Acquisition accelerates the adoption of digital twin technology
FARO Technologies Inc, a global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), and Public Safety Analytics, today announced that the Company has acquired Advanced Technical Solutions in Scandinavia AB (“ATS”), a Swedish-based leader in 3D digital twin solution technology.
Founded in 1990, ATS has had particular success in the automotive space, where the firm has agreements in place with several well-known global automotive manufacturers. The acquisition will integrate ATS software and proprietary Traceable 3D system, which enables highly accurate and repeatable 3D scans, into the FARO Webshare Cloud platform. ATS’ system connects the physical to the digital world and is expected to bolster FARO’s ability to improve customers’ time to decision with 10x faster 3D imaging at up to 1mm accuracy.
“We believe this acquisition enables FARO with differentiated accuracy and speed, which we believe will accelerate the adoption of digital twin technology. High accuracy 3D digital twin simulations allow capital intensive industries such as automotive and aerospace to meaningfully reduce their time to market and cost,” says Michael Burger, FARO president & CEO. “I welcome the ATS team into FARO and believe they will help accelerate our strategic objective of increasing Cloud-based subscription offerings in this sizable market.”
ATS CEO Göran L. Bergqvist comments: “The ATS team is thrilled to join a 40-year global leader like FARO. FARO’s technology and market presence provides the spring-board to the market adoption of Traceable 3D.” As the co-founder of ATS, he will continue to lead the ATS operation. The ATS Swedish facility will also act as a Nordic sales and service center for FARO.
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FARO Launches Latest 3D portable CMM
Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, the FARO Gage boasts unmatched affordability, speed, performance and accuracy
FARO Technologies, Inc, the global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC, and Public Safety Analytics, has announced the release of its most affordable and accurate 3D portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM), the FARO Gage.
Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses performing high-accuracy tasks, the Gage is the most intuitive, ergonomic, and versatile articulated portable FaroArm®, enabling machine shops to perform their most demanding 3D inspections in record time.
The all-in-one-solution also reduces calibration costs and minimises clutter, replacing traditional hand tools such as calipers, micrometres, and height gauges, while providing 20 percent more reach than the previous-generation Gage arm. Lightweight and portable but with the precision of a lab instrument and the ruggedness of a shop floor device, the Gage sets up in seconds, reduces inspection time, and delivers quality results with exceptional flexibility, resulting in increased speed and productivity.
“When it comes to measurement equipment value, accuracy, portability, speed and affordability matter,” says Michael Carris, Ph.D, vice president of product marketing at FARO. “Too often machine shops rely on expensive and hard-to-use fixed CMMs that take up valuable floor space or a multitude of hand tools that slow down the process. The Gage eliminates these inefficiencies. As a result, inspection bottlenecks are greatly reduced, measurement accuracy is improved, and operator variability is significantly minimised.”
As the United States and the world begin emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the value proposition for such a product could not be clearer. While global industry is presently suppressed, economists predict a robust recovery by Q3 and Q4. That means that many machine shops now operating at half speed will rapidly ramp up production. Demand will surge and products will require fast-tracked release.
The FARO Gage achieves this aim by improving efficiency and productivity as never before.
That efficiency begins with setup. A universal quick mount ensures compatibility with a variety of mounting options that allows it to be set it up anywhere, including on-machine. A simple 2-button design, 6-point articulation and built-in counterbalance deliver exceptional ease of use and fatigue-free operation. Its compact design makes the product lightweight and easy to transport. The Gage is compatible with FARO’s full line of metrology software, including CAM2 Probing, the simple contact measurement solution. The result is an advanced metrology device that delivers unparalleled performance.
“Small and medium size operations can now take full advantage of 3D measurement technology,” adds Michael Carris. “For machine shops, quality problems, imprecise measurement, scrapped parts, extended wait times and customers part rejections all contribute to unnecessary expenses that become more critical during these trying economic times. The FARO Gage allows for more streamlined processes, significant waste reduction, and quick return on investment. Backed by FARO’s 40-year history of superior portable measurement experience, the Gage allows more companies to benefit from lean manufacturing practices and will be employing the new industry standard in compact performance and affordability.”
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3T and EOS 3D print 100,000+ face shields for frontline UK healthcare staff
3T-am, a leading production additive manufacturing (AM) company, is utilising EOS’ global partner ecosystem to 3D print face shield headbands for frontline health workers in the UK.
3T is now producing 20,000 headbands per week and this will exceed 100,000 within the next few weeks. The face shields are being used by frontline workers, across the NHS and UK healthcare system, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
During times of such uncertainty, manufacturers are under increasing pressure to deliver essential products and services. It has arguably never been more important for a flexible and efficient supply chain. 3D printing allows for tens of thousands of high-quality parts to be produced in a matter of weeks, for when people need them most.
3T is working directly with NHS trusts across the UK, as well as various medical distribution companies to supply face shields to UK health workers. 3T has also provided the CAD for free, available to download from its website.
Daniel France, chief commercial officer at 3T says: “We’ve already seen countless examples of how 3D printing is helping people stay protected and fight the virus globally. It was of paramount importance for us, as a business, to play a role in this and that’s why we are manufacturing these for as low a cost as we can to support.
“Working closely with our partners, we’ve been able to produce tens of thousands of parts using EOS’ powder-based 3D printing technology, which ensures frontline health workers are protected. The demand is far greater than one company can provide, but we will continue to do as much as we can to add to the supply.”
