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Polhemus’ FastScan Gets Faster

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Polhemus’ FastScan Gets Faster

Polhemus Inc., a Rockwell Collins Company, has announced the latest developments of the FastSCAN handheld laser scanner system designed for scanning 3D objects for use in modeling and animation. Enhancements in the new release include the stylus marker functionality and a smaller electronic chassis box for greater portability.

Featuring Polhemus’ FASTRAK technology inside, FastSCAN allows the scanner to go to the object. Users can then “auto stitch” 3D models together in realtime and export them to all major industry standard graphics applications.

Pressing the stylus button generates a position and orientation marker within the tracker’s spatial system. These coordinates are recorded by the FastSCAN software and displayed on the screen. Digital reference markers provide an indication of the exact position and orientation of the marked point. The digital reference points can then be exported. A number of editing/control features will be provided including: highlight marker, marker on/off, pull marker to surface and suitable export function.

Located in Colchester, Vt., Polhemus supplies a complete range of 3D motion-tracking and digitizing systems for the medical, military training and simulation, and the computer-aided design industries. Additional information is available from or

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