Patents Assigned to Faro Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10070116
    Abstract: A method for scanning and measuring an environment is provided. The method includes providing a three-dimensional (3D) measurement device having a controller. Images of the environment are recorded and a 3D scan of the environment is produced with a three-dimensional point cloud. A video image of the environment is recorded. The video image is displayed on a first portion of a display. A portion of the three-dimensional point cloud is displayed on a second portion of the display, the second portion of the display being arranged about the periphery of the first portion of the display. Wherein a portion of the 3D point cloud displayed in the second portion represents a portion of the environment outside of a field of view of the video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit Hillebrand, Rasmus Debitsch, Rolf Heidemann
  • Patent number: 10067231
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Zweigle, Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Reinhard Becker
  • Patent number: 10060722
    Abstract: A portable articulated arm coordinate measuring machine includes a noncontact 3D measuring device that has a projector configured to emit a first pattern of light onto an object, a scanner camera arranged to receive the first pattern of light reflected from the surface of the object, an edge-detecting camera arranged to receive light reflected from an edge feature of the object, and 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Paul C. Atwell
  • Patent number: 10021379
    Abstract: A 3D coordinate measuring system includes a six-DOF unit having a unit frame of reference and including a structure, a retroreflector, a triangulation scanner, and an augmented reality (AR) color camera. The retroreflector, scanner and AR camera are attached to the structure. The scanner includes a first camera configured to form a first image of the pattern of light projected onto the object by a projector. The first camera and projector configured to cooperate to determine first 3D coordinates of a point on the object in the unit frame of reference, the determination based at least in part on the projected pattern of light and the first image. The system also includes a coordinate measuring device having a device frame of reference and configured to measure a pose of the retroreflector in the device frame of reference, the measured pose including measurements of six degrees-of-freedom of the retroreflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 9989353
    Abstract: A method for optically scanning and measuring a scene by a laser scanner includes generating multiple scans; tracking scanner positions with a position-tracking device for the multiple scans and providing tracked scanner positions in response; registering sequentially scans selected from the multiple scans into clusters using registration points or targets and confirming registration of the scans into the clusters according to specified quality criteria being fulfilled; selecting scans from the clusters and forming pairs of scans; forming an intersection of the selected pairs and comparing a size of the intersection with a threshold value obtained based at least in part on the tracked scanner positions; and attempting to register the pairs of scans if the size of the intersection exceeds the threshold value and accepting the registered pairs of scans if the registration is successful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Bartmann, Helmut Kramer, Daniel Pompe, Michael Schanz
  • Patent number: 9989357
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) coordinate measuring system includes an external projector that projects a pattern of light onto an object and an aerial drone attached to a 3D imaging device, the 3D imaging device and the external projector cooperating to obtain 3D coordinates of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Rolf Heidemann, Denis Wohlfeld, Robert E. Bridges, Helmut Kramer
  • Patent number: 9989350
    Abstract: A method for measuring a distance includes modulating the light beam at a first frequency, receiving a second beam by the optical detector to produce a first electrical signal having the first frequency and a first phase; modulating the light beam at a second frequency different than the first frequency; receiving the second beam by the optical detector to produce a second electrical signal having the second frequency and a second. After these steps, the retroreflector is moved while modulating the light beam continuously at the second frequency; and a first distance to the retroreflector is determined based at least in part on a the first and second frequencies and phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Lawrence B. Brown, James K. West, D. Scott Ackerson
  • Patent number: 9965829
    Abstract: A method interactively displays panoramic images of a scene. The method includes measuring 3D coordinates of the scene with a 3D measuring instrument at a first position and a second position. The 3D coordinates are registering into a common frame of reference. Within the scene, a trajectory includes a plurality of trajectory points. Along the trajectory, 2D images are generated from the commonly registered 3D coordinates. A trajectory display mode sequentially displays a collection of 2D images at the trajectory points. A rotational display mode allows a user to select a desired view direction at a given trajectory point. The user selects the trajectory display mode or the rotational display mode and sees the result shown on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Reinhard Becker, Martin Ossig
  • Patent number: 9967545
    Abstract: A method is provided of determining three-dimensional coordinates of an object surface with a laser tracker and structured light scanner. The method includes providing the scanner having a body, a pair of cameras, a projector, a retroreflector and a processor. The projector and cameras are positioned in a non-collinear arrangement. The projector is configured to project a pattern onto the surface. The method also includes providing the tracker which emits a beam of light onto the retroreflector and receives a reflected beam of light. The first location and orientation is measured with the tracker. The first surface pattern is projected onto the surface. A pair of images of the surface pattern is acquired with cameras. The processor determines the 3D coordinates of a first plurality of points in the tracker frame of reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Yazid Tohme
  • Patent number: 9964398
