Aug
21
2015

FARO CAM 2 Measure 10.5 – Simultaneuos Measurement Capabilities

FARO CAM2 Measure 10 is an all-in-one metrology software for users that are looking for a single, complete solution for all tactile measurement and non-contact 3D scanning applications. The software is ideal for CAD and non-CAD inspection and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

CAM2 Measure 10 features image-guided measurement, automatic nominal association to various features, QuickTools and an intuitive user interface. Moreover, the software is delivered with a reliable CAD import tool which increases the ability to load a large amount of CAD data.

The latest version, CAM2 Measure 10.5, leads the market with the ability to connect multiple 3D measurements devices, within the same coordinate system, and simultaneously scan into a single seat of software on one computer. The capability allows users to seamlessly scan large objects with rapid speed and precise accuracy and complete 3D scanning jobs faster than ever before.

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Aug
18
2015

Combined use of the Freestyle3D and Focus3D scanners at the Born Cultural Centre site in Barcelona

When contemplating the site of the “Born Centro Cultural” (Born Cultural Centre) in Barcelona, you can imagine daily life in Barcelona in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It’s like walking the streets of the city that resisted the siege of the troops of Felipe V (Philip V) until its surrender on 11 September 1714. With an area of 8,000 square meters, this is the largest urban site in Europe. Furthermore, it is a unique and exceptional archaeological space because of its dimensions, its state of preservation, and the historical progression that it represents, and also because the historical documentation has allowed names to be put to the families who lived there.

Despite the expanse and the spectacular nature of what can be seen today, this site housed inthe interior of the Born Cultural Centre is one that has not been exhausted in terms of area, depth or research. Therefore, the “Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB)” (Cultural Institute of Barcelona) is promoting the creation of an app that collects all of this knowledge, allowing the rich heritage represented by the Born Cultural Centre to be discovered.

Vistes generals, balconada i jaciment, El Born CC 14.12.2013 Fotografia Pere Virgili

Creueta 119 is responsible for the project and for coordinating the different teams involved in the development of this app. To facilitate the rendition of the site and make it more accessible, it is proposed to carry out a realistic 3D survey in full detail. Creueta 119 is incorporating the experience of Captae and Leonard Blum to carry out 3D scanning of the entire surface of the site and to create a mesh with real textures in high resolution that is optimised for iOS and Android. The team formed by Captae and Leonard Blum means the perfect pairing – combining Captae’s experience in digitisation using the 3D laser scanner with Leonard Blum’s experience in the photographic correction, texturisation and optimization of the model.

Digitisation with the FARO Focus3D terrestrial laser scanner allowed an extremely high percentage of the surface of the entire site to be obtained. Even so, there were areas that were difficult to access and that had complicated morphology (wells, ovens, etc.), which could not be fully digitised. The intrinsic geometric characteristics of the site and the distinctive features of the environment made it the perfect candidate to utilise the technology of the FARO Freestyle3D scanner – a handheld scanner with excellent quality and precision that is used especially to cover areas that are difficult to access or narrow spaces. Thanks to a scan volume of up to 8m3, it quickly and reliably documents rooms, structures and objects in 3D and creates high-definition point clouds. With a precision of less than 1.5mm, it is suitable for any application where installations or properties need to be measured quickly from various perspectives.

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On the Born site, as this scanner is smaller, lighter, more manageable, and does not have to carry out the digitisation from a static position, the Freestyle3D allowed access to many more nooks and crannies, enabling a point cloud to be obtained that had similar characteristics to that obtained with the terrestrial scanner. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre structure, this handheld scanner weighs less than a kilogram and is therefore extremely practical and portable. The tablet software SCENE Capture includes an intuitive user guide – even for users who have not had any training.

In addition, as this is a professional tool by the FARO brand, it is guaranteed that the digitised elements have the same pinpoint accuracy as the Focus3D scanner, and that there is also full compatibility between the data formats generated by the two scanners.

Captae used the system to carry out the digitization of an oven with small dimensions in order to put the limitations of the new device to the test and check that the data obtained could be integrated into the existing model of the complete Born site. The results were convincing, since it was possible to digitise the element and all of its nooks and crannies in just over 20 minutes, whereas this would have taken four times longer using a terrestrial scanner and it would not have been possible to obtain the complete geometry.

The total integration of the data from the two scanners thanks to the SCENE 5.4 software allowed a precise fit between the model of the oven and that of the complete site. Following this test, it can be confirmed that the two systems complement each other perfectly.

Aug
17
2015

FARO® CAM2® Measure 10.5

FARO Technologies, Inc. announces the release of CAM2 Measure 10.5, its latest software for the FaroArm, FARO ScanArm and FARO Laser Tracker.

