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How would I go from a point cloud file (.rcp) format to a usable model in Solidworks?

Question asked by Eric Sirk on Feb 26, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 26, 2018 by Jim Sculley

My employer makes large pressure vessels and we are wanting to buy a 3d scanner so we can measure the vessels and see how accurate they are. We want a model so we can use our robotic plasma torch to cut holes for nozzles more accurately.


Does anyone know a way of importing point clouds into Solidworks? ScanTo3D doesn't work as this is a huge point cloud. I have also tried Geomagic for Solidworks, and wasn't satisfied with their pricing for the quality it gave..

I understand that .rcp is an Autodesk specific file type, so converting it to Solidworks is going to be a pain, but something tells me that someone has figured out how to convert it. I tried contacting my vendor for support and didn't have much luck with them either.


I have attached the point cloud I am trying to convert.