3-D laser scanner ships with 64-bit computer

FEBRUARY 10, 2009--All Surveyor 3D laser scanning systems are now shipping with 64-bit computers that include more than 4 Gbytes of RAM.

Feb 10th, 2009

FEBRUARY 10, 2009--All Surveyor 3D laser scanning systems are now shipping with 64-bit computers that include more than 4 Gbytes of RAM. The 64-bit systems allow for double to quadruple the amount of system memory vs. standard 32-bit systems for capturing and working with larger point clouds. As the SLP laser probe projects a line of laser light onto a part, cameras continuously triangulate the changing distance and profile of the laser line as it sweeps along. The system measures fine details and captures complex free-form geometry so the object can be exactly replicated and inspected. Laser line scanners quickly measure articles, picking up tens of thousands of points per second and generating large numbers of data points without the need for templates or fixtures. The same expanded file capacity and processing speed is now available on the portable Surveyor FA-Series systems for use with high-performance laptops. FA-Series systems use articulated FARO arms, which can scan on-site anywhere.
Laser Design Inc.
Minneapolis, MN, USA
www.laser design.com

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For Immediate Release

Laser Design's 3D Laser Scanning Systems with 64-bit PCs Capable of Processing Huge Point Cloud Files Quickly

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA; December 8, 2008) -- Laser Design Inc., the leading supplier of 3D laser scanners for more than 20 years, is now shipping 64-bit computers with all of its Surveyor 3D laser scanning systems. The added processing capability translates into faster scanning speeds, faster processing speeds, and more reliable service when working with extremely large files. With more than 4 gigabytes of RAM, the improved system PCs make scanning fast and dependable.

Greg Hetzler, Director of Engineering at Laser Design, said, "Sixty-four-bit computing opens up new doors for laser scanning. In addition to increased data processing speed, 64-bit systems allow for double to quadruple the amount of system memory vs. a standard 32-bit system. This allows users to capture and work with significantly larger point clouds, and consequently perform tasks that would have been impossible before."

When scanning at a high density, file sizes can quickly balloon, occasionally causing the system to crash. The 64-bit computers make that a thing of the past. The larger RAM capacity combined with the SLP probes and the improved Surveyor Scan Control (SSC) software reduce both time and effort in data capture and in creating a 3D point cloud. As the SLP laser probe projects a line of laser light onto a part, cameras continuously triangulate the changing distance and profile of the laser line as it sweeps along. The system measures fine details and captures complex free-form geometry so that the object can be exactly replicated and inspected. Laser line scanners quickly measure articles, picking up tens of thousands of points per second, and generating huge numbers of data points without the need for templates or fixtures.

With the new high-performance laptops that have recently become available, Laser Design can offer the same expanded file capacity and processing speed on the portable Surveyor FA-Series systems as well. FA-Series systems use the articulated FARO arms which are easy to set up and can scan on-site anywhere.

Laser Design, Inc. has been the leading supplier of ultra-precise, 3D laser scanning systems and services for over 20 years. Used for capturing the 3D shape of objects with complex geometries and free-form surfaces, Laser Design's Surveyor line of automated and portable scanning systems are ideal for 3D scanning applications involving inspection and reverse engineering of complex shaped plastic and metal parts.

The company's patented laser line-probe technology dramatically reduces scanning time by collecting data substantially faster and more accurately than conventional metrology technologies. Laser Design integrates Geomagic software with its laser scanners to provide complete solutions for reverse engineering and inspection applications.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company also has Regional Technical Services and Support Centers in Seattle and Detroit, and distributors throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Laser Design also operates GKS Inspection Services (www.GKS.com), an in-house service bureau division offering complete 3D scanning, reverse engineering, and dimensional inspection services.

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