High-precision Augmented Reality – metaio Engineer complements FARO measuring arms

Augmented Reality means to enrich and enhance the user’s view of the real world with additional digital information, e.g. a virtual 3D-model that originates from CAD.

This content is made visible on a monitor, a tablet PC, within the user’s field of view using a head-mounted display or projected onto the respective area. Virtual and actual realities merge in the most natural manner that is possible.

metaio Engineer is software that brings Augmented Reality to the industrial field. And it is a perfect complement to an existing measuring arm. The best of both worlds is combined: a quick and direct visualization with the precision of a measuring arm.

With the new release of metaio Engineer 5.0, an interface to support FARO measuring arms is already built-in. All necessary features are integrated by default, from calibration to functions that support your daily tasks.

Previously, in case of quality control every relevant point had to be measured to discover deviations between the CAD model and the related assembly part. metaio Engineer and Augmented Reality accelerate this process by identifying errors and selectively measuring deviations.

These are the basic steps to set up an Augmented Reality system based on e.g the FARO Edge:

1. Mount an industry camera with available adapters onto the grip of the measuring arm
2. Calibrate camera and spatial relation between camera and measuring arm
3. Determine position of the arm in relation to the subject of analysis
4. Visualize a CAD model onto the existing model, part or product
5. Compare planned vs. actual state, measurements and more features


Aerospace infographic for the Laser Tracker Vantage

Infographic Aviation - FARO Laser Tracker Vantage application

Check out this infographic featuring the new Laser Tracker Vantage!

It shows the applications widely used in the Aerospace industry: part inspection, assembly, robot calibration and machine fixture.

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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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Video | Robot Calibration using the FARO Gage

Robotics play an increasing role in today’s engineering & manufacturing. More and more companies rely on complex robots to produce their mass volumes of output. Robotic systems provide consistent results that work by way of accurate coordinate programming. Precise data is essential in establishing proper alignment and performance.

One company that specializes in designing & manufacturing these types of robotic units is Parallel Robotic Systems Corporation.

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FARO and TESIS open a new fully-fledged Calibration Center for advanced measuring devices

FARO and TESIS are joining forces to establish a fully-fledged new calibration and service center for FARO products in Moscow. The new center opening on 16th December 2010 with a customer and VIP event will enable owners of FARO products to conveniently service and recalibrate their tools within their own market region instead of sending them abroad.

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