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FARO Technologies, Inc. announces the release of the new FARO Freestyle3D X Handheld Laser Scanner, a 3D Laser Scanner designed to transform the way the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Law Enforcement, and other industries document 3D data through easy to use, intuitive data acquisition. With the release of the Freestyle3D X, FARO´s portfolio now contains two handheld scanners designed to help customers increase productivity, save time and make effective, data-driven decisions.

The new FARO Freestyle3D X incorporates state-of-the-art scanning technology that delivers enhanced scanning accuracy of 1 millimeter at a 1-meter range. The Freestyle3D X is available with a U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable calibration accessory to provide users with verifiable data accuracy, which is critical for forensic scanning and other highly regulated industries. On-site calibration data is exportable in PDF format, allowing information to be easily shared with other team members.

The Freestyle3D X also incorporates an automatic flash mode enabling users to scan objects in a variety of lighting conditions. New software tools deliver an intensely detailed visualization of the created 3D point cloud, and an integrated best-point filter enhances the quality of the scan data by reducing noise up to 35%. Finally, post-processing functions have also been improved, offering up to 5x faster data writing speed to further improve productivity on the job site.

The Freestyle3D X can be employed as a standalone device or used in concert with FARO Focus3D X Series Laser Scanners. Point cloud data from all devices can be integrated seamlessly – even in grey scale.

"The Freestyle3D X sets the industry standard for ease-of-use and verifiable accuracy among professional, portable scanning devices," stated Joe Arezone, Senior Vice President and Managing Director FARO Asia and EMEA. "The new features such as automatic flash mode, best point filter and new algorithms decisively enhance the overall scanning experience and enable users to carry out more projects with better quality at the same time. Moreover, the new Freestyle3D X will allow the most demanding users to achieve better accuracy in their projects."

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/products/3d-documentation/handheld-3d-scanner-freestyle-3d/overview

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:58

FARO Introduces New 3D App Center

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO) has unveiled the FARO 3D App Center, the company’s new online exchange for Focus3D software applications. Through the 3D App Center, Focus3D users and software developers can download and share purpose-built apps to meet specific scanning challenges.

The FARO 3D App Center reduces costs and simplifies workflows by replacing expensive software packages that perform tasks users may never need.  Instead, customers can access and download FARO software apps built specifically to resolve their particular scanning challenges, such as surface or volume calculations. The result is lower operating cost and an assurance that scanning professionals have the FARO software they need, for the tasks they perform, each and every time.

FARO’s 3D App Center also provides a forum for software developers to create and share their own apps with the laser scanning world. Now, third-parties and other software companies can reach Focus3D customers directly, with apps tailored to meet their needs. All third-party apps are thoroughly tested and approved by the FARO team before making their way to the 3D App Center for download.

For more information, visit: 3d-app-center.faro.com

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced SCENE 5.1, the latest update to the software for the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner. New features like Clipping Box and improved scan positioning help streamline data and cut processing time in half. Orthophoto functionality allows users to save scans as photo files to view and share scan data even without point cloud software.

Among many new features found in SCENE 5.1, Clipping Box helps users streamline data analysis by keeping only the parts of scans that are relevant to the project. With this latest enhancement, scan data is presented in either point cloud or realistic photo view. Users choose those portions of the scan they need and the remaining parts are seamlessly and automatically removed. The optimized scan provides data the user wants, without extraneous data that makes analysis time-consuming. A reduced file size makes storage or export to CAD quick and simple.   

Large scanning projects often call for multiple scans and extensive post-processing. To reduce work time, SCENE 5.1 offers powerful feature recognition capabilities that position and assemble individual scans quickly, even when there are no registration marks or pre-defined targets. The result is an up to 50 percent reduction in processing time and a more precise finished product. SCENE 5.1 also includes the ability to save orthophotos in a TIFF format, so scans can now be viewed even if the user’s CAD software is unable to interpret point cloud data.

