Industrial 3D scanner with metrological accuracy and hybrid tracking
A new and enhanced precision instrument for CAD users and engineers, Artec Space Spider is a high-resolution 3D scanner based on blue light technology. It is perfect for capturing small objects or intricate details of large industrial objects in high resolution, with steadfast accuracy and brilliant color.
The scanner’s ability to render complex geometry, sharp edges and thin ribs sets our technology apart. It is an ideal industrial 3D scanner for high resolution capturing of objects such as molding parts, PCBs, keys, coins or even a human ear, followed by the export of the final 3D model to CAD software.
The Artec Space Spider features:
Accuracy of up to 0.05 mm with no need for targets
Impressive 3D resolution of up to 0.1 mm
Industry leading 2-year warranty
In this powerful 3D scanner, the technology has been honed to perfection to ensure the best possible quality of scans and a truly robust device.
High accuracy does not have to be time consuming. Artec Space Spider process up to one million points per second!
High 3D Point Accuracy
0.05 mm (0.002 in)
Make extremely accurate 3D models of small industrial objects or sections of larger objects in fine detail
Superior Texture Resolution
Make full color 3D replicas of your object with auto glare removal technology.
Impressive 3D Resolution
Up to 0.10 mm (Up to 0.004 in)
Capture the geometry of your items with astonishing precision. It can even render the ridges of your fingerprint!
Scan for up to 6 hours with the Artec battery pack in areas with no source of electricity making it a truly portable system
Safe to use
The blue structured light technology used is absolutely safe for scanning people, as well as inanimate objects
No need for targets
Simple to use point and shoot system, made possible through the hybrid geometry + texture tracking algorithm
Easily bundled and synced with other Artec 3D scanners for capturing large objects through the Artec Studio software
Long-term Repeatability in Data Capture
World's first 3D Scanner sent to space
Originally developed to spec for the International Space Station, this next generation industrial 3D scanner features powerful temperature stabilization and high grade electronics. This not only allows the scanner to reach maximum accuracy in three minutes but also ensures long-term repeatability in data capture, since the accuracy rate of the device is not affected by fluctuations in environmental conditions.
With any plan in Artec Cloud, you’ll be able to view and comment on existing projects from any browser.
With easy viewing that you’d expect to see in any standard application or program, you’ll be able to browse through and find the project you’re looking for on any plan. The Collaboration and Processing account is required to organize folders
Within these folders, you’ll be able to view both previews and detailed information about your scans, and see who has access to these projects – it’s like any drive you’ve used before, but made with your scan data in mind.
Have you ever had a scan that was almost perfect – but ‘almost’ wasn’t good enough? With Artec Cloud’s Hover feature, you’ll be able to single out which scan needs correction simply by mousing over the part in question and then leaving a comment with your instructions.
In Collaboration mode, expect no more missed messages, messy project management, or poor coordination. Here, entire projects can be worked on in one place, making it far easier to coordinate among your team.
Scans can be uploaded, comments can be left, and essential conversations can be had – you’ll even be able to share images with your co-workers for reference or inspiration. If you need to have something scanned, start a new project on Cloud, upload a photo for reference, send it to your teammate – they’ll be able to receive your task, respond to your message, and get right to work.
Save your work
With Collaboration, you won’t miss anything, either; a full history of your discussions and communication will stay right here. With all your data and previous work kept in one place, you can expect easy reference and excellent communication within your team.
If you or your client has a visual of what they’d like to be scanned, an image can easily be attached into your project, too. Send the project and an invitation to your client or 3D service provider, and so begins the work. Artec Cloud is now the only platform you need for communication and collaboration to take place.
Import & Share
If you are on a Collaboration or Processing plan, you’ll be able to upload and download 3D data and models. Supported files include Artec Studio data formats and popular 3D model formats such as OBJ, PLY, STL, and WRL. Uploaded data is available online immediately for viewing right away. You can share your work with colleagues on Viewer accounts and they will be able to view and comment on it.
With Artec Cloud, you now have easy processing with the tools you need most, right on your browser.
If you’ve gone all in with a full-access account, your processing options are similar to Artec Studio – choose between Manual and Autopilot. On a Processing account, you can process up to 20 projects per month – and since you don’t have to use up your computer memory, GPU, or CPU, you can process as many as you like at a time.
