The search for the new standard in portable 3D scanners is officially over! Designed specifically for the International Space Station, the Artec Space Spider is the fastest, most reliable precision 3D scanner on the market today. In a portable 3D scanner industry with only a few high-end players (Canada’s Creaform and Luxembourg’s Artec), the upgrade from Artec’s Spider to the Space Spider can only be described as groundbreaking.
Designed for Precision
The Space Spider’s 3D scanner is designed for precision, bottom line. Artec created the perfect solution for users interested in capturing small objects with highly complex geometric edges. These images can range from a detailed 3D scan of the human ear to an intricate 3D mesh scan of molding parts. According to Artec, the Space Spider’s technology is a perfect solution for “rapid prototyping and manufacturing, health care, the automotive industry, aerospace, quality control, heritage preservation and graphic design.” When stacked up against a laser scanner, there is no competition. The speed and precision of the Space Spider enables processing up to one million points per second. Intended to capture images from all angles, the scanner resolution (up to 0.1 mm) and accuracy (up to 0.05 mm) works extremely well with the latest version of Artec’s Studio 10 software. The launch of the Space Spider scanner coincided with the major upgrades of their newest software. The Sharp Fusion feature, for example, is instrumental is smoothing out already super-detailed scans.
Speed & Compatibility
Just as speed and precision seemed to be at the forefront of Artec’s design innovation, the Space Spider’s portability and compatibility seemed to take center stage as well. The Space Spider 3D scanner is extremely lightweight (only 850 grams or 1.91 lbs) and is battery compatible. A user would still need to connect the scanner to his or her computer by USD. As with most of the high-end 3D scanners, wireless technology has yet to introduce itself and is considered by many, one of the only drawbacks. If its intended destination happens to be space, make sure you bring your laptop and the space station has a power outlet. Another great feature is the Space Spider’s ability to scan in real-time. With the frames automatically aligned in real-time, it can scan at 7.5 frames per second – yet another one of its many impressive features.
In closing, the Artec Space Spider 3D scanner is leaps and bounds above the competition. Designed for metrology and reverse engineering applications, the Space Spider is innovation trapped inside a 3D scanner. Backed by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, Artec’s newest upgrade is fast as it is precise. If you’re in the market for a premium portable 3D scanner where quality is of utmost concern, look no further than the Artec Space Spider.