FARO buys augmented
Metrology firm FARO has acquired MWF-Technology GmbH, an innovator in mobile augmented reality (AR) solutions.
MWF’s technology enables large, complex 3D CAD data to be transferred to a tablet device and then used for mobile visualisation and comparison to real world conditions. This enables real time, actionable manufacturing insight for in-process inspection, assembly, guidance and positioning.
Located near Frankfurt, Germany, MWF’s mobile AR solution (to be called FARO AR Inspect) has been utilised by some of the top aerospace and automotive companies in the world in their assembly workflows to dramatically reduce cycle time and significantly reduce manufacturing costs. This solution includes both an innovative compression software tool for converting 3D CAD data into a mobile format, enabling intuitive navigation through the 3D data, and a hardware kit that includes a 3D ready iPad and alignment tools.
FARO AR Inspect, along with FARO TracerM guidance and positioning technology (originating from the summer acquisition of Laser Projection Technologies, Inc), is said to increase productivity for factory metrology and construction customers by making information about the surrounding real world interactive and digitally manipulatable.
Additionally, AR Inspect complements FARO Virtual Reality Viewer that enables an immersive and interactive experience in a simulated 3D environment. Among many other benefits across multiple applications, it facilitates more time and cost effective decisions in the design cycle by enabling teams to spot flaws or potential risks before implementation. That technology was shown at Hamburg, Germany’s INTERGEO trade show in September 2016.
“We are very excited about expanding our portfolio of virtual reality solutions into actionable, mobile augmented reality with MWF,” stated Dr. Simon Raab, FARO president and CEO. “With the introductions of
mobile AR and VR solutions, we are at a seminal moment where we can enable our customers to evolve their thinking and actions beyond doing it the right way to doing it the best way every time. They will benefit from error detection at even earlier stages of the production, construction or design process.”