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Team Artec is constantly putting 3D scanners through all sorts of tests to see how well they handle a wide range of objects, as well as to delineate the best path to follow for delivering the most accurate results. One such test project is showcased here on this page. It’s the façade of a church near Artec 3D’s headquarters in Luxembourg. Digitizing buildings sounds like daily routine for Artec’s long-range scanner Ray, which can capture surfaces up to 110 m away. But, hey, this façade was not some everyday object to scan during a coffee break. In front of the façade, you can see a stele, one that needed to be captured from all sides, including from the back. Otherwise, you would’ve ended up having a glaring gap in the final 3D model.
Enter Leo, a handheld 3D scanner designed for working in cramped spaces. No targets are required for capturing objects in minute detail, and no wires are needed to connect the scanner to a computer. In fact, Leo has its own onboard computer, right under the hood, which made it the scanner of choice for digitizing the space between the stele and the wall with minimum effort, in the shortest time possible, and with submillimeter accuracy. Data from Ray and Leo were first merged via two separate scans, and then those were finally fused into a 3D model.