In partnership with 3DConnexion, a leading manufacturer of peripheral devices for 3D navigation and motion control applications, FARO has also made available the new 3D SpaceMouse. Specially designed for scanning applications, the SpaceMouse enables quick manipulation of three-dimensional data, scans and much more.

FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and FARO (NASDAQ: FARO) announced today that they have signed an OEM and distribution agreement for 3D laser scanners. Under the agreement, FARO will provide Trimble with an OEM differentiated product based upon its successful FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform. Trimble will offer the OEM product throughout its worldwide survey and building construction distribution networks, serving the needs of surveyors, contractors, engineers and geospatial professionals. As part of the strategic relationship, future versions of the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform will also be made available to Trimble.

“FARO’s revolutionary Laser Scanner Focus3D leverages more than 30 years of disruptive product innovation in the 3D measurement space. We are very pleased to partner with Trimble to further expand the 3D laser scanner platform across a broader range of markets,” said Jay Freeland, president & chief executive officer of FARO.

“FARO has successfully challenged the 3D scanning market with a product that is versatile, compact and competitively priced,” said David Fitzpatrick, general manager of Trimble 3D Scanning. “We are excited to offer this solution as part of Trimble’s portfolio through our strong worldwide distribution network.”

The Trimble OEM product is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com or www.trimble.com

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, announced today that it received a jury verdict in its favor in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in the patent litigation brought against FARO by Nikon Metrology, Inc. (formerly Metris USA, Inc.) and its affiliates in July of 2008. The court found Nikon Metrology’s patent claims invalid.  While Nikon may attempt to appeal the decision, the jury verdict favorably concludes this stage of the litigation.
 
U.S. Patent No. 7,313,264, the sole remaining object of the suit, was issued in December of 2007 and was related to FARO’s laser line probe accessory used with some FaroArms in the marketplace.  The U.S. District Court previously ruled in summary judgment that FARO did not infringe a separate Nikon patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,611,617, as initially alleged by Nikon.

“The resolution emphasizes the uniqueness of FARO’s technology.  FARO carefully designs its products to ensure that intellectual property rights of third parties are respected while maintaining its own significant patent portfolio.  FARO is prepared to defend itself and protect its portfolio any time it is necessary to do so,” said Jay Freeland, FARO’s President & Chief Executive Officer.

FARO Technologies was represented by Bill Cass of Cantor Coburn, LLP in the matter.

FARO develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

Worldwide, approximately 15,000 customers are operating more than 30,000 installations of FARO's systems. The Company's global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Fla., its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branches in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Turkey, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, announced today the FARO Tour 2012, a series of 12 open houses featuring the company’s popular Paul Jr. Designs Motorcycle and all-new Vantage Laser Tracker. The tour begins at IMTS in Chicago, September 10-15, and continues to 11 other venues throughout the U.S. It is the first such tour for FARO and its motorcycle, and will be the best chance for the general public to receive hands-on demonstrations of the company’s newest laser tracker, the Vantage.

Featured on the Discovery Channel series, American Chopper, Senior vs. Junior, the FARO bike was designed and built by Paul Jr. Designs to celebrate FARO’s 30th Anniversary. Paul Teutul Jr. personally delivered the chopper to FARO’s Lake Mary, FL headquarters in early 2011 and since then, it has gained tremendous popularity for its unique style and power. “FARO is so proud of this bike. It looks great and people love it,” said David Morse, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for FARO Americas. “We want to take the chopper out on the road and bring it right to our customers and potential customers so they can appreciate it up close. And, while they’re here, we’ll show attendees time and money-saving techniques that they can take back to work with them.”

