One of the world’s leading names in 3D measurement, imaging and realisation technology, FARO Technologies, Inc. has released the FARO Freestyle3D Handheld Laser Scanner, a simple yet intuitive device designed to meet the growing demand for portable scanning technology.
Equipped with a Microsoft Surface tablet the FARO Freestyle3D offers unbeatable real-time visualisation for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), law enforcement industries amongst others.
The Freestyle3D is capable of scanning to a distance of up to three meters and captures up to 88K points per second with accuracy better than 1.5mm. The patent-pending, self-compensating optical system also allows users to start scanning immediately with no warm up time required and also allows them to pause scanning at any time and resume without the use of artificial targets. The user can then immediately view point cloud data as it is captured which can be seamlessly integrated and shared with all of FARO’s software visualization tools including FARO SCENE, WebShare Cloud, and FARO CAD Zone packages.
“The Freestyle3D is the latest addition to the FARO 3D laser scanning portfolio and represents another step on our journey to democratise 3D scanning,” explained Jay Freeland, FARO’s President and CEO. “Following the successful adoption of our Focus scanners for long-range scanning, we’ve developed a scanner that provides customers with the same intuitive feel and ease-of-use in a handheld device.”
The portable nature of the device means that hard-to-reach areas such as car interiors, under tables and even behind objects makes it the ideal tool for data collection and restoration applications.
Freeland added, “FARO’s customers continue to stress the importance of work-flow simplicity, portability, and affordability as key drivers to their continued use and adoption of 3D laser scanning. We have responded by developing an easy-to-use, industrial grade, handheld laser scanning device that weighs less than 2 lbs.”