In manual mode, you’re presented with five stages of processing: Align, Prepare Scan, Make Model, Adjust Model, and Export.
The alignment tool is made with ease of use in mind: Choose between manual and auto to align multiple scans according to your needs or preferences.
With fewer actions and steps, there's no need to switch between panels or different groups of algorithms, making it that much easier for new users while saving time for all. When selecting Key Frames, type the number you want, or move the slide to the desired digit.
The Make Model process corresponds with Fusion in Artec Studio. Here, you can fuse your scans and create your 3D model before proceeding to the next stage.
The final step in processing is to adjust your model. Here, you can work on texturing, mesh simplification, and removing any unnecessary noise to clean up your final model before you’re ready to share, export, or send it.
Your processed 3D models can be exported with your chosen level of granularity in OBJ, STL, PLY, or VRML, while high-resolution screenshots take the form of JPG, PNG, or WEBP.
Also powering up the Processing plan is manual editing. Here, you’ll have the ability to utilize the most essential tools from Artec Studio, which you can use at any stage of Processing.
Edit your data with the Eraser, Position, Transformation, Smoothen, and Mirror tools.
Remove unnecessary or unwanted data from your 3D scanning scene to create crisp, clean 3D models.
Reposition or center your objects as you require during your processing. The Position tool is useful for when you work with several objects, or need to center your objects within a coordinate system.
Within Artec Cloud, you are able to change the size of your scanned objects should you need them on the same scale as one another, or larger or smaller than they appear.
This tool is useful for when you need to smoothen scanning defects, which may at times occur when scanning tricky surfaces or hard-to-reach areas.
Particularly useful in reverse engineering, the Mirror tool lets you flip your scan data to create a mirrored version of the objects you have scanned.
The Artec battery pack has been designed to be lightweight yet powerful, providing up to 6 hours of continuous scanning time. Enjoy freedom from plugging into a mains power source and scan absolutely anywhere you like, even in the great outdoors.
The Artec battery pack comes in a faux leather case with a clip-on attachment that can be used to attach the battery pack to a belt or other clothing, allowing the user to concentrate on the scanning task.
Artec Turntable is a smart rotating platform that’s fully-automated and integrated with Artec Studio software. Powered by Bluetooth for out-of-the-box 3D scanning, Artec Turntable is the perfect companion for the ultra-resolution handheld 3D scanner Artec Space Spider.
Its synchronized rotation system with auto-tracking recovery is designed to enable beautiful, full-coverage 3D scans of your small objects quickly and easily. If tracking is lost anytime during scanning, the platform simply pauses and turns back about 15 degrees, continuing once tracking has been regained. This way, you’re ensured flawless digital captures every time!
Up to 0.05 mm + 0.3 mm/m (Up to 0.002 in + .0036 in/ft)
Hybrid Geometry and Texture Tracking
Data Processing Algorithms
Geometry and texture based
0.2 - 0.3 m (0.6 - 1 ft)
Volume Capture Zone
2,000 cm³ (122 in³)
Linear Field of View, H × W @ Closest Range
90 × 70 mm (3.5 × 2.8 in)
Linear Field of View, H × W @ Furthest Range
180 × 140 mm (7 × 5.5 in)
Angular Field of View, H × W
30 × 21°
Ability to Capture Texture
3D Reconstruction Rate for Real Time Fusion
Up to 7.5 fps
3D Reconstruction Rate for Video Recording
Up to 7.5 fps
Data Acquisition Speed
1 mln points/s
3D Exposure Time
2D Exposure Time
3D Light Source
2D Light Source
White 6 LED array
Display / Touchscreen
USB streaming through external computer
On external computer
1 × USB 2.0, USB 3.0 compatible
Windows 7, 8, 10, or 11 x64
Recommended Computer Requirements
Intel Core i7 or i9, 32 GB RAM, GPU with 2 GB VRAM
Minimum Computer Requirements
Intel Core i5, i7 or i9, 18 GB RAM, GPU with 2 GB VRAM
OBJ, PLY, WRL, STL, AOP, ASC, PTX, E57, XYZRGB
STEP, IGES, X_T
CSV, DXF, XML
Power Source and Dimensions
AC power or external battery pack
Dimensions, H x D x W
190 × 140 × 130 mm (7.5 × 5.5 × 5.1 in)
0.8 kg / 1.8 lb
Got a Question About the Artec Space Spider?
