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October 8, 2013

New Focus3D scanner cuts noise by 50% at nearly 3x range


No technical training or specialized laser scanning skills needed to use new cloud-based SCENE software, says FARO

FARO Technologies, Inc. on Tuesday introduced its new Focus3D X 330 laser scanner designed for outdoor applications with a 330-meter range – nearly three times more than the previous model – in direct sunlight.

FARO Marketing Manager Jerry Hardy, Jr., told SPAR a major feature of the new Focus, with a measurement rate of nearly one million points per second, is the increased scan quality and the the 50 percent noise reduction in scanned data.

Hardy said that provides the ability to generate photorealistic 3D models with up to 70 megapixel resolution, despite the increased range from 120 meters in the first-generation Focus3D scanner. The multi-sensor scanner has a GPS, compass, height sensor, and dual axis compensator.

Also new to the Focus 330, which has a ranging error of up to two millimeters, is an integrated GPS receiver, which allows the correlation of individual scans in post-processing, a big benefit for survey-based applications, Hardy said.

Lake Mary, Fla.-based FARO’s Focus3D X 330 weighs about 11 pounds, has a touch-screen, an SD-card and battery life of 4.5 hours. It is also rated a Class 1 “eye safe” laser.

The 3D scan data from the scanner can be imported into all common software for accident reconstruction, architecture, civil engineering, construction, forensics, industrial manufacturing and land surveying.

“No other provider can offer such a technical achievement,” said Bernd Becker, FARO’s chief technology strategist.

In related news, FARO also released its SCENE WebShare Cloud, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) that allows users to store 3D documentation data on FARO’s secure servers, so scanned projects can be shared with several project partners, and on mobile devices as well.
“Neither technical training nor specialized skills in 3D laser scanning are necessary to work with the intuitive user interface,” said FARO’s Oliver Burkler, senior technical product manager, laser scanning software.

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