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Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion

Are You Struggling with Point Clouds?
Let’s Connect Your Dots

At CAD / CAM, we know that scanning and collating your point cloud is the easier part of the manufacturing process. Connecting the dots to accurately recreate a native 3D CAD model from your point cloud is where the hard work begins.

This is where our expertise in converting point clouds to CAD proves very useful to you.

So, if you have point cloud projects you are currently struggling to convert, help is just a click away!

You can contact us using our contact form and an experienced technician will be on hand to assist you with your conversion project. CAD / CAM engineers have the experience needed to assess your point cloud conversion needs and help you take the actions you sorely require.

We Can Help Your Point Cloud Projects Succeed

How We Can Help?

At CAD / CAM Services, our assistance in converting your point cloud data to CAD is always customized to meet your particular requirements. We also make use of state-of-the-art tools such as Elysium InfiPoints, SolidWorks Premium, and GeoMagic to ensure that every point counts during the conversion process.

Processing Large Data

We Can Process Large Amounts of Data

We understand the power and computer processing requirements that comes with processing large point cloud files and how it negatively affects your productivity. Therefore, we would like to take large projects off your hand and help you handle the conversion process in record time.

We make use of our supercomputers, processors and conversion software to speed up the reading and CAD conversion process more than 5 times the speed of the average Personal Computer.

Meeting Your Conversion Requirements

When converting point cloud files to native CAD, ensuring that your accuracy and tolerant requirements are met is important to executing a successful project. And in situations where large data sets need to be converted, the possibility of overlooking important data is high. Our team of professionals at CAD / CAM Services can help you eliminate these errors due to the high level of precision that comes with our point cloud conversion services.

Accuracy is of Utmost Importance to Us

Ensuring Accuracy

We can take your raw point cloud data files and convert it to the CAD format you require. Therefore, if you have no understanding or the time needed to clean-up your point cloud data, simply send the raw file and our experts will take it from there. Our engineers have the required experience to analyze and rebuild the hidden features that ensure the final CAD file is an accurate representation of your scanned object.

Your Manufacturing Standards Are Important

Integrating Manufacturing Standards

The end determines the means and CAD / CAM services takes into consideration the reason why you need your point cloud converted to a native CAD file.

Therefore, we will encourage you to let us know the expected end product so we can post-process the CAD file for you. During the post-processing stage, we can integrate the design standards, tole, ances and dimensions needed for diverse manufacturing technologies.

We Deliver Point Cloud Data for Reverse Engineering

Reverse Engineering

Consequently, we can also help you take on your reverse engineering projects from scratch using state of the art tools such as Artec and CT scanners. The tools we use depend on the size of your physical object and we would like you to know that no object is too large for our engineering team. We can deliver the point cloud files and CAD models to you according to your requirements. You can learn more about our reverse engineering services by contacting us.

The Industries We Serve

If you have concerns that your industry creates point cloud files that are too technical to outsource, we understand your concerns. And would like you to know that CAD / CAM engineers are equipped with the necessary tools and experience needed to analyze your project and convert accordingly. Our team of engineers has more than 30 years of experience in reverse engineering, engineering design, and CAD conversions. We have excellently provided our point cloud to CAD conversion services to businesses in these industries.

Our Team Can Help Your Industry
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Shipbuilding
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Construction
  • 3D printing
We Can Assist You With Your Point Cloud Conversion Project

Let Our Engineers Assist You

Through the years, we have provided our point cloud to CAD conversion services to a host of reputable clients and we want you to be one.  Please feel free to email us or call with any questions regarding your point cloud to CAD conversion projects.  Contact us today to kick-start a partnership

Some of the Tools We Use

Just Some of the Tools We Use

Our team of experienced engineers makes use of a collection of great software applications to read, convert and edit your point cloud files to CAD. We make use of the following software applications to convert your point cloud data to polygonal and dumb models according to your requests.

  • SolidWorks
  • AutoCAD
  • Revit
  • HIPP
  • Elysium InfiPoints
  • Unigraphics NX



3D Modeling FAQs

How do you bill 3D CAD services tasks?

Per hour. Hourly rate depends on what CAD software used and typically starts at $75 per hour.  In general, to make this process safer for you, we often provide you a fixed not to exceed the cost as well.  That way, you are protected from an open-ended PO. However, the reality is our fees are based on time. In addition, services in say Catia or NX are more expensive than say Solidworks. Or, simulation services are commonly done by real engineers.

What do you need to give me accurate pricing?

First of all, we need to know the target CAD system and whether you have an existing  template, or set of CAD standards for this project.

The main question is the overall complexity. As each part and assembly consists of different features and elements the best way is to provide us with an example.  Again, a picture is worth a thousand words.

If you already have a model and need us to improve it or update it in any way we need to know which dimensions and features are critical and which can be modified to achieve your desired result.  Even a before and after example works very well. We started with x, and got to this CAD file.

We can also offer you better options if you provide us with the purpose of your project (demonstration, 3D printing, FEA Simulation, CNC manufacturing, etc.).  This helps us better refine the task.

How do you check your models?

