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Product News: FARO Introduces the Smallest, Lightest 3-D Laser Scanner

The self-contained Focus3D is four times lighter and five times smaller than other laser scanners

Published: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 08:39

Editor’s note: Quality Digest’s Technorazzi Live will be presenting a live video broadcast demonstrating the capabilities of this new product on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. EDT. If you are interested in watching the live broadcast, please click here.

(FARO: Lake Mary, FL) -- FARO Technologies Inc., a global provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, has introduced the Focus3D, a new laser scanner.

Focus3D is a high-performance 3-D laser scanner for detailed measurement and documentation with intuitive touch screen control that makes it as easy to operate as a digital camera. It is four times lighter and five times smaller than its predecessor and is the smallest and lightest laser scanner available.

Focus3D uses laser technology to produce detailed 3-D images of complex environments and geometries in only a few minutes. The resulting image is an assembly of millions of 3-D measurement points in color, which provides an exact digital reproduction of existing conditions.

The Focus3D is suitable for documentation of large environments, quality control of components, and reverse engineering. Its millimeter-accuracy and 976,000 measurement points per second offer the most efficient and precise method for measurement and 3-D documentation of building construction, excavation volumes, façade and structural deformations, crime scenes, accident sites, product geometry, factories, process plants, and more.

The Focus3D is entirely self-contained, meaning no additional devices, cables, or laptops are needed. With its dimensions of 9.5 × 8 × 4 in. and a weight of 11 lb, the Focus3D is compact and mobile enough for users to take it wherever they go.

Focus3D deploys an integrated color camera with automatic and parallax-free color overlay for photo-realistic 3-D scans. Its integrated lithium-ion, high-performance battery provides up to five hours of battery life and can be charged during operation. All scans are stored on a SD card, enabling easy and secure data transfer to a computer.

The FARO Focus3D is compatible with many common software applications. The flexible interfaces of SCENE, the scan processing software included with the Focus3D, enable connection to AutoCAD as well as other CAD applications such as Rhino, Microstation, Nemetschek, and ArchiCAD.

FARO has changed the game with all the improvements and features of the new Focus3D, eclipsing anything offered in the marketplace and reducing the package size by 50 percent. Instead of pricing the technology accordingly, FARO has dropped the price by half that of any current laser scanning system.


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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.