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September 13, 2016

FARO’s New Handheld 3D Scanner is Ideal for Mid-Sized Objects


FARO Technologies has announced the Freestyle 3D Objects, the latest addition to their popular Freestyle 3D line of handheld scanners.


Where previous Freestyle 3D scanners were intended for scanning rooms and structures, the new scanner is optimized for mid-sized objects. It boasts a measurement range of 0.3 meters to 0.8 meters and an accuracy of 0.5 mm.

The Freestyle 3D Objects was designed to address the “need for a scanner that provides fast, color, and detailed scan data without the frustration of constantly losing tracking, sticking external targets on the parts, or the time required to manually register the point clouds,” says FARO’s chief commercial officer Joe Arezone.

In other words, the FARO Freestyle 3D Objects scanner provides point clouds comparable to high-resolution object scanners, but without the tracking problems those scanners often present.


The primary applications for this new scanner are crime or crash scene investigations and reverse-engineering. However, FARO explains that it can be used in nearly any industry that regularly measures mid-sized objects.

Among the many possible uses, the company lists capturing industrial pumps, documenting the inside of a vehicle as part of a crime-scene investigation, and creating as-built drawings of critical infrastructure, processing equipment, machine installations, and assembly lines.

After a scan is complete, users can process the data in FARO’s SCENE point-cloud processing software. Among other advancements, the newest version of SCENE includes a meshing tool that generates air-tight models for 3D printing.

FARO is introducing the scanner through its Early Adopter program, which provides qualified customers and lead learners with advance access to new FARO products. The last product made available through this program was the Scan Localizer.

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