July 24, 2014

Point Cloud Engines

These stories explore the software used to manipulate the point clouds gathered by laser scanners. Collecting the data is only half the battle. The next step is utilizing a point cloud engine that will allow you to turn the point clouds into useful models, fly-throughs and fly-bys, animation, or whatever other kind of deliverable the asset owners are looking for.

Articles found: 130

New Geomagic software targets 3D scan-design-print workflow

3D Systems (3DS), the nation’s top 3D printer manufacturer, said Wednesday its Geomagic Solutions 2014 brand of printable CAD design, scanning and inspection software is now available for engineers, product designers, artists and manufacturers.

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Microsoft unit feeds digital aerial mapping demand in Japan

There’s a growing demand in Japan for aerial mapping services and 3D deliverables for infrastructure. And Microsoft’s UltraCam business, with its digital aerial mapping systems and point cloud workflow software, appears to be doing its part to fill the need.

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Esri User Conference shows how GIS is 'transforming our world'

The 2013 Esri International User Conference formally kicked off Monday morning at the San Diego Convention Center with over 12,000 geospatial professionals from over 130 countries in attendance.

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Meshing option slated for next 3ds Max plug-in upgrade

Clouds2Max, a plug-in that allows users to import multiple point clouds into Autodesk’s 3ds Max environment, has released a new version featuring a new spline creation tool and the ability to edit the point cloud by deleting points.

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Optech shows off new products at ILSC, ESRI UC

Optech Inc., a manufacturer of advanced lidar and camera survey instruments, recently wrapped up its third Imaging and Lidar Solutions Conference (ILSC 2013) in Toronto, where it showcased its most recent advances in lidar and camera data integration and automated processing workflows.

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3D machine vision maker debuts first products

Neptec Technologies Corp. launched its first products Wednesday with a range of obscurant-penetrating 3D laser scanners designed for robotics and machine automation applications in harsh environments and a software development tool kit (3DRi) that extracts real-time features of an object from a point cloud for users of next-generation 3D machine vision products.

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AVEVA debuts next-gen LFM Software laser products at SPAR International

AVEVA Group said Tuesday its LFM Software division is launching new laser scanning software products April 15-18 in Colorado Springs at the 10th annual SPAR International conference on end-to-end 3D: capture, process, deliver.

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Canada's top airborne lidar firm first to buy new Leica sensor

Canada's leading airborne lidar firm, North West Geomatics Ltd., is the first aerial mapping firm to purchase Leica Geosystems' new airborne digital sensor. Switzerland-based Leica, the world‘s leading manufacturer of 3D laser scanning solutions including digital airborne and LiDAR sensors for the geospatial marketplace, said the deal includes upgrading six of North West’s existing Leica ADS80 cameras to the new ADS100 model, which rolled out to the market last week. Leica is part of Sweden's Hexagon Group and maintains U.S. headquarters in Norcross, Ga.


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AEC industry gets new reality capture tools, BIM workflows in Autodesk's 2014 software

Autodesk, Inc. debuted its 2014 Design and Creation software portfolio with new reality capture software and services for architects, engineers and contractors to incorporate laser scans and digital photos into the 3D model design and engineering workflow more easily and affordably. 

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Autodesk buy of Allpoint is part of bigger things to come

At the company’s annual product update in March, “you can expect news around reality capture,” said Robert Shear, who took over leadership of Autodesk’s Reality Capture division roughly a month and a half ago.

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