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From a small company founded by university friends, to becoming a key player in a global market, 10 years have gone in a structured light flash. On the other hand, an extraordinary amount of teamwork and exciting discoveries make up the frames of our journey.
You, our customers, continue to be the most important metric for success. We invite you to share in our celebration with an opportunity to win market-leading Artec 3D technology. We’re also excited to announce a two-year warranty on all new 3D scanners.
“Learning about the ways people in a huge range of industries - from industrial design to CGI - use our 3D scanners has been one of the most rewarding aspects of Artec 3D”, according to Art Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “Enabling professionals to 3D scan intuitively, with fast, accurate and easy capture continues to be our goal, as we work on future technology.”
Artec 3D CEO Artyom Yukhin
Bringing 3D scanning to all professionals
In the 2000’s, the 3D scanner market was dominated by laser solutions with prices that started at around $45,000 and were used by experienced engineers. At Artec, we saw the potential to improve ease-of-use and provide accurate 3D scanning solutions suitable for all professionals. Today, industries as varied as industrial design, healthcare and archaeology all benefit from our precision 3D scanning solutions.
2008 saw our first 3D scanners released: top-notch solutions that even SMEs could afford. Tailored to scan objects from small to large, 3 scanners - named S, M and L - provided a completely new approach to accurately capture the geometry of an object in a 3D model. This focus on users’ needs continues today. During demonstrations, our 3D scanners were immediately well received, sometimes even getting standing ovations (!).
First scanner prototype released in 2008 – our first customer was a Belgian lingerie company.
20 distributors in 15 countries chose Artec technology in 2008; all of whom continue working with us today. Our partnerships continue to evolve, and be an important part of Artec’s and our users’ success today. In 2014, we became a SOLIDWORKS’ Research Associate, in 2015 a SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner and in 2017 our cooperation with Wacom Co., Ltd brought Artec Studio software to MobileStudio Pro users. We are very grateful for the teamwork from partners that helps us improve.
Artec’s M scanner in use
Reaching for the 3D stars
Released in 2009, the MH 3D scanner proved to be a popular handheld 3d scanning solution to create 3D geometric models of medium-sized objects. Music band Linkin Park, put this to good effect in their video for “A Light That Never Comes.”
The character of Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington was created with the aid of Artec’s MH scanner.
One short year later, MHT improved on its predecessor adding texture rendering. Arnold Schwarzenegger got the MHT treatment that resulted in mind-blowing special effects in Terminator Genisys.
3D scanning Arnold Schwarzenegger with MHT
Hybrid CGI make-up
The creative use of 3D scanning in CGI and special effects in Hollywood blockbusters continues to evolve. Award-winning blockbusters such as The Chronicles of Narnia, World War Z, The Avengers, Avatar and Jurassic World, have all benefitted from the imagination and skills of special effects and CGIs teams using 3D scanning. In some case, these teams are still using MHT today: Artec scanners are built to last!
Artec’s L scanner being used to scan a costume for the Chronicles of Narnia movie.
Our Netflix debut came with the Bojack Horseman cartoon series followed by various TV ‘appearances’ from “The Big Bang Theory” to “Sleepy Hollow”, and high-tech Japanese drama featuring forensic Scientists 3D scanning crime scenes.
For non-fiction fans, 2016 saw the BBC Earth and David Attenborough bring together 3D scanning, CGI visuals and animation to bring to life the Giant Dinosaur, the largest creature ever to walk the earth.
Real people, real scientists
From presidents to werewolves to a newly discovered human ancestor, Eva - born in 2012- enabled scanning of pretty much anyone, anything and almost anywhere.
Whether you are at the Smithsonian creating the first ever 3D presidential portrait, a forensic scientist accurately capturing a crime scene, or an archaeologist adventuring underground, Eva is the true definition of versatility and durability in a handheld 3D scanner. With quick easy setup, it continues to be our most popular 3D scanner ever.
With innovation dear to our hearts, it’s been exciting to see Eva used in research and innovation by university scientists on every continent, from Scotland and Luxembourg in Europe, to USA and Canada in North America, to South Africa in Africa, to the-tech-loving Japan and China in Asia.
Custom design has also seen Eva in action. For example orthopaedics market leader, Pohlig GmbH worked together with fly-fishing enthusiast Martin Clemm, who suffered an accident causing partial paralysis. A custom prosthesis saw Martin resumed fly-fishing.
