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March 5, 2014

New Focus3D mid-range scanner cuts noise by 50%


X 130’s touch-screen ‘as easy to operate as a smart phone’

3D imaging and measurement firm FARO Technologies Inc. has introduced its Focus3D X 130 laser scanner for mid-range scanning applications indoor and outdoors.

The company, headquartered in Lake Mary, Fla., said the lightweight, X 130 has a scanning range up to 130 meters and distance accuracy up to ±2 millimeters. It has a measurement rate of nearly one million points per second and provides a 50 percent noise reduction in scanned data, providing the ability to generate photorealistic 3D models with up to 70 megapixel resolution.

The portable X 130, weighing in at 11.5 pounds, is a Class 1 scanner offering real-time views of recorded data and an integrated GPS receiver, which allows the correlation of individual scans in post-processing, a big benefit for survey-based applications. The multi-sensor scanner also has a compass, height sensor, and dual axis compensator.

FARO said the scanner can be used for applications in architecture, construction, civil engineering, facility management, forensics, historical preservation, industrial manufacturing, and shipbuilding.

“The touch-screen of the Focus3D X 130 is as easy to operate as a smart phone,” said Ralf Drews, managing director of FARO Europe. FARO introduced its long-range Focus3D X 330 (330 meters) laser scanner in October. “The Focus3D’s light weight, small size and SD-card storage capability makes the scanner truly mobile.”

FARO (NASDAQ: FARO) designs, manufactures and markets 3D measurement and imaging systems used for inspecting components and assemblies, rapid prototyping, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, and for accident and crime scene investigation and reconstruction.

FARO reported last week a 7 percent increase in fourth-quarter net income to $8.3 million, or $0.48 per share, on sales of $89.9 million, an 11.4 percent jump. The company also reported fourth-quarter new order bookings were $98.6 million, up more than 20 percent.

For the year ended Dec. 31, FARO reported a 6.7 percent increase in revenue to $291.8 million due to an “increase in worldwide demand” for its products and services. Net income fell by $1.5 million to $21.5 million for the year.

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