Wilcox Associates, a Hexagon Metrology company, has developed the PC-DMIS Reshaper, a stand-alone 3D point-cloud processing program that can be used to collect or import large quantities of 3D point data for manipulation and processing for downstream processes, such as CAD modeling, CAM or rapid prototyping.
Designed to operate as a fully functional application either online or offline, the program collects data in real-time via a direct connection to a digitizing device, or offline via file import. Point clouds of virtually any file size or quantity can be cleaned, merged and edited from the user interface, then converted to a lightweight polygon mesh model. Point-and-click manipulation accomplishes transformations such as hole filling, deformation and smoothing.
A basic set of point cloud to CAD comparison dimensional inspection is also possible for users who wish to compare a physical object to its virtual CAD counterpart. A point cloud can be aligned to an IGES or STEP CAD model, with deviations from the model shown in a colored graphic format.
This software is suited for product development, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering, in addition to industries that create or use molds and dies, or produce parts with complex surfaces.