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TechnorazziLIVE: FARO Announces New 3-D Imaging AMP System

Accordion fringe interferometry captures highly accurate point cloud in seconds

Published: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 11:43

(FARO, Lake Mary, FL) -- FARO Technologies Inc., a global provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, announced on TechnorazziLIVE, Quality Digest’s live video program, the release of its new 3-D Imaging product line, featuring the FARO AMP.

The FARO AMP 3D Imager is a high-performance noncontact 3-D imaging system, capable of collecting millions of points in just seconds. Using patented technology, the AMP achieves groundbreaking accuracy on parts, assemblies, and tools never before possible.

The AMP is ideal for parts with complex shapes or large, smooth surfaces due to its ability to measure a large surface area in one shot. With the click of a button, the imager captures the complete, detailed image of the object within its half-meter field of view. The AMP is the perfect tool for applications in quality control, reverse engineering, and rapid manufacturing.

“We are excited to make this new technology available as a part of our portable measurement and imaging solutions,” says Jay Freeland, FARO’s CEO. “But what’s even more exciting is to be able to offer customers a truly affordable, easy-to-use solution for capturing comprehensive data on their parts and tooling. The AMP is an advanced, 3-D imaging solution that allows us to continue helping customers embrace the types of technology that can make their products and processes more efficient.”

The AMP also offers improved measurement of dark and shiny parts that are often missed by optical systems; and with its portable, rugged, and thermally-stable design, it is right at home on the shop floor or the assembly line.

The key to achieving high accuracy is the AMP’s advanced technology: accordion fringe interferometry (AFI). “AFI uses lasers to generate infinitely focused fringe patterns that are projected onto the part,” says Chuck Pfeffer, FARO director of product management—3-D Imaging. “When the fringes are captured with the AMP’s high-resolution camera, a highly accurate point cloud is created, generating a true representation of the object. It is the accuracy of these fringes that sets the AMP apart.”

To learn more, visit www.faro.com/3dimager.



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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.