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Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion

Professional Outsourced Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion Services

One of the best ways to reverse engineer a part is to 3D scan it and turn it into a 3D CAD file. The only way to successfully do that is to create a point cloud in CAD and create a 3D model as a result. If you want more functionality in each 3D-scanned CAD file, then you need point cloud to native CAD conversions, like the services offered at CAD/CAM Services.

Our services can save you a lot of time and money in every reverse engineering project. We’ve completed projects across every major industry, and our team has over 100 engineers and drafters who are available to help.

Our professional outsourced point cloud to native CAD conversion services will save you time, eliminate potential headaches, and save you a ton of money.

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What Are Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion Services?

When you 3D scan a part, the 3D scanner generates a file that has millions of tiny dots floating in space. On its own, this isn’t very helpful. However, our engineers can transform these dots into a functional 3D CAD file through point cloud to native CAD conversions. 

When we say native CAD, it means that the CAD work is done in your CAD program of choice, instead of simply transferring to your CAD program after the fact. With native CAD conversions, each file has more details — we can include material properties, a model history, design trees that you can change, and much more.

Simply put, native CAD files are much more valuable for your engineers.

With point cloud to native CAD conversion services, our team will turn a 3D-scanned part into a functional CAD file in a matter of hours or days, instead of weeks. You’ll be left with a 3D CAD model that you can adjust, put into your assemblies, and share with stakeholders. Our services are high-quality and fast, meaning that you can get trustworthy results even sooner.

Why Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion Services Matters

Picking the wrong outsourced company for your point cloud to native CAD conversion project could be a big waste of time and money for you. A lot of companies try to cut corners and rush through projects through shortcuts that do nothing but hurt you. Oftentimes, they’ll use whatever CAD program they want to, then simply export the model into a generic CAD file that gets rid of all the helpful information that you need.

This might save their company time, but it will waste your time.

At CAD/CAM Services, we take a lot of pride in our point cloud conversions. We have access to every major CAD program on the market, so we will happily create native CAD conversions, filled with all the useful data your part needs.

The result? 3D CAD models that you can do more with.

Benefits of Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion Services from CAD/CAM Services

When you choose CAD/CAM Services to handle your reverse engineering project, you’re unlocking a lot of massive benefits: 

Native CAD conversions that give you more data.

As we mentioned, our native CAD conversions are filled with more data and useful information. You can do more with each file when you choose CAD/CAM Services.

Faster conversions and reverse engineering.

Our 3D scanning reverse engineering services are always fast, but it’s not because we cut corners. Our expensive equipment and talented staff will deliver great results in unbelievable turnaround times.

CAD Perfect® results, every time.

We are the only company in America that can offer CAD Perfect CAD Conversions®, and we take a lot of pride in that offering.

A team you can trust.

With over 100 engineers and drafters, we have a massive talent pool that you can choose from. Our team treats each project like it’s an in-house project, so you’ll get results that impress you and meet your needs.

Leverage our 35+ years of experience.

Our experience will speak for itself, and you’ll quickly see why so many Fortune 500 companies routinely choose CAD/CAM Services.

What Goes into Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion Services from CAD/CAM Services?

Our point cloud to native CAD conversion services vary from project to project. We keep our services flexible to make sure we can meet the unique needs and challenges of your project. However, most of our point cloud to CAD projects follow the same general outline:

It all starts with a consultation. This is your chance to tell us what you have and what you’re looking for. You might just have a part that you want to reverse engineer, and we can handle everything. Alternatively, you might have a point cloud that you generated, but you don’t know what the next steps are.

Wherever your starting point is, allow CAD/CAM Services to take you to the finish line. 

Our expert team will answer all of your questions and explain exactly what services we can offer that might help you. In some cases, you just need a simple conversion from a point cloud into your native CAD program of choice. Other times, you might need us to take a physical part and generate a 3D CAD model from it — in any of these cases, our team can help.

We generate native CAD files in 3D, we can make 2D manufacturing drawings, and we can put together entire 3D CAD assemblies. When we’re done, we’ll put each file through an internal quality check and peer review. 

Each file will be sent to you through a DoD-trusted site. Everything we generate is your property, and you don’t have to worry about intellectual property disputes down the line — plus, we happily sign any NDA to keep your information safe.

If you see anything you don’t like, simply let us know and we’ll fix the problem. We’ve built an impressive reputation in the outsourced engineering industry, and it wasn’t by accident — it’s because we always go the extra mile and we don’t stop until you’re happy with the results.

Our Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion Services Include:

2D and 3D CAD Models

Generating 2D Manufacturing Drawings

3D Scanning

Reverse Engineering

Point Cloud Generation

CAD Conversion

Engineering Simulations (like FEA), as Needed

And Much More (Including Custom Services)

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More About Point Cloud to Native CAD Conversion Services

On paper, the 3D scanning process seems straightforward: you point a scanner at a part, move it around, and then a 3D CAD model pops up on your screen. However, the process is much more intricate and detailed than you might think.

Picking the wrong outsourced company can waste a lot of your time. They will generate CAD models that are borderline useless, and then they’ll overcharge you for everything.

At CAD/CAM Services, we’ve created too many 3D scans to count. We have a deep understanding of this workflow, which means we can generate the best results in every CAD conversion.

Going from a point cloud to a finished 3D CAD model is much trickier than people realize, but our team makes it look easy. The best part? We value precision and accuracy, so you don’t have to worry about little mistakes in your final 3D CAD files. Allow our team to streamline your full reverse engineering process.

