Using the Hardware¶
Artec Studio can work with one or more Artec 3D scanners. It offers tools to quickly create 3D models of physical objects. Besides managing the process of capturing objects, it lets you perform full data postprocessing, optimize mesh tessellations and apply other operations to obtain a quality 3D model. You can then send the complete model to a CNC machine or import it to another 3D-modeling application.
Most Artec 3D scanners are specifically designed for handheld use, offering light weight and compact size. Being structured-light 3D scanners, they don’t require you to place any special targets on the object you’re capturing. Using them is easy—no special knowledge or skills are necessary. To obtain a complete 3D model, simply scan the object from different angles and fuse the resulting scans into a single model using Artec Studio.
Depending on the size of the object you’re scanning, use either Artec EVA, Artec L2 or Artec Spider. The primary difference between these models is the depth and field of view. They also differ in 3D resolution as well as point accuracy; consult the Artec web site for details. We recommended choosing the scanner model that’s best suited to the operations you will be performing:
- Artec L2—full body, monuments, architectural elements
- Artec EVA—full body or body parts, faces, automobile interior, large statues
- Artec Spider—pencils, keys and other small objects; fine details on large objects, such as architectural ornaments.
You can combine several different scanner types while capturing a scene. In some cases when capturing complex shapes, this capability increases the scanning rate and enables you to achieve your desired precision.
EVA Scanners: Hardware Synchronization¶
Artec EVA is equipped with two jacks designed for 6P6C connectors (RJ12). By creating a bundle, you can link multiple Artec EVA scanners to each other. The master device is a leading scanner that sends signals to the next slave device. Each subsequent device is connected to the previous one sequentially as Figure 13 shows. To connect the devices, you can use a standard phone cable (RJ12 6P6C) or any other cable that uses the conductor scheme shown in Figure 13. Each scanner should also connect to the PC via USB.
Only Artec EVA scanners can connect to each other. Do not connect Artec EVA to a telephone wall port!
Third-Party 3D Sensors¶
Artec Studio Professional supports only Artec scanners. To scan using third-party 3D sensors you need Artec Studio Ultimate.
Artec Studio Ultimate can work with the following third-party 3D sensors (see Devices’ Appearance):
- Microsoft Kinect for Windows (v1 and v2)
- ASUS Xtion
- PrimeSense Carmine
- Devices featuring Intel RealSense 3D camera
When using the above-mentioned devices, however, the scan quality will be lower than what you can achieve with Artec 3D scanners.
Artec Studio can work with 3Dconnexion manipulators.
Basic support includes navigation in 3D View and the following commands:
- Fit to view
For 3D mouse to function, you need to install drivers from the manufacturer’s web site. Additionally, you can assign four currently supported commands to the mouse radial menu or at least two of them to the hardware buttons for Artec Studio.
To assign a command to the 3D mouse button, follow the steps:
- Open Artec Studio
- Then open 3Dconnexion Properties utility from the Windows tray
- Click Buttons
- Click on the > arrow on the right side of either button field. A flyout window will open for that 3D mouse button.
- Open the Artec Studio category
- Select either of the currently supported command.
If you want to assign several commands, create a new Radial menu (use the eponymous category in the flyout menu). For more information, consult the manual for your 3Dconnexion mouse.
To get used to navigating 3D content, use 3Dconnexion Trainer or 3Dconnexion Demo from the 3Dxonnextion Home application.
In Artec Studio, you move the camera around the object rather than the object itself.