Seibersdorf Laboratories – FARO Focus3D X has no significant thermal effect on art when scanning

Seibersdorf Laboratories have recently conducted research into the potential for damaging of artworks exposed to a laser scanner FARO Focus3D X was investigated. The issue to asses was if the absorption of laser light in the superficial layers of paint and varnish on canvas can lead to an increase in temperature that could deteriorate the quality of the artwork.

Computer modelling was used to calculate the highest rise in temperature achievable in a worst-case exposure scenario. The question of this study was if it is possible to rule out the possibility for thermally-induced damage of paintings when using the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X. Other potential effects such as photochemical interactions or accelerated ageing provoked by extended exposures over the course of days or more go beyond the scope of the present study.

Given the unknown physical properties of the irradiated artworks, conservative values along with a worst-case exposure scenario (such as the scanner remains on one path and the scanner head does not turn in the horizontal plane, but also regarding choice of optical and thermal properties) were considered. In view of this, the rise in temperature at the surface of the painting was calculated to be less than 2 degrees. Considering that the scanner head also turns in horizontal direction, one spot on the painting would be exposed for less than 10 seconds at the lowest angular speed (0,004 revolutions per minute), during which the calculated rise in temperature was less than 1,3 °C.


Figure 1. Calculated time-temperature history at the surface of the painting exposed to the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X (distance 1 m, minimum rotation frequency)

Such increase is less than, or as a worst case of the order of magnitude of temperature variations that can be observed indoors purely from ambient air temperature, even in a museum where the ambient temperature is controlled. Thus it can be excluded that paintings undergo temperature-induced deterioration after exposure to the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X.

Moreover, it can be ruled out that the melting point of the components of dried oil paint and hardened superficial layers (e.g. varnish) can be reached in the chosen exposure scenario, thus ruling out the possibility of a phase change. Similarly, it can be assumed that the change in thermal and optical properties is negligible over the range of 2°C around ambient temperature.


FARO, Autodesk & UCL AEC tech collaboration day

With around 100 participants involved in the FARO, Autodesk & UCL AEC tech collaboration day, the event itself seems to have gone down very well indeed. We would like to thank all those who took part and helped make this event happen with a special shout out to Autodesk and the guys over at UCL for all their support.


Due to the success of the event we plan to hold an annual event so stay tuned for more details..

However if you wish to find out more about what we do here at FARO then check out our FARO UK Website or alternitavely check out our FARO UK YouTube channel!


Sizarr – Baggage Man (Official Video)

Check out the latest music video from German Post-Punk band Sizarr, Made using our very own FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner to create point clouds it creates a refreshingly original music video through the production of pointilistic effect.

Want to find out more about our versatile product range? Then head over to our FARO website!

Cant be bothered to read? Fear not for we have a FARO YouTube Channel too!


FARO, Autodesk & UCL AEC tech collaboration day

To be held on the 17th of June at the Darwin Building we invite you to join us on a FARO and Autodesk AEC tech collaboration day, to be hosted by and held in association with the University College London.

Point Clouds are becoming the new currency of 3D as built documentation. With the latest innovations in Autodesk software and the continued development of FARO’s laser scanning technology, the integration of point clouds into AEC workflows has never been easier with such possibilities for accurate modelling, as built verification and visualisation.


On the day you will have the opportunity to learn tips and tricks from Autodesk’s Lee Mullin and Faro’s in house Engineers Chris Palmer and Si Horton.

To find out more about the event and how to register then click here!


FARO UK @ GeoBusiness 2015

An opportunity for geospatial technology manufacturers and service providers to meet face-face with their users to demonstrate the latest technological advances in equipment, explore solutions and capabilities and to collaborate on design issues and options for future developments and requirements.

GeoBusiness London 2015 - The Geospatial Event

FARO will also be in attendance promoting the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner with accompanying FARO Scene Software. The smallest and lightest laser scanners on the market – FARO Focus3D X Series are ideal tools for indoor and outdoor applications. The fast and accurate laser scanners Focus3D offer everything you might expect from professional 3D laser scanners – with FARO’s established and well-known level of simplicity.

Also being demonstrated will be the groundbreaking FARO Scanner Freestyle3D. The new FARO Freestyle3D is a premium quality, high-precision handheld 3D scanner that can quickly and reliably documents rooms, structures and objects in 3D and create high-definition pointclouds. The highly efficient scanner is suitable for all applications in which installations or properties must be precisely and quickly measured from various perspectives. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre body, the FARO Freestyle3D weighs less than a kilogramme, rendering it extremely portable and mobile.

Date:27th-28th May 2015

Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH, United Kingdom


FARO 3D Documentation Conference 2015

On 21.-22.05.2015 the 5th edition of the annual “FARO 3D Documentation Conference 2015” is set to take place at Motorworld in Stuttgart-Boeblingen/Germany.

