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3D Scanners | 3D Systems

Resolution makes a difference

3D scanning opens up a world of possibilities. Imagine being able to capture anything in the physical world and have a digital model of it in minutes.

You don’t have to imagine. Every day, companies use 3D scanners and software to:

  • Create and reverse engineer CAD models of real parts to capture lost designs, update existing products, and make new ones.
  • Verify product quality by comparing manufactured parts to CAD designs.
  • Make mass customized products for healthcare, dentistry, and fashion.
  • Scan entire buildings to create accurate 3D models.
  • And much more.

3D scanners and accompanying software are now within the reach of many. Scanners are faster, less expensive, and more accurate. 3D scan-processing software is more automated, creates better results, and works faster than ever before.

What Are 3D Scanners?

There are many different devices that are called 3D scanners. Any device that measures the physical world using lasers, lights, or X-rays and generates dense point clouds or polygon meshes can be considered a 3D scanner. They go by many names including 3D digitizers, laser scanners, white light scanners, industrial CT, LIDAR, and others. The common, uniting factor of all these devices is that they capture the geometry of physical objects with hundreds of thousands or millions of measurements.

Why Do You Need 3D Scanning Software?

Because scanners collect immense amounts of data, you need dedicated reverse-engineering software like Geomagic® Design X™, Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS®, and Geomagic Wrap® to process the output into something usable that other software can handle. Depending on what you will use the scan data for, reverse-engineering software can do many different things to the data. The most common applications for 3D scanning are reverse engineering, inspection, and digital archiving or 3D printing. Dedicated software like Geomagic reverse-engineering software and Geomagic Control X™ inspection and metrology software is the fastest, easiest way to unlock the full potential of a 3D scanner.

How Do 3D Scanners Work?

There are many different approaches to 3D scanning, based on different principles of imaging. Some technologies are ideal for short-range scanning, while others are better for mid- or long-range scanning.

Short-Range 3D Scanners

3D scanners with less than one meter of focal distance include laser triangulation and structured light 3D scanners.

Laser Triangulation 3D Scanners

Laser triangulation scanners use either a laser line or single laser point to scan across an object. A sensor picks up the laser light that is reflected off the object and, using trigonometric triangulation, the system calculates the distance from the object to the scanner.

The distance between the laser source and the sensor is known very precisely, as well as the angle between the laser and the sensor. As the laser light reflects off the scanned object, the system can discern what angle it is returning to the sensor at, and therefore the distance from the laser source to the object’s surface.

Structured Light (White or Blue Light) 3D Scanners

Structured light scanners also use trigonometric triangulation, but instead of looking at laser light, these systems project a series of linear patterns onto an object. Then, by examining the edges of each line in the pattern, they calculate the distance from the scanner to the object’s surface. Essentially, instead of the camera seeing a laser line, it sees the edge of the projected pattern, and calculates the distance similarly.

Short-Range 3D Scanners



Laser Triangulation

  • Available in many forms: area scanner, handheld scanner, portable arm
  • Often more portable
  • Less part preparation required
  • Less sensitive to ambient light
  • Generally less accurate
  • Generally lower resolution
  • Noisier

Structured Light

  • Usually more accurate
  • Often higher resolution
  • Less noisy
  • Limited to area scanner type
  • Generally not as small/portable
  • More sensitive to surface preparation (requires preparation)
  • May require specific lighting

Mid- and Long-Range 3D Scanners

3D scanners with with one or more meters of focal distance include laser pulse-based and laser phase-shift 3D scanners.

Laser Pulse-Based 3D Scanners

Laser pulse-based scanners, also known as time-of-flight scanners, are based on a very simple concept: the speed of light is known very precisely, so if we know how long a laser takes to reach an object and reflect back to a sensor, we know how far away that object is. These systems use circuitry that is accurate to picoseconds to measure the time it takes for millions of laser pulses to return to the sensor and calculates a distance. By rotating the laser and sensor (usually via a mirror), the scanner can scan up to a full 360 degrees around itself.

