BUSINESS TECH | Breakthrough FARO 8-axis FaroArm sets new standard
Real-time part rotation accelerates inspection and design workflows.
LAKE MARY, FORIDA — FARO, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology and product design introduces the FARO 8-Axis FaroArm system. After more than 30 years of continuous innovation in portable measurement arms, FARO once again drives the industry forward. This comprehensive, solution combines either the portable Quantum FaroArm, Quantum ScanArm or Design ScanArm portfolio products with a functionally integrated, yet physically separate, 8th axis.
The 8th axis is a complete rotational axis identical to and a natural extension of all FaroArm® products. It plugs directly into the FaroArm® and results in a seamlessly integrated, high accuracy additional axis that requires no additional setup time or effort. Moreover, unlike a turntable, the 8th axis is completely transparent to the measurement software, so no software updates or upgrades are needed.
This innovative functionality enables the part to be rotated in real time relative to the Arm versus requiring the Arm to be moved around the part. As a result, it is not only easier to scan and measure typically harder to reach areas, but also both measurement time and human measurement error are dramatically reduced since the part itself rests on a stable, consistent platform.
The 8-Axis system is ideal for addressing a range of non-contact measurement and design challenges, including point cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modeling of free-form surfaces.
Faster scanning with higher confidence
The extended reach of this system via the easy to use part rotation functionality allows the user to scan, measure and digitize features on both small and large parts with a single Arm position. As a result, this process is up to 40% faster relative to a standard 7-Axis Arm system.
Improved operator effectiveness
The operator is now able to focus with minimal distraction on the actual scan or measurement of the part since reaching around the part is no longer required. Also, this allows complex objects to be digitized, not only faster, but also more comprehensively.
Expedited post-processing activities
Due to reduced need to move the Arm to different positions around the part or move the part itself into several positions in order to capture all necessary features, a minimum number of scans need to be aligned. As a result, post processing activities are both simplified and completed faster.
“We are excited about the 8-Axis system as another FARO first, which enables a new standard for both inspection and design efficiency,” said Simon Raab, Ph.D., FARO’s president and chief executive. “Based on our engagements over the last two years with both inspection and 3D design professionals, we are confident that we are uniquely addressing their core pain points including speed and productivity, ease of use and end to end cycle time in the most creative and easy to implement manner.”