More and more people are incorporating scans into their designs. Autodesk® ReCapTM software makes working with 3D laser scans a breeze!
Use Autodesk ReCap to convert scan file data from a variety of popular formats to a high-speed point cloud that can be viewed and edited in AutoCAD and other products (including Autodesk® Revit® and Autodesk® Inventor® software).
NOTE Autodesk ReCap is a separate application that is installed with AutoCAD 2016 (by default).
Access Autodesk Recap or attach a ReCap point cloud (RCP and RCS) from the Insert tab on the ribbon.
Use the Attach Point Cloud dialog to select the file, scale, insertion point, and rotation angle (and to display valuable data about your point cloud).
The contextual ribbon will switch to a Point Cloud tab when a point cloud is selected.
Now you can increase the point size to visually fill in gaps. Use the Level of Detail slider to set the density for all point clouds.
TIP Use Options --> 3D Modeling tab to control the maximum points displayed on the screen for your point clouds. AutoCAD 2016 supports up to 25 million points!
A new Section Plane drop-down has been added to the ribbon.
NOTE The initial size and position of a section object is based on the extents of the visible 3D objects in the drawing.
Use the new Extract Section Lines tool to generate section lines from a point cloud (when live sectioning is on).
TIP Use the Preview result option to make sure you get the desired results (Create can take some time, depending on the number of points analyzed!).
Point clouds now support transparency (making it easier to see your geometry).
The handy to use Dynamic UCS tool now works on point clouds! Just make sure Dynamic UCS is turned on and all the point cloud object snaps are turned off. Pass your cursor over a point cloud face and begin drawing!
NOTE The point cloud must include segmentation data (indicated in the Properties Palette).
Point Cloud Object Snaps
Control the point cloud object snaps from the 3D Object Snap tab of Drafting Settings. New osnap modes include Intersection, Edge, Corner, Perpendicular to Edge, and Centerline!
TIP Be sure 3D Object Snap is displayed on the Status bar for easy access to the point cloud object snaps.
Use the Intersection object snap to snap to the apparent intersection of two lines of a sectioned point cloud.
Edge snaps to the edge of two intersecting planes.
Corner snaps to the corner of three intersecting planes.
Use Perpendicular to edge to draw perpendicular to the edge of two intersecting planes.
Use Centerline to snap to the centerline of a cylindrical shape.
Point Cloud Cropping
Use the Cropping panel (rectangular, polygonal, or circular) to clip your point clouds. You can continue to crop your point cloud by changing the view.
Now you can save and restore named cropping states.
Cropping states maintain the boundary as well as the visibility of scans and regions.
TIP Use command POINTCLOUDCROPSTATE to list and delete crop states.
Point Cloud Manager
Use the Point Cloud Manager to work with multiple point clouds. New to AutoCAD 2016: On/Off buttons for scans and regions are always displayed—names are truncated if needed (but displayed in the tooltip).
TIP Double-click on a point cloud to view the model from its scan position.
Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and worldwide Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users each year. For the past 23 years she has written a column in Cadalyst magazine called “Circles and Lines” and is the voice behind Cadalyst’s “Tips and Tricks Tuesdays.” Lynn started using AutoCAD software with Release 1.4, over 25 years ago, and got her start by teaching at the corporate and collegiate level for 12 years. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn has served as the Autodesk University host for more than 10 years and is always one of the highest-rated speakers. Her latest book is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.
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