FARO Introduces World's Most Accurate Break Resistant SMR as Part of Expanded Line of Laser Tracker Targets

By Faro Technologies Inc., PRNE
Monday, July 12, 2010

LAKE MARY, Florida, July 13, 2010 - FARO Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: FARO), the world's leading provider of
portable 3D measurement and imaging solutions, announced today the release of
the world's most accurate break resistant spherically mounted retroreflector
(SMR) as a part of their newly expanded line of laser tracker targets.

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FARO's new break resistant SMRs offer the accuracy, durability, and
affordability needed in today's demanding measurement environments. In the
past, users were faced with choosing between a high performance, lower cost
glass panel SMR or a durable, higher cost, less accurate break resistant
model. With FARO's new break resistant SMRs, however, this dilemma no longer
exists. Their accuracy is equal to or better than a traditional glass panel
SMR, while having the added advantage of being break resistant. They also
come at a lower cost than before - some are even less than a traditional
glass panel SMR. This will allow users to quickly recognize a true return on
the investment.

"FARO's dedication to providing world-class 3D measurement and imaging
solutions doesn't stop with the devices themselves," stated Jay Freeland,
FARO's Chief Executive Officer. "Our goal is to continuously offer
industry-leading accessories that enable optimal device performance. With
FARO's new line SMRs, we are able to take the durability and performance of
break resistant SMRs and make them affordable for more customers."

These new targets are available in three models: standard accuracy, long
range, and high performance. Each one has higher accuracy than previous FARO
break resistant SMRs, while the long range and high performance models have
the ability to track up to 55 meters with the FARO Laser Tracker ION(TM). In
addition to its long range, the high performance break resistant SMR is 80%
more accurate than previous FARO models. The combination of the sphere
properties and the centering of the optics make it the world's most accurate
break resistant SMR.

"Regardless of how accurate your laser tracker is, the quality of the
measurements is directly affected by the precision of the target," said Ken
, FARO Director of Product Management - Laser Tracker Products. "These
new break resistant SMRs contain a single element retroreflector with a gold
coating. Since the retroreflector is constructed of a single element, there
are no separate glass panels that can shift or break over time. Users can now
have the peace of mind that comes with a break resistant target without
having to sacrifice high performance."

FARO is also introducing its new line of patented break resistant window
SMRs. These targets represent the ultimate performance in harsh environments,
as the window covering is designed to keep the reflective optics clean. All
of the SMRs provided by FARO can be used with any laser tracker measurement

About FARO

FARO develops and markets computer-aided coordinate measurement devices
and software. Portable equipment from FARO permits high-precision 3D
measurement and comparison of parts and compound structures within production
and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting
components and assemblies, production planning, inventory documentation, as
well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime
scenes. They are also employed to generate digital scans of historic sites.

Worldwide, approximately 10,000 customers are operating more than 20,000
installations of FARO's systems. The company's global headquarters is located
in Lake Mary, Florida, with its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany
and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branch locations in
Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands,
India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan.

Kate Carlson, Marketing Supervisor, Events & PR, +1-407-562-5036, +1-407-562-5222 fax, kate.carlson at faro.com

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