Video: New Correspondence Feature with Scene 5.3

In a series of recorded videos, 3D Documentation Engineer Si Horton explains differnet features of the new FARO Scene 5.3.

In this video Si explains how you can use the ‘Correspondence Split View’ to match similar areas in neighbouring scans, meaning any missing positioning information problems can be resolved.


3D Documentation User Meeting 2014

3D Documentation User Meeting 2014The 4th edition of the annual 3D Documentation User Meeting 2014 will take place 3-4 April at the beautiful Andechs Monastery in Germany.

It is the ideal event for professionals, who are interested in the application of 3D Documentation to improve productivity and save costs, in the following areas:

– Architecture
– Surveying
– Structural engineering
– Cultural Heritage
– Forestry and agriculture
– Mining and tunnel construction
– Processes and Manufacturing Industries
– Quality control
– Crime scenes, accident and danger zones documentation

3D Documentation is suitable for a wide range of applications: for quick and reliable recording of existing structures or damaged buildings, for surveying and archiving monuments, at archaeological excavations, in plant construction and in forensic reconstruction and much more.

Following the successful concept of the previous years, the 3D Documentation User Meeting 2014 for laser scanning and 3D Documentation will have a strong focus on:

NETWORKING – During the event there will be plenty of opportunities for the participants to establish networks, e.g. with special activities during the breaks.

LEARNING SESSIONS – Participants can expect to also find comprehensive presentations on the latest hardware and software solutions from FARO and its development partners.

POWER SPEECHES – Keynotes by renowned professionals and power speeches by industry experts deliver a real insight into the changing world of 3D documentation using the latest technologies.

WORKSHOPS – The meeting offers a strong focus on hands-on workshops to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between users and interested parties of the various systems and technologies.

3D EXHIBITION – Get to meet FARO’s 3rd party partners, who will showcase their latest 3D Documentation products on a specific exhibition area.

Take the chance to get new impressions and make new contacts. Please register here.

3D Documentation User Meeting 2014 will take place 3-4 April at the beautiful Andechs Monastery in Germany.Get to meet FARO’s 3rd party partners, who will showcase their latest 3D Documentation products on a specific exhibition area


Webinar – Make inspection work for you with Geomagic® Control™ and the FaroArm

Webinar – Make inspection work for you with Geomagic® Control™ and the FaroArmDuring this webinar – November 21st – we will explain how you can use the FaroArm’s touch enabled probe and laser line probe to improve your inspection process using Geomagic Control’s intuitive inspection platform.

The goal of this webinar is for you to discover how to eliminate workarounds during the inspection process without missing any detail.

With Geomagic Control and the FaroArm, you can create and run purpose-built inspection processes that do exactly what you need.

The presenter of this webinar is Marco Albrecht, Geomagic Solutions Technical Evangelist.

– Live demonstration via a step by step inspection process showing how FARO works inside Control
– Introduction of the Auto Batch Process
– Q&A

Date: Thursday, 21st November 2013

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT (New York)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+1 (London-Dublin)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT+2 (Berlin-Paris-Rom)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT+3 (Istanbul)

You can registere here for this webinar, free of charge.


How to export laser scan photos to iPad viewer

We came across this fairly new video on YouTube from a user of the FARO Laser Scanner. It shows the result of getting point cloud data from a project to be viewable on the iPad. Not the actual point cloud but the photos that are taken during the laser scan are referred to here.

“I’m waiting for the day where we can get 5GB of point cloud data onto the iPad quickly and easily, so for the moment, this is the only option we have!”

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Advice from the expert: Optimum 3D-scanning with SCENECT

IT specialist Biermann about scanning with SCENECTIT expert Philipp Biermann scans with SCENECT and he provides some tips and tricks for achieving the optimum scanning results. He describes possible fields of application and answers the most important questions about the hardware and software.

Editorial team: What do you like about scanning with SCENECT?
Philipp Biermann: I always wanted a 3D scanner, so this solution is a good alternative. Unlike similar products, FARO SCENECT is a professional piece of software based on the SCENE platform, which is used for the 3D laser scanners from FARO. For a minimal investment of less than € 200, SCENECT gives you access to the world of 3D scanners and 3D modelling – an interesting topic and quite a nice “toy”. When the consumer hardware becomes available, it will be possible, with the push of a button, to give grandma a replica of her granddaughter as a Christmas present, which has been produced with a 3D printer. Or then it will be possible to smarten up an online job application with 3D image of yourself, instead of simply attaching a passport photo. It can also be used as an interesting addition to your own Facebook profile.

