HD.

The Edge ScanArm HD is a compact and simple to use high performance contact/non-contact portable measurement system that combines the flexibility of the FARO Edge measuring arm with the power of the high definition FARO Laser Line Probe HD.

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The FARO Laser Line Probe HD has been developed with complex application needs of automotive, subcontracting and mechanical engineering companies in mind.  Intricate components can be captured in the finest level of detail as a result of the 2,000 actual points per scan line, while the 450 nm Blue Laser improves the detection of the line by the camera. The extra wide scan stripe and fast frame rate (280 frames/second) boosts productivity by increasing coverage and reducing scanning time. Furthermore the improved HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode and advanced software algorithms allows seamless scanning across diverse surface materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity, without any special coatings.

May
27
2015

FARO @ THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SHOW / SUBCON

The Advanced Manufacturing Show, brought to you by MWP, provides a platform for board-level decision makers, production and quality engineers to interact with the latest technology and gain a competitive edge by applying high-productivity solutions to enhance manufacturing performance, efficiency and quality.

Showcasing world class advanced manufacturing technologies, visitors will be able to review, plan and make their investment decisions for machine tools & accessories, laser, cutting tools and manufacturing software.

AM & Subcon Event

Co-located with the Subcon ShowThe Engineer Design & Innovation Show and a world-class technology and innovation Conference led by The Engineer, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain insight from leading experts on current industry challenges and stay up-to-date on the latest manufacturing developments, best practice and new trends at one venue over three days.

Thus providing us with the perfect platform to showcase our innovative product range, including our FARO EDGE ScanArm HD, FARO Gage and FARO Laser Tracker Vantage!

Dates: 02nd – 04th Jun, 2015

Address: Hall 4, NEC, Birmingham

Stand No: A37

We are looking forward welcoming you!

May
25
2015

Customised Carbon Production at Capristo

Check out the video below which takes a close look over the shoulders of the experts at Capristo and follow an engine bay hood for the Ferrari 458 Spider throughout the whole manufacturing process, all of which is carried out at their plant in Sundern, Germany.

On hand to help is one of our own the FARO Edge ScanArm HD, used to scan the engine bay thus providing a 3D model for use during  the design process by providing an accurate model to indicate available space as well as helping create a 3D model of the prototype.

The FARO Edge ScanArm HD combines the flexibility and the functionalities of a FARO Edge measuring Arm with the high-definition Laser Line Probe HD creating a powerful contact/non-contact portable measurement system ideal for challenging application requirements.

The Edge ScanArm HD is the most affordable, high performance contact/non-contact measurement system and is ideal for product development, inspection, and quality control and offers capabilities such as point cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modeling of free-from surfaces.

Want to find out more? Then check out our FARO UK Website or even our FARO UK YouTube Channel

May
20
2015

Next Generation 3D Laser Scanning

How Blue Lasers, Rapid Capture Rates, and Advanced Optical Performance is Revolutionising 3D Measurement

The easiest, fastest, and most affordable way to measure parts and products is with a lightweight Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) that offers both contact and non-contact measurement.

The challenge is – everyone is seeking to reduce required inspection times, scan materials with challenging contrast, reflectivity, and part complexity, and produce high-definition data that is reliable, repeatable, and highly accurate.

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The ideal system is the newly released FARO Edge ScanArm HD.  The new system is a breakthrough in 3D laser scanning technology, providing:

  • Rapid scanning speed with a capture rate of up to 560,000 points/second, a fast frame rate, and extra wide scan stripe.
  • Innovative blue laser with noise-reduction technology for high-definition data quality
  • The ability to seamlessly scan across diverse surface materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity without any special coating or target placements.
  • Reliable, repeatable and highly accurate measurement data as a result of advanced optical performance

The new ScanArm HD delivers rapid point cloud collection with extreme resolution and high accuracy – all in a compact, easy-to-use, and affordable system.

When combined with the FaroArm, in a system known as the FARO Edge ScanArm HD, it provides all of the advantages of a FaroArm with a groundbreaking hand-held laser scanner and creates the most affordable contact/non-contact measurement system on the market.

It is ideal for product development, inspection, and quality control and offers capabilities such as point-cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modeling of free-form surfaces.

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May
13
2015

FARO TrackArm – Product Video

Measure anything, any size, anywhere, at a fraction of the cost of other comparable systems using the FARO TrackArm.
The FARO TrackArm unites the FARO Vantage with the FaroArm into a six-degree-of-freedom probe. Switching between the Tracker and the Arm, users can reach hidden points — even around corners and inside hole features.

Learn more about the Trackarm and download the brochure and tech sheet here!



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