Featured Product
This Week in Quality Digest Live
Metrology Features
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hafnium oxide key to novel applications
David Suttle
What is breakthrough technology really capable of?
Eric Whitley
Robotic efficiency coupled with human intuition yields a fast, accurate, adaptable manufacturing system
InnovMetric Software
One software capable of operating portable metrology equipment and CMMs within the same user interface
Vivian Lam
Four essential reads on how scientists bring the microscopic world into plain sight

More Features

Metrology News
Air-extend/spring-retract moves probe out of the way
Expanded offering includes Smartscope E-series for 3-axis video measurement
Accelerates CAM programming time 80% to make U.S. manufacturers more productive
Enables scanning electron microscopes to perform in situ Raman spectroscopy
Certified for use in Class 1, Zone 0, Zone 1, and Zone 2 locations
Smart-manufacturing data platform collects, presents, and initiates accurate process and metrology data
Supports back-end process control
Quantum nanometrology just got a step closer
Produces clearer images of samples of any shape in which dense areas mask less dense areas

More News



FARO Celebrates 30 Years with a Custom Chopper from Paul Jr. Designs

Build featured on Discovery Channel

Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 13:07

(FARO Technologies: Lake Mary, FL) – FARO Technologies Inc., a global provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, celebrates 30 years in 2011. With three decades of innovation to celebrate, FARO is having one of its valued customers, Paul Jr. Designs (PJD), build a custom FARO-themed motorcycle. The build was featured on Discovery Channel’s popular television series, American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior in a two-part series that aired Jan. 17 and 24.

As with most custom choppers created by Paul Jr. Designs, the FaroArm was used during the fabrication of this 30th-anniversary bike. Creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces quickly and efficiently is important for PJD. Some elements, like the gas tank, seat pan, and primary cover, display the true craftsmanship that goes into every design. All of these have intricate shapes and contours that are difficult to capture or re-create by hand.

With the FaroArm, PJD is able to digitize the exact shape and placement of components, virtually eliminating the need to trace and create cardboard templates. Data collected with the arm can be immediately imported to the CNC machine or water-jet cutter to produce accurate pieces that will fit perfectly from the start, thus reducing scrap, saving time, and boosting overall efficiency.


About The Author

FARO’s picture


FARO develops and markets computer-aided coordinate measurement and imaging devices and software. FARO’s portable equipment permits high-precision 3-D measurement, imaging, and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, 3-D documentation, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes, and to generate digital scans of historic sites. Principal products include the FaroArm, the FARO Laser Tracker ION, FARO Laser ScanArm, FARO Laser Scanner, FARO Gage, and the CAM2 family of advanced CAD-based measurement and reporting software.