FARO, a provider of measurement and imaging solutions for 3D design, has released its Cobalt Design family of structured light scanner products. Structured light scanning technology uses projected light patterns with a camera system to capture large areas at once, significantly reducing data capture time and delivering quicker results.
Cobalt Design, combined with the company’s recently introduced RevEng software platform, delivers a one-stop, comprehensive digital design solution where small to medium objects can be scanned with precision, in colour and with multiple levels of resolution. It is FARO’s first colour structured light scanner specifically developed for design applications and is ideal for scanning complex surfaces, especially highly detailed organic shapes. It addresses a variety of design requirements, including reverse engineering, prototype design, packaging design, digital cataloging and even jewellery and fashion design.
Cobalt Design enables design professionals to set up scan parameters once and then scan similar objects with the push of a button. Furthermore, several pre-configured scanned and meshing settings are available by default. This in turn translates to less time per scan position, more scans per day and faster completion of scan projects. Additionally, it ensures that results are repeatable and reliable.
The integrated, rotational axis dramatically improves the 3D scanning process and maximises comprehensive scanning coverage. The object to be scanned is placed in a fixed position on the axis and then the axis can be set to automatically rotate up to 360 degrees as it is being scanned.
Cobalt Design captures millions of 3D measurement points in as little as one second with up to 3.1Mpx accuracy for objects of small to medium complexity. Precise and high-quality textured scans can be captured in colour and delivered as realistic images that enable even more detailed representations of geometric surfaces and finishing in true-to-life 3D colour.
“The introduction of Cobalt Design together with the recently announced RevEng software platform reinforces our commitment to be the market and thought leadership for 3D data capture solutions across a variety of design-centric industries and applications,” FARO Senior Director, 3D Design Thorsten Brecht says. “We have elevated the 3D structured light paradigm by paralleling the development of both hardware and software, so users are able to leverage every ounce of advanced functionality of both technologies in concert.”
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