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Cold Weather Operating Guidelines for the V1 and V2 Laser Line Probe

The following are some hints for operating legacy V1 and V2 Laser Line Probe scanners in cold weather conditions:

· First, if accuracy is not an issue, even failing probe calibration will not prevent you from using the scanner to show the concept of gathering point clouds quickly and easily, directly into high-powered software like Geomagic and Polyworks. The Arm/Scanner/software does use the new probe calibration, even if it fails.

· Second, if you do fail probe cal, you should look at the probe calibration log to see by how much. If it is around .2 mm, then you are not far off and should be able to scan effectively for medium accuracy applications.  Accordingly, the temperature you are using the Scanner at does not necessarily have to be at 25 degrees C or above.

· Third, if it is a high accuracy application or the application demands that the probe cal pass, the scanners will work to spec if given a 1.5 hour warm-up period before use. Shorter warm-up times may be possible, but accuracy may be compromised depending on how cold the actual environment is. The most important thing to remember is to make sure the FaroArm is off the end-stop (not in the rest position) for the duration of the entire warm-up time, to ensure the laser stays on.  If the arm goes back into the rest position, the laser will turn off and will never get to operating temperature.




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