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3D Hand Held Scanner

Freestyle3D Objects

Freestyle3D X


FARO® Knowledge Base

Scanning and Registration Guide FARO Freestyle

Freestyle3D Scanner


This guide allows you easily scan your area with the Freestyle 3D. It will also show how you can Process, Register, Explore. and Export your point cloud.

  • Click here to download a PowerPoint version of this article.

Setup and Scanning

Connection to the Tablet

  1. Plug the Freestyle 3D USB cable into a USB port on your tablet. The red status LED will light up.
  2. Wait until Scene Capture detect the Freestyle 3D. Scene Capture will show a loading message.
  3. As soon as your Freestyle is ready, the red status LED will switch off and the blue LED will light up.
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Start a Scan

  1. To start a scan, press the button on the Freestyle 3D or tap the record button in the software.

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Scan in Process – While Recording

  1. Move the device slowly and constantly across the object to be scanned
  • Try to move the device in circles or loops
  • Try to finish recording at the starting place
  • Try to capture data within the intended range (0.5 to 3m). Freestyle3D Objects models (0.3m - 0.8m)
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If Tracking is Lost

  1. Try to move the Freestyle 3D so, that the video view and the view in the small window match.
  2. Then, a green and red cross-shaped icon appears in the live video view. Try to move the Freestyle so, that the red and green crosses match and then the tracking will resume automatically.

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Process and Register Scans

Open your Project

  1. If you’ve started SCENE, click on Project and Open Project. A window opens up and you can choose the location of your scan project.

  2. The project overview appears. On the right side you can see the project content.

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Process your Scans

In the next step you will process your scan data.

  1. Right click on one or more scans and select >Operations >Process Scans.
  2. Now the scans will be processed. You can see the status in the middle of the screen. After your scans are processed, you will see a green square next to the name (e.g.Scan-01).

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Registration of your Scan Data

  1. You can access the Registration menu by clicking on the button Registration. Here you can choose between Automatic, Manual and Visual registration. You may want to choose Manual Registration if you haven’t worked with targets or limited overlapping areas.
  2. Select your cluster scans and click on Select Scans. Here you can select your first and second scan and click on Mark Targets.

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 Place your Scans

  1. On the left side, you see Scan 1 and on the right side Scan 2. You can choose which correspondences you have and what you want to select (points, spheres, checkerboards or planes).

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  1. You need minimum three common references for your registration. If you have selected these references, they automatically have the same name.
    Now you can click on Register and Verify for the next step.

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  1. You can see the two Scans in different colors (Scan-01 in red, Scan-02 in green). If you are satisfied with the result, click on Yes. If not, then you will have to mark more or other points for the registration. Repeat this operation for the other scans you have.

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  1. Once finished, you have the possibility to optimize your registration with the following options. Optimization Cloud to Cloud, Target Based or go back to the dashboard.

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  1. After the optimization, you will see your Scans in the 3D view and you can also access a report. If everything is processed correctly click on Yes. Now you can click on Finish.

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  1. After the registration is completed, you can go to Explore and the 3D view from your open scans.

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  1. The next step is to delete the scan points you don’t want. For this, Top view provides the easiest access.

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  1. You can select scan points by Select Polygon (or via the drop-down menu Select Brush). Mark all points you want to delete.

image 21 software_delete scan points.jpg

  1. Right-click on the selection and choose Selection> Delete Selected Scan Points.

image 22 software_delete scan points 2.jpg

  1. You can repeat the same steps for the Side view until you have a clean scanning project. If you don’t want to delete any scan points, you can also create a Clipping box and hide these points.
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  1. In preparation for the export, create a Project point cloud. Go to Project Point Cloud> Create. Then save your project.

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  1. An options box appears. Here you can eliminate duplicate points, homogenize your point density or apply
    a color balancing. Check your boxes and click on OK. You will receive a message when your project point cloud is finished.

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  1. The last step is to export the point cloud, so you can easily work within other software packages for reverse engineering, 3D modeling and much more.

    Here you can export each scan separately (you will get one file for each scan).

    You can also export the project point cloud (you will only get one file).
    Export Project means that you can export your project as SCENE or Recap project.

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  1. In this example we will export as a project point cloud. So click on Export Project Point Cloud and a window appears.

    Here you can select your file format and file name. Click on Export and the export starts.
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