Laser Phase-Shift 3D Scanners

Laser phase-shift scanners are another type of time-of-flight 3D scanner technology and conceptually work similarly to pulse-based systems. In addition to pulsing the laser, these scanners also modulate the power of the laser beam, and the scanner compares the phase of the laser being sent out and then returned to the sensor. Phase shift measurement is more precise.

Mid- and Long-Range 3D Scanners



Laser Pulse-Based

Medium- and long-range (2m–1,000m)

  • Less accurate
  • Slower data acquisition
  • Noisier

Laser Phase-Shift

  • More accurate
  • Faster data acquisition
  • Less noisy

Medium-range only

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Installation - Documentation Artec Studio 13

System requirements

To use with Artec 3D scanners, your computer must meet the system requirements.


Third party scanners only available in Artec Studio Ultimate!

Also note the following:

Real-time Merge Mode

(Real-time Fusion Scan): Make sure your graphics card has at least 1 GB VRAM or your Intel HD Graphics 4600 series chipset or higher (see the FAQ article for details).

Using the Intel RealSense Camera

implies that your computer is running Windows 8 (Windows 10 for SR300) with at least 4th generation Intel Core processor and USB3.0 port

Using Kinect ver. 2

requires a computer running Windows 8, a 3.1 GHz or faster processor (two physical cores: two logical cores per physical) and a USB3.0 port (Intel or Renesas chipset)

Using multiple scanners

(Multi-Camera) - Your workstation must have as many independent USB controllers as there are scanning devices. You can get the required number of USB controllers by installing PCI/PCI-Express USB cards.

User account

To install Artec Studio and receive timely updates, register a free account on my.artec3d . Registration is also required to activate the Artec 3D scanner. In addition, the site allows you to track your 3D scanners and software.

The my.artec3d account is valid for all Artec sites and services (including viewshape.com ).

Fig. 18 Start screen my.artec3d

To register, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the site my.artec3d and press Sign up

  2. Fill in all fields in the registration form and click Create account

  3. Receive a registration email containing a confirmation link.

  4. Click on the link or copy it to your browser to confirm your registration. Go directly to your account at my.artec3d .

Activating the scanner

Before using the Artec scanner, it must be activated and associated with an account on my. artec3d . These operations are performed using the Artec Installation Center, a separate utility available for download from my.artec3d . If you are a new user and you do not have Artec Installation Center installed yet, please read below How to start Artec Installation Center. Otherwise, go to Activating the 3D Scanner using the Artec Installation Center.


Do not connect your scanner to the USB port until the Artec Installation Center is complete.

Launching Artec Installation Center

Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet before using Artec Installation Center. Any computer with a USB2.0 or USB3.0 port will do. If necessary, you can install and activate Artec Studio on another computer. Also make sure you have an account at my.artec3d ; if not, go to User account.

  1. Log in with your account on my.artec3d and download the Artec Installation Center. The link to download the executable file of the Artec Installation Center installer is available on the home page of the site.

  2. When the download is complete, open the folder containing the installer executable, run it, and follow the instructions on the screen. Once Artec Installation Center is installed, a window will open asking for your email address and password. For authorization, use your account details on my.artec3d as shown in Fig. 19.

Fig. 19 Artec Installation Center authentication

Activating the 3D scanner using Artec Installation Center

To activate the 3D scanner using Artec Installation Center, make sure that the application is installed on your computer and that it is connected to the Internet.

  1. Start the Artec Installation Center (via the Start menu: click Start → All Programs Artec Group Artec Installation Center ), the window shown in Fig. 35.

  2. Connect your Artec 3D scanner to your computer and wait while Windows detects the device and installs the necessary drivers. A message similar to the one shown in Fig. 20.

  3. Go to the Artec Installation Center window, click Update and wait for the new scanner to appear in the Scanners section. Click the Activate button (to the right of the scanner serial number) to start using your 3D scanner. The scanner status will be changed to Activated as shown in Fig. 21.