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We’ve created countless 3D-scanned CAD models during our 35+ years in business. Allow our team of over 100 engineers and drafters to turn your point clouds into breathtaking 3D CAD models with more data, better accuracy, and more impressive turnaround times. When you choose CAD/CAM Services, you’re signing up for CAD Perfect CAD Conversions®, no matter what.

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FAQ's

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”.

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.
General CAD Questions
How do I send a sample, in order to get a quote?

Fill out our quote form, attach your files, or simply send us an email. Tell everything about your project, like the model purpose.

For smaller files < 15 MB you can simply email them to us.  For something larger, just drop them in any number of drop boxes like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and others.  Or if you would like, just contact us for a private, hardened link.

It is fine to use most any time of compression such as  *.zip, *.rar, *.tar, *.7z, *.arc, *.LBR, and even *.iso images.

A direct email is [email protected]

We also use a hardened OwnCloud web file sharing platform for unlimited file transfers. We provide unique and very private Web Storage Portals, this also supports file syncing for extreme convenience for you. Because so much of our work is DOD or weapons design work, Security – and confidentiality is very important to us.

Will CAD / CAM Services Sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

Yes. NDAs are a common part of our business. All data is yours – not ours, and treated as proprietary data and not for public consumption or use. Probably 70% of our work is under NDA agreements. We can generally get these signed within the day.

What is the estimated delivery time?

It depends on the scope of work:

  • 2D drawings – small quantity, normally 48 hours.  We have several customers where they contract to us, keeping 4-8 drafters busy full time.
  • 3D models – complexity dependent, but smaller jobs in 2-3 days. Some models we have spent months on.  Again, we have several customers where they contract to us, keeping 6-10 3D CAD designers busy full time.

Simple jobs have a lead time of 48 hours. Larger projects are delivered and invoiced weekly.

Did you really own the trademark Cad Perfect™, Cad Perfect CAD Conversions™ and Cad / Cam Services™?

Yes, we did back in 2008. We started using Cad Perfect™ back in the early 1990s because all of our customers wanted only real Cad Perfect™ work. Back then the buzz words were terms like machine ready, or DXF Traceover and others.

The problem is, nobody wanted that. They all wanted drawings and models that they did not have to touch. Everybody wanted drawings just as if they hand redrew the work themselves.

Thus, Cad / Cam Services™ was the first company to start offering ONLY Cad Perfect™ work.

Do you support the PPD-21 Directive?

Yes we do, and have now for several years. In addition, we also support the industry specific plans as well.

CAD Conversion FAQs
What do you need to provide me with an accurate quote?

We need to know source CAD and target CAD software. Since large quantity orders can be discounted by us you can provide us with the number of parts you need to be converted.

If you tell us the desired purpose of the conversion we can offer you some conversion options. We can also convert your files into vendor-neutral file types (.STEP, .STL, etc,).

Please email us even cell phone photos, and the rough size of what you wish scanned and converted [email protected].

What do I get?

You get native Cad Perfect™ files with the full-featured model tree (where applicable, since some file types have no trees), and features can be fully parametric. It all depends on your goals.  We prefer to not translate any files. Our goal is to deliver to you a file that you do not have to touch. Our work is exactly as if you had reproduced that work in-house.

Which CAD file formats do you work with?

All the CAD file formats are listed on this page but bear in mind that we also work with exotic and legacy CAD systems.  After 31 years of providing CAD Services, we have run into almost any CAD file format.


Which CAD systems do you work with?

We support all the modern CAD systems including SolidWorks, Catia, Siemens NX, PTC Creo, Inventor, Revit, AutoCAD, and many others.

I have some weird CAD files from the previous century, can you help me?

Yes, absolutely. We can perform legacy CAD conversions.  Just send us some example files, and what CAD system we need to wind up in, and let us design the best solution for you.We have worked with old Computer Vision tapes, Anvil, and many other 1980’s systems.

Finite Element Analysis and Engineering Simulation FAQs
What is the purpose of FEA?

A Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a form of non-destructive testing (NDT) that shows how your part reacts to real-world loading events. A common example is running an FEA on a support bracket. The FEA will give results showing how much the bracket deflects, how much reactive force is seen, and the kind of internal stresses the bracket experiences.

FEA results will change dramatically based on the position and angle of the load, how much force is applied, the material properties of the part, and the design of the part itself.

An FEA is used to optimize a part before manufacturing begins. It allows you to find weak points within your part or assembly, and it will predict a failure before you physically make anything. This gives you an opportunity to fine-tune each part to optimize its size, strength, and cost before you start producing it.

What do you need to make an accurate simulation?

The more information we have, the more accurate the simulation results will be. It also depends on what type of simulation you want to run. For a simple FEA, we can run an accurate simulation with just a 3D CAD model and loading/force/pressure information that you want to simulate.

Don’t have a 3D model? Not a problem, our team can make one for you from scratch, and then run an FEA on it.

For a more detailed answer, a well-run FEA will need:

Material properties: What material is the part made out of? We can run different FEAs with different materials to help you pick the right one.

Loading conditions: The size, location, and type of load you want to simulate.

Bonding condition: How is the part held in place? Is it bolted, welded, or just sitting on a tabletop?

A 3D model

For other simulations: Please provide us with all thermal, dynamic, aero, and/or fluid flow information. Feel free to call us and we’ll walk you through what we need.