CAM2 Measure 10.5 leads the market with its capability to connect multiple 3D measurement devices, within the same coordinate system, and simultaneously scan into a single seat of software on one computer. This capability allows users to seamlessly scan large objects with higher speed and more precise accuracy in order to complete 3D scanning jobs faster.

Simultaneous Measurement

“The new CAM2 Measure 10.5 provides significant advancements that support our customers’ needs to measure faster and more efficiently with improved ease-of-use,” stated Kathleen J. Hall, Senior Vice President and Managing Director – Americas.

Significant advancements to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) functionality provide users with streamlined analysis and visual reporting. A part inspection can now be displayed just like a print to easily visualize and determine part quality. This enhanced functionality eliminates the need to look at each feature in sequence to make the same determination.

GD & T

Workflow efficiencies are maximized with the ability to automate repeat inspections by programing data analysis to automatically occur after the measurements are taken. This new capability reduces required training time, significantly reduces the risk of operator error, and accelerates job completion times.

Additional enhancements include expanded point cloud capacity and the ability to easily scan trim edges. Users are now able to collect over 20 times more data than our previous versions while maintaining accelerated processing speed. New capabilities also allow trim edges on materials such as sheet metal to be easily scanned, essentially eliminating the need to collect hard-probed measurements on part edges.

Trim Edges

“The capability to connect multiple devices for simultaneous 3D scanning, automating repeat inspections, and enhanced GD&T functionality represent major advancements in our metrology software. We are excited to launch this new release, and further enable our customers to use our world-class products to drive productivity gains,” Ms. Hall concluded.

To learn more about the new FARO® CAM2 Measure 10.5 and all of FARO’s metrology offerings, click here!

May
18
2015

FARO Reality Training Results – ARAS 360

Check out the new video from one of our 3D Documentation Engineers Si Horton!

The above video covers areas such as:

  • Steering & Suspension
  • Crash scene Analysis
  • Bullet Trajectories
  • Damage Analysis and much more….

Want to find out more about FARO‘s recent acquisition of ARAS 360 then click here.

Apr
29
2015

FARO over the moon with NASA Rocket Sled Scan

Mobile 3D laser applications stand for precision, innovation and speed. Such as architecture, automotive, earth science, manufacturing or forensics can benefit from mobile laser scanning technology, all of which is set to be demonstrated at the FARO 3D Documentation Conference 2015 on the 21st-22nd of May in Böblingen, Stuttgart.

The international conference will see the coming together of experts and enthusiasts from around the world for the 5th time. The common denominator is the current 3D laser scanning technology – beyond their disciplinary boundaries. For example what do the the US space agency NASA, laser scanning technology and architecture have in common? Aplenty according to a lecture by Larry Klein Kemper AIA, Lanmar Services from Texas, USA at our 3D Documentation Conference “Motor World”.

Renowned architect Larry Klein Kemper, with a focus on BIM, made a name for himself in both Europe and America as the mastermind of animation, rendering and computer modelling.

NASA is known for its exceptional developments and spaceships, of which often ensue exceptional structures.  Disused vehicles such as an oversized rocket sled should simply be documented and be kept as exhibition pieces and 3D models for museums. Larry Klein Kemperis set to show how the large NASA Rocket sled precise point clouds are formed outside with the help of the FARO Focus 3D X 330.

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The freestyle then starts and the data is transferred in exact geometry. The so-called “Auto Extraction of Geometry” has recently significantly developed, says Larry Klein Kemper – thanks to new software components. The speaker presents two promising possibilities regarding the auto extraction and continues by showing the advantages and limitations of doing so.

The interdisciplinary exchange is very important for the 3D Conference, IT meets film and the software industry meets architecture and transportation planning. Prominent keynote speakers and  first hand reports on current projects. Individual priorities and issues are addressed in the afternoon workshops, including areas such as: Automotive, Conservation and BIM (Building Information Modeling).

The accompanying exhibition with a variety of 3D exhibitors and current software developments rounds off the course of events. An attractive recreational program is also available for the 3D enthusiasts. More information and details can be found here!

Apr
27
2015

SCENE WebShare Cloud – White Paper

A number of trends have converged to make working collaboratively with spatial images easier and more affordable than ever. As a leader in 3D imaging, we at FARO offer one of the first solutions for cloud-based sharing of 3D scanning data. As many experts have commented, the term cloud computing is sometimes just a new name for already existing IT concepts and services. On the other hand, as cloud services and cloud-based applications evolve, cloud computing can allow new ways of working. So for example, FARO’s SCENE WebShare Cloud service offers some scan sharing functions that were already available in 2003 using iQworks – a system designed to run on corporate intranets that was used mainly in the automotive industry. This white paper looks, firstly, at FARO’s SCENE WebShare Cloud application and service in the context of the general trends that are shaping the market for 3D imaging technology and services. Secondly, it examines the initial concerns that many potential cloud users have in relation to data security.

