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,
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.
SW Premium is required
Turn on Scan to3D in Add-ins
Then open your point cloud file
Start Mesh Prep Wizard
Oriet your point file around origin and planes
Cleanup mesh as required
Adjust resolution as required
Start Surface wizard
If your model is to far away from the origin it exceeds SW volume restriction
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.
Meshlab is free and almost a requirement for pre-processing scan data. One of the many filters and cleaning tools allows for reducing number of faces. I believe SW starts choking after 20,000. Regardless, you need a fairly decent system to handle the processing. Then to take it to surfacing then to a part is another animal entirely. Rapidform is what most folks use for that or try an online service. I remember seeing a couple that would do it pretty cheap. Netfabb could be of use as well... Will at Viridis 3d should be able to hook you up with a temp demo version. (Tell'm Feathers sent ya). Good luck.
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.
It is important to center drawing at origin to keep volume down
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 video on this page: