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LightWare SF30/C 100 meter

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LightWare SF30 R368.jpg

LightWare SF30/C 100 meter


by LightWare Optoelectronics

The LightWare SF30/C is a high speed, light weight laser rangefinder for mapping and obstacle detection by robotic vehicles such as UAVs with a range up to 100m.    

SKU# R368-SF30-C

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The extremely fast SF30 takes up to 18316 readings per second (max) and can be incorporated into scanning systems to create 2D SLAM maps or 3D images. The configurable features and multiple hardware interfaces make the SF30 easy to connect with different types of controllers. The SF30 uses a time-of-flight (TOF) system to make very fast and accurate distance measurements to natural or artificial surfaces. All models include serial and analog outputs along with a micro USB configuration port.

These units are easy to configure using the built-in menus and LightWare Terminal software (download below).  They ship fully calibrated, ready to run and include all necessary power, interface and USB cables.  

All necessary cabling is included with the sensor.  


  • Very fast update rate of 18316 readings per second on all models.
  • Measuring range > 100m (SF30/C only).
  • Serial port, analog voltage, alarm and USB interfaces.
  • USB port to change the alarm set-point, update rate and resolution.
  • The host controller can change settings on the fly via the serial port.
  • Compact and lightweight - 35 grams.
  • Easy to configure using the built-in menu and LightWare Terminal software.
  • Fully calibrated and ready to run.
  • Accurate, reliable measurements in sunlight or dark conditions.
  • Not affected by speed, wind, changes in barometric pressure, noise, ambient light, terrain or air temperature.
  • Speed output mode displays distance and speed through analog port


LightWare Terminal Software Download

LightWare SF30 Product Manual Rev 7

LightWare Nominal Beam Pattern Chart


Weight 35g (excluding cables)
Range 0-100m (natural targets)
Resolution 1.0m-0.03m selectable
Update rate 18316 readings per second (max)
Accuracy +/-0.10m (70% reflective target @ 20 degrees C)
Outputs & interfaces Serial & analog
Power supply voltage 5.0V ± 0.5VDC
Power supply current 250mA (maximum)
Laser power 20W (peak), 11mW (average), Class 1M
Dimensions 30 x 55 x 50mm
Operating temperature 0-40 degrees C
Approvals FDA - Pending
Optical aperture 51mm
Beam divergence 0.2 degrees
Lens material Acrylic
Connections Plug & socket, micro USB