How It Works
QUICKSURFACE guides you through every step of the way to help you make the best decision in creating accurate CAD models. Do it faster than designing from a blank slate or other conventional methods—with user control accuracy you can trust.
At a Glance
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It’s a common misconception that 3D scan data directly output into a CAD model. However, no worries! QUICKSURFACE simplifies the path of converting 3D scans (even noisy data!) into usable CAD so you can use it in your favorite CAD program in no time. Whether your project is simple or complex, consists of mechanical or freeform shapes (even a mix of both!), rest assure you have the tools to do the job.
Import 3D Scan Data
Simply import data from any 3D scanner:
- LiDAR (long-range)
- Macro (for scanning tiny objects)
The 3D mesh has to have topology so the file format should be OBJ or STL (most common file format used in 3D scanning).
Long Range 3D Scanners
You can import long range 3D scan data into QUICKSURFACE. Point clouds can be exported as PTX file format.
Handles Large Files
QUICKSURFACE even works perfectly well with large meshes without any issues.
Decimate When Possible
For best performance and efficiency, reduce the number of polygons by decimating the data. You can maintain almost the same accuracy and resolution as the original reference mesh when done correctly.
Align Mesh in Space to Global Coordinate System
Typically when importing scan data from any 3D scanner, the 3D mesh data floats arbitrary in space. It’s a good practice to get your part aligned and correctly positioned in space.
Think of it as the anchor when doing your reverse engineering tasks. With proper set up, it will make your work ahead that much easier (and faster).
Click to choose features like planes, cylinders, spheres, freeform patches, revolved, and extruded surfaces. With manual and automatic selection settings, you have full control as to what you want to select as well as how big or small of an area you want to mark.
Construct shapes (planes, cylinders, cones, and spheres) by selecting what type of feature needs to be fit. Curvature-based selection and best fitting algorithms create precise primitives with ease. Create relations between extracted primitives—parallelism, perpendicularity, coincidence, or offset.
Easily and quickly align mesh in space to map the orientation of the object correctly with respect to the world coordinate system. Select which plane or primitive you want to use for x, y, z axis and step 2 is complete.
Build A CAD Model Using Scan Data For Guidance
QUICKSURFACE works from simple to complex as well as prismatic to organic parts (even a hybrid between the two). Get access to all the tools you need to recreate a fully parametric CAD model or complex freeform surface. Reconstruct your parts with ease that produce quality results.
* Available for Full Version only
Parametric modeling is a key feature of QUICKSURFACE. The best part: You can easy modify and make changes to the parameters from solid bodies even at a later time.
Cut a cross-section from the mesh as a reference and sketch the 2D profile. Once completed, extruded, and revolved surfaces from the 2D sketch to create a 3D solid. Smart detection can extract out lines, arcs, and circles to semi-automate the sketching process, saving valuable time.
Trim, Fillet and Patterns
Apply standard operations on surfaces to achieve connected surfaces or solid bodies. Control in real-time fillet operation to get the best results. Mirror and circular pattern shaves off time and provide great results.
Select and define even lofted surfaces with a click of a button. QUICKSURFACE algorithm smartly best fit a plane to define the surface. Use the tolerance display to set and see how close you are to the scan reference data. You have full control in changing the parameters for the selection.
* Also available for Hybrid Modeling
* Available for Full or Freeform Version
Great for reverse engineering organic or complex surfaces, you have total control to manually adjust the resolution and position of control points of the created surface.
Manual Surface Modeling
Proprietary snap-to-mesh technology keeps modeling on mesh at all times. Simply drag your mouse to get the desired surface and it’s easy to modify. The tool easily snaps to points and edges to one another to connect. Create symmetrical surfaces with ease.
* Also known as Freeform Modeling
Load the mesh, press a button, and get desired results. Independent of the size and complexity of the object, the surface follows the natural shape of the objects. You still have the ability to modify the automatic surface, if the design intent requires it.
Real-time deviation color map allows the user to control the quality of the results at any point and achieve desired results. Tolerance analyzer gives you full control over the whole process to see how far you are from the original scan data.
* Real-time deviation color map also available for Parametric and Hybrid Modeling
* Available for Full Version only
Reconstruct parts with both organic and prismatic shapes. Starting with freeform and basic primitives, you can build a complex CAD model by trimming them and can later change the surfaces based on the design intent.Take the Video Tour
Export CAD For Use
Export data in standard IGES or STEP file formats for use into other CAD packages or build fully parametric history tree for use in SOLIDWORKS (with QS Connector for SOLIDWORKS included with Full Version).
Link to Other Packages
Export reconstructed surfaces or solid models for use in other packages using the industry standard format STEP or IGES.
Seamlessly Connect to SOLIDWORKS®
For QUICKSURFACE Full Version, you can transfer the whole parametric history into SOLIDWORKS directly with QS Connector. Achieve error-free models and save valuable time.