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FARO® Knowledge Base

What's new with BuildIT Projector


The following article highlights the new features included in each major release of BuildIT Projector. For all change information in the latest version, please refer to the Release Notes.

BuildIT Projector 2021.5

Version 2021.5 offers powerful new features that reduce the alignment workflow of operators down to a single click, empowers planners to create a projection plan the requires minimal testing, as well as other workflow improvements.

100% Automated Alignment using ScanAlign

ScanAlign speeds up the alignment process for operators by eliminating the need to aim the scanbox to the first 4 retro-targets. It automatically finds and measures all retro-targets in a specified area.

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To learn more: ScanAlign Alignment Feature with BuildIT Projector

Simulate projections to detect issues early

A planner has various options in their arsenal to optimize projections for accuracy and coverage. The work of finding that optimal projector setup can take a long time if it involves trial and error with a physical setup. Now planners can fully simulate alignments and get visual feedback without requiring a connection to any Tracer.


There are three new line styles:

  • Dashed Grey: Disabled projections, whether it is due to being out of FOV, or out of clipping boxes.
  • Dashed Grey with arrows: Disabled projections due to exceeding the maximum angle of incidence.
  • Dashed Red: Obstructed projections, for when CAD blocks the line of sight.

Projection visibility issues can be detected early at the planner's office, rather than on the shop floor where production downtime should be avoided. Simply right-click on the projector and select "Simulate alignment..." to see for yourself.

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To learn more: Simulate Projection Plans in BuildIT Projector*INT

Easily create and manage Associated Views

Layers' Associated View are now fully created and managed from the projection plan.

  1. In the layer properties, click on the Associated View dropdown, and select Create New...
    Associate View dropdown.png
  2. In the pop-up, select the view name, and if some of the CAD is hidden to show how the part should look at that step of the assembly, check the object visibility checkbox.
    New Associate View.png
  3. Click OK. The current view will be associated to the current layer. 

And if you wish to reuse a view, all previously-saved views are available in the same dropdown.

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Control scanbox using arrow keys

While we do offer full-fledged gamepad remotes as well as mobile remotes, sometimes the keyboard arrow keys offer just the 'remote' capabilities needed. This can easily be turned on in File: Settings: Projection and selecting the "Use arrow keys to move scanbox" checkbox.

BuildIT Projector 2021

BuildIT Projector 2021 offers a range of updates to streamline one-off projection workflows, including enhanced automation capabilities and an all-new Instant Projection workbench. Plus, the ability to manage the projector from a phone, tablet or gamepad puts the control of your laser projection workflows into your hands — literally.

Watch the overview video or check out the features breakdown below to learn more.

Instant Projection Workbench

Watch an overview video of the three main features of the new workbench.

Streamlined Interface

The new Instant Projection workbench is tailored for projection in low production environments (one-off workflows). In this case, no planning is needed; it is the fastest way to go from importing the CAD model to projection.

Drag-and-drop your CAD file into BuildIT, which will import it whether it is a 2-dimensional DWG, or a full Solidworks CAD. Then follow these 3 steps:

  1. Connect Projector(s)
  2. Align Projector, picking alignment points from the CAD on the fly.
  3. Project Geometries, which projects your selections in real-time.


Pick Alignment Points on the Fly

The TracerSI lets you align directly to features on the part. For those workflows, the best way to proceed is as follows:

  1. Pick an alignment point Coordinate from the CAD.
  2. Aim the scanbox at it, scan, and accept if the contrast is good enough.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have an alignment. At this point it will project the selection in Validation Geometries.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the projection is accurate enough.

This new workflow is straightforward and easy to learn — perfect for any user that needs to project as fast as possible.

Project Instantly

Once aligned, the Project Geometry command is all you need. It lets you select surfaces, lines and points, and projects them immediately upon selection. The Apply button is there if you would like to create a layer you can later recall, but that is entirely optional.

Adjust your projection on the fly if you wish to project a subsection. Remember: Use the Shift button for a rectangle selection. Ctrl + Shift to add to the current selection.

Gamepad Remote

In this version, one gamepad remote can control multiple projectors, allowing the operator to spend more time assembling and less time walking back and forth from the computer station.

Mobile Remote

The mobile remote has several new features. Most notably, it contains all the controls needed to run an alignment routine.

Connection to the remote is easy, BuildIT will display a QR code which your phone can read using the camera app. As long as it is on the same network as the computer, it will open the mobile remote via the web browser, whether you are running Android or iOS. No installation required.

Layer-Level Automation

BuildIT’s automation capabilities are virtually unparalleled in the industry.

These capabilities can now be leveraged as part of a projection plan, as layers now have a Layer Process property, which specifies which process should be automatically launched when the operator reaches this layer. Your imagination is the limit, but here are a few to inspire you:

  • Turn a light from green to yellow to red as the elapsed time crosses a desired threshold for that layer.
  • Send a notification to a supervisor to come do the Visual Inspection.
  • Guide the user through a mandrel rotation followed by a realignment.
  • Automatically generate a report.
  • Launch a supporting file such as a PDF or a video.

These can be created by FARO® for your custom implementation, or an automation training can enable you to create and edit them at your convenience.

Import LAP Projection Files

We have added another format to our projection importer: LAP Laser Projection, *.LPD. Note that LAP also works with native DWG and DXF, which are formats we already import.


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