How to Get High Detail in Small Scans

July 22, 2021

When it comes to reverse engineering, sometimes the smallest parts can be the trickiest. Trying to ensure that you capture high detail in super-small spaces, nooks and crevices can be a lot harder than trying to scan a sofa—but not impossible. So how do you get the perfect mini-scan? Here are a few things to consider.

  1. Pick the perfect scanner. Like most things, the tools you use should be made for the project, and as tools go, selecting your scanner is the most important decision when working on smaller scales. For super-small jobs, we recommend the Artec Micro II, a desktop scanner that makes everything from jewelry to machine parts to dental prosthetics a breeze. Super fast with up to 10 microns accuracy, the Micro is a great pick for tiny projects.
  2. Back it up with great software. Getting your scan into a CAD spec is just as important as the scan itself, so picking software that works is important. Check out Artec Studio for a quick, easy, and seamless integration between Micro and monitor.
  3. Cover your bases. Sometimes, smaller projects can still have big reflection issues, so getting an even scan requires an even surface. For highly reflective or shiny surfaces, stock up on the AESUB Sprays, which powder coat your project and then disappear afterward.

Follow these steps, and you’re that much closer to a perfect scan on your petite project. Want to know more about the Artec Micro and how it can help? Check out our website, or contact us with your questions.

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