Hexagon launches next-gen laser scanner

By Leila Steed29 June 2022

The Leica BLK360 second generation on a tripod The next-generation Leica BLK360 laser scanner (Image: Hexagon)

Technology specialist Hexagon has launched its next-generation Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner, introducing the model at its 2022 HxGN Live Global digital reality conference in Las Vegas, USA, yesterday.

The Leica BLK360 incorporates new scanning and imaging technologies that enable it to create accurate and photorealistic full-dome digital scans of buildings and other structures in a matter of seconds.

Five times faster than its first generation BLK360, Hexagon said the updated model enables users to move around any environment, quickly and without interruption, while “viewing and sharing the data during the capture process to provide real-time access to updated digital twins”.

Ola Rollén, Hexagon President and CEO, said, “When you have an up-to-date, 1:1 digital twin of reality fused with infinite, real-time data from the physical and digital worlds – you gain ubiquitous access to invaluable insight. Not only can this save time but also eliminate human error to improve safety and reduce waste.”

According to the company, users can control the BLK360 via the Leica Cyclone FIELD 360 mobile app and reality capture data collected by the unit can be automatically uploaded to Hexagon’s cloud-based reality capture platform, HxDR.

The Leica BLK360 second generation laser scanner in a carry case The BLK360 is lightweight and easy to carry. (Photo: Hexagon)

Aiming to make reality capture a more accessible technology - particularly for new industries and markets, the unit is designed for easy use and its light weight and compact size also makes it suitable for use on “projects that demand fast, accurate, real-time data collection”.

Rollén said, “The new BLK360 is a vital tool for democratising reality capture in so many different applications – from public planning, architecture, construction and environmental applications to the advancement of media & entertainment by supporting the creation of mind-bending visual effects. The possibilities are endless.”

According to the manufacturer, depending on project scope and size, the device “could save days or weeks of precious time with rapid scanning, pre-registered data, and high-speed transfer to preferred software workflows”. 

Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner being used in a factory The new laser scanner can be used for a range of applications in the construction, architecture and industrial industries, as well as for the emergency services sector. (Photo: Hexagon)
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