No. Space Spider requires neither targets nor calibration to get started. The scanner uses powerful hybrid geometry and texture tracking to capture the objects in 3D, even those with limited features. Space Spider collects two sets of data by which to track and to perform processing and this results in much easier, faster, and smoother 3D scanning, as well as faster data processing in comparison to scanners that require targets for scanning.
We do recommend recalibrating your Space Spider every once in a while. For more information on when and in what cases recalibration is needed, check out the Artec Support Center.
Artec Space Spider was originally developed for the International Space Station. That is why it’s called a Space Spider. Its predecessor, Artec Spider, didn’t have an active cooling system onboard. The heat generated by the scanner didn’t disperse fast enough in zero gravity, causing the scanner to overheat immediately (to stop working). For this reason, we developed an internal thermoregulation system that allows faster heat dispersion and better ventilation, thereby preventing the scanner from overheating. This allows the scanner to reach maximum accuracy in just a few minutes, and ensures long-term repeatability in data capture, since the accuracy rate of the scanner will not be not affected by fluctuations in environmental conditions.
Yes. The Space Spider creates 3D models of physical objects with a 0.05 mm accuracy and a 0.1 mm resolution, making it a perfect tool for CAD software users. For example, it can be used to reverse engineer industrial parts in order to replicate items that are no longer in production, or for rapid prototyping where modified or improved versions of any part can be created. Scanning with Space Spider is super fast and doesn’t require targets to be placed on top of an object for stable tracking.
The models scanned with Space Spider can be exported into any CAD software from Artec Studio. Learn more about scan-to-CAD functionality here.
Artec Studio 17
The power is in the software
Create professional 3D models with the most comprehensive software for 3D scanning and data processing on the market today.
Enjoy a wide range of innovative features, including the cutting-edge Autopilot mode that expertly guides you through the whole post-processing pipeline, automatically choosing the best algorithms for your data, so you can watch your high precision model being put together before your eyes.You can also take full control of your results with the wide variety of advanced features available.
Updated yearly with new and exciting features
The possibilities of what you can do with your scanner are constantly growing with annual updates to Artec Studio. You’re essentially upgrading to a new scanner every year, with game-changers such as slashing processing time and doubling the resolution of your Eva or Leo scanner with HD Mode.
Scan-to-CAD for reverse engineering
The right features can make scan-to-CAD for reverse engineering a breeze, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Artec Studio. Expect high-speed alignment, primitives fitting, and advanced plane functionality for quick and excellent results. Export your scans and CAD objects to SOLIDWORKS in just one click.
As a rule of metrology, even when your scan is an impeccable digital twin of a part or object, if it isn’t properly aligned with its corresponding CAD reference model, any variances that show up can be unreliable due to misalignment.
With Datum alignment, all it takes is a few clicks to fully align your meshes and CAD models using key geometric features.
Enhanced targets support for metrology
Gain better manual control over reference objects for data registration such as circular targets, spheres, or checkerboards, if your scanning workflow requires it.
See them in 3D as part of your workspace, choose spheres or circular targets for registration, measure the distance between them, identify which are out of place or missing, and exclude them from registration. In addition, you can now import and choose multiple reference target clouds into the workspace.
Convert complex organic shapes into solid CAD models in one click with the new Auto Surface feature. Facilitate reverse engineering of complex geometries and create referential CAD surfaces for in-depth RE workflows in third-party CAD software.
Modify your models with CAD entities and meshes, using industry-standard boolean operations: Union, Subtract, and Intersect. Build molds, create complex shapes, fine-tune meshes to match the design intent, and more.
Independent CAD shapes
Easily create, resize, and reposition primitive solid shapes into any part of your mesh, with no need to specify the required area for fitting. Just select the primitive you want to add, including the new cube shape (box), and that’s it.
Artec Studio now keeps a history of the conditions and relations specified for each primitive, so you can save, edit, and refit them anytime – even outside the Construct panel. In addition, it allows you to base new constraints on the ones you imposed in previous sessions.
Mesh splitting for 3D printing
For AM professionals, preparing meshes for 3D printing is easier than ever thanks to the new Split by plane feature. This allows you to quickly and precisely break your mesh into manageable chunks, using a pre-fitted plane.