    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 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Hamidreza Rajaie, Oliver Zweigle, Robert E. Bridges, Yazid Tohme
  • Patent number: 9964402
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) scanner having two cameras and a projector is detachably coupled to a device selected from the group consisting of: an articulated arm coordinate measuring machine, a camera assembly, a six degree-of-freedom (six-DOF) tracker target assembly, and a six-DOF light point target assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yazid Tohme, Rolf Heidemann, Markus Grau, Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 9921046
    Abstract: A system is provided for communicating between a 3D metrology instrument and a portable computing device via near field communications. In one embodiment, the metrology device is an articulated coordinate measurement machine (AACMM), a laser tracker, a laser scanner or a triangulation scanner, and the portable communications device is a cellular phone or a tablet. The portable device may use the NFC to determine the configuration of and to configure the metrology instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Yu Gong
  • Patent number: 9915521
    Abstract: A method for scanning and obtaining three-dimensional (3D) coordinates is provided. The method includes providing a 3D measuring device having a projector, a first camera and a second camera. The method records images of a light pattern emitted by the projector onto an object. The 3D measuring device is moved from a first position and a second position along a second path. A gesture and a corresponding control function are determined based at least in part on the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit Hillebrand, Rolf Heidemann, Martin Ossig
  • Patent number: 9909857
    Abstract: An articulated arm coordinate measurement machine is provided with a power supply having multiple power sources. The power supply having an input configured to receive electrical power from an external energy supply and first and second energy storage members. The first energy storage member having a first processing circuit configured to measure at least one first parameter and transmit a first signal to the first electronic circuit. The second energy storage member having a second processing circuit configured to measure at least one second parameter and transmit a second signal to the first electronic circuit. Wherein the power supply is configure to selectively transfer electrical power from at least one of the first and second energy storage members, the power supply further being configured to change the transfer of electrical power from the first and second energy storage members in response to the first signal and second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Frederick John York, Yu Gong
  • Patent number: 9910126
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for controlling a measurement device remotely through gestures performed by a user. The method includes providing a relationship between a command and a gestures. A gesture is performed by the user with the user's body that corresponds to the user gesture. The gesture performed by the user is detected. A command is determined based at least in part on the detected gesture. Then the command is executed with the laser tracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, David H. Parker, Kelley Fletcher
  • Patent number: 9909855
    Abstract: A dimensional measuring device includes an overview camera and a triangulation scanner. A six-DOF tracking device tracks the dimensional measuring device as the triangulation scanner measures three-dimensional (3D) coordinates on an exterior of the object. Cardinal points identified by the overview camera are used to register in a common frame of reference 3D coordinates measured by the triangulation scanner on the interior and exterior of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Robert E. Bridges, Ariane Stiebeiner, Rolf Heidemann, Matthias Wolke
  • Patent number: 9909856
    Abstract: A line scanner measures 3D coordinates of an object surface and includes a projector with a light source that projects a line of light at the object surface. The line scanner also has a camera with a 2D array of light sensors and electronics that controls the exposure and readout times of each light sensor, the exposure time being controlled in either rows or columns of the array in a non-sequential manner, the readout time being controlled in either rows or columns that are the same as the rows or columns whose exposure time is being controlled, each of the light sensors converts an amount of captured optical energy into a digital signal value, the captured optical energy being from a reflected line of light from the object surface. Further includes a processor that receives the digital signal values and calculates the 3D coordinates of the object surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 9903934
    Abstract: A dimensional measuring device sends a beam of light to a remote probe having a retroreflector and a pitch/yaw sensor. The pitch/yaw sensor passes the light through an aperture and a lens to a position sensor that generates an electrical signal indicative of the position of the received light. A processor uses the electrical signal to determine a pitch angle and a yaw angle of the remote probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mathieu Antoina, Lawrence B. Brown, Jonathan R. Day, Matthew Frederick Evans, Ricardo Martins, Jacob J. Mertz, John Mountney, Robert Mark Neal, James Schloss, Quintin Stotts, Ding Wang, Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 9903701
    Abstract: A rotary switch device such as that used on the probe end of an articulated arm coordinate measurement machine is provided. The rotary switch having a housing with an axis of rotation. A first actuator is coupled to the housing. A first switch is coupled to the first actuator, the first actuator being configured to selectively close the first switch. A first electrical circuit is provided. A first antenna circuit is electrically coupled the first switch to the first electrical circuit, wherein the first electrical circuit and first antenna circuit cooperate to modulate an operating field when the first switch is closed. A reader circuit is arranged fixed relative to the axis of rotation, the reader circuit including a transmitter configured to emit the operating field and a receiver configured to detect the modulated operating field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Yu Gong
  • Patent number: D828187
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. O'Neill, Thomas William Murray, Christopher John Murray, Jonathan D. Albert, John D. Coleman