Five ways to use the FaroArm, you might not have thought of

Five ways to use the FaroArm, you might not have thought ofYour FaroArm does a lot more than you might think
It measures, it scans, is slices and dices. Okay, the FaroArm has not worked its way into kitchens around the world yet, but it is used for a lot more than measuring parts and capturing geometries in 3D. In fact, you don’t have to look far to find FARO customers using their Arms in interesting ways, like preserving historical artifacts or designing crash test dummies.

No, your ScanArm will not cut through a hammer head and still be sharp enough to slice a red, ripe tomato. But, it can be used in all sorts of applications that you may not have considered. Here are a few.

Bringing history to life
The Smithsonian Institution uses their Edge ScanArm to create 3D models of ancient artifacts, including the remains of American naturalist, Robert Kennicott. Last year, the team put the finishing touches on a new bust of the explorer constructed from scan data and a 3D printed model of his skull. The Smithsonian isn’t alone in using the arm to document historic artifacts, either.

Teaching moments
Own a CNC, waterjet, or robot? Use the FaroArm to trace the surface of raw materials and digitize the toolpath before ever making a cut, just like KMT RoboticSolutions. In this way, we predefine a precise shape and “teach” the machine with a high degree of accuracy. Then, use the arm to measure the finished part and check it for accuracy.

Neat little packages
Fitting square products into round boxes – and vice versa – is not always the most effective way to package your newest innovation. Instead, scan your products with the ScanArm, import that data into any number of design programs (here, here or here) and design custom packaging that fits just right. It’ll look better and do a better job of protecting your products for resale.

Augmenting reality
By adding a third-party camera to the ScanArm, we can combine real and digital imagery (augmented reality) to give the operator a virtual view of the parts to be inspected or assembled. Don’t believe it? See it here.

Making smarter dummies
Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRSI) are helping to create better crash test dummies (not the Canadian folk-rock band you remember from the mid-90s) through their research of driver posture and anthropometry. By using a FaroArm to capture data on driver position and the 3D locations of body landmarks, engineers can design better dummies that accurately mimic the response of the human body during a crash.

Do you have a new or innovative way to use the arm that perhaps we haven’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comment section below or share it on Facebook.

Want to know more ways to get the most from your FaroArm? Contact FARO today and learn how.


Aligning a particle accelerator with maximum precision in 3D at ESS Bilbao

FARO Laser Tracker integrated into the ESS Bilbao particle accelerator ESS Bilbao is a technical scientific facility facing the challenge of constructing the first high-intensity linear accelerator in Spain.

At ESS Bilbao, laser tracker technology is integrated into the entire accelerator system to measure the components and mechanical parts of the accelerator and to align all of its sections.

Carlos Martínez de Marigorta explains: “with regard to applications in the area of generated neutrons, the ones that stand out are laboratories that work with neutron ‘scattering’ (which would be used by the scientific and industrial community) and neutron time of flight. The FARO Laser Tracker is an essential system in any accelerator in order to be able to align its components.”

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Safety at high altitude: 3D measurements in the aerospace industry

Safety at high altitude: 3D measurements in the aerospace industryMecat 5 is a small but dynamic company in the heart of Piedmont which offers cutting-edge quality and technological contents in the special machine production sector.

Recently Mecat 5 manufactured special equipment for REV Aviation SpA – located in Chivasso, Torino – which Alenia uses for the construction of engine nacelles for the new Boeing 777 and 767 aircrafts.

“In addition to the production of parts, REV Aviation requires the respective dimension testing and inspection. Our need to use an adequate device derives from our client’s specific request.”, “said Isidoro Mirabella, owner of Mecat 5.

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Multiple applications of the FaroArm – check out the infographic!

The flexibility of the FaroArm enables it to tackle multiple applications under one roof. It allows for quality improvements across different processes resulting in time and production cost savings.

Have a look at this infographic and learn more about the following applications:

• Goods inwards inspection
• Inspection of large parts
• Machine alignment
• CAD comparison
• On-machine inspection
• Dimensional inspection
• Reverse Engineering/Prototyping
• Measurement room inspection


10 reasons to choose the new Laser Tracker FARO Vantage

FARO Laser Trackers Vantage and ION

The following features and benefits showcase how the Vantage can help you produce more competitive products, accelerate product
improvement, and deliver high-performing products.

1. 25% smaller and 28% lighter
2. New carrying cases offer ultimate portability
3. SmartFind target detection
4. Water and dust resistant IP52 rating
5. Integrated WLAN
6. TruADM
7. 45% longer measurement range
8. QuickComp
9. MultiView cameras
10.Additional features, from TriMap encoders to Instant-On Laser, and from an integrated weather station to Smart Warm-Up.

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Webinar: SpatialAnalyzer, a software for every application and every instrument, 8th March

FARO webinar - SpatialAnalyzer

FARO webinar - SpatialAnalyzer

On March 8th you will have the chance to see the latest in SpatialAnalyzer’s metrology solutions for every application. It offers the simple tools for the everyday jobs and in depth suite of capabilities you need to tackle the tough jobs. It interfaces to every FARO instrument simultaneously and makes it easy to get the results you need quickly. The depth of the SA architecture and graphics provides the traceability needed to validate the results under the most rigorous tests.

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Laser Trackers in Aerospace Tooling

Laser trackers give aircraft builders the ability to manage the entire manufacturing process – from design to final dimensional checking.

Due to its enormous range, precision, and speed the laser tracker enables users to be more cost competitive by shifting the whole process of design and development into the virtual realm.

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Shaping the future of energy

Wind energy is an important beacon of hope for everyone interested in a cleaner and more sustainable energy supply. Today’s wind turbines have capacities of up to 5 MW thanks to rotor blades that can be over 50 metres long and weigh up to 18 tonnes. In this fast-changing environment where design refinements are introduced almost daily, only one rule is infallible: greater accuracy means greater efficiency.

Skykon is a recognised player in the rapidly growing global wind energy sector  for the production   of plugs and moulds for wind turbine rotors. Today every second CNC-milled master plug being made for the wind industry is a Skykon product. Behind this remarkable success story was Skykon’s pioneering involvement in large-scale CNC-milling. Having worked closely with the manufacturer on the development of the world’s largest and most precise 5-axis CNC-milling machine, Skykon gained a head start and overtook many companies that have been building blades for much longer.

“Skykon was founded because we saw the future of the industry and set out to meet the anticipated need” says Sales Director Michael Andersen. “As pioneers we are always trying to keep one step ahead and that is why we chose the Faro Laser Tracker Xi for our quality control and alignment processes.”

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