Laser Design Inc. Selects FARO Technologies for Portable Laser Scanner Line


(MINNEAPOLIS, MN; December 18, 2006) -- Laser Design Inc., a leading manufacturer of 3-D laser scanning probes, announced that it selected the FARO Technologies line of FaroArm portable CMMs, to integrate with its new SLP line of 3-D laser scanning probes. The integrated 3-D laser scanning systems, known as the Laser Design FA-Series, will be sold worldwide through the company's distributor network and will also be used internally by its scanning and inspection services division (GKS Inspection Services).

FARO Technologies, the world's single source for a complete line of portable CMM measurement solutions, spent two decades developing their Platinum FaroArm, which improves ergonomics, accuracy and true portability. Laser Design's Surveyor Laser Probes (SLP) are integrated with not only the Platinum FaroArms but also the Titanium model.

"Our FA-Series portable scanning systems are a great complement to our high accuracy, highly automated Surveyor DS-Series scanning systems," said C. Martin Schuster, President and CEO of Laser Design. Schuster added that his company's laser probes, including the SLP-2000 which features an 8" long laser line, are also available as a low cost, add-on kit for existing owners of the supported FaroArm models. He also noted that Laser Design's service bureau, GKS Inspection Services, has several FA-Series scanners available for customers requiring contracted on-site 3-D laser scanning services anywhere in North America.

The FaroArm's "reach" range of 4-12 feet adds functionality to Laser Design's scanning probes by allowing users to transport the portable scanner right to the part. This is a significant benefit for companies that prefer keeping parts in house for confidentiality purposes as well as for companies whose parts are too large or too difficult to move, such as those in the automotive and aerospace industries. Coupling the FaroArm with the accurate scanning technology of the Laser Design SLP laser probe creates an amazingly versatile and time-saving laser measurement and reverse-engineering solution.

Laser Design's SLP-330, SLP-450, and SLP-2000 laser probes offer varying laser lengths to facilitate scanning of small to large parts with any of the supported FaroArms. Laser Design even sells a retrofit kit which allows existing FARO customers to easily mount the laser probe that fits their measurement requirements.

Laser Design, Inc. has been a leading supplier of ultra-precise, 3-D laser scanning systems and services since 1987. Used for capturing the 3-D shape of objects with complex geometries and free-form surfaces, Laser Design's Surveyor line of automated and portable scanning systems are ideal for 3-D scanning applications involving inspection and reverse engineering of complex shaped plastic and metal parts. The company's patented laser line-probe technology dramatically reduces scanning time by collecting data substantially faster and more accurately than conventional metrology technologies.

Laser Design additionally operates GKS Inspection Services (www.gks3-D.com), an in-house service division offering complete 3-D scanning, modeling, and dimensional measurement services. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company also has an R&D lab in Seattle, a regional office in Detroit, and distributors throughout Europe and Asia. Laser Design integrates Geomagic software with its laser scanners to provide complete solutions for reverse engineering and inspection applications.
For further information, contact Marty Schuster, by phone (952-884-9648, ext. 202), fax (952-884-9653), via email to sales@laserdesign.com or visit Laser Design's web site at www.laserdesign.com.

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