Fig. Figure 20 Windows message about device installation

21 3D scanner activated

Installing Artec Studio

There are two ways to download and install Artec Studio:

  • Using the Artec Installation Center (either during installation or by clicking the Install button in the application, as shown in Fig. 22 )

  • From the site my.artec3d : log in to the site, go to page My applications and download the executable (see Figure 23)

Fig. 22 Artec Installation Center ready to install Artec Studio

Pic. 23 Part of page My applications on my.artec3d

If you downloaded the executable, run it to start the installation; otherwise, click the Install button in Artec Installation Center. To continue the installation, click Next, the License Agreement will open (see Fig. 24). After reading its text, confirm your consent to the installation by clicking on the Yes button.

Fig. 24 License agreement

fig. 25 Installation site

Fig. 26 Choice of installed components

fig. 27 Dialog for installing drivers for third-party 3D sensors

Pic. 28 Artec Installation Center with activation window Artec Studio

29 Completing the installation

Specify the path to the installation directory (it is recommended to use the default one), as shown in Fig. 25. Then go to the window for selecting installed components (see Fig. 26):

Desktop shortcut:

creates an icon on the desktop

Start-menu shortcut:

adds a shortcut to the Start menu and Quick Launch

English manual:

installs English user manual

Install Artec Scanner Drivers:

installs Artec

3D scanner drivers
Artec Ray drivers:

installs drivers for Artec Ray

3D scanner
PrimeSense Carmine / Asus Xtion drivers:

installs drivers for PrimeSense/Asus

3D sensors
Intel RealSense Runtime:

installs drivers for Intel RealSense


By default, the application creates all the shortcuts listed above and installs the user manual and drivers for Artec 3D scanners. Click Next to continue with the installation.

If you are just starting the installation of Artec Installation Center, an authorization window will appear, as in Fig. 19. If you are not connected to the Internet, see Offline Activation for a description of the Artec Studio offline activation process.

If you have not previously associated your account with the computer on which you are installing Artec Studio, an activation confirmation dialog will open (see Figure 28).

Once the installation is complete (see Figure 29), the installer will prompt you to launch Artec Studio.

Offline activation

If the computer on which you are installing Artec Studio is not connected to the Internet due to security or other reasons, you can use the offline activation mechanism to activate the program.


Artec Studio copies activated offline cannot be deactivated later. Therefore, offline activation is recommended to be used only in case of emergency.


Before performing offline activation, you need to make sure that the scanner (see Scanner Activation) and Artec Studio are linked to your account on my.artec3d .

Offline activation requires the following:

  • Another computer connected to the Internet

  • Artec Studio installation file (preferably downloaded from my.artec3d )

  • Flash drive or other storage device for transferring files from a computer with an Internet connection to a computer where Artec Studio

    will run

Fig. Fig. 30 Authentication window in Artec Installation Center

31 Offline activation window

Installation and activation process:

  1. Start Artec Studio 9 installation process0005

  2. During installation, the registration data entry window will open, as shown in Fig. 30. Click Continue Offline...

  3. In the offline activation window (Fig. 31), click Save... and save the file with the activation ID to a flash drive or other media.

  4. On a computer connected to the Internet, log in to your account at my.artec3d and open the section My applications .

  5. Find Artec Studio and click on the appropriate link. A new page will appear as shown in Fig. 32.

  6. Go to the link Activate application offline , then click the Select file button and specify the path to the file with the activation ID. Next, click Activate.

  7. A new window will open where you can download the offline activation file. Save it to a flash drive.

  8. Return to the computer on which Artec Studio is being installed, click the Activate and continue button and specify the path to the offline activation file.


As soon as you create an offline activation file, my.artec3d will decrease the number of activations available to you by one.

Upon completion of all the above steps, a copy of Artec Studio will be activated and all Artec 3D scanners will be installed on a computer not connected to the Internet.

