R3DS Wrap 3 [Source: SolidSmack]
If you are in search of a workflow that will enable you to efficiently prepare 3D scanned data for use in Mechanical Computer-Aided Design (MCAD) software environments, then you’ll want to know about R3DS Wrap 3 (Wp3).
In short, Wp3 is a software application that non-rigidly fits a lightweight optimized basemesh to your imported scan data precisely matching it in all its glory!
As if this were not enough, Wp3 basemeshes are formatted using four-sided or quad shaped polygons instead of triangles which is truly golden when it comes to preparing for use in MCAD! More on this in a moment.
Digital Human Model MCAD Integration
You might ask “Why is this so unique or special?” Well, say you are designing a wearable product such as a facemask or goggles. More than likely, you’ll want to import an anatomically correct 3D head model into your MCAD software environment.
In my experience until discovering Wp3 its always been a big hurdle to efficiently format, import and convert my human digital models into something truly usable and flexible inside my MCAD software apps. For example, say you want to measure, create sections, or dynamic manipulate the surface topology of your anatomical model, unfortunately, you would quickly find that importing raw scan data is not the ticket.
Scan data in the form of point-clouds or triangular meshes such as .STL often end up being not much more than a glorified visual reference. If such embellishments or collecting a few key measurements are all you need, then you should be good to go with .STL or point-cloud data.
That is unless your system has bogged down struggling to keep pace with processing the massive file sizes normally associated with scan data.
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