The FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner is the ideal portable scanning solution for accident reconstruction. With the Focus3D you can quickly capture the scene and minimize safety risk as well as traffic stoppages. Scan data is saved on an SD card for portable upload to the workstation for detailed analysis. The result is a permanent virtual 3D point cloud detailing vehicle, roadway and environmental conditions. This technology enables you to conduct accurate measurements and visualizations to recreate the accident for evaluation, as well as share scan data via the internet with insurance and legal agents.
Based in New Hudson, Michigan, Pratt & Miller is a world-class engineering company that takes automotive programs from concept to reality. They are a respected industry leader providing cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing solutions to their clients. Their total design team uses the most advanced research and development technologies available. Pratt & Miller performs first-article inspection for most parts; reverse engineers models, fabricated parts, and any purchase parts that lack accurate CAD; and verifies complicated bodywork, surface features, machine parts, and full interiors. Basically, they measure everything from small components to complete race cars.
Measuring with hand tools is time consuming and creates inaccuracies due to individual error. These tools also did not provide Pratt & Miller with the means to measure its more complicated parts and freeform surfaces without undesirable contact. This work had to be farmed out and they lost direct control of data.
FARO provided the accuracy Pratt & Miller was looking for at the speed they need. They have the utmost confidence in the results they getfrom FARO. Co-founder Gary Pratt says, “We use FARO to design, construct, and analyze ‘virtual’ components, CFD, systems, and complete cars – every facet of a project from initial conception to the finished product.”
The FARO ScanArm was selected for its portability, flexibility, accuracy, compact design, and reputation. Mike Kurylo, a design engineer at Pratt & Miller, says, “The quality of the FARO equipment, the ease of training, and the knowledge of their support are all first rate. Their customer service goes well above and beyond what one would expect from such a globally recognized technology firm. It feels like having your own pit crew!”
Gary Latham, a lead engineer at Pratt & Miller, says, “FARO is incredibly useful with our tight timeframes. About 30-40 percent of our parts are manufactured in the workshop and they need to be entered into CAD and now we can do that easily with faster data capture.” They also use the ScanArm in their Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to fill in any missing pieces of the puzzle. FARO returns control of the data process to Pratt & Miller and eliminates the need to farm out projects.
In today’s ever increasingly competitive conditions, Pratt & Miller is always searching for every last bit of performance enhancement – be it in the form of speed, time, accuracy, or efficiency. FARO answers the call on each of these.
The most intelligent design solutions are centered on the integration of the best tools. Pratt & Miller engineers use the most up-to-date and powerful computer software and hardware in existence. The next logical step for them was a FARO solution.
“We’re constantly updating, expanding technology and FARO opened new parameters in manufacturing and engineering for us,” Gary Pratt says. “FARO has really opened our eyes and they’ve been fantastic for us. Once you get something like this, you can’t see how you did without it.”
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.
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.
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.
Co-located with the Subcon Show, The 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.
Dates: 02nd – 04th Jun, 2015
Address: Hall 4, NEC, Birmingham
Stand No: A37
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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.
Check out the new video from one of our 3D Documentation Engineers Si Horton!
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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.
Introducting our high definition FARO Laser Line Probe HD (LLP) for complex surfaces scanning.
Ideal for composites, plastics, mould making, automotive, aerospace and mechanical enginerring companies.
High definition data
2,00 actual points per scanline to capture intricate components in fine detail.
Rapid Scanning speed
Extra wide scan stripe and fast frame boost productivity.
Scan challenging materials
Regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity.
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In 1972, following a distinguished career in the automotive industry, Gian Paolo Dallara founded Dallara Automobili in Varano de’ Melegari, near Parma, Italy. Since then, the company has expanded, designing and building cars for almost all of the racing competitions and winning races worldwide.
This is a success story, the result of a passion for mechanics, involving the company‘s 180 employees (including 60 engineers) on a daily basis: men and women who work with passion and skill on high-technology projects in order to gain the edge in the fiercely competitive world of motor racing. In particular, it is absolutely necessary that each stage of production and assembly carried out in the factory at Varano de’ Melegari is tested and validated using adequate measurement and control procedures. Paola Carlorosi Quality Assurance & Quality Control Manager at Dallara Automobili, explains: “Our cars are a concentration of high technology and innovation. Quality control is of paramount importance as it must ensure that Dallara cars are produced according to expected standards, providing exceptional performance and reliability.”
