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Basic specs Price: $ 25,800
Model Leo
Manufacturer Artec 3D (see all products)
Category Handheld
Topic Handheld 3D scanners (see all articles)
Technology Structured light
Output formats AOP, ASC, E57, OBJ, PLY, PTX, STL, WRL, XYZRGB, BTX
Max. resolution 0.5 mm
Release date 2017
Country Luxembourg

Artec 3D Leo review

The Artec Leo is a professional portable 3D scanner made by Artec, a manufacturer based in Luxembourg.

Artec Leo structured light technology

The Leo uses structured light technology to 3D scan a wide variety of subjects and their textures (colors): objects, mechanical parts, people, vehicles and environments.

A specific pattern of light is cast upon the surface to 3D scan. The deformation of the pattern is then analyzed and the properties of the 3D surface is registered.

Leo main features

The Artec Leo relies on VCSEL light source. VCSEL (Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) technology is a type of semiconductor laser diode with laser beam emission perpendicular from the top surface.

This makes the Leo capable of operating under a wide variety of lighting conditions. Moreover, with the 3D HDR technique developped by Artec, the Leo can even capture black and glossy objects or parts.

Another one of the Leo’s key features is its embedded IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) with 9 Degrees of Freedom, including an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a compass. With this equipment the Artec Leo doesn’t require additional markers (trackers). Instead, it relies on a mix of texture and geometry tracking.

A portable 3D scanner

This 3D scanner is optimized for portable wireless 3D scanning. The Artec Leo is equipped with an NVIDIA Jetson mobile platform (including a FPGA, a quad-core CPU, plus a 1 teraflops GPU processor). It includes a built-in-battery.

With the Leo there is no need to connect the 3D scanner to a laptop or tablet while 3D scanning, a true advantage compared to less portable solutions.

To make the scanning process easier, the Leo performs onboard Real Time Fusion. This means that it displays the 3D scanning data on its large HD touch screen. Therefore, it is now more intuitive for the operator to stay on track.

Artec Leo vs Artec Eva

Compared to the Artec Eva, the Leo is:

  • is 5 times faster (80 frames per second vs 16 frames per second)
  • and its data acquisition speed is twice as fast (up to 4 million points per second).

The texture resolution has also been dramatically improved, with 2.3 MP capabilities compared to the Eva’s 1.3 MP.

Another great upgrade is the Artec Leo’s large field of view, which is 6 times larger compared to the Eva. Indeed, its capture zone is 173,000 cm3 (approximately a whole bathtub), enough to capture large objects in a few steps.

Its ultra fast exposure time (between 0.0001 and 0.0002 seconds) offers less sensibility to environment variations.

The Leo is a great fit for engineers working on large pieces, architecture, aerospace applications as well as criminal investigation.

Artec Leo price

This professional handheld 3D scanner is available at the manufacturer price of $25,800. Please contact us for more information.

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Model Leo
Manufacturer Artec 3D
Price $ 25,800
Release date 2017
Country Luxembourg
Status Available
Category Handheld
Technology Structured light
Output formats AOP, ASC, E57, OBJ, PLY, PTX, STL, WRL, XYZRGB, BTX
OS compatibility Microsoft Windows


Max. resolution 0.5 mm
Max. accuracy 0.1 mm
Acquisition speed 4000000 points/s
Camera resolution 2.3 MP MP
Working range 0.35 – 1.2 m
Scanning area (near) 246 × 153 mm
Scanning area (far) 843 × 527 mm


Dimensions 227 × 163 × 228 mm
Weight 2.6 kg
Power input 12V 48W


Texture/Colors Yes
Wireless Yes
Rotating table
Robotic arm
3D printers
Built-in screen Yes


Wifi Yes
SD card Yes
Ethernet Yes
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