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FARO Releases Advanced Laser Scanner LS Software

November 13, 2006
Lake Mary, Fla. - FARO Technologies Inc., manufacturer of the world's best-selling portable measurement arm and laser tracker, released version 4.0 of its 3-D laser scanning software family: FARO Scene, FARO Scout, FARO Scout LT and FARO Record.

The high-performance, user-friendly software packages are used for viewing, administrating, calibrating, filtering and managing large, 3-D point clouds collected with the FARO Laser Scanner LS.

"The FARO LS is the most advanced device of its kind, and now can offer even more value to a wide range of industries and applications," FARO President and Co-CEO Jay Freeland said.

Version 4.0 provides such significant improvements as:
  • Intrinsic use of inclination sensor for faster registration
  • Constraint-plane fit for high-accuracy plane positioning
  • Easier export of slices
  • Export of objects in DXF format
  • Intelligent contrast adjustment to improve point-cloud visualization
  • Automatic filtering

This new release is also multi-lingual, enabling the user to choose from English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Italian and Portuguese.

In addition, FARO Laser Scanner LS features enhanced firmware, which is available for free to existing LS customers.

The FARO Laser Scanner LS is a portable, computerized measurement device that creates a high-resolution, 3-D, digital "photograph" by scanning everything in its 360-degree path as far as 76m away. It collects 120,000 points per second with up to 3mm accuracy while the system's laptop computer recreates and records all of the object's 3-D measurements.

The captured data can then be used to create a digital model, or to perform evaluation and analysis against an existing model for anything requiring highly detailed 3-D measurements, including factory planning, building-information modeling - as well as specialized applications ranging from land surveying, recreating accident sites and crime scenes, to digitally preserving historical sites.

About FARO

With more than 13,000 installations and 5,700 customers globally, FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO) and its international subsidiaries design, develop, and market software and portable, computerized measurement devices. The Company's products allow manufacturers to perform 3-D inspections of parts and assemblies on the shop floor. This helps eliminate manufacturing errors, and thereby increases productivity and profitability for a variety of industries in FARO's worldwide customer base. Principal products include the FARO Laser ScanArm; FARO Laser Scanner LS; FARO Gage and Gage-PLUS; Platinum, Digital Template, Titanium, Advantage FaroArms; the world's best-selling laser tracker -the FARO Laser Tracker X and Xi; and the CAM2 family of advanced CAD-based measurement and reporting software. FARO Technologies is ISO-9001:2000 certified, and accredited to ISO-17025 Calibration Laboratory Standard.

Source: FARO Technologies Inc., November 2