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Lake Mary, FL, United States

An articulated arm coordinate measurement machine is provided with a configurable arm bus. The arm bus being comprised of a plurality of busses that may be selectively coupled to form one or more logical data communications busses. The logical busses may be configured to allow accessory devices to be coupled to the arm and transmit data at higher speeds and at lower costs than may be possible using data busses having fixed communications protocols. In one embodiment, one or more communications switches may be arranged in the probe end of the arm to selectively combine the busses into a logical bus.

A method uses a two-dimensional (2D) camera in two different positions to provide first and second 2D images having three common cardinal points. It further uses a three-dimensional (3D) measuring device to measure two 3D coordinates. The first and second 2D images and the two 3D coordinates are combined to obtain a scaled 3D image.

A method for measuring and registering three-dimensional (3D) coordinates by measuring 3D coordinates with a 3D scanner in a first registration position, measuring two-dimensional (2D) coordinates with a 2D scanner while moving from the first registration position to a second registration position, measuring 3D coordinates with the 3D scanner at the second registration position, and determining a correspondence among targets in the first and second registration positions while moving between the second registration position and a third registration position.

A portable articulated arm coordinate measuring machine includes a noncontact 3D measuring device that has a projector that is manually movable by an operator from a first position to a second position. The projector is configured to emit a first pattern of light onto an object. The noncontact 3D measuring device further includes a scanner camera and an edge-detecting camera. The scanner camera is arranged to receive the first pattern of light reflected from the surface of the object. The edge-detecting camera arranged to receive light reflected from an edge feature of the object. The articulated arm coordinate measurement machine includes a processor configured to determine first 3D coordinates of an edge point of the edge feature based on electrical signals received from the scanner camera and the edge-detecting camera.

Faro | Date: 2015-02-09

A laser scanner and method of operation to determine the consistency of a registration is provided. The method includes generating with the laser scanner at least a first scan of the scene with first measuring points. The laser scanner generates at least one second scan of the scene with second measuring points. At least one measured distance is determined from at least one of the second measuring points to the center of the second scan. The second scan is provisionally registered subjected to a consistency check. The consistency check is performed. At least one virtual distance is determined from at least one of the first measuring points to the center of the second scan. The consistency check is based at least in part on comparing the at least one virtual distance with the at least one measured distance.

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