Artec 3D scanners for CGI and visual effects

Create stunning, photorealistic 3D assets, locations, sets, digital doubles, and props for films, games, TV commercials, and more with Artec professional 3D scanners.

3D scanning for visual effects and computer graphics

3D scanning technologies have become an essential component of modern filmmaking and virtual production pipelines, enabling computer graphics and visual effects producers, TV and film creatives to develop unique ultra-realistic 3D assets from real-world objects.

From virtual location scouting to prop making and set decoration to creating the most identical digital doubles for actors, 3D scanners allow filmmakers and VFX studios to streamline their production workflows, create more realistic experiences, and unleash creativity – all while saving time and cost.

Benefits

100% portable
Lightweight and compact, Artec scanners can easily be taken anywhere you need to go, whether it's on set, in the studio, or outdoors.
Photorealistic texture
Create full-color, picture-perfect 3D models with a single scanning solution, or combine it with your DSLR camera or smartphone for true-to-life photorealistic textures.
Unique 3D assets
Develop authentic and one-of-a-kind 3D models for your film, game, or application from real-world objects you won’t be able to find in 3D stores, or ones complex and expensive to acquire or reproduce.
For all sizes
From tiny parts and props to full-scale scenes, Artec has a 3D scanner that will capture anything you need for your game, movie, or other applications.
Accurate geometry
Cut down production times by creating exact and high-quality 3D assets that will require little to no extra touch up. Capture every tiny detail, regardless of the object’s complexity.
Fast
Speed up on your VFX or CG production workflow by 3D scanning real-world objects and people instead of designing models from scratch.

Applications

Replicating props

Create accurate 3D replicas of props, miniatures and maquettes, and rescale them to a proper size for CNC milling or 3D printing. These models can also be used as references for creating unique 3D assets, or customized in 3D modeling software for further use in virtual production – way faster than designing them from scratch.

Digital doubles

Create photorealistic 3D characters for VFX and animation in movies, games, and TV productions for stunts impossible for an actor to perform themselves, or scenes too expensive or unfeasible to reproduce. Scan faces, heads, or entire human bodies to create unique and high-quality digital doubles.

Creating virtual environments

Start building your virtual worlds with accurate photorealistic location assets captured from the real-world urban or natural environments. Or use them as references to design your unique 3D environment.

3D location scouting

Replicate physical locations and environments in 3D, so everyone involved in production is able to visit them virtually whenever necessary. Limit the number of people on set, making sure even remote teams have accurate location references and can scout them safely.

Success story

Artec 3D scanning technology recreates dinosaurs in Jurassic World

Artec 3D scanning technology recreates dinosaurs in Jurassic World
“We scan what the artists traditionally sculpted. Once it’s in the computer, we can go to any scale that’s needed. Instead of starting over, we’re able to save a lot of hours.”
Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer, Legacy Effects
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Artec 3D scanners at work

Find out how Artec 3D scanners are used across a wide range of industries.

Artec Leo

User-friendly portable 3D scanner with an inbuilt touchscreen and intuitive UI for easy 3D scanning.

Artec Eva

Our bestselling 3D scanner. Fast, versatile, and accurate.

Artec Space Spider

A metrological structured-light 3D scanner, set apart with its ability to render complex geometry, sharp edges, and thin ribs in high precision.

Artec Ray

Powerful long-range laser 3D scanner with an inbuilt battery, for precise capture of large objects.

Artec 3D software

Smart and easy 3D data processing software with a wide range of mesh editing tools.

When it has to feel real

High-quality photorealistic 3D assets are key to creating immersive experiences, be it a game, a movie, or a VR app. Have a closer look at some of the 3D models captured with Artec 3D scanners.

What’s the next step?

Talk to an expert

Talk to an expert and find out how our 3D scanners can level up your CGI and virtual production workflows.

Request a demo

Whether online or in person, our partners around the world are ready to give you a demo and explain the benefits that Artec 3D scanners offer.

Cutting-edge 3D solutions for CGI

Learn more about how CG artists, VFX producers, and TV and film creatives leverage 3D scanning technologies to speed up their workflows and create unique, realistic 3D assets for games, movies, and more.

Artec scanners help create CGI models for TV series Fear the Walking Dead

Artec scanners help create CGI models for TV series Fear the Walking Dead
“Artec Space Spider saves time, saves on shipping, and allows for more precise control over the scan.”
Boyd Shermis, Visual Effects Director, FXTC
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Exquisite VR/AR-ready 3D models in minutes: the Pikcells way, with Artec Eva

Exquisite VR/AR-ready 3D models in minutes: the Pikcells way, with Artec Eva
“Before we had the Artec Eva, digitizing certain objects was a long process. We were using traditional measuring tools to gather data, which were then transferred to our 3D modeling software and slowly interpreted into geometry. Eva is an indispensable part of our workflow, allowing us to create quick, accurate meshes in literally seconds.”
Richard Benson, Creative Director, Pikcells
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Artec 3D scanning technology recreates dinosaurs in Jurassic World

Artec 3D scanning technology recreates dinosaurs in Jurassic World
“We scan what the artists traditionally sculpted. Once it’s in the computer, we can go to any scale that’s needed. Instead of starting over, we’re able to save a lot of hours.”
Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer, Legacy Effects
Read full story

More case studies

Eva and Spider: Bringing you mind-blowing visual effects

Art and design(heritage)
Artec Eva, Artec Space Spider

3D VFX experts used Eva & Spider to develop a Sleepy Hollow character

Art and design(heritage)
Artec Eva, Artec Space Spider

Realistic textured 3D meshes

Discover 3D assets captured with a full range of Artec scanners.

