Patents Assigned to Faro Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10670390
    Abstract: A method for verifying performance of a light projector includes establishing a reference artifact that include reflective makers and an interior edge line, determining with a laser-tracker-based three-dimensional (3D) measuring system 3D coordinates of the reflective targets and the interior edge line, determining with the light projector angles to the reflective markers with the light projector, and projecting with the light projector a pattern of light onto the interior edge line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Todd P. Wilson, Kelley Fletcher, Arkady Savikovsky, Masoud Mohazzab, Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10665012
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10663292
    Abstract: An inspection system for measuring an object is provided. The inspection system includes an entryway sized to receive the object. At least two non-contact coordinate measurement devices are positioned with a field of view being at least partially within or adjacent to the entryway, each of the at least two non-contact coordinate measurement devices being operable to measure 3D coordinates for a plurality of points on the object as one of the object or the entryway move from a first position to a final position. A pose measurement device is operable to determine the six-degree of freedom (6DOF) pose of the object. One or more processors are provided that register the 3D coordinates for the plurality of points from each of the at least two non-contact coordinate measurement devices based at least in part on the 6DOF pose of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Simon Raab, Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Rolf Heidemann, Steffen Kappes, João Santos, Oliver Zweigle, Aleksej Frank
  • Patent number: 10663588
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) coordinate measurement device combines tracker and scanner functionality. The tracker function is configured to send light to a retroreflector and determine distance to the retroreflector based on the reflected light. The tracker is also configured to track the retroreflector as it moves, and to determine 3D coordinates of the retroreflector. The scanner is configured to send a beam of light to a point on an object surface and to determine 3D coordinate of the point. In addition, the scanner is configured to adjustably focus the beam of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Kenneth Steffey, Robert E. Bridges, David H. Parker
  • Patent number: 10663274
    Abstract: An articulated arm coordinate measuring machine includes a first end that clamps to a first extension element of a first measurement probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: John Lucas Creachbaum, Brent Bailey, Matthew Mogensen, William E. Schoenfeldt, Keith G. MacFarlane
  • Patent number: 10657691
    Abstract: A system that includes a coordinate measurement scanner having a first image sensor, one or more processors coupled to the scanner for generating a 2D image of the environment, a portable computing device having a second image sensor coupled to the one or more processors, and a mapping system. The one or more processors correlate a location captured by a first image from the portable computing device with the location in the 2D image of the environment in response to the first image being acquired by the second image sensor. The system further includes a mapping system configured to: generate a 2D map based on the 2D image of the environment, apply image recognition to the first image to identify and label an object in the first image, and update the 2D map based at least in part on the label of the object in the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Zweigle, Joao Santos, Aleksej Frank, Ahmad Ramadneh
  • Patent number: 10657637
    Abstract: A method of comparing measured three-dimensional (3D)measurement data to an object is provided. The method includes obtaining 3D coordinates on the object with a 3D measurement device to measure at least one dimensional characteristic. An AR marker is associated with the object. The AR marker is read with an AR-marker reader and, in response, transmitting the first collection of 3D coordinates and an electronic dimensional representation of the object to a computing device having a camera and a display. The camera is positioned to view an area and to generate a camera image of the area. The camera image is displayed on the integrated display. The at least one dimensional characteristic and the virtual object are displayed in the camera image on the integrated display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert M. Persely
  • Patent number: 10655946
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a kinematic nest that supports an element having a spherical surface, a rotation mechanism that rotates the element, and processor that activates the rotation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Muhammad Umair Tahir, Oliver Zweigle, Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10656617
    Abstract: A computer numerical control (CNC) machining center is provided. The CNC machining center includes a spindle that receives a cutting tool. A work surface is operably arranged adjacent the spindle. A non-contact three-dimensional (3D) measurement device is operably coupled to the tool mount, the 3D measurement device including a projector and at least one device camera, the at least one camera being arranged to receive light from the light source that is reflected off of a surface. A plurality of targets is provided with at least one of the targets coupled to the 3D measurement device. At least two photogrammetry cameras are provided having a orientation and a field of view to acquire images of the targets. A controller is coupled for communication to the 3D measurement device and the at least two cameras, the controller determining the position of the 3D measurement device within the machining center during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Pfeffer, Markus Grau
  • Patent number: 10659753
    Abstract: A photogrammetry system and method is provided. The photogrammetry system a two-dimensional (2D) camera operable to acquire a 2D image at a first resolution and a second resolution, and a 2D video image at the second resolution. A controller performs a method that includes acquiring a first 2D image of an object with the 2D camera at the first resolution. At least one feature on the object in the first 2D image. An image sequence is determined having a second position. A plurality of second 2D images are acquired with the 2D camera at the second resolution. The 2D camera is tracked. A direction of movement is indicated on the display. A third 2D image of the object is acquired when the 2D camera reaches the second position. Three-dimensional coordinates of the object are determined based on the first 2D image and the third 2D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Wolke, Rolf Heidemann
  • Patent number: 10628533
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include global optimization of networks of locally fitted objects. An electronic representation of a network of intelligent objects is received. The network includes a plurality of intelligent objects and a plurality of gaps greater than a threshold between at least three of the intelligent objects. An aligned model of the network is created where all gaps in the aligned model of the network are less than the threshold. The creating includes optimizing a first plurality of the intelligent objects towards an axis of a second plurality of intelligent objects, and aligning the second plurality of intelligent objects towards the first plurality of intelligent objects. The optimizing and aligning are iteratively performed until a stopping condition is met. The aligned model of the network is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Christian Tonn, Daniel Klawitter, Oliver Bringmann
