International 3D hardware and software manufacturer Artec 3D, which is headquartered in Luxembourg with subsidiaries in Russia and the US, just announced the launch of its new desktop 3D scanner, the Artec Micro, today. The newest addition to the company’s 3D scanner portfolio is a professional, fully automated, metrology-grade system, with twin cameras that make it Artec’s most accurate 3D scanner yet.
“Artec Micro embodies the same combination of industry-leading accuracy and unparalleled ease-of-use that all of our scanners have become synonymous with. This latest addition to the Artec family of scanners brings Artec into the metrology market and fills an important niche for creating extremely accurate digital reproductions of small and tiny parts. In fact, at a point of accuracy of 10 microns, Artec Micro is capturing details that are four times smaller than what is visible with the average human eye,” said Artyom Yukhin, the President and CEO of Artec 3D. “Now users can 3D scan almost any object with Artec 3D’s line of five scanners; from a tiny mechanical part with Artec Micro to a jumbo jet with Artec Ray.”
The ultra-high precision, compact Artec Micro can make a perfect digital copy using minimal frames, thanks to the blue LED lights that have been synchronized with its dual-axis rotation system. It offers reverse engineering design, high quality control of small objects, and is intuitive and easy to work for even the newest user.
It only requires a few minutes of training to learn how to operate the Artec Micro. There are just a few simple steps required to initiate a scan, and the scanner comes to life with just one click to make high-resolution color 3D scans with a point accuracy of up to 10 microns – a tenth the size of a grain of table salt!
Once the operator places an object on the circular scanning platform, they just need to select from a variety of smart scanning paths to get going. Artec Studio software allows the scanning process to be viewed in real time, and it follows the same workflow as the company’s existing handheld 3D scanners when it comes to processing the scan data. The process ends with the operator easily exporting the final model to any number of CAD/CAM software solutions, such as Control X, Design X, and SOLIDWORKS.
The 3D scanners in Artec’s portfolio have been used for many different applications over the years, such as in the medical, automotive, and aerospace fields and helping to preserve important parts of history. Engineering applications aren’t the only ones that can benefit from quick, easy 3D scanning, and the highly accurate Artec Micro’s versatility makes it the perfect tool for many industries, especially ones where the end-user who will be operating the scanner isn’t already an expert when it comes to handling this type of professional-grade equipment.
The new Artec Micro desktop 3D scanner can be used for applications in reverse engineering and precision mechanics, as well as dentistry and jewelry design, and is also the perfect choice for both geometric and tolerance testing for quality inspection applications. Whatever the end goal, be it recreating an object that already exists or working to fit legacy parts together, the Artec Micro can speed up the design, prototype, and production cycle by weeks…and as they say, time is money.
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