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New HD Mode Available for Artec 3D Scanners

By TriMech on October 27, 2020

Artec 3D announces the newest innovation to their line of 3D scanners. A new software upgrade dubbed "HD Mode" powered by a new internal AI more than doubles the resolution of its existing Eva and Leo handheld scanners to 0.2 mm. The new HD mode has an elite level of noise reduction in both raw data and final model, making scanned objects ready for reverse engineering, as well as many other applications, without needing any editing.

Scanning with Artec Eva using HD Mode

“With the help of in-house developed training techniques and CNNs, we’ve managed to squeeze more information from the same amount of data captured from our existing 3D Eva and Leo scanners and get a much richer and denser representation of the scene being scanned,” said Gleb Gusev, CTO of Artec 3D. “Now we’re able to receive up to 64 times more measurements from the same scanners, [36X for Eva and 64X for Leo] which more than doubles the resolution of the final model and significantly decreases noise."

Some of the key features that make this new mode stand out:

  • Sharper edges - With a resolution increase of up to 0.2 mm you can capture smaller, thinner and finer elements with sharper edges as a result of the scan being that much closer to the original captured shape.
  • Shiny and/or black surfaces - Historically a troublesome surface for 3D scanners, this new mode eliminates any extra steps in the scanning process so you can capture these surfaces just like any other. 
  • Reduced noise from the start - With the Artec AI engine, less (or no) noise in the raw data at the point of capture means cleaner processed data and time saved rendering your final 3D model.
  • More holes in your scan - This is a good thing! When working with objects and parts that have holes, especially holes that are small, it’s often easy to miss them in a scan altogether. In this mode, each hole is seen clearly. Even smaller holes along the edge of the object are unclogged and well captured. 
  • Scanning hair - Very difficult to scan using standard methods, hair is captured more accurately using the new HD Mode. Users can now expect more geometry of short hair and separate strands to be captured.
  • It's free - This mode is being released as a new standard feature, not as a separate add-on you need to buy, which means all you need is a compatible Artec scanner and the latest release of Artec Studio. 

Motorcycle engine scanned with Artec Leo
Motorcycle engine scanned with Artec Leo
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Bones of a skeleton scanned with Artec Eva
Bones of a skeleton scanned with Artec Eva
Explore and download this 3D model from Artec 3D

Artec 3D's New AI Engine

The new HD Mode is powered by a proprietary neural engine specifically designed for Artec scanners. Using hundreds of thousands of carefully selected samples, the engine’s network detects familiar surface details, patterns and shapes, allowing the 3D scanner to reconstruct a far higher number of polygons per frame. The resulting 3D data coming out of the scanner is therefore denser and of a higher quality. This new technology makes Artec 3D the first and only company to utilize deep convolutional neural networks to reconstruct 3D surfaces and improve the quality of 3D scanned models.

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“The release of HD mode, powered by a first-of-its-kind neural network, is an extraordinary milestone for the 3D scanning industry that our users can benefit from right away," said Artyom Yukhin, President and CEO of Artec 3D. When asked why such a significant upgrade was being released for free, Yukhin responded saying, "we want users to rest assured that when they invest in our technology it will continue to pay off for years to come.”

>> Read full press release

Product Applications

3D Scanning continues to be a powerful tool for design, engineering, manufacturing and metrology. Below are a few examples of practical applications where the technology at this level of accuracy is being used.

Quality Inspection
3D scanners are being used as a supplement or replacement for a CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) in the QA process. Instead of taking dozens of touch point measurements one at a time, you instead gather millions of data points in seconds to compare to the original CAD data to identify production defects or variations.

>> Read more about 3D scanning as a quality assurance tool

Artec_HD_headArt and Entertainment
Forget about the traditional tracing methods needed to capture organic shapes. In minutes, you can capture the detailed 3D data of intricate items or human features into CAD/CAM data for modification, 3D printing and casting. This saves hours of time in the design and production of complex and highly-detailed jewelry pieces, or in the fabrication of prosthetics and makeup for actors. 

Reverse Engineering
Precise 3D measurement allows you to create colored models that digitally fit together existing or legacy parts with those you are creating, capturing even the finest details that most other scanners miss. Accelerate your design, prototype and production cycle and significantly reduce cost in the process.

>> Learn more by watching our on-demand webinar “3D Scan to CAD Model: The Full Process of Reverse Engineering”

Scanning with Artec Leo using HD Mode
When an Eva or Leo operator turns on HD Mode, they can look forward to scans with unparalleled degrees of resolution, coverage and detail. As mentioned, it is a free feature, but to get the best experience Artec recommends users utilize computers with NVIDIA GPUs which are the recommended graphics card brand for all Artec Studio users.

Ready to learn more about how to practically apply these benefits to your specific application? Check out our product pages for the two Artec scanners designed to get the best results using the new HD Mode.

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