Following IMTS, the FARO Tour 2012 will move to venues like Andretti Green in Indianapolis, Pratt & Miller Engineering outside of Detroit and the Museum of Flight in Seattle. It’s the perfect chance for attendees to see FARO’s bike, the all-new Vantage and other FARO solutions up close, and hear from other professionals who use FARO solutions every day. Sessions are open to the general public, free to attend and include lunch and coffee. Attendees are eligible for prize drawings and specials on FARO warranties and equipment.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/farotour

Monday, 16 July 2012 09:16

FARO Annouces Vantage Laser Tracker

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced the Vantage, a true laser tracker that combines disruptive new features and a supremely portable design. Enhancements like SmartFind, Multiview and integrated Wi-Fi® expedite measurement routines for unprecedented speed and efficiency. Dramatic reductions in size and weight make the device so portable, it can simply be carried on board an airplane and stored in most overhead bins. “The Vantage is a revolution,” said Ken Steffey, Director of Product Management for the FARO Laser Tracker. “This device, and its combination of features, accuracy and portability, is unlike anything this industry has seen. The Vantage will be the standard for laser trackers going forward.”

Though the Vantage is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than its predecessor, FARO has included new in-line optic systems that actually improve long-range measurement by 45 percent to up to 80 meters (160m diameter). Integrated Wi-Fi eliminates tethering to laptops. The result is a portable tracker that captures more measurements with fewer device moves, and shorter routines, than ever before. Along with standard shipping cases, the Vantage is packaged with an all-new backpack and roller board that can be stowed in a standard airline overhead compartment, so it can be transported anywhere, anytime, quickly and conveniently.

Two of the new features found only in the Vantage – SmartFind and MultiView – increase productivity by reducing measurement time. The SmartFind system responds to simple gestures from the operator and allows the Vantage to quickly find the desired target whenever its beam is lost or broken. The patent-pending MultiView system utilizes two integrated cameras that let users point automatically to specific, difficult-to-reach targets.

Other new features like the water and dust resistant IP52 rating mean operators can rely on the Vantage through precipitation and moisture that can cause other laser trackers to fail. The Vantage’s TruADM technology provides the accuracy needed for everyday, real-world applications where the differences between absolute distance measurement (ADM) and interferometer (IFM)-based measurements are, for the most part, insignificant. Unlike technologies that require an IFM system to assist their ADM system, FARO’s TruADM simplifies the process. Enhanced, predictive algorithms in this patented, fifth-generation technology allow quicker capture of dynamic measurements by simply scanning with the target.

“FARO has developed a more portable, durable laser tracker that incorporates remarkable performance, ease-of-use and more. We’re proud to be able to introduce such a complete solution to the marketplace,” explained FARO CEO Jay Freeland.  “It truly is a no-compromise solution for our customers.”

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/laser-tracker

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced the newest and most accurate addition to its FaroArm lineup, the Prime arm. This six-axis portable measurement arm delivers exceptional value to customers who require a high-accuracy, contact-only measurement solution for everyday inspection and quality assurance routines.

Available in four lengths from six to twelve feet (1.8m to 3.7m), the FARO Prime promises accuracies as tight as .019 mm (.0007 in.). This newest FaroArm is also Bluetooth® equipped, eliminating the need to tether the device to a laptop. An extended-use battery and composite material construction ensure shop floor durability, day after day. Together, these features make the Prime the ideal solution for basic measurements in inspection, reverse engineering, CAD-to-part analysis and anywhere else a high-accuracy, hard-probing measurement solution is needed.  

The Prime joins the Fusion and the Edge, FARO’s flagship and most advanced measurement arm, in the industry-leading FaroArm line. The FARO Edge continues to deliver exclusive features like a touch screen, on-board operating system and the industry’s smallest and lightest handheld laser scanner, the FARO Laser Line Probe (LLP). “Customer need and input is the driving force behind innovation at FARO,” explained Orlando Perez, Director of Product Management for the FaroArm. “Our customers demanded greater accuracy for routine contact measurement applications, without many of the added features or 3D scanning capabilities you’d find in the Edge. The result is the Prime. It’s accurate, durable, easy-to-use and provides the solution that much of the marketplace has been asking for.”