Fig. 32 Offline activation on my.artec3d .


If you purchase another Artec 3D scanner in the future, you will need to reinstall the application and go through the offline activation procedure again, as described above, in order to copy all the data files of the new scanner to your computer.


It is important to note that the deactivation procedure is only available for computers on which you have activated Artec Studio online, as described in Installing Artec Studio. Unable to deactivate Artec Studio application activated offline.


The number of possible deactivations may be limited, so deactivate Artec Studio only if you really need to transfer the application from one computer to another.

Fig. 33 Deactivating Artec Studio

To deactivate the license on your computer, do the following:

  1. Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet.

  2. Go to Control Panel Uninstall programs and select Artec Studio. The uninstall process will start.

  3. A dialog will open as shown in Fig. 33. Check the box I understand. Deactivate Artec Studio.

  4. Click Next to complete the removal process.

Managing Artec 3D scanners and products

Artec Installation Center is used to manage applications and scanners assigned to your account.

This is a feature rich application for Artec Studio that connects to my.artec3d and helps you install new applications, download updates, and manage your 3D scanners. To launch Artec Studio for the first time, you need to log in to my.artec3d . After this one-time authentication, you won't have to enter your email address and password every time you launch the app.

When Artec Studio is launched on the server, the Artec Installation Center checks for updates, and if a new version is available for any of the installed products, a message similar to Figure 1 is displayed. 34.

Fig. 34 Artec Studio update available for download

After authorization, Artec Installation Center will display information about your products.

Fig. 35 Artec Installation Center.

Section Applications Artec Installation Center provides information about all your software products:

  • List of available applications

  • Activation status of each application (activated or not)

  • Number of activations available and enabled

  • Activate, Install or Update buttons for the actions currently available to you:

    • Install - displayed if the program is not installed on the computer (usually, installation means activation)

    • Activate - displayed if the program is not currently activated on the computer. Activation reduces the number of available licenses by one per computer.

    • Update - shown if a new version of the installed program is available for download

Section Scanners contains a list of 3D scanners that you own or have connected to your computer. In the first case, status 9 will be displayed0049 Activated or the Activate button, in the second - the status Rented or the Rent button.

At the bottom of the Artec Installation Center window there is a row of buttons:


- Updates the information displayed by Artec Installation Center


- Exit Artec Installation Center

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Handheld color 3D scanner - hybrid and infrared LED light

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The era of hair scanning

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Invisible light 3D scanning experience

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Fast scanning

Scanning speed up to 1,200,000 dots/s and a large FOV scan of 420*440 mm enable fast 3d scanning of large objects.

Full color reproduction

With built-in color camera, it supports full color texture capture and texture tracking.

Portability and ease of use

The software is intuitive and user friendly. Easy to operate for professional users as well as novices. Easy to own, easy to use.

Weight 703g


Model EinScan H
Scan Mode Standard Scan Body Scan Face Scan
Light source White light, visible Infrared light, invisible
Safety Eye safe Class I (eye safe)
Scan Accuracy up to 0.05mm up to 0.6mm
Volumetric Accuracy* 0.05+0.1mm/m /
Scan Speed ​​ 1,200,000 points/s, 20 frame 720,000 dots/s, 20 frame
Frame Rate Camera 55fps
Alignment Method Geometry, marker, texture, hybrid Geometry Geometry
Working Distance 470mm
Depth of Field 200-700mm 200-1500mm
Max. FOV 420*440mm 780*900mm
Distance between points 0.25-3mm 0.5-3mm
Integrated Color Camera Yes
Texture Scan Yes
Port to Connection USB 3.0
File Format OBJ;STL;ASC;PLY;P3;3MF
Dimensions 108*110*237mm
Weight 703g
Certificates CE,FCC,ROHS,WEEE,KC
System requirements OS: Win10,64bit;Video card: NVIDIA GTX1080 or above;Video memory: ≥4GB;Processor: I7-8700;Memory: ≥32GB

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