Geomagic Studio 12 Tutorial

Point Cloud to Exact Surface output

Starting with a point cloud, work through the Point phase, Polygon phase, and
Exact Surfaces phase to output a non-parametric IGES or STP model.


Time Required: File:


15 minutes.

CV _Joint. wrp





Open CV_Joint.wrp ..This is a point cloud generated from scan data of a CV joint.

This is scan data of a CVjoint; taken with a laser scanner. Using Geomagic Studio, you willsee the process of converting this point cloud into a CAD-readysurface model in about 15 minutes. The process involves three basic types of entities: points, polygons (or triangles), and surjaces. We will begin with points. Most scanners produce some level of noise, which is commonly due to shiny or reflective surfaces. The Reduce NOisecommand can minimize the problem by identifying noisy points and moving them to the local average surface to improve the
data quality.



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Navigate to the Points tab and dick on

Reduce Noise.
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Select the Prismatic shapes (aggressive) mode Set the Smoothness level to Min. Click Apply and then OK.

Click on Wrap under the Points tab. Accept the default settings and click OK.

The next step is to "wrap" the point cloud, which generates a blue triangular mesh between the points. This mesh can be modified in a number of ways. You can fill in holes, smooth out rough areas, remove unwanted features, and even add features to IT.

Before Wrap ...

After Wrap ...


Navigate to the Polygon! tab and dick on Fill


All. Select the Tangent _ fill type and click Apply. Both of the holes in the model have been filled. Click OK to exit.

The hole filling command one of the most powerful tools in Geomagic Studio. The Tangent fill specifies that the new mesh must match the curvature of the surrounding mesh.

Use one of the Selection tools (Le. lasso, Rectangle, etc.) from the right-hand menu to select the part no on the model. Click the Oefeature icon. The Defeature command is great for quickly removing unwanted features or imperfections.


When a part is scanned, often it will not be in the desired position relative to the World Coordinate System. To visual the current position, the World Axes can be checked ON in the Accessories area under the Display Tile.

Select the Display tab and check ON the World Axes. Zoom out and rotate the model to see its position relative to the world coordinate system.






Position relative to W.C.S.
Use CTRL-R to reset the rotation center to the center of the model bounding box and orient it on screen to its original position. Resetting the rotation center to the mass center of the part will also reset the original on screen position, often making selections easier.



CHckOK • • Features can be used for a variety of tasks including alignments. and location references for Studio functions such as C(055Section creation and Section by Plane._0' Navigate to the Features tab and click on Plane> Symmetry. • • Select the Rotational Axis radio button Using the Rectangle tool and Select Through select the region of the model indicated in the picture below Click Apply and then Next button to orient the axis so that it points upward (if necessary) ClickOK Use the Flip Orientation [!"l - • • lii1 • - - - . - Click on Line> Cylinder / Cone / Rotational Axis. select Line Click and drag (like in the picture below) roughly along the line of symmetry Click Apply and Studio will locate the symmetry plane. ~ • • From the Define menu. references for downstream CAD geometry construction.- . .

This affords a great deal of flexibility to correctly orient the model for downstream appUcations. - Selection for creation of Line Feature - Now we will align the model to the world coordinate system. Feature Alignment. When using Alignment to World in Studio the primary planes and axis in World are predefined so Feature planes and axis in a part can be aligned with them directly. • • • • Pick the yz Plane under Fixed Pick Plane 1under Floating Click Create Pair Repeat the process to pair up the Z Axis in World to Axis 1on the part. Navigate to the Alignment tab and click on Align to World.-. 51 )( - . to Notice that the model has been translated the World position. RPS Alignment. 5 Several alignment options are available within Studio including Best Fit. and Alignment to World. Click OK to exit the command.

Navigate to the Exact Surfaces tab and click on the Exact Surfacing start icon. Now it is time to create a NURBS surface on the polygon model. NURBS models are the standard surface representations used in CAD. Click on Detect Contours. . efficient and watertight surface for export to downstream applications. Click Apply to fix any imperfections in the Polygon mesh.- . CAM.-'5 !5l1 ~ - Return to the Polygons tab and click on Mesh Doctor. and CAE programs. - -. Click OK to exit. - . You can easily make additions and corrections by 'painting' the changes on the model with Selection Tools.0 Click Compute • The Detect Contours command automatically segments the model into regions. 5 - • • • Set the Curvature Sensitivity to 75. We will use a combination of manual and automatic tools to create an accurate.0 Set the Separator Sensitivity to 5.

