Artec 3D, a developer and manufacturer of professional 3D hardware and software, announced the release of Artec Studio 11. Designed for use with Artec’s professional handheld 3D scanners as well as a range of sensors, Studio 11 offers simpler, accurate, rapid post-processing. The new software release offers several automated features, including a state-of-the-art Autopilot mode, to create professional-grade, 3D models of any size.
The Autopilot mode guides users through a few simple questions related to the characteristics of the object being scanned and the type of 3D model desired. Studio 11 then deletes any unwanted captured data, auto aligns the scans with one click, and 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. Autopilot makes the process easy for beginners who can use it without the intense formal training that was once required. However, expert users can also leverage the intuitive feature, as it provides a quick pathway to achieving the highest quality model.
Those who prefer to have more control over the processing can simply enter manual mode to access the platform’s full range of data manipulation tools. Even in this mode, 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. Texture can also be added 10 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.
With Artec’s boosted real-time fusion scanning mode, users can move the scanner around an object and view the model as it is built. This mode lets users have a quick preview when needed, such as for scanning a body part for various medical applications. Furthermore, this mode, which used to require a hefty amount of RAM, has been optimized for a smooth scanning experience even on tablets.
“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.”
For more flexibility, Artec Studio 11 seamlessly integrates with CAD programs 3D Systems Geomagic Design X and SOLIDWORKS. Data can be directly exported to both programs. Users have the choice of using either DezignWorks or 3D Systems’ Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS to convert their 3D model for CAD. The new platform also adds the CAD required NVIDIA Quadro to its list of compatible video cards to support the seamless scan to CAD workflow. In addition, Studio 11 has a sleek user interface adapted for tablet use. The platform is compatible with Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Mac users can directly capture 3D data by using Artec’s new ScanApp in combination with an Artec Eva scanner. The scans can then be exported to a Windows device for further processing in Studio 11. The beta version of Artec ScanApp is available for free download until the end of September 2016.
New users can receive a 30-day free trial version of Studio 11 by registering online.