Improved Segment Brush
You can now change the size of the selected region dynamically with the Segmentation sensitivity slider. Simply mark the area you’d like to construct the CAD primitive in, and adjust the degree of expansion area with the slider.
Erase via Object selection
Your mesh editing process is now even faster thanks to the new Eraser selection mode “Object selection.” Instantly remove any unwanted elements from the scene by simply selecting separate parts of the mesh and removing them.
New Hole Filling tool
An updated Hole Filling algorithm lets you create smooth patches over any missing areas on a model. You can now choose between Flat and Smooth types of hole filling to restore the missing surfaces more precisely.
Perfect your 3D model texture for CGI
Working with photos is now even better thanks to improvements in our photo-texturing algorithm. You can now easily preview photos taken for the texture via the new photo-viewing mode and see how they fit into the texture.
Register photos in Artec Studio
Remove photos with any defects, overexposure, or ones that are poorly lit or taken at a suboptimal angle and see how they impact your final texture. With the new algorithm, images are sorted into groups: by size, camera type, or focal distance, allowing you to register them separately, and use all of them for texturing.
Artec Studio 17 Features
3D scan black, shiny, or fine areas
Artec Studio analyzes the surface of your object and automatically adjusts the sensitivity of your scanner to pick up areas that are tricky for 3D scanning. As a result, even new users can digitize black, shiny objects, or hair with ease.
Speed up your workflow by performing reverse engineering operations right in Artec Studio. A full range of primitives including freeform fitting, will have you zooming along from fitting to constraining to CAD export.
Integration with SOLIDWORKS
With such an easy shift to SOLIDWORKS, your process is more streamlined than ever. In Artec Studio 16, you're never more than one click away from export to SOLIDWORKS.
Photogrammetry + scan data
Scan data and photogrammetry can now be combined in Artec Studio, making it possible to create accurate, high-res, and picture-perfect 3D models ready for use in CGI, VR/AR, and animation.
For a faster, more streamlined workflow, import STEP, IGES, or X_T CAD files and align your scan mesh to a CAD model without having to leave Artec Studio.
Control X integration
Create customized reports with Artec Studio by selecting the object or objects you need to inspect while Control X runs in the background. The reports most essential to your work will be generated for you.
Export your data in a wide range of formats.
Mesh: OBJ, PLY, WRL, STL, AOP, ASC, Disney PTEX, E57, XYZRGB
Point cloud (Artec Ray only): PTX, BTX, XYZ
Measurements: CSV, DXF, XML
CAD primitives: STEP, IGES, X_T
Available in 15 languages
Artec Studio is available and fully functional in 15 different languages: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
Expedite Your Entire Workflow
1.5x faster HD data reconstruction with Leo
Getting HD data for the Leo scanner is now 1.5x faster thanks to the latest update of our proprietary algorithm letting you get the necessary 3D data much quicker and focus on the design, engineering, inspection, and other tasks that matter.
Optimize reconstruction speed for your GPU
This new add-on allows you to test your computer’s graphic card and fine-tune HD Mode settings so they best fit your particular specs. Expect much faster reconstruction of HD data from your Leo or Eva than using default settings.
Exclude faulty frames from Fusion
In our updated scan processing algorithm, any incorrectly registered frames can be excluded from processing. Avoid unwanted objects and artifacts on a model, and save time on further post-processing and mesh editing.
10% faster, 30% less memory-intensive processing
Thanks to our recent Fusion algorithm update, your processing workflow is now 10% faster and requires 30% less computer RAM.
Upload meshes to Artec Cloud
Directly upload to Artec Cloud and easily share meshes (with a direct shareable link) created in Artec Studio with anyone – no AC account required. All of this can be achieved without leaving the project or switching between the two applications.
Quickly restore unsaved projects
If, for any reason, your Artec Studio project crashes, there’s no need to worry. The software will suggest that you restore it upon the next start, even if you have unsaved changes. No data gets lost!
Customize your workspace
Set up your personal Artec Studio workspace by arranging panels in a layout that works best for you. All panels can now be detached from the main window, so you can simply click and drag to any part of the workspace.
Upload multiple Artec Leo projects at once
Working with more than one Leo project? You can now import several projects scanned with Artec Leo into Artec Studio, so you can easily work and switch between them in your workspace.
Articles and Case Studies
Preserving and recreating an Illinois library’s 19th-century brass shelf brackets with Artec Space Spider