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Artec Studio 15 adds new Scan-to-CAD features

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Artec Studio 15, the latest version of Artec 3D’s scanning software has been launched with new Scan-to-CAD functionality adding new reverse engineering options to be carried out in the software.

Basic quality control (QC) and basic reverse engineering operations can now be conducted directly in Artec Studio 15, along with enhanced model-to-model texture transfers and colour reproduction.

In addition, boosted algorithms will ensure maximum accuracy and speed when scanning with Artec’s handheld, long-range and desktop scanners.

New QC features align scans to imported CAD models, including .step, .iges and .x_t formats.

Fast surface distance map comparisons and accurate measurements of all created 3D models allow for identification of inconsistencies between scan and CAD model.

Scans can also be fitted with CAD primitives – such as spheres, cones, planes and cylinders – allowing for 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.


Artec Studio 15’s CAD primitives can also streamline workflows for reverse engineering – being used to extract key geometrical data in a CAD format that can be used in Solidworks or other CAD software.

In addition, Artec Studio 15’s Precise Positioning features 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 easy transition.

“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,” said Artec 3D CEO Artyom Yukhin.

“This year’s Scan-to-CAD features will create a huge leap in productivity for users conducting reverse engineering and inspection tasks.”

An array of new features and upgrades that boost accuracy and speed. New customer groups can now be created in Artec Studio 15, allowing users to work with multiple sets of data at the same time and organised them in customer 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 customisable UI allows users to tailor the software to their preferences.

Artec claims that the speed and accuracy of its 3D scanners have both been improved with Artec Studio 15, with the smart scanning mode for the Micro desktop scanners seeing the biggest upgrade in results.

Scans can reportedly be captured 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.

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New model-to-model texture transfer in Artec Studio 15

New automated colour options have been added, with the software filtering out unwanted colour data from behind the scanned object.

Artec says that 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 that has been added is the model-to-model texture transfer. Users can clone textures from existing models and transfer them directly to new models.

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