We had the pleasure of briefly meeting with Z+F USA just the other week. As luck would have it, their offices are located just south of Pittsburgh, a short drive from our location in the East End. It was a pleasure to hear an in-depth description of the Z+F line of laser scanners and gain insight into the ethos of the company creating them. We’re excited to be incorporating their products and knowledge into our existing line of laser scanning solutions, as it focuses on a different elements and applications of reality capture.
A Z+F laser scanner is a unique and powerful piece of technology, a marriage of pragmatism and futuristic thinking that produce a finely tuned machine. What struck me was that the impressive hardware features, such as the incredible precision (≤1mm) of the instruments, were mentioned only in passing – the primary focus of the discussion was about how a Z+F Laser Scanner can be used.
The Imager 5006EX perhaps maybe the one of the better examples of Z+F ingenuity. Introduced in 2009(!) as the first “explosion proof” laser scanner, the 5006EX is ATEX certified, meaning it can be safely operated in potentially volatile or explosive environments. That being said, the rugged construction of the device itself seem to suggest that if indeed an explosion was to occur, the 5006EX would be the sole survivor.
The other outlier in the Z+F lineup would be the Imager 5010C. Aside from features such as the high resolution color display and an intelligent and responsive user interface, the actual imaging technology is impressive in its own right. Along with the standard of precision one comes to expect with a Z+F scanner, the HDR I-Cam provides shockingly beautiful imagery to match it. This latest iteration of the Imager family points toward the awesome potential laser scanning has in helping document and shape our environments.
But perhaps my favorite feature across the spectrum of Z+F products is the wonderfully pragmatic black handle you will find on the top of each device, enabling you to safely and efficiently transport the small box below that costs roughly as much as a small house. I think it is this simple consideration for ergonomics and user experience that, combined with their technological excellence, makes for a top-of-the-line 3D laser scanner.