The Prime is compatible with FARO’s CAM2 Measure 10 software and others, and is available now from FARO Technologies. “We’re excited to introduce the Prime to the market. This is the most accurate FaroArm available, offered at an unmatched value,” said Jay Freeland, FARO’s Chief Executive Officer. “This newest FaroArm delivers outstanding performance and makes our innovative technology accessible to a whole new group of potential customers. We think they’re going to love the Prime.”

FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

Worldwide, approximately 14,000 customers are operating more than 28,000 installations of FARO's systems. The Company's global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Fla., its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branches in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Turkey, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com

The goal of this webinar is to introduce you to the fastest path to CAD integrated with any FARO ScanArm device. You will learn how to create a parametric, editable solid CAD model from the 3D scan data, and, observe how to convert and then apply this feature-based model in your preferred CAD software.

Rapidform XOR is the perfect companion to the FARO ScanArm for reverse engineering.

What you can expect:

Learn how to use the FARO Laser ScanArm and Rapidform XOR together as the ultimate 3D scanning solution.

  • Create a fully editable, parametric feature model from massive point clouds and meshes
  • Capture design intent of a physical part with the FARO ScanArm
  • Seamless interoperability with all major CAD systems (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Siemens NX, Creo, CATIA, and new for 2012, Inventor)

This webinar will be held in English and questions will be answered after the presentation.

Title: Create Parametric 3D CAD Models with the FARO Laser ScanArm and Rapidform

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2012

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT (New York)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM GMT+1 (London-Dublin)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM GMT+2 (Berlin-Paris-Rom)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT+3 (Istanbul)

For more information or to register, visit: www.faro.com/contentv2.aspx?ct=uk&content=misc&item=2140

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 22:42

FARO Launches New CAM2 Gage 2.2 Software

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced the release of CAM2 Gage 2.2. It is the latest software update for the company’s leading lines of portable measurement solutions, the FaroArm and FARO Gage. New features like enhanced QuickTools, barcode functionality and temperature compensation dramatically expedite and improve the accuracy of measurement routines. These and over 30 more new features make CAM2 Gage 2.2 one of FARO’s most complete solutions for fast, high-accuracy contact measurement.

The QuickTools functionality permits users to import and use QuickTools programs generated in FARO CAM2 Measure 10. Barcodes can now be created directly in the CAM2 GAGE software and saved together with the inspection plan data. One click with the new FARO barcode reader and the inspection plan is instantly loaded in the CAM2 GAGE software. The result is exceptional speed for frequently-repeated, everyday measurements.

As part of the newest update to CAM2 Gage, FARO’s temperature probe provides feedback on part temperature during measurement routines. This is important since variations in temperature can adversely affect the accuracy of measurements. By closely monitoring and automatically compensating for these changes, CAM2 Gage helps ensure users receive consistent and accurate results despite changing measurement conditions.

“CAM2 Gage 2.2 software presents new features that accelerate and simplify measurement activities. FARO is fully committed to continuously improving our measurement software packages,” said Markus Grau, FARO’s Product & Business Development Manager for the FARO Gage. “With this latest release, we have reached a new milestone in offering the easiest and most intuitive measurement software available.”

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/gage

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:02

FARO Annouces Release of Scene 5.0

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology today announced the release of SCENE 5.0, the latest in the company’s line of point cloud capture processing software for the Focus3D. For the first time, SCENE users can view their scans in true stereoscopic 3D for unprecedented levels of realism. Automatic fine registration eliminates the need for artificial targets in many cases when piecing together multiple scans, and the new Project Database enables enhanced levels of networking between users.

SCENE 5.0 contains automatic fine registration, a new cloud-to-cloud enhancement that reduces or removes the need for the placement of artificial targets in many scanning applications, and significantly reduces post-processing time. Rather than utilizing spheres or checkerboards, the software identifies prominent objects such as corners, edges and other flat structures within the scan and uses them as reference points. These features help to seamlessly meld together multiple scans to form a single, complete point cloud. This new addition, unique to SCENE 5.0, further expedites the merging of scans between remote users.