-- . which resemble fillets. Select the extension Extend. They allow the patch layout to preserve criticalfeatures and radii with specialized smooth surface fitting. These contours will guide the layout of the patch network. radio button and click These are extension contours.When finished "painting" Lines. ~' Click on Subdivide/Extend Contours. contour lines can be created from the segmentation. • Click OK to exit the command. Click on Edit Contours. Click OK to exit. Click on Relax All Contours to smooth out any minor waviness in the contour lines. Highlight the two yellow contour lines in the Graphics Area so that they turn white. click the Extract button to construct the Contour After defining the regions. • Click Subdivide and then Accept • Click Check for Problems and walk through any existing problems (if applicable) • Use the Specify Un extendable Contours Operation and CTRl+LMB to change the two contour [El lines around the bottom "rings" to yellow extendable contour lines.

are quickly organized into simple structures like rectangular grids . like the end shown above. - . [Optional] Use Shuffle Panels to quickly modify the patch layout to make it more uniform. Select Use Current Subdivision (approx. region with a very regular patch layout. Zoom to show 8. tiled patch layout. at right. - . The side shown below is easily modifled in a few clicks. called panels. whereas smaller patches are used on the more heavily-curved regions.- Extensions that preserve features and radii Clickon Construct Patches. Areas bounded by orange contour lines. Notice the regular. Large patches are used on flat or slightly corved regions. The software automatically creates a network af four-sided patches. 5' The Shuffle Panels command can be used to modify the patch layout to create an even more uniform structure. 500) and dick OK. .

Avoid very small/wide angles and intersecting patches as they will cause wrinkles in the final surface. the more control points will be used..010" Expand Advanced Options and check Evaluate Deviation Click Apply Click OK... - . The idea is to make the patches as "square" as possible. Click and drag the green points around to repair less-than-perfect patch formations. display information about tolerance and deviation from the underlying polygonal mesh. the higher the potential detail level in the final NURBSsurface. The higher the resolution of the grid pattern. oS Grids laid out over patches --- Click on Fit Surfaces. • Set the Resolution to 20 (default) • Click Apply and then OK. Click on Construct Grids. The grid creates an organized 'sample' of the underlying polygonal model.. This command creates a u-v grid inside each patch. After applying the surface. notice the Statistics section that appears in the dialog. The tighter the tolerance..- - - [Optional1 Use Repair patches to move control points around. The software is now fitting a NURBS sutfoce to the polygonal mesh. • • • • • Select the Adaptive radio button Change Tolerance to .

. - Final NURBS surface END OF TUTORIAL .- -. - - --- -- .I!t - This is a single~ watertight NURBS surface made up of about 600 surface patches. You can save this as an tGES or STEPfile to export to CAD~CAM? or CAE software.

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1.- - T2Ible 1 1.1 2.1 m Contents GUIDE DESCRIPTION Introduction RESTORATION OF INTENDED DESIGN Procedure Point Phase and Polygon Phase Parametric Surfaces Phase 5 5 6 6 6 2 2.1 - 2.1.2 11 - -- - - - - .

and one that represents the back (or "aft") portion of the bob. This Guide describes a solution involving the Point. - -- - e CAD Phase: the state of an object when it is ready to be exported to a CAD package. and cone-like surfaces are replaced with perfectly conical CAD faces . and detection of basic geometric shapes so they can be rendered as perfectly geometrical CAD faces. Surfaces module This plumb bob wiJf be surfaced with a set of geometrically perfect planes and cones. an object always exists in one of several Phases: e Point Phase: the state of an object when it is a collection of scanned points. .-- -- - 1 GUIDE DESCRIPTION This Guide leads an advanced beginner through a fundamental workflow of Geomagic Studio 12 -. . 1. further refinement of the single poiygon object. Shape. and Parametric Surfaces Phases. consolidation of the two objects into one. The process continues with conversion of the Point objects to Polygon objects. is approximated by drawing a o Polygon Phase: the state of an object when its appearance triangular surface between every three data points . This workflow starts with two reasonably clean point objects. and Parametric licenses. one that represents the front (or "forward") section of the bob. and generating a CAD object with perfect geometry.. planar surfaces are replaced with perfectly planar CAD faces. o Surface Phase (either Exact Surfaces Phase or Parametric Surfaces Phase): the state of an object when a reproducible surface is being applied over its underlying polygon mesh.. For example.that of discovering the design intent of an imperfect part.- - In Geomagic Studio. Wrap. The Guide requires Geomagic Studio 12 with the Capture.1 Introduction "Restoration of intended design" means that surfaces are replaced with geometrically perfect CAD faces. Polygon. or of a near-perfect part that is scanned imperfectly.

