Artec Micro Desktop 3D Scanner: Full Function Freedom

Article by GoEngineer on Nov 25, 2020

In this day and age, the ability to keep production going at home or in small offices is essential. We’ve seen this trend pick up in the 3D printing industry with the release of professional FDM and PolyJet 3D printers like the Stratasys J55 and F123 Series that can easily squeeze into tight spaces. But how does 3D scanning fit into the world of desktop innovations? In May 2019, Artec 3D, best known for their award-winning Eva and Space Spider 3D scanners, added a unique professional desktop 3D scanner to their product line - the Artec Micro

While most 3D scanners are handheld, the Artec Micro is hands-free, fully automated, and able to scan petite objects in full color right on your desktop, so you can continue designing, working on other projects, or step away to tend to something else (if you’re working from home, I’m sure you can attest to this).

How Does the Artec Micro 3D Scanner Work?

The Micro 3D scanner has no limits as to what it can scan as long as the object can fit on its palm-sized turntable. Once secured in place, decide how many scans to take using the Artec Studio 15 software. The unit will scan the part using blue LED light technology by spinning the turntable, as well as rotating it in a swinging motion up, down, and around to capture every angle. In the video below, we cover the basics, take a look. 

 

Desktop 3D Scanning Applications

The Artec Micro occupies an 11.5 in x 11.5 in x 13.5 in footprint and weighs just under 27 pounds. Due to its small size, educators, jewelers, dentists, artists, and cultural heritage preservers can easily scan delicate items and capture intricate details at the push of a button. The resulting 3D model can be 3D printed directly or reverse engineered.

However, the need for quality control, inspection, and reverse engineering is limitless, spanning across a variety of industries and purposes. The Artec Micro delivers metrology-grade scans down to 10-micron accuracy (0.0004”) and 24bpp color.

Aretec Studio 15 Software

To get scanning quickly, Artec Studio 15 Software has an advanced smartmode called autopilot. All that’s required is a few details about the part you want to scan and the advanced 3D imaging software will select the most effective 3D algorithms for your part. Or take full control with manual mode, to change options like the number of scans to take, scan speed, rotation angle, brightness, contrast, resolution, and more. 

Artec Studio 15 can produce a file suitable for 3D printing directly (e.g., in full color on a J55 PolyJet printer) or for export to reverse engineering software such as Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS Design-X or Wrap

Examples of Desktop 3D Scanning

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3D Scan of Teeth 

This plaster cast of teeth has a large underneath surface, the top and bottom scans together contain over 200 million polygons. This was fully processed in 20 minutes.

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3D Scan of a Plastic Bolt

The 1.5 cm plastic bolt that was scanned in this example, has a complex geometry and reflective surface. The Artec Micro captured its geometry in just three scans. 

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3D Scan of a Squirrel Skull

This 55mm x 26mm x 34mm squirrel skull was captured in high-resolution color and was scan to ready 3D model in less than a half hour. 

 

Press Play Icon to Activate 3D Model

3D Scan of Teeth 

This plaster cast of teeth has a large underneath surface, the top and bottom scans together contain over 200 million polygons. This was fully processed in 20 minutes.

Press Play Icon to Activate 3D Model

3D Scan of a Plastic Bolt

The 1.5 cm plastic bolt that was scanned in this example, has a complex geometry and reflective surface. The Artec Micro captured its geometry in just three scans. 

Press Play Icon to Activate 3D Model

3D Scan of a Squirrel Skull

This 55mm x 26mm x 34mm squirrel skull was captured in high-resolution color and was scan to ready 3D model in less than a half hour. 

For a professional 3D scanner that is hands-free, able to capture extremely small and precise detail, reliable, and easy to use, the Artec Micro is a great choice; it comes as no surprise that it was chosen as one of the best 3D scanners of 2020

To learn more about the Artec Micro or any other 3D scanner available at GoEngineer, please contact us.

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