1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 18, 2015 1:54 PM by Chris Dordoni

    Solidworks 3D to scan or VX modeler

    chris buttenob

      I am looking to upgrade my SW license to 3D to scan or purchase VX modeler for generating parts for tooling/manufacturing. I understand there will be surface cleanup, modification and creation of new surfaces. The proto parts being scanned are very good in terms of surface finish and are scanned in Creaforms scanner - this is a plus to start with. In some cases, based on simple shaped parts, I can see the scanned geometry needing very little cleanup work before thickened. The manufacture process in all cases will be injection molding - thickened surfaces and A/B parts tooling.

      I have not used/trial use of either program to make my own judgments. Any input/suggestions would be helpful.  

      Thank you!

        • Re: Solidworks 3D to scan or VX modeler
          Chris Dordoni

          Hi Chris,


          I was hoping someone with direct experience with Scan to 3D would comment first. Unfortunately I don't have it in my license as I am on the Standard version. Based on what I have read here on the forum over the last several years, Scan to 3D has limited usefulness, so the return on investment might be better a different solution.


          I was curious about the VX modeler, so I watched the video. It appears it cannot generate a complete nurbs model, so you would need to trim or construct additional surfaces in SolidWorks. You might also look at Rhinoceros with the Mesh2Surface and RhinoResurf plugins.


          On the high end there is Rapid Form's Design X, which generates a fully native SolidWorks model (with the Feature Tree).


          Another thing to consider is the resolution on the Creaform scanners may not be sufficient for your application.