Learn about the latest and greatest in Artec Studio and the release of their new HD mode and AI-Powered 3D scanning features.
Steve Cory, 3D industry expert and founder of Objex Unlimited will review his experience with this new feature and discuss how it can revitalize your Artec 3D scanning equipment and workflow.
Santa Clara, Calif., October 14, 2020 – Artec 3D, a world-renowned developer and manufacturer of professional 3D hardware and software, today announces the successful development of a proprietary AI Engine that more than doubles the resolution of its Eva and Leo handheld scanners to 0.2 mm in a newly released HD Mode. Artec 3D is the first and only company to utilize deep convolutional neural networks to reconstruct 3D surfaces and improve the quality of 3D models. With HD Mode, users can create exceptionally accurate, low-noise scans of smaller, more detailed objects with complex surfaces, as well as large, intricate objects. HD Mode is free and available now for all Eva and Leo users via Artec 3D’s latest scanning and data processing software, Artec Studio 15.
“With the help of in-house developed training techniques and CNNs, we’ve managed to squeeze more information from the same amount of data captured from our existing 3D Eva and Leo scanners and get a much richer and denser representation of the scene being scanned,” said Gleb Gusev, CTO of Artec 3D. “Now we’re able to receive up to 64 times more measurements from the same scanners, which more than doubles the resolution of the final model and significantly decreases noise. Another advantage of our new approach is the much more accurate reconstruction of the surfaces this technique provides compared to standard algorithms.”
“We are committed to creating life-long Artec 3D users, not only by developing the industry’s most cutting-edge new 3D technologies, but also ensuring that the performance of our existing solutions is continuously being enhanced,” said Artyom Yukhin, President and CEO of Artec 3D. “The release of HD mode, powered by a first-of-its-kind neural network, is an extraordinary milestone for the 3D scanning industry that our users can benefit from right away. It’s incredibly rare for any company to release such a significant upgrade at no cost, but we want users to rest assured that when they invest in our technology it will continue to pay off for years to come.”
Artec 3D has a deep history in computer vision and AI, creating AI algorithms for its own 3D facial recognition devices, as well as for technology industry leaders. Most notably, Artec 3D’s team of AI experts worked with Apple to help develop its Face ID. Now, Artec 3D has leveraged its expertise to apply AI not only to 3D faces, but to 3D objects of any kind. The convolutional neural network powering Artec 3D’s AI Engine in Studio 15 software has been trained using millions of data points and hundreds of thousands of 3D models to ensure optimum performance in HD Mode.
When an Eva or Leo operator turns on HD Reconstruction, they can look forward to scans with unparalleled degrees of resolution, coverage, and detail. They can also select the desired density for HD scans, from a standard 1X all the way up to an astonishing 36X for Eva and 64X for Leo. To experience the benefits of HD Mode, users must utilize computers with NVIDIA GPUs and 2 GB (Eva) / 4 GB (Leo) of video RAM for proper scanning and data processing. NVIDIA is the Artec 3D recommended graphics card brand for Artec Studio users.
HD Mode allows users to scan more detailed objects in over twice the resolution, with Eva and Leo scanners. This mode easily captures sharp and thin edges in higher definition. Even complex structures with various hard-to-scan surfaces, such as those featuring holes and gaps, varying depths and angles, and recessed areas are now systematically reconstructed in every single frame to deliver the best possible scan. With HD Mode, tricky surfaces, such as those that are deep black, shiny, or covered in hair or fur, are also easier to digitize with incredible detail. HD mode has an elite level of noise reduction in both raw data and final model, making scanned objects ready for reverse engineering, as well as many other applications, without needing any editing.
To learn more about Artec 3D’s HD Mode, or visit www.artec3d.com/portable-3d-scanners/hd-mode.
Press Release: https://www.artec3d.com/news/artec-studio-15-scan-to-cad-release
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.
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