The agenda offers over 40 sessions with 3D professionals from a vast array of industries. Plus you will also have the possibility to interchange with FARO and 3D experts, who will also be in attendance at the 3D exhibition.


The event includes leading industry speakers, workshops and hands-on-training in the areas of

and will address solutions to business and technology challenges facing the aforementioned industries.

Join this once in a lifetime experience and take the chance to get new impressions, new findings, and make new contacts!

Looking for some FARO insights? Then why not join us on the 20th for a Manufacturing Tour at FARO’s European Headquarter in 70825 Korntal-Muenchingen, which is closely situated to the event itself.

To find out more about the event then click here!



ScanLAB Projects: Abandoned Underground Railway Preservation

The next Bond villain’s lair? An alien spaceship lying dormant under an unsuspecting city?

This 3D scan of an underground structure is actually of something much more familiar: a postal service. The Mail Rail network shuttled mail around London for 76 years until being decommissioned in 2003. Now it has been frozen in time. This aerial view of the network is below a sorting station soon to be home to a postal museum – the loop of track will be a train ride whizzing visitors through a kilometre of tunnels.

ScanLAB Railway

The segment of the world’s first driverless, electrified railway has remained untouched since the site shut down, strewn with personal items left behind by workers including dartboards, tools and calendars.

But since the site will be cleaned up before it opens to the public in 2016,digital scans will be the only record of its days as a working piece of infrastructure. To create the image, capturing details as small as 2 millimeters across, a camera-like device on a tripod emits a laser that bounces off objects in its path 250,000 times a second. The scanner needs to capture about four different perspectives to recreate a site, in a process that takes less than 30 minutes.

Underground Railway

The 3D reconstructions assited by the FARO Focus3D could be used in an augmented reality app, allowing museum visitors to view original details of the site with a smartphone while strolling aroud.


FARO UK @ Integrating Emerging Technologies in the AEC Sector

Exploring new technologies and their application within the Architecture, Engineering & Construction sector

Leading with a discussion on the significant impact of 3D printing within the world of architecture, INITION will highlight how this and other cutting-edge technologies continue to advance, enabling new ways to present and understand data.


With live demonstrations of in-house 3D scanners and printers, haptic interfaces, augmented and virtual realities, and diverse high-end visualisation systems, INITION and FARO will help impart an understanding of how these solutions can be used to improve all stages of project developments including planning and engagement, ultimately increasing visual impact and the overall delivery of information.

The evening will feature keynotes from:

Dave Southam, Regional Manager Europe, Faro

Dave will be presenting the latest laser scanning equipment including the newly released FARO Freestyle 3D and taking a look at the latest software developments are making it easier to use and share the results.

Stephen Holmes, Digital Media Editor, Develop3D

Size Isn’t Everything: 3D Printing Buildings Big and Small, Stephen will explore how 3D printing can impact the AEC sector in a variety of ways.


Quick Facts

What: AEC Sector Networking Event
When: 16th April 2015, 6-9pm
Where: Our Shoreditch Demo Studio, 23 Curtain Road
Who: Professionals within the Architectural, Engineering or Construction sectors
Tickets are available here.



FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner scans San Mamés Stadium

The smallest and lightest laser scanners on the market – Focus3D X Series are ideal tools for indoor and outdoor applications. The fast and accurate laser scanners Focus3D offer everything you might expect from professional 3D laser scanners – with FARO’s established and well-known level of simplicity.

Below is a perfect example of the Focus’s range, even in direct sunlight as well as it’s easy positioning with the integrated GPS receiver, as it scans the San Mamés Stadium, home to  Athletic Bilbao.

As-built surveys using 3D laser scanning technology, such as the FARO Laser Scanner, provide users with detailed point clouds which enable 3D modelling for diverse tasks including building reconstruction, plant layout and enhanced data presentation with augmented reality.

With fast turnaround times on scans of buildings and entire environments, FARO’s 3D laser scanner can deliver fully surfaced CAD models for a variety of industries. Architectural design, civil engineering and construction, facility management, and cultural heritage have all benefited from this 3D FARO solution.

In order to find more video like this then visit our FARO YouTube Channel to see what FARO can do for you!


FARO Focus 3D X330 Laser Scanner – Bridge Documentation

The smallest and lightest laser scanners on the market – Focus3D X Series are ideal tools for indoor and outdoor applications. The fast and accurate laser scanners Focus3D offer everything you might expect from professional 3D laser scanners – with FARO’s established and well-known level of simplicity.

The FARO Focus3D X 330 is specially designed for outdoor applications due its small size, light weight, extra long range, extended scanning possibilities even in direct sunlight and easy positioning with to the integrated GPS receiver. Pefect for a versatile range of applications including; Accident Reconstruction, As-Built Documentation, Business Information Modelling (BIM), Crime Scene Analysis, Virtual Simulation and much more…!

For more videos then head to our FARO GB YouTube page or head over to our FARO UK Website.


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