The Project Database is FARO’s latest way to facilitate scanning project collaboration. This new addition seamlessly stores project information and a step-by-step history of each scanning project. Users may now return to any step in a scanning database, quickly and easily, no matter where they may be in their process. They may also select which details to display on a given project, allowing users to choose which level of detail to display and reducing extraneous data points. SCENE 5.0 also supports the new ASTM E57 industry standard, a manufacturer-independent, binary data exchange format for 3D data. Through this, users may import and export scanning data regardless of the specific product used to capture it.

New for SCENE 5.0, stereoscopic visualization allows users to view their scans on 3D-enabled monitors. The result is an added level of detail and a heightened sense of realism found in major motion pictures. For users in the real estate marketing, construction, renovation and other markets, this 3D viewing feature literally adds new dimensions to their scanning work. “SCENE 5.0 combines ease-of-use, networking and an enhanced 3D experience to deliver a complete scan processing solution,” said Oliver Burkler, Senior Technical Product Manager for the Focus3D.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/focus/us/software

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions announces it will host their annual 3D Documentation Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, February 21-22, 2012. It’s the company’s first time holding the event on U.S. soil. The conference will feature visionary keynote speakers from many areas of 3D documentation delivering their thoughts on the current state and future of the technology. Workshops in a number of tracks including civil engineering, historic preservation and forensic investigation will provide attendees with hands-on training opportunities from respected industry experts.

“This conference brings 3D professionals together under one roof to share ideas, best practices and techniques,” said David Morse, FARO’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Americas. “As the leader in 3D imaging technology, FARO is pleased to provide a forum for the best minds in our industry to share their unique insights.” Registration investment for the 3D Documentation Conference is $495 and includes a welcome reception, breakfasts, lunches and a gala dinner. Exhibitors are invited to participate in the 3D Exhibition to be held during the conference. Space is limited, and all lunches and breaks will be held in the main hall, so exhibitors are assured an opportunity to interact and meet, one-on-one, with decision-makers from all areas of 3D scanning.

The Gaylord Palms Resort is located just minutes from many of Central Florida’s most famous attractions. Acres of indoor gardens and spaces will provide guests with ideal opportunities for hands-on scanning instruction.

For more information, visit: www.3d-documentation-conference.com

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, announces the next generation of its innovative laser scanner, the Focus3D. Complete with new features that enhance registration and remote functionality, this newest Focus3D offering represents FARO’s most powerful laser scanning solution to date.

Already the smallest and most advanced laser scanner on the market, the Focus3D now includes the new Multi-Sensor hardware feature. It incorporates a compass and height sensor to complement the device’s existing dual axis compensator. The new sensors define height and orientation against a set point for each scan, improving the automatic registration process and reducing post-processing work.

Users can now perform and download scans remotely with the new WLAN remote control included in each new Focus3D. The device may also be equipped with one of three, application-specific adaptors that allow the Focus3D to be mounted to any fixed post or utilized in mobile or super-fast tunnel scanning applications.

SCENE WebShare 4.9, FARO’s internet sharing browser, will provide measurement tools and added information via Documentation Objects. Scans shared using WebShare can be directly viewed on the browser or analyzed with a variety of mapping functions. “We’ve included new features with this latest generation of the Focus3D that we think will make our customers’ lives much easier,” explained FARO CEO, Jay Freeland. “By including new functionality in an already very strong offering, we believe FARO has the most competitive laser scanner on the market.”

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/focus/us

FARO Technologies, Inc., the world's leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, announces the debut of CAM2 Measure 10, its newest software for the FaroArm, ScanArm and FARO Laser Tracker. This groundbreaking release marks the first time FARO has included features for collecting and analyzing point cloud data as part of their robust CAM2 line, in addition to other new enhancements like Live Color Scan, Shortcuts and the Easy Move Wizard.