We create 2D drawings from our 3D models for QC purposes. We follow aerospace standards and deliver ±.005” accuracy models for all projects.  All of our QC is done by a different person than the designer. On Catia work, we often use Q-Checker for Airbus.

What is the minimum price for your 3D modeling services?

We have a minimum order fee $150.

3D Scanning FAQs

How much does scanning services cost?

It depends on the complexity of the scanned model and material properties. As, for example, it may be much more complicated to properly scan an object with a reflective surface, than a non-reflective surface. It also depends on three main factors:

  1. the physical size of your part
  2. the required scanning resolution
  3. if industrial CT or metallurgy scanning is needed

Simple quick cell phone photos are worth a thousand words to us. To know for sure you can request a quote. It is of course, free – and treated as if an NDA is already in place.

Some averages:

  • The typical 3D scan is somewhere around $200-400 per part.
  • Tomographic (CT) scanning is $600-900 per part.

Because so much of our business is Aerospace related, our scanning – and the completed CAD file HAS to be within ±.005” anywhere on that part, we never use consumer-grade scanners. The scanners we use start at $25,000 and go up to $700,000 (CT) per scanner.

At any given time, we have in excess of $ 5 million just in scanning hardware we use. In addition, a hidden factor of scanning on any system is the assembly and clean up of any scan. The rule of thumb is a 2-1 ratio. So even with our experienced scanning staff, if we spend one-hour scanning; we will then spend an additional two hours of clean up and assembly before our CAD group gets the Point Cloud file to simulate or reverse engineer.

What is the Point Cloud/Mesh/3D Scan?

A point cloud is thousands if not millions of data points located in space by X, Y, Z coordinates. Images of this nature are often captured with Faro Focus or Artec scanners that specialize in large-area scanning.  Most likely you obtain building and territory plans in this file format.

A polygon mesh is a set of triangles located in the same manner. These scans are obtained with Artec, Creaform, Enscan and other handheld scanners. Parts and reverse engineering device scans are usually polygon meshes.

What types of scanners do you use?
  • Faro Arm – Very good for most parts, fast and accurate
  • Turntable scanners – high accuracy, high detail, fast scanning. Great for smaller parts.
  • Portable handheld – may be favorable for some larger parts – if not a tripod-mounted scanner.
  • Long Range – these mount on a tripod, and are intended to scan buildings, plants, and other larger sized projects.
  • Industrial CT scanners – incredibly expensive, but they offer two main benefits – the ability to inside an object (think of a void in a solid object), and their accuracy.  At this level, we are often in the ±.001” – ±.002” range, and often used in metrology scanning.

Which scanner models do you use?
How accurate is 3D scanning?

The scanners we use are as accurate as the industry offers – from anybody at any cost. We use Faro and Artec 3D scanners, in addition to Faro CMM type arms, including the Surveyor tables. Depending on what scanner we use:

  • CT scanners – 4 to 400µm/voxel resolution
  • Artec Portable scanners high accuracy (0.03 – 0.05mm)
  • Artec Portable scanners high resolution (up to 0.15mm)
  • Our CyberGage 360 – generates highly precise full 360 degrees automated scan with accuracy NIST traceable to approximately 7 microns
  • The CyberGage 360 has a system repeatability of ±.005mm.
Do you support CT scanning?

Yes with both the DeskTom and EasyTom CT scanners.  They both support metrology grade Computed Tomography (CT) inspection.  This provides nondestructive, 3D Scanning of Internal and External Geometries.  We use the Volume Graphics VGStudio Max high-end industrial CT software for the demanding of CT applications.

Can your scanners find voids in materials?

Yes. This is one of CT scanners’ major points – to see into objects. This is the best solution for nondestructive quality control.

How good are your 3D CT scanners?
  • 4 to 400µm/voxel resolution
  • Full inspection of large size samples
  • Modular and micro-resolution capability
  • 6 motion axis

What is the minimum price for your scanning services?

For 3D scanning services our minimum order fee is $120.

Can you scan the internals of my parts?

Depending on the situation we can offer you dissecting your part for scanning purposes or use CT if applicable.

Reverse Engineering FAQs

What is the average price for Reverse Engineering?

It all depends on the part’s complexity, size and structure.

What do you guys need to provide me with accurate pricing?

We need to know whether you need your parts to be scanned by us. Or many times we can work with 3D scans provided by third-party companies.  The quality of the scan is everything in our business. Anyway, we strongly advise you to use us for both the scanning and the CAD conversion aspects.  That way, we can control the quality. Sometimes we receive poor quality scans which make it impossible to create truly Cad Perfect™ models for you.  By all means, send us a couple of even cell phone photos, and the rough size of the object.  Most of the time, this will provide us enough information to provide a real bid.

The price depends on the part complexity, size, as well as the target file parametres. We need to know whether you need full parametric models, and your desired accuracy. If you tell us the purpose of reverse-engineered models, we can often provide you with possible solutions. The target CAD software may change the price as well. This includes sophisticated Workstation add-on products such as Composites, Catia electrical wiring, mold design, and others.

What is the quality of reverse-engineered parts?

We can provide ±.005” aerospace quality for every model. CT scanned parts can have even higher precision up to ±.001”.