Artec 3D scanners for reverse engineering

Companies have reported saving up to 85% in time and cost just by incorporating our 3D scanners into their reverse engineering workflows.

3D scanning for reverse engineering

To be able to digitally reproduce components, or to confidently determine design intent, the instruments you use have to be unquestionably accurate. This makes professional 3D scanners a crucial element in the reverse engineering toolbox, whether for product improvement, reconstruction, design augmentation, or a range of other use cases.

Artec 3D scanners and software are designed with a focus on accuracy, ease of use, and speed in mind. The software is intuitive, the scanners require minimal training, and you can choose whether to seamlessly integrate these 3D scanning solutions into your existing workflow or use them independently.

Benefits

9x
faster than a CMM
An Artec scanner takes one second to capture up to 35 million points. A CMM needs hours to capture a few hundred.
0.01 mm
max. accuracy (no targets needed)
Artec 3D scanners work without targets and are precise to fractions of a millimeter. Our desktop 3D scanner achieves accuracy as high as 10 microns.
<2h
for training
Artec scanners are designed to be intuitive, versatile, and easy to use. You’ll be confidently scanning in under 2 hours!
85%
savings in time and cost
Just by using Artec scanners, an international manufacturer and distributor of construction machine spare parts saves 85 percent in time and cost.

Artec Leo

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

Scanner type
Handheld
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
M, L
Accuracy
up to 0.1 mm
Resolution
up to 0.2 mm

Artec Eva

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

Scanner type
Handheld
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
M, L
Accuracy
up to 0.1 mm
Resolution
up to 0.2 mm

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.

Scanner type
Handheld
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
S
Accuracy
up to 0.05 mm
Resolution
up to 0.1 mm

Artec Ray

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

Scanner type
Long Range
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
L, XL
Accuracy
up to 0.0125°
Resolution

Artec Micro

Metrology-grade desktop 3D scanner for quality control, inspection, jewelry, medical/dental components, etc.

Scanner type
Desktop
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
XS
Accuracy
up to 0.01 mm
Resolution
up to 0.029 mm

Applications

HD meshes for CAD workflows

Confidently and easily capture data from existing parts with the assurance of ultra-high precision and accuracy.

Rapid prototyping

With tools that seamlessly integrate into your existing workflow, you can quickly and easily prototype, test, and get insightful feedback on design solutions.

Retrofitting

Redesigning parts that are no longer in production has never been easier, with none of the errors, inconsistencies, and time demands that come with taking measurements manually.

Aftermarket parts production

With reliable 3D scan datasets, paired with Artec Studio’s versatility, you have the ability to develop high-quality aftermarket parts.

Additive manufacturing

You can take advantage of the flexibility that 3D printing brings to quickly actualize and test reverse-engineered designs.

Success story

A leading developer of high-performance chassis saves days of work by using Artec Eva, Artec Studio, and Geomagic Design X to engineer custom solutions for racing.

A leading developer of high-performance chassis saves days of work by using Artec Eva, Artec Studio, and Geomagic Design X to engineer custom solutions for racing.
7x
reduction in time spent capturing and processing scans.
“Eva has been such a game-changer. Now I’ll take a bunch of parts and scan them in before lunch. By the end of the day, we’ve done all our analysis, everything is on schedule to create the final design.”
Jason Heard, Co-founder, Tekk Consulting Inc.
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Artec 3D software

Choose intuitive and user-friendly reverse engineering solutions with powerful 3D scanning tools and direct integration with Geomagic Design X and SOLIDWORKS.

3D data capture

The importance of precision in reverse engineering cannot be overstated. Take a look at some 3D models and the level of detail Artec 3D scanners deliver.

Artec 3D scanners in reverse engineering

See how Artec 3D scanners have been used to solve different reverse engineering challenges across various industries.

What’s the next step?

Talk to an expert

Talk to an expert and find out how our 3D scanners can improve your reverse engineering workflow.

Request a demo

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

Success stories

Learn all about how teams around the world leverage the power of our scanners to optimize their reverse engineering processes and make best use of their resources.

Using Artec 3D scanning technology to keep Dutch Royal Navy ships seaworthy

Using Artec 3D scanning technology to keep Dutch Royal Navy ships seaworthy
“We are now able to work a lot faster and more accurately. Because we now have a complete 3D model, we have all the correct dimensions of every object. It results in a far more efficient way of working and it is faster, so we save a lot of money in these projects.”
Ben Jansen, CNC coordinator at the Netherlands Defense Ministry
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Reverse engineering huge machine parts in difficult locations with Artec Eva and Geomagic Design X

Reverse engineering huge machine parts in difficult locations with Artec Eva and Geomagic Design X
“Artec Eva was the suitable scanner for this job as the parts were very big and the accuracy required was in the range of Artec Eva’s accuracy. The scanning was pretty fast and easy considering that those were huge parts, around 3 meters…No other scanner can measure such big parts this accurately and fast.”
Ali Can Boysan, Teknodizayn Sales & Technical Support Manager
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Putting Claws on the Black Panther Lexus with Artec Eva at West Coast Customs

Putting Claws on the Black Panther Lexus with Artec Eva at West Coast Customs
“It's a huge help that Eva is lightweight and comfortable to hold, which makes scanning actually fun to do … you don’t need to use it for long before you look over at the laptop and realize that you’ve scanned the whole car … it either would’ve been just impossible without Eva or much more difficult and definitely not as precise.”
Lorenzo Strong, West Coast Customs Sales VP
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Slashing weeks off reverse engineering farm equipment with Artec Eva

Slashing weeks off reverse engineering farm equipment with Artec Eva
“Eva has literally saved us days if not weeks of work, and that’s no exaggeration. Previously we were spending all that time creating prototypes to test, then that many more hours on alterations to reach the level of perfect, compared to now achieving perfection the first time, and every time, with Eva.”
Mark Taylor, Taylor Attachments
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Your best work deserves only the best tech

In reverse engineering, 3D scanning demands are diverse, but the need for accuracy is always high. Artec scanners deliver consistent performance across different usage scenarios.