  • Patent number: 10605898
    Abstract: A 3D measuring device is provided. The device includes a measuring head with a light transmitter and a light receiver. A control and evaluation device is coupled to the light transmitter and light receiver and determines the distance to the object. An accessory interface allows an accessory device to be mechanically connected to the measuring head and can be electrically connected to the control and evaluation device. The accessory interface includes a receiving section and a contact section. The receiving and contact sections are arranged such that the accessory device can be inserted into the accessory interface in an insertion direction in order to electrically and mechanically couple the accessory device to the accessory interface. A support structure having an integral slot is coupled to the measuring head. The slot has the receiving section for the mechanical connection and the at least one contact section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Reinhard Becker, Andreas Ditte, Matthias Gramenz, Andreas Woloschyn, Selim Hauschild
  • Patent number: 10598479
    Abstract: A motorized mobile platform includes a robotic articulated arm and a triangulation scanner for performing three-dimensional measurements, the robotic arm and the triangulation scanner removably coupled with connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Hamidreza Rajaie, Oliver Zweigle
  • Patent number: 10591276
    Abstract: An articulated arm coordinate measuring machine includes a laser line probe. The laser line probe includes a camera that can acquire metrology data and color data. A laser line probe is coupled to a probe end of an articulated arm. The laser line probe having a projector and a camera, the projector being operable to project a line of light at one or more predetermined wavelengths, the camera having a lens assembly optically coupled to a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly has a photosensitive array and a filter disposed between the photosensitive array and the lens assembly. The filter includes a plurality of red, green and blue pixels in a predetermined arrangement. A controller is coupled to the laser line probe and causes the camera to acquire a metrology image and a color image. The controller assigns a color to the three-dimensional coordinate points based on the color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jacint R. Barba, Christopher Michael Wilson, Nitesh Dhasmana, Michael Shen, Jeremy W. Mares, Keith G. MacFarlane, Randy R. Fields, Paul C. Atwell, Kishore Lankalapalli, Yazid Tohme
  • Patent number: 10591603
    Abstract: A tracker includes a retro-follow mode that causes a beam of light from the tracker to follow a retroreflector while locked onto the retroreflector with the beam of light turned on or, alternatively, using target cameras with the beam of light turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kalyan Nagalla, Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10578423
    Abstract: A noncontact optical three-dimensional measuring device that includes a projector and a camera; a processor electrically coupled to the projector and the camera; and computer readable media which, when executed by the processor, causes the first signal to be collected at a first time and the second signal to be collected at a second time different than the first time and determines three-dimensional coordinates of a first point on the surface based at least in part on the first signal and the distance and determines three-dimensional coordinates of a second point on the surface based at least in part on the second signal and the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10574963
    Abstract: A method and system of combining 2D images into a 3D image. The method includes providing a coordinate measurement device and a triangulation scanner having an integral camera associated therewith, the scanner being separate from the coordinate measurement device. In a first instance, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner and the integral camera captures a first 2D image. In a second instance, the scanner is moved, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner, and the integral camera captures a second 2D image. A common feature point in the first and second images is found and is used, together with the first and second images and the positions and orientations of the scanner in the first and second instances, to create the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10563969
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting errors in a bearing cartridge used in a portable articulated arm coordinate measurement machine (AACMM) is provided. The method includes providing a cartridge having a first bearing and a second bearing arranged in a fixed relationship to define an axis, the cartridge further including an angle measurement device configured to measure a rotation of a portion of the cartridge about the axis. A plurality of angles is measured with the angle measurement device. A first plurality of displacements is determined at a first position along the axis, each of the first plurality of displacements being associated with one of the plurality of angles. Compensation values are determined based at least in part on the plurality of angles and the first plurality of displacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Raymond Sullivan, Eric J. Moy, Michael J. Hale
  • Patent number: 10565718
    Abstract: A system and method of generating a two-dimensional image of an environment is provided. The system includes a 2D scanner that comprises a light source, an image sensor and a controller. The controller determines a distance value to at least one of the object points. An inertial measurement unit is coupled to the scanner and has a first sensor. The first sensor has a first characteristic. A mobile computing device is removably coupled to the 2D scanner, the mobile computing device having a second sensor, the second sensor having a second characteristic. Processors are provided that are responsive to compare the first characteristic and the second characteristic and select one of the first or second sensor based on the comparison. The processors are further generate an image of the environment based on a signal from the selected first or second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Zweigle, Ahmad Ramadneh, Aleksej Frank, Joao Santos
  • Patent number: 10546427
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a virtual reality scene from scanned point cloud data having user defined content is provided. The system includes a coordinate measurement device operable to measure three-dimensional coordinates. A computing device having a processor is operably coupled to the coordinate measurement device, the processor being operable to generate a point cloud data and insert user defined content into the point cloud data in response to an input from a user, the processor further being operable to generate a virtual reality data file based at least in part on the point cloud data with the user defined content. A virtual reality device is operably coupled to the computing device, the virtual reality device being operable to display the virtual reality data file to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Aleksej Frank, Oliver Zweigle