1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 8, 2016 12:37 PM by Michael Lawrence

    How to convert Solidworks model to a Point Cloud

    Ciaran Stewart

      I would like to export a solid Solidworks model's external surface area into a series of numerous x,y,z points for use in another application. Does anyone know of any way to do this? Or perhaps how to convert the model's surface area into a mesh. Thank you in advance.

        • Re: How to convert Solidworks model to a Point Cloud
          Michael Lawrence

          Hi Ciaran,


          To create a point cloud from a SolidWorks file, first remove any unnecessary solid bodies or surfaces.

          Then save as an IGES file. Change the extension of this file to .txt which can then be opened in Excel.

          Open the SolidWorks file and select a point for its coordinates, this can then be searched in the excel file using CTRL+F. This should take you to one cell which will be surrounded by values and 3 columns you X,Y,Z coordinates for your point cloud.