Robotic arm scans motorsycle engine
with ARTEC SPIDER


“I chose Artec Spider because of the resolution. Spider sees the smallest details on a wooden surface and is therefore perfect for the job.”

Ben-Tommy Eriksen, Head of NorNet

Even though Artec handheld scanners were designed so as to fit well in the hand, they can be easily integrated into robotic systems as well. This can be seen in the featured video provided by a Nornet, a Norwegian 3D graphics, printing and carving company. They’ve recently invested in a Artec Spider scanner to digitize museum exhibits, such as woodcarvings and plaster figures, as well as car parts that are no longer available on the market. Then the 3D models of the scanned objects can be reproduced using a 3D printer or CNC machine.

To see if the Artec Spider measures up to their expectations, NorNet put the scanner to the test, mounting it to a robotic arm, Universal Robot 5 (UR5), which, according to NorNet, is quite easy to program and safe for people. For instance, if the robot hits something, it stops.

“I have many things to scan. The idea is to automate the scanning process,” says the head of NorNet, Ben-Tommy Eriksen. “I chose Artec Spider because of the resolution. Spider sees the smallest details on a wooden surface and is therefore perfect for the job.”

To practice automatic scanning, Eriksen used an old motorcycle engine, which has some very elaborate curves and holes. The engine was placed on a rotating platform and the Spider was fixed to the robotic arm to move around the scanned object. The robot fitted with the Artec Spider identified areas that needed to be re-scanned on the go to eliminate holes in the final model and simplify post-processing.

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