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FARO® Knowledge Base

TrackArm Setup with PolyWorks


The FARO® TrackArm system can be setup in PolyWorks® using the FaroArm and FARO Laser Tracker. The TrackArm configuration provides easy way of measuring complex and oversize parts while providing the most accurate measurements.

Note: Localization needs to be completed first prior to any measurements or alignments being taken by the Arm or Tracker.


Software Setup

  1. Launch the PolyWorks Workspace Manager.
  2. Select Save As and rename the project.
  3. Ensure Plug-ins for the FaroArm/LLP and Laser Tracker are active (this is a one-time step).
    1. Select Tools > Options
    2. Check the boxes next to the "FaroArm and Laser Line Probe" and the "Faro Laser Tracker", click Apply and then OK.

FaroArm Setup

  1. Ensure the FaroArm is connected. Select FaroArm within the dropdown and select Connect Device.
  2. Reference the encoders of the FaroArm.
    TrackArmPoly-Reference Encoders.png
  3. Select Device Properties > Select Probe.
  4. Select the probe currently installed and then click on Hole Compensation.

Laser Line Probe (LLP) Setup

  1. Ensure the FaroArm is connected and the LLP is installed.
  2. Select "Faro Laser Line Probe" from the Scan menu and connect.

LLP Tips:

Laser Tracker Setup

  1. Ensure the Laser Tracker is connected and then select "Faro Laser Tracker" within the dropdown and select Connect Device.
  2. Startup Checks will now initialize.


  • Always let the Laser Tracker thermally stabilize. This includes Laser Tracker, tripod, and part to be measured
  • Use "Scheduled Power On" feature to turn the Laser Tracker on automatically. The Laser Tracker must be connected to a power source.
  1. When using the Laser Tracker for measurements, ensure the correct SMR and/or adapter is selected.
  2. Click the Device Properties icon.
  3. Select CompIT and click Start Selected.
    1. Run an Angular Accuracy Check and follow on-screen prompts.
    2. Run a Quick Compensation in the direction of measurement.


TrackArm Localization

  1. With Laser Tracker and FaroArm both connected and configured, ensure the Laser Tracker is active and select Localize Device.
  2. Under Device Localization probe select Define.
  3. Ensure you have your TrackArm probe connected to your FaroArm.
  4. Secure the SMR Puck to a sturdy surface, placed at 2/3rds of the reach of the FaroArm. Place the metal ball onto the TrackArm Probe and complete an Arm compensation for the TrackArm Probe.
  5. Properties will automatically populate; enter an acceptable RMS deviation tolerance.
  6. Perform the TrackArm localization process.
    1. Press and hold green button while moving up and down (head to waist); left-to-right (arms reach); and forward and backward (two steps).
    2. Click red button to finalize.
  7. Once complete, the device localization message box will display which includes the measured RMS Deviation and Max Deviation.
  8. Once you are ready to move the arm to the next position select Move Device.
  9. Choose Device Localization for your Alignment method and select OK. You will then complete another localization with the TrackArm.
  10. Continue measuring the part with the FaroArm.