Our History: From Garage Startup to World Leader

Since day one, FARO blazed the path to ensure customer success. 

A Legacy of Guidance

Headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, with over 25 offices around the world, FARO provides leading-edge measurement solutions, outstanding customer support and steady industry leadership.

When PhD students Simon Raab and Greg Frasier launched FARO from a garage in 1981, they envisioned the start-up as a pioneer for 3D measurement and imaging that would provide precision technology to guide their customers to success.

Fittingly, FARO isn’t just an acronym for Frasier and Raab Orthopedics, but a derivative of the ancient Greek word “pharos,” meaning lighthouse — a beacon for people seeking the path forward in both the literal and figurative sense. Today, FARO is proud to continue helping customers see further, realize their vision and successfully navigate through any rough tides that come their way.


Check out the detailed timeline of the most notable moments in our accomplished 40-year history. 


Find the patents for our key proprietary technologies in one convenient place.

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