Editorial team: What tips can you as an IT expert give about installing the software and about the hardware?
Philipp Biermann: The installation of the software is conveniently simple – Download, Install, finished. The necessary hardware drivers for Windows are also installed in the process. The software does however require the 64-bit version of Windows 7. No 32-bit version is available. So you should check in advance whether the systems requirements are met, before you buy the hardware. Windows 8 is not yet supported at the moment, but presumably that will not be a problem soon. To use the software for more than 30 days, you should register it straight away. That’s also free of charge.

Editorial team: Kinect or Xtion PRO LIVE, you have tested both motion sensors with SCENECT. Which is your favorite?
Philipp Biermann: Kinect and Xtion differ in only one respect: The Kinect hardware requires an external power supply, whereas the Xtion can be powered via the USB port. When used as a 3D scanner, this turned out to be a not insignificant factor: Small items can be easily recorded with a Kinect but when it comes to people the additional power supply for the Kinect can cause problems. To record an object or a room with Kinect or Xtion, you have to walk around the object with the sensor or move about the room. For that reason a 360-degree recording with the Kinect is quite difficult, if not entirely impossible – unless you have a very long power cable and the help of a second person. For the same reason outdoor recordings with a notebook are almost impossible with the Kinect. In my opinion the Xtion is definitely the better buy.

Editorial team: What do you particularly watch out for when scanning? Are there any tricks that you can use to achieve an especially good result?
Philipp Biermann: In order to achieve the optimum recording it is advisable to walk slowly and smoothly around the object to be scanned. A little practice is required for this. Moving objects cannot be recorded in this way, but a person sitting quietly is no problem for the motion sensor or the software. The scanning process takes about 5 minutes. The bigger the object to be scanned the better the result. A person or any bigger object is perfectly suitable. The important thing is to maintain a distance of approx. 60 cm between the object to be scanned and the sensor – any less than that and the sensor is “blind”.
One very useful advice is to attach the Xtion PRO LIVE with adhesive tape to the screen of a notebook, for example. Then you have optimum freedom of movement.


How to apply colour to scan data with SCENE

As a result from watching this video you should be able to apply pictures taken with the Focus3D to scan data.

This is achieved by covering the following topics:

– Colourizing scans
– Configuring SCENE to show colour
– Verifying colour was captured during the scan
– Applying colour to scans in SCENE


Software Tips & Tricks: Investigating large measurement volumes simply and accurately with PolyWorks and the FaroArm

It is sometimes necessary to carry out measurements from several positions in order to check larger components. The measuring software used for this task faces the challenge of greater measuring errors. For example, in what is known as the leap-frog process, measuring error accumulates with every repositioning of the digitising system. PolyWorks offers an excellent solution through its flexible device position management in combination with the FaroArm. Using algorithms for bundle adjustment, the errors arising in the leap-frog process are evenly distributed across the individual positions.

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Software Tips & Tricks: Creating geometric entities from point sources

PowerINSPECT allows you to create geometric entities from point sources. These sources can be two or more measured geometric entities, or a collection of individual points.

Our software tips & tricks describe how to create a cylinder from two circles.



Software Tips & Tricks | TeZet IGES Converter for automatic generation of master files

It is often difficult to check a bent tube against its nominal condition without having the original X,Y,Z or PTB data. However, TeZetCAD makes this easy.

The solution: a 3D IGES file from the Engineering department. TeZetCAD has developed an IGES tube converter. The converter can read out one or more tubes from a 3D IGES file and TeZetCAD can then generate the nominal bend data and coordinate system.

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Software Tips & Tricks | FARO Scene version 4.7 – New Features

The new version of FARO Scene provides a set of new and very interesting features like 64bit application to eliminate the memory limitations given by a 32bit operation system and improved user interface with better structured menus, tabbed windows and tool boxes.

Download our tips & tricks to get more info on the innovations | More about FARO Scene


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