Monday, Feb 9, 2004 4:00 AM

 

LAKE MARY, Fla., RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., February 9, 2004- FARO Technologies is teaming with Geomagic to offer an integrated system that will measure physical objects and automatically transform them into digital models for design, manufacturing, analysis and inspection.

The system will have a single user interface that drives the FARO ScanArm, a seven-axis measurement device that includes an integrated laser scanner, and Geomagic software to process large scan data. It will increase speed, accuracy and ease of use for applications such as rapid design, custom manufacturing on demand, engineering analysis, computer-aided inspection (CAI), and digital inventory of legacy parts. Customers will receive worldwide support and product updates from FARO.

“The integration of FARO and Geomagic technologies will give our customers an automated and seamless process that stretches from capturing measurement data to generating a highly accurate digital model,” says Simon Raab, FARO’s president and CEO. “FARO will continue to review proposals from other third-party software companies in order to further broaden the digitizing options for its clients.”

“We are delighted to be part of a FARO product that will deliver better, faster and easier design and quality assurance processes to manufacturing customers,” says Ping Fu, Geomagic’s president and CEO.

FARO and Geomagic expect the integrated system to be available in the first quarter of 2004.

About FARO Technologies

FARO Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO) and its international subsidiaries design, develop and market software and portable, computerized measurement devices. The company’s products allow manufacturers to perform three-dimensional inspections of parts and assemblies on the shop floor. This helps eliminate manufacturing errors, and thereby increases productivity and profitability for a variety of industries in FARO's worldwide customer base. Principal products include the FARO ScanArm, FARO Gage, Platinum and Titanium FaroArms, Control Station measurement system, the FARO Laser Tracker, the Advantage FaroArm, the FARO Advantage Tracker, and a CAM2 family of advanced CAD-based measurement and reporting software. FARO Technologies is ISO 9001 certified and Guide 25 approved. Learn more at www.faro.com.

About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment. 

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizationsuse Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

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