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Motion Analysis Animation with point cloud

Question asked by Adrian Taylor on Jul 24, 2013
Latest reply on Jul 26, 2013 by Jared Conway

Hey guys,


This is my first post so I appologise in advance if I've posted in the wrong area.


I've been assigned the task of creating an animation to be used in a promotional video (lucky me!). I won't get into the specifics of what the animation will be, but basically it involves CAD models of vehicles built in Solidworks moving about and interacting with each other.


Part of the video will involve the visualisation of data acquired by a 3D scanning LiDAR, i.e. a point cloud.


Can anyone think of a way to load and animate this data in Solidworks without using the scan to 3d functionality?


All I really need to do in terms of animation is to make it appear and dissapear, it doesn't need to interact physically with any models. Is there a way of saving point cloud data as a graphics object, i.e. VRML, STL etc, without building a mesh?


Thanks in advance for your help.