Considering all that has been accomplished throughout recent years with Artec handheld scanners, one can scarcely imagine the heights they will reach with the new Studio 11 software, just released. This is a company responsible for allowing us to write some very interesting—and memorable—stories, from their recent project in scanning a private collection of Greek artifacts to scanning endangered birds and translating their beauty in 3D prints.
Not all of the work performed with Artec scanners is on an artistic level, however, as we’ve seen this technology doing very important work too in areas such as the water industry, helping the UK’s largest water and wastewater services company detect and assess corrosion in pipes. Very well-known too for their archiving work with museums like Bulgaria’s National Museum of Military History and the Stara Zagora, the Luxembourg-headquartered company seems to be doing the world a favor just by being in business.
While the 3DPrint.com team was at RAPID 2016, they had time to check out a preview of Artec 3D’s new version of Studio 11, reporting on the broad strokes as it was still in the beta testing phase. Now, upon its release, the company is indeed that much closer to reaching their goal for simplifying scanning processes around the world. The software is designed to be used with their lineup of professional handheld scanners as well as sensors.
Promising to fulfill the requirements of professionals no matter their level of expertise, Studio 11 now offers a list of new automated features, with the autopilot mode being most prominently highlighted. This feature, unprecedented, requires only that the user answer a few questions about the object to be scanned, and what the intended results are. Operating intuitively and eliminating the inconvenience to the user of having to clean up the scan, the software deletes any captured data that is extraneous or would be unwanted, aligns scans with an easy single click and then, according to Artec 3D, selects the most effective 3D algorithms for the data at hand.
“The result is a high precision 3D model that is of the same quality as those created manually by an experienced user,” states the company in their latest press release.
Not only is this a feature that offers incredible streamlining, it’s so user-friendly that a complete novice should have very little learning curve involved when beginning to use it. At the same time, those with substantial experience will be able to unlock great potential here, resulting in a 3D printed model of superior quality. That all sounds wonderful, but what about those of us who still wish to control the experience manually? No problem there either. And the team behind the new release points out that even in manual mode, users will find more expedient workflow.
“Artec Studio 11 speeds up workflow by automatically deleting the base an object was scanned on and auto-aligning scan data with total accuracy at the click of a button,” states the company. “Texture can also be added ten times faster than before and can be mapped where data is missing automatically. Models can be further manipulated in a few quick clicks with user-friendly geometry editing tools.”
Everyone likes a boost when it comes to technology, as well, and that’s what they should find included in the real-time fusion scanning mode, which sounds convenient as well as downright fun. With this feature, the user is able to manipulate the scanner and view the object as its being built. This real-time mode should appeal to those more dependent on the preview, especially in serious applications such as the medical field when a body part is being scanned to make a model for training or surgery. While this feature was previously a ‘power hungry’ one requiring loads of RAM, Artec 3D now says it’s optimized enough to work smoothly on a tablet.
“It’s virtually impossible to tell the difference between a 3D model created using Artec Studio 11’s Autopilot mode and one that was created manually by an expert user,” said Artyom Yukhin, President and CEO of Artec 3D. “By making the process more intuitive, we are making the integration of 3D scanning easier among various professional industries ranging from entertainment and medicine to manufacturing, design and historical preservation. With Artec’s advanced algorithms built into the system, users can create a professional-grade 3D model in a matter of minutes.”
More advanced users will not only find greater versatility and flexibility all around, but will also be relieved to hear that Studio 11 will integrate easily into programs such as Geomagic Design X and SOLIDWORKS. Direct export is possible for both, and users can make the choice to use either DezignWorks or Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS when converting 3D models. With the new release, the CAD required NVIDIA Quadro is also added to the list of video cards that are compatible for supporting the scan to CAD workflow.
Studio 11 is compatible with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, as well as offering compatibility to Mac users who want to directly capture 3D data by using Artec’s new ScanApp in combination with an Artec Eva scanner. Upon doing so, they are able to export to a Windows device for further processing.
The beta version of Artec ScanApp for the Mac is available for free download until the end of September 2016. New users are able to receive a 30-day free trial version of Studio 11 as well. Are you interested in this new release or the beta? Discuss over in the Artec 3D Studio 11 Scanning Software forum at 3DPB.com.