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Plumb Bill
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If the data sheet measures up this is very interesting:

https://www.pobonline.com/articles/101851-trimble-announces-x7-3d-laser

 

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Plumb Bill
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The data sheet:

So yes, actually looks like it may compete well against other brands current offerings.

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It is quite a bit more compact than previous offerings.

I am very interested in the field software - looks like a touchscreen-compatible stripped-down version of RealWorks. The ability to QC registration and overlap in the field, and review results in realtime, is great. I was never a scanning guru, but RealWorks was by far the easiest to learn of all the programs I have worked with, and super powerful too.

The T10 is way too heavy/bulky for typical survey work IMO, but it is perfect for this sort of application.

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Unless this is ridiculously cheaper than the SX10, its hard to see how this would be a huge benefit to the surveying community.  I know my point clouds are registered properly in the field with an SX10, because my station set-up will tell me so and I can view them together in the TSC7.

To me this tool looks perfect for a building contractor that specializes in buildout our remodels.  This will be great if you don't have to tie the scan to a boundary or georeference the scan, cause if you do, then you'll still need a total station and RealWorks.  And if you are doing complex scans, wouldn't the TX8 be a better unit?

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i would think that connecting this to known points is possible because they say it' a "survey grade" instrument.

@bradl : aren't the longer scanning times a hassle when you're doing like a hundred scans with the sx10?

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@beuckie

I used an SX10 for a week.  While it is an excellent robot with "detail" scanning ability, it won't be replacing dedicated 360 scanners.

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Agreed. I think equipment like the MS60 and the SX10 have caused people to believe that they can do things they really can't, or that is inefficient to do with that equipment. Can it do 360 degree some scans, yes, but why?  If you're really looking to get into scanning professionally buy the tool that does it more productively. Anyone that scans knows that a RTC360, a PSeries Scanner etc will burn up an SX10 or equiivolent. 

...and just my opinion....the X7 is not a breakthrough or game changer. In fact, it's not equiivolent to some of the other brand technology that is out there already. 

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Posted by: @cwlawley

the X7 is not a breakthrough or game changer. In fact, it's not equiivolent to some of the other brand technology that is out there already. 

If what I'm hearing for the price is correct ($37k) then it would settle out to equivalent.  Definitely not a game changer, though.  Not to mention I think Leica totally pulled a move to steal their thunder with the RTC360LT.  

Leica had long been the gold standard for me with anything scanning related - and still is considering the P series, but I'm not in love with their new "iterate early and often" business model with the BLK and RTC lines.  If I was looking for a ~$40k scanner it would most likely be a Faro.

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