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Autodesk and Artec Get Real With Reality Capture

CAD modeling has become standard operating procedure in the design process, but there are still plenty of times when a physical object lacking a 3D representation should be included in the digital record, but isn’t, simply because it requires too much work.

Autodesk, among others, has been steadily working to bridge reality capture technology with 3D CAD tools. In its latest effort, Autodesk has partnered with Artec to integrate that firm’s lower-cost line of industrial scanners with Project Memento, an Autodesk Labs technology preview. Project Memento converts any reality capture input (think photos and in this case, scans) into high-quality 3D meshes that can be cleaned up and optimized for Web and mobile experiences or directly input into CAD for further design and fabrication work.


“We’ve been going from 3D modeling to reality for years, but now we’re at a point where it’s possible to go from reality to 3D modeling thanks to the introduction of more affordable handheld 3D scanners,” said Evgeny Lykhin, Artec’s vice president of product management.

Artec’s Eva and Spider scanners, in particular, illustrate the lower price points of industrial models. Both handheld units are priced under $20,000 and offer robust precision and field of viewing capabilities making them a natural fit for manufacturing and industrial design applications, Lykhin said.

As a result of the partnership, Autodesk and Artec have been working to enable Eva and Spider models to easily output scans directly to Autodesk’s Project Memento for mesh and modeling work with minimal effort. The current workflow for creating high-quality 3D models from scanners is fairly complex, involving multiple expensive tools and requiring users to have a good amount of training and domain expertise.

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