Faro's new Hand scanner

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Faro's new Hand scanner

Post by ddustin » Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:17 pm

http://www.faro.com/en-us/products/3d-d ... tions#main
We just bought the first one.. :D
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Re: Faro's new Hand scanner

Post by jcoco3 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:34 pm

Very cool. I am kind-of a technical spec nerd myself :ugeek:

Excerpt of technical specification - for further details please download the tech sheet
Range: 0.5 – 3m

Resolution @ 0.5m: Lateral: 0.2mm - 1mm / Depth: 0.2mm

3D point accuracy/ whole scan accuracy**: <1.5mm

Single image point density: Up to 45,000 points/m² in 0.5m distance and up to 10,500 points/m² in 1m distance

Scan volume: 8.1m³

Eye safety: Class 1 laser

Weight: 0.98kg

Size: 260mm x 310mm x 105mm

Scanner control: Microsoft® Surface Pro 2 or 3 (no additional power supply needed)


* Service includes hotline support, calibration and repair services for professionals

** Measured on a 1m reference scale, in 1m distance, for a lateral scanner movement of 1m, using targets for distance measurement

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Post by 3DForensics » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:19 pm

I was one of the early beta testers for the FreeStyle and just speaking in general, hand held scanning has a lot of merit across many industries. Mantis, Artec, DotProduct and now FARO have entered into this realm. I think what is most interesting to me is how quickly you can capture data in smaller areas.

Here are some sample images of what the FreeStyle is capable of. Sorry I don't have anything more interesting to show.
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Post by bhohimer » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:35 pm

Well I ventured on over here to see what kind of rumblings were going on about the new Freestyle. I had guessed there would be at least some discussion.

David, have you had a chance to do any scanning with it yet?

Jonathan, that's the first thing I did as well...went straight to the Faro site to check specs. For what seems to be an improved version of Kinect/Scenect the specs are fairly impressive.

thanks for sharing the images Eugene! Did the capture go pretty smooth? Do you have to pan very slowly with the sensor?

Thanks gentlemen!
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Re: Faro's new Hand scanner

Post by ddustin » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:46 pm

Bob,
Scanning with it is obviously different than a terrestrial scanner and all hand scanners have problems with tracking.
So...... it works pretty well.
There will continue to be improvement as our friends in the German Labyrinth are some very clever folks 8-)
The production unit shipment has not been announced yet (that I know of).

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Post by 3DForensics » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:47 pm

The capture is quite smooth and like most optical tracking systems, you need to have something for the system to "lock on" to. Bare white walls just won't work and need some high contrast targets.

The car image above was done outdoors and in cloudy conditions. I wasn't expecting it to work very well so that was a nice surprise. However, for most of the tests I have run, I did not use any targets.

It's hard to convey capture speed in writing so the best I can say is a moderate and steady arm movement for most cases. When you have a lot of texture to lock on with tracking you can move much faster, but if you are faced with very plain textured objects, you need to slow down to keep the tracking in place.

Of interest might be the way this is packaged with software. There is a "Capture" version of software that comes on the tablet and is used strictly for gathering data. No bells and whistles and has nice big buttons. Then, there is another version called "Process" which allows you to edit, filter, register and do some other cool stuff with the scans like color adjustment/white balance.

Much more to follow...I am certain.

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Re: Faro's new Hand scanner

Post by bhohimer » Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:06 pm

Now I find myself wondering if the 8 cubic meter limit is for a single instance or "scan"...can multiple 8 cubic meter "scans" then be registered together to create a larger overall scanned environment? Faro also says that the data can be directly incorporated with Focus data. I can see a benefit of using this type of unit to scan areas of higher detail for introduction into a larger overall building scene documented with a Focus...coming from an architecture/MEP documentation background. The uses for forensics are pretty obvious straight away!
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Re: Faro's new Hand scanner

Post by Oliver Buerkler » Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:18 pm

Hi all.

Congratulations David! :-)

Thanks Eugene for the pictures and explanation on the software!

Regarding the specs:
The system has been developed completely in-house. So it is definitely not just a "Kinect on dope" 8-)

On FAROs web site, there are already a few videos available showing typical applicatuion examples in AEC and CSI.
More details to be published over the next days and weeks. So stay tuned! ;)

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Post by 3DForensics » Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:19 pm

You can have rather large scan sets by just continuing to scan and there is already a point picking alignment to combine several different scans together into one unified point cloud. It's actually quite logical and easy to use. Combining FreeStyle with Focus data has been one of the main intents from the start. Lots of opportunities I think.

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Re: Faro's new Hand scanner

Post by jedfrechette » Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:21 pm

What's the pricing like?
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