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How do I get started with my Faro Arm and Geomagic Design X, Verify, XOS, and legacy Rapidform?

This article will review the process to get started with a FARO Edge arm and LLP, or older FARO device within Geomagic Design X, Verify, XOS, and legacy Rapidform.

Requirements:

Computer

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
    • 32 bit or 64 bit
  • One USB 2.0 or higher port available on your machine
  • Optionally, Wifi connection
  • Optionally, Ethernet connection
  • Optionally, Bluetooth connection

Software

Resource

The FARO Support Center contain many articles that may be helpful with your device

Device Installation

After unpacking your device, you will have a number of items:

  • FARO arm
  • USB cable
  • Power supply and cable
  • Bolt-on Stand
  • Probe Kit
  • LLP Kit
Either mount the Bolt-On Stand to a table, use a tripod, vacuum mount, or other mounting option. Screw the base of the arm to the mount with either built in handles or wrench provided in the Probe Kit.
 

LLP (Laser Line Probe) Installation

FARO Edge:

Loosen the collar at the last joint and remove the regular handle if present. Unpack the Edge LLP, and place into position at the end of the arm. Re-tighten the collar to secure the LLP in place. Remove lens covers from LLP.

FARO Fusion and older:

Unpack the LLP, and place around the end of the arm. The LLP will line up with kinematic points, and rest into place. Screw on the collar provided in the LLP case, using the provided wrench to tighten. Attached the accessory cable to the port on the back of the handle. Screw the connector into the port.
 

Probe Installation

Once the arm is secure, open the Probe Kit. It will contain at least:
  • One 3mm Probe Tip
  • One 6mm Probe Tip
  • Wrench
  • Probe Calibration Seat
  • Mounting Screws
Install a probe tip by screwing on to the end of the arm; tightening with the wrench provided.
 

Connection and Power

Most FARO arms can be operated both with a battery pack, or with continuous power from an outlet.

Continuous Power (charging as well)

Plug in the power supply to an electrical outlet. Plug AC cable into the arm. Attach a battery pack if you wish to charge the battery.

Battery Pack

Attached a fully charged battery pack to the device.

Connection

For initial connection, using the supplied USB cable is strongly recommended. Connect the USB B-type connector to the arm, and connect the USB A-type connector to your PC.

Turn on your device by either flipping the I/O switch or pressing the power button, depending on your device.

PC Installation

After downloading, install the driver, following the installation instructions.

Once the installation is complete, your FARO arm should be connected and recognized by your machine.

You can choose to connect to your FARO arm by Bluetooth, WiFi, and Ethernet; depending on your model.

Bluetooth connections can be made from the FARO Bluetooth Connection Setup in the Start Menu, under Programs/FARO

WiFi and Ethernet connections can be made from the FARO Ethernet Setup in the Start Menu, under Programs/FARO. To connect over WiFi, be sure to connect to wireless network for your arm, which will have the SSID of your devices serial number.

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Rapidform Setup

LiveScan™ - Rapidform XOR AND XOS

Launch Rapidform XOR or XOS. After the application is open, go to Insert/Scanner Direct Control/LiveScan

LiveScan_Menu.jpg

This will start the LiveScan command, and show the device properties window on the right side of the screen.

Under the Device dropdown menu, select [FARO] FaroArm/ScanArm, and press the connect button.

LiveScan_Screen.jpg

LiveScan Options

  • Auto Connect
    • Allows Rapidform to automatically connect to the device each time LiveScan has been launched
  • Hold Connection
    • Keeps the connection active with Rapidform even after the LiveScan command is accepted or canceled. This will not allow any other application to use the device until Rapidform is closed
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  • Play/Stop button
    • Starts and Stops measurement with the device. The application cannot be used as normal until the Stop button is pressed. Start is available when measurement is possible.
  • Calibrate.jpg
  • Calibration Button
    • This button will launch a dialog offering the choice of the FARO dialog for probe calibration, or the FARO configuration dialog
  • Laser.jpg
  • Laser Settings
    • This button will launch the FARO laser exposure and filtering settings dialog
  • Probe.jpg
  • Select Probe
    • This button will launch the FARO dialog for probe calibration
  • Move.jpg
  • Move Device
    • This button will launch a utility for moving the device while measuring. You can capture some features in the starting position, and remeasure them in the new position.
  • Scanner Option
    • This button opens the Rapidform scanner settings dialog
  • Probe Option
    • This button opens the Rapidform probe settings dialog

LiveScan Stages

LiveScan has two stages. First is an alignment stage, for aligning the device to the part. The second is for capturing data.

If no alignment is needed, skip to Stage 2.

LiveInspect™ - Rapidform XOV3

Launch Rapidform XOV3. Once the application is open, you will see the LiveInspect button on the main tool pallet. Clicking on this button will expand the LiveInspect toolbar for use.

At the device drop down menu, select FaroArm/ScanArm from the list. Click the Connect button, you will see a message and hear a sound when the connection is complete.

Device settings can be found in the Settings dialog, under the Device tab.

  • Calibrate.jpg
  • Calibration Button
    • This button will launch a dialog offering the choice of the FARO dialog for probe calibration, or the FARO configuration dialog
  • Laser.jpg
  • Laser Settings
    • This button will launch the FARO laser exposure and filtering settings dialog
  • Probe.jpg
  • Select Probe
    • This button will launch the FARO dialog for probe calibration

Calibration

Click on either the Calibration button and choose Calibration, or Click Probe Selection. You will see the FARO calibration dialog. Select the probe tip you have installed from the drop down. The default calibration method is a Hole Calibration. You can choose to use Guidance or not in the Modify window for each probe.

Mount the probe calibration seat, and click the Hole Calibration button. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Once the probe passes, you can click the OK button. The probe is now calibrated.

Select the LLP in the probe list. The default calibration method is a plane calibration.

Mount the Calibration Plate form the LLP Kit, and click the Plane Calibration button. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Once the LLP passes, you can click the OK button. The scanner is now calibrated, and the device is ready for use.

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  • Date Created: 01/31/2014
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