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Artec Space Spider 3D-Scanner Product Review

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The Artec Space Spider is a handheld 3D scanner. The cameras on the front look like spider eyes— hence the name “Spider”. The 3D scanner is very light and works with blue-structured light. It was developed primarily for 3D scanning smaller objects of between 5 and 30 cm. The manufacturer states the accuracy of the 3D scanner to be within 0.1mm-0.05 mm. Currently, the Artec Space Spider lists for about 20,000 Euro (23,626 USD).
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Swann Rack is explaining the features of the Artec Space Spider
Swann Rack / Holocreators Swann Rack is testing the Artec Space Spider

A Closer Look at the Artec Space Spider

On the front right of the Artec Space Spider is the projector. It projects a blue-structured light
pattern onto the object to be scanned. The surface of the object curves this projected pattern .
Three cameras capture the curvature and distortion of the pattern and calculate the geometry of the
object. The color camera is installed in the center. Therefore, the light-emitting diodes are arranged
in a circle. During the scanning process, the camera records the color texture.

Optics on the front side of Artec Space Spider 3D scanner
Swann Rack / Holocreators Clearly visible: The different optics on the front side of the Artec Space Spider

The 3D scanner must be connected to a power supply and a laptop during the scanning process. This
is done with two cables: one for power and one for the data transfer. There is also a rechargeable
battery, which makes the power cable redundant. The battery lasts for about three scans.

Deviation analysis comparing the ring gauge 3D scan and the original CAD model
Swann Rack / Holocreators Power cable and data cable of the Artec Space Spider

On the backside of the Artec Space Spider is a button—push forward for 3D scanning and backward
to stop the scan. The Space Spider has the weight and feel of a clothes iron. During the scanning
process, the Space Spider must be connected to a PC or laptop. It works with the software “Artec
Studio”. During the scanning process, you can see real-time capturing on the screen—so if there are
any errors, you can quickly correct and re-capture erroneous areas.

Possible Source Errors During 3D Scanning

When 3D scanning with the Artec Space Spider, 20 cm from the object is ideal. The software “Artec
Studio” displays the optimal distance on the connected laptop. The Space Spider has a measuring
field of view of about 10 cm. This means that for larger objects, the software combines several
partial scans in real-time. The 3D scanner does this by orientating itself on the previously scanned
section while you move around the object. With objects larger than 30 cm, this can lead to errors
because the software has problems combining images correctly.

3D-scanning live-view inside the Artec Studio software
Swann Rack / Holocreators Artec Studio Software shows the ideal distance for 3D scanning

Negative example: We wanted to record a motorcycle tank with the Artec Space Spider for a
customer. The tank totaled 60 cm in length. While we moved around the tank to 3D scan it, the
errors added up, resulting in an inaccurate 3D scan.

3D-scanning a ring gauge using the Artec Space Spider
Swann Rack / Holocreators The Artec Space Spider in use

The Advantages of the Artec Space Spider

One big advantage of the Space Spider is its light weight and mobility. It is stored in a transport box
and is ready for use at the customer’s site in 2 minutes—after warming up. Unlike other 3D
scanners, it does not have to be recalibrated after each use, but for an accurate 3D scan, it is

Calibration procedure of the Artec Space Spider
Swann Rack / Holocreators Calibration of the Artec Space Spider

Additionally, the 3D scanner has different software settings with which the density of the point cloud
generated during 3D scanning can be modified. The denser the point cloud, the more accurate the
3D scan.

Ring gauge 3D scan inside Artec studio software
Swann Rack / Holocreators 3D Scan of a ring gauge, created with the Artec Space Spider

Besides the 3D model, the Artec Space Spider also creates color texture—either as a 4k or 8k
textured map. However, the color quality is not as good as a fine photogrammetric 3D Scan.

The Accuracy of the Artec Space Spider

To test the accuracy, we 3D scanned a ring gauge for a micrometer. This ring gauge has a calibrated
inner diameter of 90 mm. We then compared the 3D scan with a CAD model of the ring gauge. This
deviation analysis (nominal actual comparison) resulted in the Artec Space Spider 3D scanner
providing accuracy within about +-0.05mm.

3D Project Files Available for Download

We have prepared the original 3D scan, the CAD model and the deviation analysis for you to

Power cable and data cable on the backside of the Artec Space Spider
Swann Rack / Holocreators Deviation analysis with a nominal actual comparison report of the 3D Scan and CAD


The Artec Space Spider has a good price/performance ratio. It is mobile and light and is a good entrylevel scanner for professionals. We use it to 3D scan for customers with smaller budgets who need
to balance cost and accuracy.

Do you need a 3D scan made with the Artec Space spider?

Holocreators offers professional 3D-scanning and reverse engineering services. If you need a 3D scan
made with the Artec Space Spider or would like help with any other 3D scanning project, we can help
you. Just give us a call at +49 40 481133 or send us an email:

Swann has been enthusiastic about everything 3D for many years. His roots lie in analog holography, which brought him to digital 3D-modeling in 2011.

The rapid progress of various 3D-scanning techniques fascinated himso much thathe founded Holocreators together with his brother Miro Rack in 2015.

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