Make 3D scanning part of your virtual production workflow

Power up your filmmaking, CG, and VFX gear with the latest and greatest in 3D scanning hardware on the market.

Full color capture

All Artec scanners can capture objects in full color, replicating exact colors and tones, and staying evenly lit even in poor lighting conditions.

Texture from photos

Pair up your 3D geometrical data from Artec handheld scanners with photos captured with a digital camera or smartphone for the most vivid and high-definition texture.

Ergonomics and portability

Thanks to their portability and lightweight designs, our handheld 3D scanners can easily be taken wherever you need them – in a studio, on a set, or outside.

Fast & rich 3D meshes

With up to 35 million points/s data acquisition speed, you can be sure you’ll get all the data you need, in very little time and in ultra-high quality.

No need for targets

Unlike many portable scanning solutions on the market, Artec scanners don’t require any additional scanning gear (targets, spheres, tape measures, etc.) to acquire 3D data.

Artec Ray

For digital duplication of large props and scenes

Use long-range laser scanner Artec Ray to capture large-scale props, such as vehicles, buildings, scenes, and environments.

For digital duplication of large props and scenes

Long scanning range

Create accurate 3D assets out of large-scale real-world objects from up to 110 meters away.

Fast data acquisition

With up to 208,000 points per second capture speed, Ray can digitize large-size props in a blink of an eye.

Down to submillimeter accuracy

Be sure you get an entirely identical and detailed 3D copy of any object with Ray’s submillimeter distance precision and supreme angular accuracy.

Remote control

For greater flexibility, Ray can be controlled right from your smartphone via the Artec Remote app for iOS and Android. Choose angles to scan your object or scene from, and the scanner will automatically capture all surfaces within its reach as you follow the progress from your app.

Artec 3D software

Using the right software allows you to achieve the results you need in a fraction of the time.

Your best 3D scanning solution

From small 3D assets, digital doubles or large 3D environments, choose the scanner that fits your scanning task best.

Artec Leo

User-friendly portable 3D scanner with an inbuilt touchscreen and intuitive UI for easy 3D scanning.

Artec Eva

Our bestselling 3D scanner. Fast, versatile, and accurate.

Artec Space Spider

A metrological structured-light 3D scanner, set apart with its ability to render complex geometry, sharp edges, and thin ribs in high precision.

Artec Ray

Powerful long-range laser 3D scanner with an inbuilt battery, for precise capture of large objects.

End-to-end software for 3D scanning and processing

Scan and quickly process large data sets, merge scan data with photogrammetry for supreme texture, and collaborate with your team over meshes and more with Artec professional software tools.

Artec Studio

A full-featured scanning and processing software, Artec Studio is designed to optimize and simplify your scanning experience, so you can focus on your creative work while getting the detailed color 3D meshes you need. The software boasts smart scanning and mesh editing features, as well as dedicated tools for achieving top-quality texture.

Artec Studio

Mesh editing tools

Choose from a variety of scan processing algorithms to achieve the desired quality and finish of your meshes, as well as a wide selection of mesh editing tools such as hole filling or mesh simplification to smooth out and repair any surface imperfections.

Texture editing tools

To achieve the best possible match between the scanned texture and the original, use Artec Studio’s host of texture altering tools. Adjust the brightness, saturation, hue, or contrast, automatically reduce any glare, manually paint missing textures, or remove unnecessary texture elements using texture-healing 2D and 3D tools.

Photo texturing

Capture images with any camera, be it your personal mobile phone or a high-level professional camera, and map them over the scanned mesh to get both the best-quality texture and geometry for your assets.

Create and process huge datasets

Artec Studio is perfect for scanning large objects in maximum resolution, and can handle datasets of up to 500 million polygons.

Cloud integration

Used as a standalone or with Artec Studio, Artec Cloud allows you to work remotely and collaborate with a team over 3D scans and meshes from any browser.

Shine a spotlight on your object

Explore various 3D models captured for CGI with Artec scanners.

Deathstroke cosplayer scanned with Artec Eva

Sharp dagger captured with Artec Space Spider

Squid Game characters scanned with Artec Eva

Trainer captured in stunning detail with Artec Space Spider

Your object in 3D

To see how your object will look in 3D, get in touch to arrange a time for us to show you how!