Already a leader in the development of contact measurement software, FARO's new CAM2 Measure 10 now provides non-contact users the ability to scan and collect point cloud data for reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and analysis. The software is the ideal complement to FARO's recently released Edge ScanArm, and represents a giant leap forward for the Florida-based technology company. "We're excited to introduce what is truly a disruptive force in the measurement software space, CAM2 Measure 10," said FARO chief executive, Jay Freeland. "Never before has FARO offered a software solution that incorporates measurement by traditional probing methods, scanning and point cloud capture. We're looking forward to the software's debut at Quality Expo in Chicago."  

Other new features like Live Color Scan permit rapid inspection of free form parts with the FARO ScanArm more quickly and easily than ever before. Live Color Scan highlights deviations from CAD during the scanning process to help identify inconsistencies quickly and expedite the scanning process. Shortcuts allow for the creation of new commands for obtaining measurement data that previously may have only been available through a series of complex operations. This feature enables users to record steps in a measurement process, and then combines them into a single command to be accessed later. The Easy Move Wizard simplifies measurement of large parts, particularly when frequent repositioning is a necessity. By enabling quick identification of correct target correspondence, the time required to relocate (or "leapfrog") the FaroArm is reduced and the potential for user error is mitigated.  Other enhancements enable CAM2 Measure 10 users to conduct remote measurements, run commands and see real-time results from their Apple® iPhone® or iPad®.

With the many upgrades and improvements included in the new CAM2 Measure 10 release, FARO is pleased that increases to cost of investment in the software remain relatively nominal over the previous version. "We've been able to include a number of new and impressive features, not the least of which is the ability to scan and capture point cloud data, and still offer an affordable solution to our customers," explained Freeland. "We're committed to helping our customers improve their products and processes. By introducing a software solution that serves their contact and non-contact measurement needs, and by making it so accessible, we are continuing to deliver on that promise."

In order to ensure customers have continued access to the right solution for their application, FARO will continue to work with the other industry leading software partners to complement the full FARO suite of products.

FARO develops and markets computer-aided coordinate measurement devices and software. Portable equipment from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, inventory documentation, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

Worldwide, approximately 11,000 customers are operating more than 20,000 installations of FARO's systems. The company's global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Florida, with its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branch locations in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan.

For more information, visit: http://cam2measure.faro.com/

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions has announced that Paul Teutul Jr. (“Paul Jr.”), owner of Paul Jr. Designs and star of the Discovery Channel’s American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, will be appearing in their booth for photos and autographs at Quality Expo. In January, Paul Junior Designs completed work on a custom, FARO-themed chopper to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. Teutul’s appearance comes on the heels of FARO’s feature on Discovery’s hit series and the release of the company’s newest measurement arm, the Edge.

“Paul Junior Designs is a valued FARO customer and talented motorcycle fabricator,” explained Kimberly Roman, FARO’s Director of Marketing. “It made great sense to have Paul Jr. to appear at this important show and allow attendees to take photos with him and the bike he built for us. It’s a great fit.” Quality Expo, which runs from September 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is a bi-annual show that provides hands-on access to the newest tools and technologies to help manufacturers and engineers ensure quality and reduce costs.

FARO Technologies will be exhibiting at booth #1000. Paul Jr. will be available from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on September 21st for photos with the FARO chopper and autographs. FARO will also feature each of its innovative products at the show including the all-new FARO Laser Line Probe (LLP), which adds non-contact measurement capabilities to the company’s revolutionary Edge measurement arm. Weighing just 2.8 oz, the LLP integrates seamlessly with the FARO Edge via the device’s quick-change handle port to form the complete Edge ScanArm solution.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com or www.canontradeshows.com/expo/qexpo11

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions along with the University of South Florida (USF) announce they will partner to provide terrestrial laser scanning training to purchasers of FARO Laser Scanners. The partnership between FARO and USF marks a significant advancement in education and training in the laser scanning industry. The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top public research universities and is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

As part of this pioneering agreement, FARO customers will receive personalized training from members of the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST), USF’s world- renowned team of 3D imaging experts. “This is a great opportunity for our customers to learn how to maximize the utilization and application of our user-friendly products in a very sophisticated way,” said Jeffrey Bouchard, FARO’s Director of Learning and Organization Development. “[USF] is one of the top schools in this field. It’s an honor to partner with them and I think it will be a real benefit to our customers.”

