Handheld 3D Scanner Has Eyes

— April 22, 2013

Artec3D, a provider of 3D scanning and 3D facial recognition technology, has announced a new generation hand-held, 3D scanner named Spider – so named because of its many “eyes.”


The Spider has been developed for scanning objects with numerous small details, such as molds, PCBs, coins and engravings. The device was created as the solution for rapid prototyping, CAD design and manufacturing, quality control, as well as for other industries such as heritage preservation, graphic design medicine, automotive and aerospace.

Based in Palo Alto, CA, Luxembourg and Moscow, Russia, Artec3D originally designed the Eva scanner, the company’s flagship product, for scanning the human body and other organic shapes for medicine, art and heritage preservation. It then became used for industrial design and manufacturing where Eva is used to scan cars, boats, airplanes, etc.

Because certain spheres of mass production and industrial design require higher-precision scanning of objects with sharp edges and intricate detail, the company decided to develop a scanner to fill that niche. Spider has higher accuracy (0.03 - 0.05mm), resolution (up to 0.15mm) and the ability to digitize complex, industrial parts. No markers or manual alignment are required during post processing. In addition, the scans have texture. The device also has extended working time when used with the Artec battery.

The new scanner will be unveiled at the Control show in Stuttgart, Germany which runs from May 14-17.

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