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The service SCENE WebShare Cloud, allows secure collaboration and 3D data sharing in the cloud – a general term for shared computing resources accessible to any user equipped with no more than a standard web browser. With SCENE WebShare Cloud, point cloud scanning projects, prepared in FARO SCENE can be easily published to the cloud and then shared worldwide via the Internet. Registered users can then view and analyse the project data using various intuitive tools like the map and the panoramic view.

SCENE WebShare Cloud offers a secure and interactive environment, which allows users to explore, measure or annotate the project’s scans from any web-capable device. Prior to SCENE WebShare Cloud, any company wishing to do this kind of thing needed to own dedicated infrastructure or server hardware. SCENE WebShare Cloud is the culmination of intensive developments driven by a number of major trends in IT and 3D-documentation.

To read more then click here, or visit our FARO Website and see what we can do for you!

Apr
23
2015

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.

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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!

 

Apr
20
2015

Kubit Webinars: Introduction of PointSense for Revit

FARO Technologies presents a faster and more intuitive point cloud to Revit model workflow. Taking as-built to BIM just got easier. Finally, more efficient laser scan workflows directly inside of Revit for family wall extraction, wall angle adjustment and correction, continuous wall mending, real 3D point cloud snapping, ortho image creation and more.

Webinars: Introduction of PointSense for Revit

This 60min webinar introduces you the new FARO 3D Software, PointSense for Revit.

PointSense for Revit accelerates and simplifies the analysis and design of point cloud data directly in Autodesk Revit. It contributes to the successful integration of as-built buildings in existing or new BIM projects.

During the Webinar the following topics will be covered:

  • precise creation of walls
  • automatic wall allignment
  • working direcly in the point cloud using 3D point snap
  • precise gripping of points using the planar scan view
  • comfortable work with scan data wihin the Revit family editor
  • creation of ortho images

German (19th of May, 11:00 – 12:00 MESZ) register!
English (20th of May, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT)- addressing customers in Americas – register!
English (Tue, May 26, 2015 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM SGT)- addressing customers in ASIA/Pacific – register!

For more information click here!

 

Apr
07
2015

FARO® Streamlines As-Built to BIM Workflows with PointSense for Revit®

Coventry, 31st March 2015 – FARO Technologies, Inc. announces the release of the newly designed PointSense for Autodesk’s Revit® building  design software. PointSense introduces breakthrough functionality to significantly improve the evaluation and conversion of point cloud data to Building Information Modeling (BIM).

BIM has become a standard in the planning, building and management of new facilities and Autodesk Revit® is one of the most established BIM programs for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. FARO’s latest software release accelerates and simplifies the analysis and design of laser scan data directly in Autodesk Revit®.

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“PointSense is FARO’s first software release following our recent acquisition of kubit™ and upholds FARO’s strategy to be a leader in the AEC market,” stated Jay Freeland, FARO’s President and CEO. “As BIM continues to be an established requirement in the construction industry, we recognize the need to provide customers with a complete field to finish solution. PointSense enhances the architectural design process by simplifying the extraction of BIM models to point clouds. This is merely the beginning of FARO’s efforts to greatly enhance scan-to-BIM workflows.”

PointSense users will experience additional functionality compared to traditional native Autodesk Revit® tools previously available to the market. Some of the new features include: extraction and alignment of architectural walls, creation of Revit® family types such as doors, windows, beams, construction lines and ground models, real 3D snap-to-point clouds, plane detection and scaled ortho-image generation.

PointSense will be available to users beginning May 4th, 2015. For more information on PointSense for Revit® click here!

Mar
06
2015

FARO assits in the 36 Pit Fire Investigation

ESTACADA, Ore. – A wildfire that burned thousands of acres and threatened hundreds of homes back in September last year and thanks to FARO and the FARO Focus 3D Laser Scanner investigarors were able to conclude that the fire was started by bullet fragments igniting dry grass and brush at gravel pit popular with target shooters. The 36 Pit Fire was not intentionally set, according to fire officials. The gravel pit was open to recreational target shooting when the fire started.

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The fire threatened homes near Estacada and forced evacuations and had more than 1,000 people fighting the fire, including 12 elite Hot Shot crews, with the fire being estimated at over 5,500 acres in size.

Click here to watch the Video explaing the 36 Pit Fire and how FARO helped assist in the investigation, or want to find out more about our versatile product range? Then check out our website!



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