The program consists of three-day training and education sessions at the USF Tampa campus or one of FARO’s facilities in Michigan, California, or Washington. Participants receive a regimen based on FARO’s proven FaroBDA™ process that engages employees and management before, during and after training. Courses will include extensive literature, hands-on use of FARO’s Laser Scanner Focus3D and Scene software training. Sessions will revolve around the principles of scanning, real-world scenarios and industry-specific applications. The intimate, in-depth classes will allow for individualized instructional opportunities taught by highly qualified teachers. Participants who successfully complete the training program will receive a USF Continuing Education Certificate that demonstrates competency in the field of terrestrial laser scanning, and continuing educational credits will be available for qualified disciplines. Registration for the classes will begin late this summer for Focus3D purchasers. Program inquiries should be directed to Lori Collins, Ph. D. of the USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information visit: www.faro.com

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, introduces the FARO Edge and Laser Line Probe, the most advanced, state-of-the-art FaroArm system ever produced.

The FARO Edge is a portable measurement arm that allows manufacturers to easily verify their product quality by performing inspections, tool certifications, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering via hard probing and non-contact laser scanning.

The latest generation of the FaroArm product line continues to eclipse competitive models in every category. The Edge improves production, quality, and reverse engineering processes by rapidly verifying or scanning parts with confidence and accuracy. The new Arm also simplifies the user experience with improved performance, portability and reliability.

“The FARO Edge was designed with our customers’ input and built with our experience,” stated Jay Freeland, FARO’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “It offers unparalleled simplicity for the user while maintaining all the existing benefits of a FaroArm and demonstrates our continued leadership in this space through innovative and disruptive technology.”

The all new Edge features the first ever integrated personal measurement assistant.  With its built-in touchscreen and on-board operating system, the Edge revolutionizes portable metrology by providing stand-alone basic measurement capability.  A laptop is no longer needed to perform quick and simple dimensional checks, or to optimize system performance with it’s on board diagnostic routines.

Available in three popular working volumes and 7-axis configuration, the Edge is the perfect fit for any portable measurement application, eliminating the guess work of which length is right for the job. Seven axis of rotation ensures you always get the most flexibility out of your device.

Additional industry-leading areas of improvement and capability include:

* Enhanced Connectivity – Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, and Ethernet ready.  Multiple device management through networking.
* Smart Sensor Technology – Improved sensors warn against excessive external loads, correct for thermal variations, and detect possible setup problems.
* Ergonomics – Improved weight distribution and balance for reduced strain and ease-of-use. Patented internal counterbalancing providing comfortable, stress-free use.
* Multi-Function Handle Port – Seamless and interchangeable accessory integration. Quick-change handle. Expandable capability.

The all new FARO Laser Line Probe provides unparalleled non-contact measurement capabilities. Its wider laser stripe significantly increases scan coverage without sacrificing accuracy, while variable capture rates can produce over 45,000 points per second for exceptional speed and feature definition.

Taking advantage of the Edge’s multi-function, quick-change handle port, the Laser Line Probe integrates seamlessly and instantly becomes part of the arm. Lighter weight, amazingly compact and completely unobtrusive, it delivers the best performance at the lowest price in the industry for a handheld laser scanning system.

“Everything about the Edge was designed from the ground up to boost productivity and deliver the best performance in a portable arm CMM,” said Orlando Perez, Product Manager - FaroArm. “As the first ever smart measurement arm with built-in apps, the FARO Edge changes absolutely everything.”

For more information visit: www.faro.com/edge

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