This coincides with 3D printing technology supplier EOS launching an online platform to support the fight against COVID-19, bringing together the wider-3D printing community. The aim of the 3DAgainstCorona hub and its corresponding LinkedIn group is to share knowledge, data and downloadable files that could be used to combat the virus. The site will be updated on a regular basis.
Markus Glasser, senior vice president EMEA at EOS says: “Improving lives through 3D printing has always been our aspiration. The current pandemic now calls for a joint approach, more than ever before. Today, we are asking all supporters to join us in tackling the challenges that lay ahead. Let’s continue to think differently and push the boundaries of what is possible. We are extremely proud to work alongside so many brilliant minds inside and outside of EOS who are developing and delivering critical solutions for those in need.”
Trelleborg supplies Boeing with component for 3D-printed face shields
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, an established provider of solutions to Boeing’s aircraft, is supplying a face shield component to the aerospace manufacturer as it joins the urgent effort to assist medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Boeing approached Trelleborg at the end of March 2020 to manufacture and supply an elastomer strap needed for the adjustable headband of 3D printed face shields. The Trelleborg Sealing Solutions dedicated aerospace facility in Northborough, Massachusetts, supported a 48-hour turnaround of prototypes using methodologies including 3D printing. The following week, the site was able to ramp up production to 5000 straps per week.
Quinn Collett, air frame manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Aerospace, says: “In these unprecedented times, it’s imperative everyone plays a role that might not be in line with the one they are used to. We were fortunate to receive the call from Boeing to support this effort and leverage Trelleborg’s expertise to quickly address the need.”
Boeing plans to produce face shields using its additive manufacturing machines at various sites across the US. Boeing is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on this effort. FEMA will determine where the face shields are most needed.
The elastomer straps provided are manufactured from aerospace grade silicone. After a few fit trials, Boeing and Trelleborg were able to lock in the final released design.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world’s leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals, bearings and custom-molded polymer components. It focuses on meeting the most demanding needs of aerospace, automotive and general industrial customers, including those from the pharmaceutical industry, with innovative solutions. Its network extends to over 25 production facilities and more than 50 marketing companies globally. The business area accelerates the progress of its customers through outstanding local support, an unrivalled product range including patented products and proprietary materials, a portfolio of established brands, unique process offerings, its ServicePLUS value chain solution and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ philosophy.
Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of about SEK 37 billion (EUR 3.46 billion, USD 3.87 billion) and operations in about 50 countries. The Group comprises three business areas: Trelleborg Industrial Solutions; Trelleborg Sealing Solutions; Trelleborg Wheel Systems, as well as a reporting segment Business Under Development.
Airbus to produce 3D-printed hospital visors in fight against Covid19
The majority of Airbus sites in Spain have joined forces to produce 3D printed visor frames, providing healthcare personnel with individual protection equipment in the fight against Covid-19.
More than twenty 3D printers are working day and night. Hundreds of visors have already been produced and dispatched to hospitals close to the Airbus facilities in Spain. Airbus leverages a patented design to manufacture the visor frames, using PLA plastics.
“One of the reasons I love my job is the capability we have for advanced design and quick manufacture. Overnight, we have gone from making aerospace concepts to medical equipment. This genuinely makes a difference in the fight against the pandemic and I couldn’t be prouder of our teams working day and night on this Airbus project,” said Alvaro Jara, Head of Airbus Protospace, in Getafe, Madrid.
Despite the pause of the majority of production at Airbus’ sites in Spain following the Royal Decree of 29 March, Airbus employees are allowed on site to continue with this essential activity. In addition, Airbus in Germany also joined the project. The Airbus Protospace Germany and the Airbus Composite Technology Centre (CTC) in Stade, together with the 3D-printing network named “Mobility goes Additive,” are now supporting this project in Spain, also coordinating the collection and transport of visors to the Madrid region.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019, it generated revenues of € 70 billion and employed a workforce of around 135,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
FARO launches European “Quest to find the Oldest Working FaroArm”
FARO, the world’s trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for 3D manufacturing, is launching a new European quest to find the oldest working FaroArm®.
FARO introduced its first device with hinged arm measurement technology approximately 35 years ago, while the first articulating measurement FaroArm intended for the industrial market dates back to the early-1990’s.
In addition to accuracy and ease-of-use, FARO’s 3D measurement technology is renowned for its reliability, robustness and durability. These characteristics have ensured that many of the company’s early FaroArms remain in regular use throughout Europe.
To celebrate the FaroArm’s famed reliability and longevity, FARO is searching for the oldest model that remains in use throughout Europe. When found, the owner will be able to swap their old model for the current and most advanced 8-Axis Faro ScanArm System with CAM2 software, completely free of charge.
To participate in the ‘Quest’, customers will need to register on FARO’s dedicated web page (https://oldest-working-faroarm.faro-europe.com/). Details required include the customers’ contact details, an image of their FaroArm in its working environment and its serial number. The winner of the prize will be announced at the FARO booth during the Control Exhibition, taking place in Stuttgart in May 2020.
The ‘Quest’, that starts on the 22nd January 2020 and finish on the 15th April 2020, is open to all European FARO customers who have purchased their FaroArm from a FARO representative or one of FARO’s official partners or distributors.
“We are excited to receive pictures of our oldest FaroArm models and discover and learn how they are still helping our customers master their most challenging metrology tasks until this day,” states Thorsten Brecht, senior director 3D Manufacturing at FARO Europe.