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2019 Artec Leo 3D Scanner: Review the Specs

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by Tyler Koslow
Oct 4, 2019

The Artec Leo is a professional-grade handheld 3D scanner that offers onboard automatic processing and a built-in HD display. Let's review the specs.

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.

One of the pioneers in professional-grade handheld 3D scanners is Artec, a company that has an extensive line of products and a growing presence throughout the global market. Following in the footsteps of the flagship Artec Eva, which was released back in 2012, the Luxembourg-based manufacturer has since released a plethora of unique 3D scanning solutions.

Perhaps the most innovative and advanced 3D scanner from the company’s current product range is the Artec Leo.

Priced at $25,800, the Artec Leo presents itself as a professional 3D scanning system that is both intuitive and highly capable of capturing high-quality 3D objects.

This device prides itself on the ability to scan objects of any size, no matter how intricate or large they may be. It’s also equipped with a built-in touchscreen that allows users to view the process in real time, and even edit the scan before exporting the data. Needless to say, the Artec Leo is a fascinating high-end 3D scanner that is well-suited for all types of applications and industries.

Let’s take a look at the features and specs to learn more about this impressive 3D scanner.

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Artec Leo 3D Scanner: Review the Specs Features

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Compared to the Artec Eva, the more affordable 3D scanner offered by the Luxemburg-based company, the Artec Leo offers a slew of intriguing features and a highly intuitive workflow. In fact, Artec claims that this system makes the 3D scanning process “as easy as taking a video.”

The manufacturer was able to simplify the process by integrating onboard automatic processing and a touchscreen panel screen, which allows users to see the 3D replica being built in real time. You can even rotate the model on the device to check that all of the sections are properly scanned. There are also a variety of simple tools on the touchscreen interface that makes it easy for users to touch up their scans.

With WiFi or Ethernet connectivity, users can also stream video to a secondary device, allowing data to be uploaded at the touch of a button.

Another aspect that makes the Artec Leo such an appealing option for professionals is the scanning speed. It offers a 3D reconstruction rate of 80 frames per second and is equally capable of capturing both large and small objects with intricate details. Using the video camera analogy once again, the company compares this seamless functionality to zooming in on an object.

As for the inner workings of this 3D scanner, the Artec Leo is equipped with a powerful embedded processor and built-in battery. This eliminates the need for a computer or stationary power source, allowing users to freely capture objects without having to avoid tangled wires or other bulky equipment. Users can carry around supplementary battery modules when taking the Artec Leo into remote areas without access to power.

There’s a lot of high-grade technology packed into this compact 3D scanner, including the NVIDIA Jetson platform, which acts as the internal computer. The manufacturer has also integrated a 9 DoF inertial system that consists of an accelerometer, gyro, and compass, allowing the scanner to grasp its position and the surrounding environment.

In addition to that, the Artec Leo also has a two-in-one optical system that enhances the ability to capture exact texture to geometry mapping. Developed in-house by Artec, this optical system features a combined 3D camera and color camera that are directed through the very same lens.

The freedom of movement that the Artec Leo provides makes it an ideal system for scanning a wide range of objects, from tiny mechanical parts to things as large as cars and boats. Clearly, this makes the 3D scanner well-suited for an incredibly wide range of applications, including industrial manufacturing, healthcare, forensics, VR, e-commerce, and more.

In order to capture and digitize hard-to-scan textures, such as skin or shiny black objects, the Artec Leo employs state-of-the-art VCSEL light technology. This process gives users full control over the intensity of the flash, helping to improve color capturing and scanning in bright environments.

Unlike most other 3D scanning systems, the Artec Leo also has an SSD drive with 256 GB of internal storage. Users can also add SD cards to extend the capacity of this storage space. There’s also a modular side to this feature-packed 3D scanner. It can be mounted to a robotic arm or conveyor system to enable automated 3D scanning, and can also be synced with other devices for multi-scanning installations.

Last but not least is the powerful and intuitive software developed with Artec’s proprietary 3D algorithms. The Artec Leo scanning software is already integrated into the device and is accessible via the simple touchscreen interface. Once a scan is captured, the data can be sent to Artec Studio for editing, processing, and analysis.


Artec Leo 3D Scanner: Review the Specs Technical Specifications

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Here are the technical specifications for the Artec Leo 3D scanner:

General Specifications

  • Display: Built-in half HD touch panel screen
  • Processing: On-board real-time processing
  • Working distance: 0.35 – 1.2 m
  • Volume capture zone: 160,000 cm³
  • Linear field of view, HxW at closest range: 244 x 142 mm
  • Linear field of view, HxW at furthest range: 838 × 488 mm
  • Angular field of view, HхW: 38.5 × 23°
  • 3D reconstruction rate: up to 80 FPS
  • 3D resolution: up to 0.5 mm
  • 3D point accuracy: up to 0.1 mm
  • Texture resolution: 2.3 mp
  • Colors: 24 bpp
  • Structured light source: VCSEL
  • Data acquisition speed, up to: 3 million points/second
  • Position sensors: Built-in 9 DoF inertial system
  • Connectivity: Wireless connectivity and data transfer
  • Display: Integrated 5.5″ touchscreen
  • Power source: In-built exchangeable battery, optional mains power
  • Multi-core processing: NVIDIA Jetson TX1
  • Internal hard drive: 256 GB SSD

Common Specifications

  • Weight: 2.6 kg (5.7 lb)
  • Dimensions: 231 × 162 × 230 mm
  • Power Source: In-built exchangeable battery, optional mains power
  • Interface: WiFi, Ethernet, SD Card

Output Format

  • 3D mesh format: OBJ, PLY, WRL, STL, AOP, ASCII, Disney PTEX, E57, XYZRGB
  • 3D point cloud format: BTX, PTX
  • Formats for measurements: CSV, DXF, XML

Artec Leo 3D Scanner: Review the Specs Where to Buy

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