Artec 3D announced Artec Studio 14 for quality inspection applications. Features include expanded CAD/CAM functions, seamless integration with Artec Micro, an industrial desktop 3D scanner with a point accuracy of up to 10 microns, and target-free registration for tripod-mounted, long-range 3D laser scanner Artec Ray.
Users can directly export unlimited numbers of open and closed contours in polyline format over to SOLIDWORKS or other CAD/CAM applications. Other features in Artec Studio 14 include cutting-edge 3D modeling capabilities, such as Glare Removal, which uses advanced PBR (Physically Based Rendering) algorithms to produce uniform colored surfaces, as well as Bridges, a feature which lets users organically mend and repair holes and gaps in scans using existing scan geometry.
With Studio 14, users of Artec Ray can now perform fast, geometry-only Global Registration without the time-intensive process of setting up spheres or 2D targets. Users also have the option of performing hybrid registration by using geometry and 2D targets. These features all equate to registering and processing scans easier and faster than ever before.
When exporting files to SOLIDWORKS or other CAD/CAM applications, users can export unlimited open and closed contours as polylines in CSV or DXF files. This allows reverse engineering of simple shapes at high speeds using only Artec Studio, SOLIDWORKS or AutoCAD, without the need for intermediary software.
Artec Studio 14 adds PBR-based Automatic Glare Removal. Glare removal is a time-consuming, manual task that Artec Studio 14 has automated. With Studio 14, users can adjust the level of glare removal with a few clicks and watch as the vibrant color of an object is restored, saving hours of work for applications such as 3D printing or CGI.
To further ensure a model represents true color, a new Dynamic Auto Brightness feature will automatically tailor the brightness to optimal levels during both the scan preview and the duration of the scanning process. The visual differentiation algorithms can set the correct levels of brightness for both dark and light objects – no matter the lighting conditions. To further streamline model creation, the new Bridges feature allows the user to easily fix holes and gaps in scans, naturally recreating missing geometric data. Users can even connect two separate geometrical parts with a few clicks.
The Autopilot feature now offers users a choice to align their model automatically or manually, giving more experienced users greater control over their data. New One-Click Auto-Positioning creates a default position for scans. When the file is subsequently opened in Artec Studio or any other software, the scan will always appear in this position. Quicker registration and an 800% boost in texture mapping all ensure to save as much time as possible when creating professional 3D models.