Faro surprised us at the start of this year with the release of a new handscanner, the Freestyle 3D. It is being marketed as a lightweight, mobile tool that can rapidly enable the capture of accurate full-colour pointcloud data on its own, or in tandem with Faro’s product line of terrestrial laser scanners such as the Focus and X330, where its direct integration with Faro’s Scene package gives it a workflow advantage. The hardware specification puts the point accuracy at less than 1.5mm under certain conditions, measuring at a distance between 0.5m and 3m from the subject.
It has already made a splash in the scanning community, with comparisons and early tasters of the handscanner being used in real-world scenarios. Being marketed at the AEC industries, it will be interesting to see if or how it is employed within the context of digital documentation of cultural heritage, which frequently puts us in situations with irregular, hard-to-reach built and natural environments.