Artec Ray

For large objects or scenes

Artec Ray captures massive items like large vehicles and even entire buildings with ultra-high precision and minimal noise and is perfect for onsite scanning, indoors or outdoors.

Unrivaled precision

With submillimeter distance precision and industry-leading angular accuracy, scan data is cleaner than that from other 3D laser scanners, with very low noise levels.

Scan large objects anywhere

Powered by its built-in battery, Ray can work for up to four hours. Choose how to operate the scanner: either from a laptop connected to it with a USB cord, or via WiFi using the Artec Remote app.

Artec Micro

For reverse engineering small objects

Reverse engineering small objects doesn’t have to be a hassle. Artec Micro, our high-precision industrial desktop 3D scanner, is capable of capturing objects like tiny machine parts with utmost accuracy.

Accuracy up to 10 microns

Artec Micro is a pain-free solution for capturing small objects. It can scan with an accuracy of up to 10 microns – literally microscopic dimensions.

One-click solution

Launch smart scanning mode: With just one click, Micro will automatically find the shortest path for its projector and cameras to follow in order to fully capture your object's surfaces in minimal time.

No need for targets

Artec scanners require no positioning targets or reference spheres to facilitate stable tracking, saving you hours on attaching those to large objects and then removing them post-scan.

Compact, lightweight, portable

Starting at just 0.85 kg, our scanners are lightweight and designed to be ergonomic, mobile, and versatile.

Accuracy delivered at high speed

Artec scanners offer data acquisition speeds of up to 35 million points per second, faster than any traditional methods.

Artec 3D software

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

Which 3D scanner will work best for you?

The Artec line-up offers a solution for everyone, from aerospace engineers working with very large objects to R&D teams working with miniature parts.

Artec Leo

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

Scanner type
Handheld
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
M, L
Accuracy
up to 0.1 mm
Resolution
up to 0.2 mm

Artec Eva

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

Scanner type
Handheld
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
M, L
Accuracy
up to 0.1 mm
Resolution
up to 0.2 mm

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.

Scanner type
Handheld
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
S
Accuracy
up to 0.05 mm
Resolution
up to 0.1 mm

Artec Ray

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

Scanner type
Long Range
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
L, XL
Accuracy
up to 0.0125°
Resolution

Artec Micro

Metrology-grade desktop 3D scanner for quality control, inspection, jewelry, medical/dental components, etc.

Scanner type
Desktop
Object size
Typical object sizes: XS: <90x60x60 mm S: 5–20 cm M: 20–50 cm L: 50–200 cm XL: >200 cm
XS
Accuracy
up to 0.01 mm
Resolution
up to 0.029 mm

Software that lets you be at your best

With such powerful hardware tools at your disposal, it is important that you pair them with similarly capable software. Artec Studio offers a whole range of capabilities that bring the best not just out of your scanner, but you and your team too.

Artec Studio

Artec Studio is an all-in-one 3D software with advanced features designed specifically to streamline the reverse engineering workflow. You can quickly and intuitively fit CAD primitives to your 3D models and save them as CAD files for export into other software like SOLIDWORKS or Design X.

Artec Studio can work with datasets of up to 500 million polygons, meaning working with large objects at high resolution is a breeze, whether you are processing scanned data on the fly in Autopilot, or assuming greater control with manual presets.

Combine data from different scanners

Combine the scans in Artec Studio to achieve the results you want. For example, pair one scanner’s large field of view with the higher resolution of another.

Fit and export primitives

Precisely position 3D models in the world coordinate system, extract geometric data, and fit CAD primitives that you can export to SOLIDWORKS, Geomagic Design X, and other CAD software.

Direct integration with Design X and SOLIDWORKS for advanced reverse engineering

Tight integration with ​​Design X and SOLIDWORKS enables you to export primitive shapes, freeform surfaces, and sections directly from Artec Studio for fitting into meshes.

Make sections and export to CAD

Create sections through meshes, save them locally, or export them directly to other CAD software using native integration that does not require any plugins.

Also accessible to you

Geomagic Design X

The leading reverse engineering software, designed to help convert scan data to CAD models. Create editable history-based CAD models that you can output to your favorite CAD software.

Flawless 3D scans for CAD modeling

3D scan data that makes the CAD modeling process that much smoother. Here are some of the models from our industry-leading 3D scanners.

Complex motorcycle engine captured by Artec Leo in just 8 minutes

Pipe bend captured with Artec Micro in only two scans over four minutes

Motorcycle crankcase captured by Artec Space Spider in 15 minutes

Compound bow captured by Artec Eva in just five minutes

Artec Ray was used to scan an airplane suspended three meters high.

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!