November 3, 2004
Westlake Village, CA - November 3, 2004 – Surfcam, Inc., developer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM Systems,
has collaborated with FARO Technologies to provide cutting edge solutions for Computer-Aided-Manufacturing (CAM).
One of many new features in its latest service pack, SURFCAM now supports USB FaroARM products. Surfware actively
pursued developing this specific enhancement to further augment SURFCAM's design-to-reality solutions.
"The SURFCAM and FARO alliance provides a seamless part digitizing to machining solution," said
Shaun Mymudes, Director of Product Management at FARO Technologies. "Using SURFCAM to capture dimensional
data, FARO portable measurement arms provide our customers with a direct interface to a very high-end CAM
The FaroARM interface for SURFCAM allows use of any FARO 6-Axis or 7-Axis portable digitizer as an auxiliary
pointing device to input 3D coordinate data into an active SURFCAM session. It also allows SURFCAM users to freely
intermix digitized input with all other input modes. This facilitates model creation, tool path generation, and
material removal simulation in a single environment, continuously displaying the FaroARM probe tip for graphical
"Users can create, edit, generate and simulate toolpaths, then machine complex surface models all in a
single setup without any file transfers," said Don McKillop, President of CAM/CAD Technologies.
"The SURFCAM FaroARM interface is uniquely suited for reverse engineering of complex 3D objects,"
continued McKillop, the author of the FaroARM USB interface and a Surfware Sales Partner.
This interface now supports both serial and USB connectivity, enabling the system to work with legacy and
current FARO equipment. It includes a variety of convenient coordinate alignment techniques, probe calibration,
probe changing within a session, system diagnostics, and a series of convenient digitizing modes. Digitizing
modes include discrete point input, lock-plane input, streaming-coordinate mode input, and project-onto-plane
"We are proud to work with FARO Technologies to provide state of the art 'design-to-reality' solutions,"
commented Joe McChesney, Product Manager at Surfware. "We will strive to continue offering enhancements to
SURFCAM that deliver the latest cutting edge technologies to our customers."
About FARO Technologies
With more than 7,500 installations and approximately 3,500 customers globally, FARO
Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO) and its international subsidiaries design, develop, and market software and
portable, computerized measurement devices. The Companys products allow manufacturers to perform 3-D inspections
of parts and assemblies on the shop floor. This helps eliminate manufacturing errors, and thereby increases
productivity and profitability for a variety of industries in FARO's worldwide customer base. Principal products
include the FARO Laser ScanArm; FARO Gage and Gage-PLUS; Platinum, Titanium and Advantage FaroArms; the FARO
Laser Tracker X and Si; and the CAM2 family of advanced CAD-based measurement and reporting software. FARO
Technologies is ISO 9001 certified and ISO-17025 laboratory registered. Learn more at
About Surfcam, Inc.
Surfcam, Inc. is the developer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM software for PC computers. SURFCAM is designed
for CNC programming of 2-, 3-, 4, and 5-axis mills, lathes, wire EDM, laser, plasma, and water-jet machines. Machine
shops worldwide use SURFCAM for 2D and 3D mechanical design, surface modeling, reverse engineering, prototyping,
mold-making, pattern-making and production machining.