(FARO: Korntal-Münchingen) -- The FARO Focus3D laser scanner prevailed in the “Industry and Crafts” product category of the renowned Red Dot Design award contest. This year, 4,500 products in 19 different categories were submitted. The products were evaluated in terms of level of innovation, functionality, ease pof use, formal quality, and longevity. The jury teams thoroughly examined and tested the products on site.
The Focus3D impressed due to its powerful and accurate 3D measurement method, which offers numerous advantages compared with conventional measurement systems. Using 3D surface scanning, the FOcus3D can record all spatial and surface geometry with millimeter accuracy at approximately one million measurement points per second. Much less time is spent in data recording, compared with other measurement methods. The resulting color image of 3D measurement points shows an exact digital reproduction of existing conditions. Detailed 2D and 3D plans, and complete 3D models can be created in a short time with the precise data.
The compact size of the laser scanner was another decisive element in earning the award. The Focus 3D measures only 24 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm and weighs a mere 5 kg. The scanner is thus highly mobile and usable at almost any location. In addition, it can be set up in a short time. The latest model, the Focus3D S, can also be remotely controlled over WLAN. That makes use easier, especially in hard-to-reach places. In addition, laser scanner operation is intuitive because the touch screen display resembles a normal digital camera displays and is clearly arranged. The 3D data generated can be imported effortlessly into popular CAD software solutions and further processed.
The FARO Focus3D is suitable for numerous applications in architecture, engineering, and the real estate industry. It offers especially large benefits in conversion and renovation work, because it quickly and reliably records existing buildings or structures. It creates the basis for comprehensive and seamless building documentation. The precision of the data and the high speed of data capture also provide new potential in the recording of building sites and quality assurance in new buildings. The Focus3D also supports monument inventory preparation, tunnel and facilities construction, archaeological work, and forensics.
In addition to the Red Dot Design award, the Focus3D has already been awarded an innovation prize for architecture and construction this year.
You can find a short video about the Focus3D and its operation on the Red Dot Design awards website.