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How to import 3D PointCloud data to SolidWorks without making the software crash?

By Selcuk OZMUMCU on 20 Jan 23:35 5 answers 8960 views 2 comments

I tried to import a small 3D scan -point cloud- data from a friend, just to test SolidWorks' skills on Point cloud, but I couldn't even manage to open any file properly.
I read SolidWorks' documentation, and tried and tried again, but got nothing.
We tried several point cloud formats and again got nothing?
In the documentation, it is showing highly detailed cloud data being converted into 3d solid geometry, however, we couldn't even achieved it with tiny piece of data.

Is there a special procedure to follow.
And got suspicious about Solidworks skills on the issue.

Thanks in advance,

5 answers

  • Selcuk OZMUMCU
    Selcuk OZMUMCU over 2 years ago

    Hi Dave,
    Of course it was Premium version of SolidWorks. But whatever we tried to make SolidWorks kept crashing!
    On the other hand, I didn't know that software ( meshlab). Thanks for the advise.
    Regards,

  • Neomek
    Neomek over 2 years ago

    Based on our experience, SolidWorks has a hard time with large scan data. You will have no problem if the data is first reverse engineered into a CAD model using Rapidform XOR. Check out the reverse engineering video on this page:

    http://www.neomek.com/resources/videos/

  • Dave Feathers
    Dave Feathers almost 3 years ago

    Do you run the premium with scan to 3d?... NO?... then download the free "meshlab" software to transfer file formats and clean up scan data prior to solidworks. Good luck.

  • Selcuk OZMUMCU
    Selcuk OZMUMCU over 2 years ago

    Hi Cliff,
    Thank you for the step by step advise. I will try it again.
    My friend gave me tiny piece of a very big model, may be it exceeded the SW volume restriction as you said, may it was the problem.
    If I have the chance to test it again, I will let you know about it.
    Regards,

  • sidd
    sidd 11 months ago

    can i use .stl file for the same.
    if not then how do i convert it t point cloud file or .ibl
    basically I have .stl file taken from laser scanning so want it be converted to solid model in solidworks13 so I can assemble it.
    Plz reply ASAP.

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