From custom design to industrial design, Eva sees action in reverse engineering, quality control, and problem solving during product development. Global automotive vendors, such as Hyundai, have integrated Eva and Artec Studio into industrial design and development workflows. Using accurate 3D scans in leading CAD/CAM software such as AutoCAD, Geomagic and SolidWorks, saves time, speeds accuracy testing, and enables faster iteration.
Scanning water pipes with Eva
Eva 3D scanner being used to capture a casting at a Wisconsin-based full-service jobbing foundry
Fast volume booth scanning
Launched in 2014, the Shapify Booth enables capturing a 3D model of someone in just 12 seconds: quickly, easily and safely. These exact 3D replicas are perfect for capturing memories and suitable for virtual reality (VR. The University of Luxembourg is even using it for research applications. Custom clothing and virtual dressing rooms are some of the potential applications of this powerful technology, which scans and automatically post-process scans of up to 800 people per day.
Shapify Booth in action at the Salt Lake Comic Con
Intricate industrial detail
Spider, launched in 2013, quickly became a favorite with product engineers, designers and quality control professionals due to its high precision and speed. Used for accurate data capture of intricate objects, this handheld 3D scanner became part of customized scanning solutions and additive manufacturing processes.
Scanning a compressor with Artec Space Spider
But perhaps Spider’s adventures, of which we are most proud, feature brave people moving the boundaries of science. One such example, is Dr. Ken Stewart and his team at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, who help children with congenital malformation of the ear.
Making 3D printed implants for children with ear deformities with Spider
In 2015, Spider evolved into Space Spider meeting the environmental needs of, well, space, as well as CAD applications that require clean and metrological results. (Back on Earth, the MHT 3D scanner had already been used in the production of life-support system used to survive in open space.)
Scanning sharp edges, moving parts and textured surfaces became a reality with cooling technology that reaches and maintains optimal operating temperatures fast. Objects are captured with an accuracy of up to 50 microns and resolution of up to 100 microns.
Artec Space Spider winning the New Equipment Digest award in 2016
Scanning fossils discovered in Kenya with Space Spider
Accurate 3D model
2016 saw the focus switch to optimizing what the Artec Studio scanning and post-processing software does for you. Version 11 won awards with the introduction of ‘autopilot’ that guides you through the process to accurate and fast 3D scans. Studio 12, released this year, was jam-packed with customer requests, which made up 75% of new features (including reducing RAM requirements and the disk space needed to store projects).
Both new and experienced users have been enamored with features such as automatic base removal, and watching the 3D model develop on screen in real-time. This is the start of a new direction in AI-based scanning enabling ‘point-and-shoot’ scanning. As Artec Studio understands more about the environment and object, settings are automatically chosen, making professional 3D data processing easy for all.
Artec Studio 12
The future of 3D scanning untethered
2017 saw the introduction of Leo; with unprecedented speed, precision and an exceptional field of view, this AI-based 3D portable scanner changes the field. With no need for cables, and no separate computer, this is the first stand-alone 3D scanner, offering the easiest 3D scanning process. The user experience builds on Artec Studio developments and is now similar to shooting a video: it’s the 3D scanning experience with the shortest learning curve ever.
Scanning with Leo
Every 3D scanner we produce is immaculately assembled using the best and most durable components, and meticulously checked before it leaves our facilities. We make our scanners to last. We are very happy to announce a two-year warranty on all new 3D scanners!
As with Artec Studio, and Leo’s forerunners, we love hearing the interesting and innovative ways you put accurate 3D scan technology to use. As we look forward to the next 10 years, your feedback is essential to continuing advances in 3D scanning.
We invite all owner/users to share in this significant milestone with an opportunity to win a lifetime license of Artec Studio 12 or an Artec 3D scanner of your choice!
If you’d like to learn more about HD Mode and what improvements you can expect, make sure to watch one of the latest workshops by Artec 3D training and 3D scanning specialist Anton Popov.
In this workshop, our training and 3D scanning specialist Anton Popov shows how you can combine data from several Artec scanners using either of the two workflows: combining raw data (scans) or processed data (fusions).
Scan, create a 3D model and perform essential scan-to-CAD operations all in one software