MCAD Tech News (#345)

23 May, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff

Spider 3D Scanner Targets Small, Intricate Objects

Priced at $20,500, the new model from Artec Group is designed for CAD users in the manufacturing market.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

"This scanner is meant for the millions of CAD users around the world," said Anna Zevelyov, director of business development at Artec Group. She was speaking to me about the Artec Spider 3D — a new lightweight, handheld scanner that reportedly can scan sharp edges and small details with extraordinary resolution and accuracy. "You can easily digitize complex objects in minutes and import the data into a CAD system," Zevelyov said.

The Artec Spider is a lightweight, handheld 3D scanner designed for manufacturing applications that involve small, intricate parts.
The Artec Spider is a lightweight, handheld 3D scanner designed for manufacturing applications that involve small, intricate parts.

Spider is designed to scan objects such as molds, printed circuit boards, coins, and engravings. It has a field of view approximately the size of the human face, Zevelyov said. "It's for smaller parts or portions of larger products, such as an automobile wheel or door." In addition to manufacturing applications including CAD, rapid prototyping, and quality control, Spider can be used in heritage preservation, graphic design, medicine, automotive, and aerospace applications. Artec Group develops and manufactures 3D hardware and software for professionals and consumers and is known for its scanning and facial-recognition technologies.

Features of the Artec Spider 3D scanner include:

  • real-time scanning and fusion;
  • resolution as high as 0.15 mm and accuracy to 0.03–0.05 mm;
  • no markers or manual alignment are required during post-processing;
  • scans are captured in color (or "have texture," in scanner speak); and
  • working time is extended when used with the Artec battery.

"Pretty much any scanner for the CAD user didn't capture texture," Zevelyov said. "Now if you want to print on a color 3D printer, your point cloud data will support that." Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst.

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Mechanical Applications for AutoCAD Electrical

Make use of all the tools in Autodesk Product Design Suite.

By Stan Wile

Now that AutoCAD Electrical is included in the Premium and Ultimate versions of Autodesk's Product Design Suite, many companies have gained access to this software package. However, more and more often, I'm seeing those same companies choose to not install it. "We don't create schematics," they say.

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a company describe its needs, several of which could have easily been solved if they had had AutoCAD Electrical installed. The company owned many seats of Product Design Suite, but this group only used the AutoCAD Mechanical portion of it. Their Inventor group didn't have Electrical installed either. Maybe if users could see some of these features, they might think twice when choosing which software to exclude from their install.

To use these features, you will need to open the drawings using AutoCAD Electrical. Other than a hidden block or two, nothing else will be added to your drawings. Read more »

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Stan Wile is a solutions consultant with IMAGINiT Technologies, specializing in manufacturing environments.


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

First Look at SolidWorks Plastics and Sustainability: Connecting the Cost, Quality, and Ecological Dots
May 27, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This webcast is designed to help viewers understand how plastics and sustainability tools work together to help them make smart design and materials decisions. Read more »

Siemens PLM Connection Americas User Conference 2013
June 3–6, 2013
Dallas, Texas
This conference offers opportunities for attendees to work with the latest software developments, visit with a Siemens PLM technical representative, gather real user feedback, and more. Read more »

RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Event
June 10–13, 2013
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, this conference and exposition features 3D imaging and 3D printing technologies. Read more »

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