3D hardware and software developer Artec 3D has announced the latest release of its Studio software, Artec Studio 15. The Luxembourg-based company employs a team of experts in the application of collecting and processing 3D surfaces, so every version of its award-winning 3D scanning software features capabilities meant to make 3D data processing easier for clients.
Artec Studio 15 is no different in this regard, featuring a new Scan-to-CAD functionality for quality control inspection and reverse engineering purposes. This feature allows users to scan, create a 3D model, and complete scan-to-CAD operations without ever having to switch software.
“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. 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,” stated Artec 3D ‘s President and 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.”
Artec Studio 15 includes many new upgrades and features meant to increase speed and accuracy, with updated algorithms, for all of Artec’s 3D scanners. For instance, with the Smart Scanning Mode for the Artec Micro, users can manually capture scans twice as fast, as it calculates the best scanning path by using the least amount of frames and captures optimal surface quantities for ultra-high-resolution scans.
With the software’s new quality control features, users can align scans to imported CAD models in several different formats, such as .x_t, .step, and .iges. In order to easily identify any inconsistencies between scan data and the resulting CD model, Artec Studio 15 offers surface distance map comparisons and measurements that are said to be accurate down to the micron level for all 3D models. Scans can also be fitted with CAD primitives, like cones, cylinders, planes, and spheres, so users can take accurate measurements between these geometric shapes and their actual scans. In addition, scans can be exported to any full package inspection software, like Geomagic Control X, if users want more complex tools and processes.
The company suggests that it has enhanced user experience in Artec Studio 15 by adding the ability to create new customer groups, so individuals can work with multiple data sets at once, and organize them in specific folders. Artec claims that it is easy to tailor the software to one’s own preferences with a customizable interface and virtually redesigned workspace. Productivity is said to be increased thanks to the software’s new automated workflows, including faster, more advanced auto-align functionality and boosted autopilot. The release also allows for faster project loading, due to dedicated CPUs for each scan, and next-generation texture registration.
Speaking of texture, the new Artec Studio 15 makes it easy for CGI artists to create vivid, extremely life-like models. Several automated features, such as model-to-model texture transfers and enhanced color reproduction, ensure that the color is properly captured and displayed. The software can actually filter out any unwanted color data from behind an object without having to pre-define the application area manually, and the suppression level slider can make this feature even stronger if needed. With model-to-model transfer, textures can be cloned from current models and then directly transferred to new ones, which is meant to save a lot of time. Additionally, Artec Studio 15 uses refined algorithms to search for color substitutes across multiple scans, not dissimilar from the existing Glare Reduction tool.
The software has Precise Positioning features, so that users can correctly position their 3D models in the world coordinate system. Then, these models, with primitives aligned to scan data, are able to be exported in CAD format, so they can be transitioned easily into CAD software such as Geomagic Design X and SOLIDWORKS.
Finally, Artec Studio 15 features a boosted functionality for reverse engineering, as the software’s CAD primitives can streamline the workflow. Once a scan has been finished, users can employ these primitives in order to extract geometrical data in a CAD format; then, it can be used in SOLIDWORKS, or any other CAD software, immediately.
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