Used in a variety of industries such as consumer products, machine design, and medical design, Scanto3D is capable of creating organically shaped objects for reference and representation quickly and easily.
To activate Scanto3d, go to Tools > Add-ins or click the drop-down arrow next to the System Options gear.
Opening Scan data is as simple as opening a regular file with SOLIDWORKS. Go to File > Open and ensure you have one of the below file types:
To use Scanto3D, open the file containing the scan body that you want to work on. Depending on the size of the body and how it was scanned, it may be helpful to isolate specific areas to focus on. To do this, select the portion of the body you want to work on and select the Mesh Prep Wizard.
The Mesh Prep Wizard contains tools that allow you to manipulate the original mesh data; move it around, and remove unneeded data points. The mesh data can also be adjusted using global and local Simplification and Smoothness settings.
The Surface Wizard appears after you've completed the Mesh Prep Wizard. The Surface Wizard has two creation options: Automatic and Guided.
Once this is complete, you are given a confirmation dialogue box that the Surface Body has been created, and how many faces it has.
Another helpful option with Scanto3D is the Curve Wizard, which helps make profile curves for creating a Loft feature later. To manipulate where and how the curves are created, the Curve Wizard includes Section options, Section Plane parameters, and Creation Parameters.
The video below is a step-by-step tutorial from our YouTube channel using Scanto3D and demonstrating different ways of working with scan data in SOLIDWORKS.
About Krystal Petersen
Krystal Petersen is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Krystal studied Product Engineering at Oakland Community College and has earned her CSWA and CSWP Certifications. She joined the VAR channel in 2015 with DASI (now GoEngineer). Krystal is a huge fan of Star Wars and likes to spend her off time fishing and camping.
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