Apr 13 2006, 03:49 PM
Is anyone effectively dealing with Point Cloud Data and if so what is the software and/or processes you are using?
Any feedback is appreciated.
Apr 14 2006, 08:20 AM
Im pretty sure Rhino can import point clouds.
Point clouds are easy to create but not very smooth to work with.
The best is if the scanner can produce some kind of surfaces instead, like nurbs.
Apr 14 2006, 09:19 AM
Yes Rhino does accept point cloud data but I trying to see if there are othere methods. I like your idea of the scanning approach.
Apr 14 2006, 10:49 AM
Tom / Robert
You have to be very sure what you are doing with point cloud data. There are several format. The original, true format for point cloud data related to data ordered in strips ie the x and z values would change, but y would be a constant. This meant that it was easy to get the data into any surface based cad system.
However, ith the advances in structured light scanning then the points were not ordered in the same way. If this is the case then you would be best to use something like Rainbow Geomagic. If it is the former then you could get it into IronCAD fairly easily.
The thing you have to remeber when doing any reverse engineering is that most forms are the confluence of other forms. I built a scanner based on a Renishaw system - and collect stripes of data. This way I can rebuild the part using primitive shapes and blend where necessary.
The NURBS based Rev Eng systems have their place, however, they are usually best for replication - and not doing what we have had to do lots of - get a sculptured object, make it mouldable and then add all the engineering features into them. Nurbs rebuilt data + solid modelling systems = pain cubed.
We have been in this area since '86 so have the scars to prove it.
If you are just playing at it, get rhino and a microscribe.
Apr 14 2006, 11:13 AM
We did this at Lund:
Minolta laser scanner or Faro Arm for generating point clouds of auto exteriors
Raindrop Geomagic to create rough NURB surface models from the Point Cloud data
Mech Desktop, Catia, Imageware or IronCAD to recreate the surfaces using the Geomagic surfaces as a template.
After that the parts produced using fit to the auto fairly well with a few prototypes.
Apr 14 2006, 12:47 PM
point cloud into wildfire..
using it from both scan cameras and excell data from the civil engineers..
wouldn't want those neutrons to go through my office!!!
using pro is the first mistake.. maybe they will ?
Apr 17 2006, 08:15 AM
Apr 17 2006, 09:31 AM
Your right - it does - and about time somebody hit this end of the market.
The one thing to look at though in this field - is what is being accomplished. If you look at their demo piece and a few of their examples - the thing the designer wants to do is to take profiles, contours and silhouettes -which with this thing you need the cad system for. Tom, before you rush out and buy one - check how the scan data is represented in the Cad system - polygon mesh = lots of pain!
Apr 17 2006, 02:37 PM
Not to mention .. the price of that farro arm we just got.. HA..
Apr 17 2006, 03:13 PM
QUOTE(IronKevin @ Apr 17 2006, 08:15 AM)
But can't get to site, it keeps crashing my system.
Apr 17 2006, 03:58 PM
Interesting, it does use Flash right away but I was able to open it in IE, Opera and Firefox on 2 different computers.
Apr 18 2006, 09:13 AM
OK, now it works, don;t ask me why. Thanks
Apr 18 2006, 06:05 PM
I use a Konica/Minolta Vivid 910 scanner and Raindrop Geomagic Studio software for data capture. It works fantastic.
By the way Kevin, did you work for Lund in Minnesota? Just wondering, as I am from International Falls.
Apr 20 2006, 09:43 AM
OK, heres what I got to work with. my client uses a Centroid CNC with a digitizing option on it to get the point cloud data.http://www.centroidcnc.com/digitizing.htm
Anyone else have experieince with this machine?
Centroid is relatively new, they are basically the team leftover from Bridgeport (after closing) that have gone on their own. I saw this machine in action it it seems to be cutting edge and very well developed.
Any inut is welcomed.
Apr 26 2006, 04:59 PM
Does anyone have any point cloud files ( .txt, etc) that they can supply for testing. thanks
May 7 2012, 10:48 AM
I used a program called AccuTrans3D to import an ascii file with XYZ point cloud data and convert it to a 3d studio (3ds) file.
The problem I run into is that Ironcad runs extremely slow using anything above 100 x 90 pixels while the AccuTrans3D program shows no slowing down at all.
I have every render option disabled, but no luck with it.
I attached the xyz cloud point data and 3ds files for a 344 x 300 pixel case and a rendering of the 50 x 50 pixel case.
May 7 2012, 11:21 AM
try to convert .3ds to .obj It will work better that way
May 7 2012, 11:23 AM
I'm getting great graphics performance using Stone_wall_test344x300.3ds and these rendering settings in V2012PU1 on Windows 7, 64-bit and a Nvidia Quadro 2000 graphics card:
May 7 2012, 12:22 PM
Thank you Dprodanic and IronKevin
Looks like my biggest hurdle is getting Dirextx to run. Right now I'm running OpenGL as anything else hangs.
I'll also make sure to update to PU1.
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