Santa Clara, Calif., May 28, 2020 – Artec 3D, a world-renowned developer and manufacturer of professional 3D hardware and software, today announces the availability of Artec Studio 15, the latest version of its award-winning software. New Scan-to-CAD functionality allows for basic quality control and basic reverse engineering operations to be conducted directly in Artec Studio 15, saving users time and effort. For CGI artists, enhanced colour reproduction and model-to-model texture transfers will make creating life-like models even easier. In addition, boosted algorithms will ensure maximum accuracy and speed when scanning with Artec’s handheld, long-range and desktop 3D scanners.
“We’ve been told by customers that with every new Artec Studio release it is like receiving an upgraded scanner, which is something we are extremely proud of,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “Our advancements in 3D scanning algorithms help us outpace the industry in accuracy, speed and usability, while our growing number of features save users of all skill levels time. This year’s Scan-to-CAD features will create a huge leap in productivity for users conducting reverse engineering and inspection tasks.”
Enhanced User Experience
An array of new features and upgrades that boost accuracy and speed. New custom groups can now be created in Artec Studio 15, allowing users to work with multiple sets of data at the same time and organize them in custom folders. New automated workflows, including boosted Autopilot and more advanced auto-align functionality that is 2x quicker, next-generation texture registration, and faster project loading that now revolves around each scan having a dedicated CPU, will increase user productivity. A visually redesigned workspace and customizable interface allow users to tailor the software to their preferences.
While speed and accuracy have increased across all Artec 3D’s scanners with Studio 15, the smart scanning mode for the Micro desktop scanner is a game-changer. Objects can be digitized twice as fast as if done manually. By calculating the most effective scanning path, Smart Scanning Mode captures the optimal quantity of surfaces, using the least number of frames, to achieve fully automatic, ultra-high-resolution scans and at minimum size for fast processing.
New Quality Control Features
Users can now conduct quick quality control operations within Artec Studio by aligning scans to imported CAD models, including STEP, IGES and X_T formats. Fast surface distance map comparisons and micron-accurate measurements of all created 3D models allow for easy identification of inconsistencies between a scan and CAD model. Scans can also be fitted with CAD primitives, such as spheres, cones, planes and cylinders. This allows for highly accurate measurements to be taken between actual scans and these simple geometrical shapes. For more complex processes and tools, users can export to any full package inspection software, such as Geomagic Control X.
Boosted Reverse Engineering Functionality
Artec Studio’s CAD primitives also streamline workflows for reverse engineering. After a scan is completed, primitives can be used to extract key geometrical data in a CAD format which can be immediately used in SOLIDWORKS or other CAD software. In addition, Artec Studio 15’s Precise Positioning feature lets users position models in the world coordinate system. Correctly positioned models with primitives aligned to the scan data can be exported as popular CAD formats for an easy transition directly into SOLIDWORKS, Geomagic Design X and other CAD software.
Vivid Textures for CGI and More
With Artec Studio 15, users can rest assured that colour will be captured and displayed correctly thanks to multiple automated features. Without manually predefining the area of application, the software filters out unwanted colour data from behind an object. The strength of this feature can be adjusted using the suppression level slider. Refined algorithms search across multiple scans for correct colour substitutes. This feature works similarly to the popular Glare Reduction tool. Another time-saving feature is model-to-model texture transfer. Users can clone textures from existing models and transfer them directly to new models.
Q & A with President and CEO Vyomesh Joshi (VJ) on the New FabPro 1000
Source: 3D Systems
Following 3D Systems’ announcement of FabPro™ 1000, there has been a steady flow of interest around our take on industrial entry-level 3D printing: where FabPro fits into an additive manufacturing workflow, why we are investing in entry-level solutions, and how 3D Systems’ printer measures up to competing systems on the market. Eager to answer your questions, 3D Systems President and CEO VJ shares his view of the opportunities available through entry-level industrial printing with the new FabPro 1000.
Q: HOW IS FABPRO™ 1000 DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ENTRY-LEVEL 3D PRINTERS ON THE MARKET?
VJ: The FabPro is distinct in several ways, but the most important distinction is the parts it prints. The parts are what matters at the end of the day, right? The combination of our printer and materials ensures part quality, repeatability and durability, so that’s the first key distinction. And of course, very closely related to part quality is part accuracy. The FabPro delivers better, more accurate parts than any other product at its price point and produces parts that are on par with production level machines in terms of accuracy, quality and repeatability.
The second differentiation is speed and productivity. FabPro is up to three times faster than competitively priced systems, which will help to make our customers more efficient and accelerate their time to market. Think about it: if it takes a competing system 9 hours to print apart but it takes our system just 3 hours to print a part with the exact same parameters, full days can be removed from product timelines. That’s a tremendous competitive advantage.
BEYOND AFFORDABILITY, WHAT MAKES THIS AN ENTRY-LEVEL 3D PRINTER?
We want to help customers go from a CAD file to design verification or functional prototyping without jumping through hoops or needing extensive training, so we’ve made it very easy to use. Like our other professional quality printers, FabPro comes with 3D Sprint software for file preparation and print management. This gives users access to tools that help them optimize support structures and builds to reduce waste and also provides visibility into material usage. This combination of the fast print speeds I mentioned earlier and optimized printing delivers lower costs to our customers so they can continue to enjoy low operating costs after the initial purchase.
THE 3D SYSTEMS MISSION IS TO HELP MAKE 3D PRODUCTION REAL FOR CUSTOMERS. HOW DOES AN ENTRY-LEVEL INDUSTRIAL PRINTER FIT INTO THIS STRATEGY?
In order to make 3D production real for our customers, we need to make good quality and easy-to-use additive manufacturing solutions more accessible and affordable to help a wider audience adopt and benefit from the technology. In terms of how the FabPro does this, I will answer in two parts. The first half of my answer takes a look at the product itself. If you think about the product category – an industrial entry-level printer – it plays a very important role in making 3D production real. The FabPro 1000 is a solution with entry-level affordability that comes with industrial material capability and a significant speed advantage over other printers in its class. It also comes with 3D Sprint software to streamline the plastic additive manufacturing workflow, making it a complete solution. That means FabPro offers an opportunity for people to get hands-on with 3D technology for meaningful applications such as functional prototyping. Offering a low-barrier, quality experience that combines the right materials, the right hardware and the right software to compress product lifecycles reinforces how 3D Systems’ additive manufacturing solutions can help companies reduce design cycle time and develop complex custom parts not possible with traditional manufacturing processes.
The second half of my answer considers our customers globally, and the different price-performance capabilities and needs that exist worldwide. As a global company, 3D Systems works to serve all markets, including emerging geographies where an entry-level industrial printer like FabPro 1000 offers an optimal price-performance ratio with considerable benefits to the customer.
I think the global designer community will be among the first to really understand and get excited about the capability being offered, but designers are not the only ones in need of an affordable yet professional-quality 3D printing solution. I think you have to consider other professions where the total package of benefits provided by the FabPro 1000 will make a difference. The combination of the materials we offer plus the high throughput and accuracy of the printer speaks to a wide range of users. If you need high durability functional prototypes, FabPro can do it; if you need high contrast material for prototyping intricate details, FabPro can do it. We also offer a casting material that will enable users to achieve final metal parts with entry-level affordability. This alone has the potential to transform verticals such as jewellery. I believe FabPro will complement and advance workflows across industries, and I am excited to see what our customers do with it!