FARO‘s sophisticated portable measurement equipment fully satisfies the technological requirements of Dallara Automobili and FARO has been the automotive company’s chosen partner for a number of years. Carlorosi: “Our collaboration has been ongoing since 2007, demonstrating the strength of our partnership. Our latest investment dates back to 2012 when we decided to buy a 2.7m measuring arm, the FARO Edge ScanArm, which we mainly use for non-contact quality control and reverse engineering.” The FARO Edge ScanArm – which combines the FARO Edge portable measurement arm with a laser scanning probe (FARO Laser Line Probe) – is a portable 7-axis coordinate measuring machine (CMM), which allows the user to easily check product quality through 3D inspections, comparisons with the CAD design, dimensional analysis and reverse engineering. The integrated Laser Line Probe for laser scanning ensures a perfect 3D measurement without touching the surface of the product. At Dallara, the FARO Edge ScanArm is mainly used to check the airfoils and the most important structural components made of carbon fibre. “With this new measuring device,” continues Paola Carlorosi, “the speed of data acquisition has increased enormously. Considering that the device operator completed the training course and was operational after just three days, we can only be satisfied.”
And that’s not all: “The data analysis phase has become easier as the CAM2 Measure 10 measurement software develops really clear, easy-to-navigate reports. Today, reporting is much more comprehensive and informative than ever before and, once the point cloud has been obtained, every detail can be analysed section by section – especially the airfoils – by comparing the theoretical project data with the actual measurements. We also execute processes and controls for external customers who are very pleased to receive reports that are easy to read, clear and transparent, even for non-experts. It is an advantage for our business.” Another important benefit is that it is no longer necessary to treat components with opacifiers, which was necessary in the past for the non-contact measurement of black and glossy carbon surfaces. Paola Carlorosi: “The FARO laser probe technology allows polished carbon surfaces to be scanned without having to apply opacifiers, which also required processing to remove the product afterwards. The whole operation has therefore become much faster: we save 30 minutes on average for each square metre to be checked.”
Dallara is currently using the FARO Edge ScanArm in the development and construction of the chassis for the new 2014 Japanese Championship Super Formula. It has been used right from the prototype phase. Paola Carlorosi: “Even in this situation, we have been able to perform quality controls more precisely, saving on average 50% of the time spent on the same activities in the past. It’s an amazing achievement.” And she concludes: “In general, the checks performed during the production and testing phases allow us to reduce errors, improve our core manufacturing processes and, in conclusion, achieve a higher quality level. If these checks are carried out using high-performance equipment that increases quality and reduces workload, then the benefits are definitely worthy of a Grand Prix!”
In the summer of 2014 ScanLAB Projects worked with director Giles Revell, post production house, The Mill and advertising agency AMV BBDO to create Transparent a short educational campaign video to warn against the dangers of rural roads. The work collects a series of rural locations to build up a Virtual Simulation film set, in which the fateful story of a Road Accident Reconstruction unfolds. ScanLAB Projects developed the initial aesthetic concept and approach and were responsible for on location 3D capture and data processing. They oversaw the final production, animation and rendering by The Mill, London.
More fatalities from motor accidents happen on rural roads than on the motorway, in fact, 60% of all road fatalities in Great Britain happen on rural roads. This work is part of a campaign for the Department for Transport’s THINK! road safety campaign which warns drivers of the dangers on country roads and encourages people to slow down by braking before the bend, not on it. Using LIDAR scanning technology the work makes an entire rural landscapes totally transparent. These scans were then animated in post-production to show a car speeding along a country road along which we can see through trees, buildings, earth and people. Thanks to the LIDAR technology, the viewer can see the danger through the bends; the driver, however, can’t. As a result, the speeding car careers into an oncoming tractor in a fatal crash. The end titles suggest that, if a driver could see the danger through the bend, they would slow down. Brake before the bend, not on it!
Each location was visited and a plan for on location scanning developed by the team at ScanLAB Projects, in consultation with the directors and the 3D graphics team set to work on the project. Using the FARO Focus X330 Laser Scanner a complex series of locations where captured, from heavily forested landscapes to wide open fields and a series of road features including railway bridges, farm entrances and tight corners. The interior of a country pub and the entirety of a working dairy farm also feature in the landscape created. In addition a series of vehicles, actors and extras were also captured using the x330.