January 18, 2018
Artec 3D is a Luxembourg-based manufacturer of 3D scanning hardware and software with offices in Moscow and Santa Clara, California. At CES 2018, the company demonstrated its $25,800 professional 3D scanner dubbed Artec Leo. With the handheld scanner’s built-in processor, there is no need for an external computer, “making 3D scanning as easy as taking a video.” The company claims that its 80 fps 3D reconstruction rate makes its device “the fastest professional handheld 3D scanner on the market.” The Leo offers a large field of view for accurately scanning and processing large scenes and objects.
“And for even greater precision, users can point the scanner closer to the object to pick up intricate detail, just as they would zoom in with a video camera,” suggests the Artec 3D site.
“Once rendered, the digital models show a pristine level of detail,” adds Digital Trends. “If you want to create a model of a friend through 3D printing, Artec could create a frighteningly accurate replica.”
The price tag may be too steep for consumers looking to print replicas, but Artec 3D is marketing the scanner for manufacturing, prototyping, mapping, research, training and quality control applications in areas such as automotive, forensics, industrial, medical, science, e-commerce and virtual reality.
The Artec Leo features a built-in battery and HD touch panel screen. Wireless connectivity provides the user with the ability to easily stream video and upload data. The scanner is powered by Nvidia’s Jetson platform and includes an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass.
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