Over the last few years, 3D scanning technology has become more accessible and affordable, resulting in an influx of new scanning hardware on the market. This has made it much easier for both consumers and professional to capture real-world objects and recreate them in the digital format. Whether it be a rare museum artifact or an out-of-production car part, the ever-increasing capabilities of handheld 3D scanning technology have changed the way we approach digital fabrication.
Although it was initially released back in 2012, the Luxembourg-made Artec Eva has remained as one of the go-to handheld 3D scanners on the professional market. Priced at $19,800, this white light scanner is a bit pricey for consumers, but the portability and incredible accuracy makes it perfect for a wide range of applications, from the automotive industry to the reconstruction of historical artifacts and beyond.
As the flagship model in Artec’s 3D scanning product line, the Artec Eva is a full-color 3D scanner that captures small-to-medium sized objects of nearly any size in a high resolution. Despite its status of seniority, only a few hardware manufacturers have been able to rise to the occasion and compete with the Eva in the professional-grade handheld scanner sector.
You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can definitely use an older 3D scanner for exciting new applications. So, with that being said, let’s review the features, specs, and community reception surrounding the Artec Eva 3D scanner.
Taking from the manufacturer’s description of the scanning system, the Artec Eva is a full-color 3D scanner that can capture objects quickly in high resolution and vibrant color. It seems to pride itself on the ability to scan and map textures with impeccable accuracy. Using structured light scanning technology, this device is both easy and safe to use. The scanner is ideal for capturing small-to-medium-sized objects such as automotive components, a human bust, medical devices, and really any physical object you can imagine.
Unlike other common 3D scanning systems, the Artec Eva doesn’t require the use of markers or calibration, meaning that it essentially functions as a 3D video camera. There’s no need for any additional equipment, just start up the system and get scanning. In fact, with just a tablet and battery back, this 3D scanner can be used in places that don’t even have a source of electricity.
The Artec Eva is capable of capturing up to 16 frames per second, each of which is automatically aligned in real-time. This makes the entire 3D scanning process very easy and fast, even for objects that have a black or shiny surface (as both tend to cause trouble for many other 3D scanners).
As for the quality of the scans, the Artec Eva can capture a high accuracy of up to 0.1mm and a resolution of up to 0.5mm, granting the user with scans that include some of the most intricate object details. This system also offers exceptional scanning speed, capturing up to 2 million points in a single second. Combine that with the elimination of markers, and you can see why the scanning process is so efficient. Additionally, the ability to capture objects in full-color also enhances both the scanning quality and resulting 3D model.
The hardware is equipped with just two buttons: one to start and pause the scanner and another to stop the process completely. It also features an LED indicator that shows users whether they’re in idle mode, preview mode, or recording mode.
Since this system is lightweight, fully portable, and capable of capturing relatively large objects, the applications it can be used for are basically limitless. Industries that are commonly using 3D scanning technology include automotive, aerospace, medical, forensics, art, cultural heritage preservation, video game development, and more.
Equally important to the 3D scanner is the Artec Studio 13 software, which helps to process, edit, and prepare the image that was captured with the Artec Eva. This program offers two scan modes. The default mode captures raw scan data, showcasing a preview of the ongoing progress so that the user can keep track of the scanning process. Users are able to seamlessly pause the scan in order to examine the captured data, allowing them to go back over parts of the objects that were missed. Finally, once the digital scan is captured, the Artec software will process it and create a 3D mesh.
The other model enables Real-Time Fusion (RTF), automatically creating a 3D mesh while the scanning process is taking place. With this specific mode, the geometric mesh is made available instantly, reducing the overall processing time. Artec Studio 11 also provides a number of options for texture mapping, as well as an auto-pilot mode that will automatically determine the resolution of a texture map. Of course, the software allows all of this to be done manually, but these are features that will ultimately reduce scanning time and headaches acquired.
According to other professional reviewers like 3D Scan Expert, the Artec Eva really is one of the best handheld 3D scanners on the market, even six years after its initial release. Any issues seem to arise when scanning small-sized objects. It appears that the quality of certain geometries and textures are lacking in detail when the object is smaller than an adult-sized shoe. Otherwise, the reception of the Artec Eva is overwhelmingly positive.
Of course, another potential pitfall of this 3D scanner is the $19,800 price tag. Although the Artec Eva appears to offer higher quality scans and a better overall ecosystem then say, the Einscan-Pro or Sense 2, these competing 3D scanners cost much less money. Therefore, the Eva is best-suited for professional users and small businesses that don’t mind spending extra for better results. Additionally, it’s worth noting that the manufacturer has also released the Artec Eva Lite, a budget version of the original that cost $9,800.
Aside from standing the test of time on the 3D scanning market, the seasoned Artec Eva has also earned itself a spot in the history books. The scanner was used to scan former President Barack Obama, making it the very first 3D portrait of the U.S. President. While it might seem like buying an older piece of hardware would be disadvantageous in the long run, the Artec Eva remains as a market leader even after all of these years.
Here are the technical specifications for the Artec Eva 3D scanner:
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