New Version: 3D scanning with SCENECT is now even easier - 15th April 2013

SCENECT 5.2 is the new version of the free 3D scan app that FARO is now introducing to the market – it is even more powerful and faster. SCENECT makes it possible to perform 3D scans using the well-known Microsoft Kinect and Asus Xtion PRO LIVE motion sensors. The new features allow users to create precise 3D models that are even more professional.

Coventry, 15th April 2013 – FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO): More precision, more speed, more power – these were the goals of FARO during the development of SCENECT version 5.2. According to the company – the world leader in portable 3D measuring instruments – users now have the ability to calibrate their motion sensors themselves: to do this, they record a selfprinted test pattern from various positions and the software automatically corrects the recordings. The result is an even more accurate cloud that is composed of precise measuring points. In addition, overlaps with previously scanned areas are recognised, thus reducing errors in long recordings. Furthermore, SCENECT can use weaker computer hardware for data acquisition and allows postprocessing on such systems; on fast systems, recording is more robust. The already high colour quality of the 3D data can be further improved with the new automatic postprocessing.

Another new feature is support for Microsoft Kinect for Windows. Thus, FARO satisfies a wish frequently expressed by users: to be able to use this new variant of Kinect. The practical SCENECT app is based on the highly professional SCENE scan processing software from FARO. In the latest version of SCENECT, FARO continues to pursue the idea of 3D scanning for everyone, even bringing 3D scanning into the living room. With little effort, people, non-moving three-dimensional objects and spaces can be scanned in 3D, and 3D digital models can be created from this information. To do this, users can simply connect the widely used Kinect and Xtion PRO LIVE motion sensors to a laptop or computer and start the software. Then the sensor can be guided around the object to be scanned. The 3D point cloud is built up and displayed on the screen in real time; the progression of the scan thus also becomes visible. As in the previous version, the app uses the depth information and colour images that the sensors provide. From this, the SCENECT app constructs a full 3D model. With the mouse and keyboard, users can rotate this model on their screen to examine it from all angles. SCENECT also makes it possible to take measurements directly in the three-dimensional models or to export the scans in different file formats into other software – such as into many CAD programs.

The next step could be that the 3D model is printed three-dimensionally using state of-the-art techniques – a method that is currently very popular in the so-called "maker" scene and which seems to be far beyond the trend. Digital or printed 3D models can also be used for the construction of prototypes, in medicine, as well as in architectural and graphic design. With SCENECT, FARO opens the door into the three-dimensional world for anyone who is interested – entry is even easier with the new version 5.2.

3D scanning for everybody - 29th November 2012

A free app from FARO turns Microsoft Kinect and other popular motion sensors into smart 3D scanners. The new software solution opens up numerous possibilities for 3D enthusiasts and interested users – including 3D printing, model-making and prototype construction, graphic and game design.

Coventry, 29th November, 2012 – FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO): The new SCENECT app from FARO turns the popular Microsoft Kinect into a genuine 3D scanner. The same goes for Asus’ Xtion PRO LIVE. FARO is well-known as a specialist in portable measuring technology and special software solutions. On the basis of its proprietary scan processing software – SCENE – the company has now developed a new app transforming data from popular motion sensors into 3D models suitable to use in various applications.

Kinect and Xtion PRO LIVE are used to control computer games through the player’s own body movements. The SCENECT app takes the colour images captured by the devices and joins these together to form a complete 3D model. To do this, it also utilises the depth information supplied by the devices. Using this technology, everyday objects, rooms and figures can be scanned – and it even works on people. Basically there are no limits to users’ creativity in their choice of objects to scan. All three-dimensional, stationary objects can be scanned at a distance of 0.8 to 2.5 metres. Dimensions can be taken directly in the three-dimensional data models. Additionally, scans can be exported in various file formats to other software such as CAD programs. It opens almost unlimited possibilities in the 3D scene – for example, in applications including video games, graphic design, visual art, model-making and even 3D printing.

Scans are easy to make with the portable motion sensors. First of all, the motion sensor is connected to a PC or laptop with the SCENECT app. Once the scanning process has started, the Kinect or Xtion device is guided slowly along or around an object. The motion should be constant and steady when doing this to ensure that the colour and depth information is captured. The measuring points form the basis for what is known as a point cloud. During scanning, the SCENECT software always displays a video on the monitor to show what the Kinect or Xtion device is currently capturing. On the display, coloured markings indicate the quality of individual scanning points in the field of vision, thereby helping to capture data as effectively as possible. At the same time, the 3D point cloud for the object is generated and is immediately visible in the other half of the window, allowing the progress of the scan to be observed at all times. An additional status manager also documents the scan process and uses a coloured field to indicate the overall quality of the scan, which is dependent on the point quality and the scanning speed. In the 3D view available in SCENECT, users can use their mouse and keyboard to turn around inside the room and to view the object from all sides.

This inexpensive version of a 3D scanner (using the SCENECT app and popular motion sensors) allows virtually everything to be captured in three-dimensional data models and to use them in digital applications. In addition, generated 3D models of objects or persons can be converted into so-called meshed models with dedicated software and printed out in 3D, using state-of-the-art printing methods to produce detailed models, sculptures and busts which can be produced quickly and easily. The innovative technology gives users who are interested in 3D and those eager to experiment vast scope for their creative ideas.


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