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Rotating platforms and turntables

This article contains helpful information for using a rotating platform or a turntable in conjunction with your Artec3D scanner



Typical use cases

Rotating platforms or turntables can be used for (but are not limited to) the following scenarios:

  1. Scanning small objects with the Artec Spider, including thin objects or objects with repetitive geometry. In this case, a texture pattern on a rotating platform/turntable can additionally be used during the post-processing
  2. Robotic 3D-scanning: a scanner is mounted on a robotic arm and captures an object rotating on a platform
  3. Automated 3D-scanning of rigid objects: manikins, shoe molds, etc
  4. Scanning with an Artec Eva in a limited amount of space, when there is no possibility to make a 360-degree circle around a scanned object/person while capturing:setup_eva.jpg



Additional pattern for tracking / post-processing

If you're aiming to add a texture pattern to your turntable; use a high-contrast, texture-rich background, i.e. printed text or crosses (X marks).

Our in-house Artec pattern is pictured below


and here it is, applied to a turntable:



We also suggest watching this webinar by our Gold Partner Laser Design.
At 25:35, they talk about X-marks applied on a mat: this is helpful both for the tracking as well as for checking the scan results.



Artec turntable

In terms of turntables, the Artec Turntable is the easiest-to-use and most professional solution available on the market.

Fully-automated and integrated with the Artec Studio software via a Bluetooth connection,
it is equipped with auto-tracking recovery. If tracking is lost anytime during scanning, the platform simply pauses and turns back about 15 degrees, continuing once tracking has been regained. 




Other examples

Below is a list of other turntables for your reference. Most of them were recommended to us by our customers.

1. Pre-motion turntables:



2. ARQSPIN motorized turntables:



3. Orange Monkey, Foldio 360:



4. RODEON JumboDrive:



5. PhotoPizza DIY 360:!360_product_photography_turntable



6. Kopykake Variable Speed Karousel Turntable:



7. Mains powered display turntable:



8. Lazy Susan turntable:


Greenco Bamboo:



9. A regular fitness disk:



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