re: point cloud manipulation

From: James Hurley (
Date: Tue May 13 2003 - 18:10:07 EEST

I looked at Geomagic and Rapidform not too long ago. Geo has an easy
interface but Rapidform seems to have more functionality. When I was
fitting NURBS surfaces to the data, geomagic would only allow me to modify a
patch network they created, but rapidform let me make my own patch layout
using NURBS splines. You've got to know how to make a good layout in that
case, but it looks like rapidform has automatic surfacing too. They both
have all the poly mesh tools like smooth, alignment and hole filling. I
evaluated them for a friend and I told him to go with rapidform, especially
given its lower pricing.

James Hurley

Original Message:
From: John M. Irvin
Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 09:36:59 -0600
Subject: re: point cloud manipulation


Can you all pls give your opinions on the following software's used in
scanning and point cloud manipulation.

CopyCAD - Delcam
Rapid form

I would like to know how these software's have made it easier to get from
point cloud or ruff stl data to a finished model. Things like smoothing,
alignment of scans, and especially laying surfaces either automatic or
manually in design need situations. all input will be appreciated to make
our lives easier.


John Irvin
Neco Incorporated
3901 Nome Street, Unit 8
Denver, Colorado 80239
Ph 303 574 1077
Cell 303 668 1663

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