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Point Cloud for Rhino - Point file import plug-in for Rhino

Point Cloud for Rhino is a reverse engineering plug-in for Rhinoceros. This plug-in gives Rhino the ability to reconstruct the geometry of an object from a point cloud which describes it.

Point Cloud for Rhino can drape a surface over a point cloud or wrap a mesh around a point cloud. Draping a surface is similar to laying a piece of cloth over an object. The surface is deformed to take the shape of the object along the drape direction. A surface can be draped along one of the six orthogonal directions (top, bottom, front, back, right and left) or a custom user specified direction. Wrapping a mesh is similar to wrapping cloth all around an object to close it completely. Point Cloud for Rhino has the ability to wrap a mesh around a concave or a convex point cloud.

Point Cloud for Rhino is very easy to use. Once installed, it automatically loads itself into the Rhino environment. If automatic loading fails there are manual loading instructions in the ReadMe file. Once loaded it adds new commands to Rhino's existing commands and a new submenu called "PointCloud" to the Rhino menu containing these newly added commands.


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System Requirements

Below is the hardware, software and operating system requirements for Rhino plug-ins running on the Microsoft Windows platform. 

  • Rhinoceros (32 Bit and 64 Bit): 4.0

  • Operating System (32 Bit and 64 Bit): Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7

  • RAM: 1 GB (Recommended 2 GB)

Download & Purchase

Please download a fully functional trial of Point Cloud for Rhino by clicking on the "Download Now" button below. To start using the software, you need a license key. A license key can be of two types: Trial or Permanent. A trial key is issued to you on the purchase of '7 day license' so that you may try the software before you purchase a permanent key. A permanent key is issued after you have purchased a license. We are confident that during the trial period (7 days with unlimited runs) you will find Point Cloud for Rhino extremely useful. Later when you decide to buy the software please return to this page and click the "Buy with/without Subscription" button to place your order. Upon verifying the order you will recieve an e-mail with instructions on how to obtain your permanent key. We will create and send you your Key by e-mail within one business day. To avoid disruption in your workflow we urge you to place your order before the trial period ends.

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  Buy Wihtout Subscription $395

IMPORTANT! Purchasing a Subscription is highly recommended since it the most cost effective way of keeping your software up to date. Moreover, Subscription entitles you to get a second free perpetual license for your laptop, among many other benefits. For details please read the SYCODE License and Subscription Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Our licenses are single computer licenses and are locked to each computer they are installed on. Basically, the license key is specific to the computer's Host ID (the MAC address of the computer), and will not work on another computer. The installer picks up the physical MAC address of the network card connected to the computer which is basically “Ethernet adapter Network Connect Adapter”. So unless you change your network card, the key will always work even if you reinstall your operating system. If your internal network is periodically assigning a different Host ID to your computer, then please find a solution for this with your IT department.

Note: Downloading this software indicates your acceptance to the SYCODE Software License Agreement. The price mentioned above is for a single user license. For your bulk-licensing needs please contact us.

Installation & Usage

Point Cloud for Rhino is a plug-in for Rhino. Simply run the installer and accept the default installation options. The installer will automatically load the plug-in into Rhino and make the PointCloud menu available the next time you run Rhino. Detailed documentation accompanies the software along with a few tutorials to get you started immediately. Truly, software made simple!

The 'PointCloud' menu consists of the following commands:

  • PCImportPoints - Imports a point cloud from a text file

  • PCDrapeSurface - Drapes a surface over a set of a point cloud

  • PCWrapMesh - Wraps a mesh around a point cloud

  • PCHelp - Displays the Point Cloud for Rhino help file

  • PCRegister - Registers your copy of Point Cloud for Rhino

  • PCAbout - Displays the Point Cloud for Rhino about box

 


The PointCloud submenu

Point Cloud for Rhino comes with detailed documentation for each command as well as a tutorial to get you started in the shortest possible time. There is also a PDF version of the help file which you can download by clicking the link below.
  

Download Product Documentation (PDF)
The Point File Format

A Point file format is basically a text file containing the x, y and z coordinates of a point on each line. Usually the coordinates are stored in the XYZ order. However, points are sometimes stored in the YXZ order. This is common in survey data where the YXZ order is referred to Northing, Easting and Elevation. Sometimes each point in the point file has a point number and/or description. An example of a point file with points stored in the XYZ order and has point numbers and descriptions.

1,5.678232,3.282384,6.112837,First Point
2,7.802343,6.792039,2.489561,Second Point
3,2.454512,7.453219,3.454865,Third Point
... and so on


Customization

If you want Point Cloud for Rhino to work in a different way to suit your workflow, do let us know. We will customize the plug-in to suit your needs.

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