Jul.5, 2012

If you are looking for a 3D scanner that is light, easier to use (no more sticker targets) and no time-consuming or complicated calibration, you need to check out the Eva 3D scanner from Artec.

Artec Group recently released their "next-gen" EVA 3D scanner, a full color scanner that captures subtle changes in object and delivers accurate color and structure data. Artec is similar to a video camera which captures in 3D. Simply turn it on and walk around the object recording. The scanner captures up to 16 frames per second and each frame is a 3D image.

What sets EVA apart?

  • Weighs only 850 grams (1.9 lbs)
  • Captures and processes 288,00 data points per second
  • Frame rate of up to 16 fps
  • No markers, no EM tracking, no calibration
  • Captures color information at 24 bits/pixel (bpp)
  • Resolution of 1.3 megapixels
  • Scan moving objects at up to 16 frames/second
  • A working distance of .4 – 1 m.
  • Furthest range of 536mm x 371mm

With a price tag of €14.900, this is a major move of professional grade 3D scanning toward small businesses and eventually the consumer.

The scanner points, shoots and scans 300,000 points in one second or captures up to 16 frames. These frames are aligned automatically in real-time, which make scanning easy and fast. This is especially important for the creation of special effects, medical and biomechanical research. Eva's textured models can be used in such industries as CG/Animation, forensics and medicine.

How to scan an object and make it ready for 3D printing?

  1. Plug in scanner into computer
  2. Turn on scanner
  3. Press "record"
  4. Walk around the object "filming"
  5. Hit stop and go to "tools" tab in software.
  6. Click on "global" registration to better align all the captured frames (use default settings)
  7. Click on "fusion" to turn multiple frames into a single mesh (use default settings)
  8. Click export mesh and choose .stl format from a drop down list.

Those are the minimal steps you need to get an stl file for a 3D printer. Obviously there are many more things you could do in the software (simplify mesh, apply texture, reorient the model in 3d, erase, fill holes, smooth edges, smooth model itself, etc), but the above mentioned procedure is the minimum.

Three years after delivering its first scanner to the market, Artec Group is bringing industrial class 3D scanning to the consumer for their use. EVA is the big first step and according to Artec, developing a low-cost mass-market scanner is definitely a goal.

"We have been redefining industry expectations for 3D scanning technology for years," Said Artem Yukhin President and Chairman of the Artec Group. "Today we take our biggest step forward, and are unveiling the scanner that delivers on decades of industry promises."

Thanks Peter Evers for the tip.


Posted in 3D Scanning



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Anja wrote at 8/17/2012 12:09:29 PM:

Thanks, I have removed and added an another video.

Tom wrote at 8/17/2012 10:03:56 AM:

Video is not publicly accessible :\

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