The near-perfect shapes are rendered with perfect geometry and a CAD object is generated from the set of perfect planes and cones. thus separating regions that are near-perfect planes and cones. then the two halves are registered and combined to form a single polygon object. However. each step also mentions a specific file name that provides a new starting point. follow the instructions carefully.1. Step 1.wrp. Use Application Geomagic Studio 12. A remnant of the scanning fixture is removed. 2. download the data fi les from the web page on which you found this Guide to a directory of your choice. and an undesirable feature is removed. but do not check Keep Original Data. rp fi le.1 Point Phase anti Polygon Phase - This procedure starts with two clean paint objects contained in a single . and complete a workflow without opening another file. It is possible to open the first file. The two objects are w wrapped to form polygon objects. -.) Button> Open tV'IO Model Manager ~:~: Bcbl. Highlight Bob! in the Model Manager. For example. Voids in the mesh are filled. This object contains to open BobPointPhase.2 RESTORATION OF INTENDED DESIGN The instructions in this document use example f les available from the Geomagic web site. click on the Wrap icon. - .1 Procedure 2. Areas of high curvature are delineated. From the Points tab. To obtain the examples. S~ep 2. the result of steps applied to BobPointPhase. Double-click it to extract the example fifes that are referenced in this Guide. (Note: The Application Button is the Swirl icon in the top-left corner of studio. and press OK.wrp in scans: Underside and Topside. ~/I:' Bob2 EEl ~ World This object contains two clean scans: the forward and aft portions ofa plumb bob. Accept the defaults.wrp in Step 1 can be checked by opening BobAfterManuaIReg. then start Geomagic Studio 12..

Notice that the Model Manager now contains Polygon objects instead of Point objects. In the Floating list. Select both Bobl and 8ob2 in the Model Manager so that both are highlighted simultaneously. The plan is to click one point on Bobl (the Fixed) and one point on BobZ (the Floating) and pull them to a single point in space. registered object. In the Mode group. This is a common condition.Define5efs Fixed ~--------------~--~- - -- . Highlight the extra data and press the Delete key. dick Bob2. In the Fixed list. (The objects moved from the "Point Phase" to the "Polygon Phase".e Step 3.) ~tep 4. The next goal is to join each portion of the bob into a single object. click Bob1. not just the visible or frent triangles). M:::le o l-!'oint Registration n"Pojn~ Regi5tri!tion ·o. Repeat Step 2 for 8ob2. IR1 C!I Step 5. Notice that Bob! contains extra data (part of the fixture to which it was clamped during data capture).n9les ..lete Tri. In this case. - The result is that both portions of the plumb bob are converted to Polygon objects. Navigate to the Alignment tab and click on Manual Registration. The two halves wHilook like a single. select the l-Point Registration radio button. set the selection tool to behave like the lasso Tool by choosing it from the right-hand menu. Also. pick Select Through from the right-hand menu or press Ctrl+G (which causes sets of triangles to be selected "all the way through".

which "fine-tunes" the registration done with Manual Registration. Click OK. r. Open BobAfterManuaIReg. Rotate both objects such that they have similar orientations. Clicka point on the Fixed object. - Step 6. halves of the object are positioned in space to look like a single object. Click on Register to improve the alignment. Clicka point on the Floating object that lies at the same position as the one dicked on the' Fixed object. The next step is to convert the registered halves into a single polygon object. and click on Merge. Type in PlumbBob and press Enter.. Click OK.. Highlight Group1 in the Model Manager. the lower panel displays the Fixed and Floating objects after they are registered at to the point that was clicked.. Right-click on the name in the Mod2f Manager and select Rename. The registered ..- - - - ..wrp.<. Check the Global Registration checkbox. navigate to the Polygons tab. The previous command created an object named Merged. Notice that Bobl and BobZ have been grouped into Group 1 in the Model Manager.. Clicking a point all the Fixed and Floating objects Immediately. Registered iiolves of the plvmb hoh.

Step 7. .. objects often have structures that users prefer to ignore. In fact. rs. - Orient the bob as in the illustration at right. and press the Space bar to autornatlcallv complete the circle when it is dose to completion. There are still two holes in the polygon mesh. . For the purposes of this Guide.- Step 8. the threaded hole at the end of the plumb bob does not have to be reproduced. This step demonstrates a technique for removing a hole and replacing it with a plane. Click a series of points around the hole like in the lliustratlon. An <> - Select the flat Fill type. click Apply and then dick OK. Click Fill An to construct a polygon mesh where holes exist. and select the Custom Region Tool from the right-hand menu (or use the shortcut Ctrl+U).] - - .

click Apply to fix any outstanding errors. cllck on Mesh Doctor. Under the Polygons tab...- - -- When the loop becomes inside the hole. Next is the Parametric Surfacing Phase for surfacing according to the probable design intent.. including ali polygons Press Delete. . . complete. Click Fill All to construct the Flat Fill type. shapes that approximate planes will be turned into perfect planes.- ~ Step g. For example. Before moving on to Parametric Surfacing. The selected polygons disappear. Select .. everything inside the loop becomes selected.. it's always wise to use the Mesh Doctor. and then click OK. click Apply and then click OK. a polygon mesh where holes exist. and surfaces that approximate cones will be turned into perfect cones .. It optimizes the polygon mesh to avoid problems ahead. - The next step is to flll in the opening. Accept the defaults.

Accept the defaults and press Compute. This object has an element Tip: With the default settings. the Merge Regions icon must be pressed each time. Open BobParametricSurfaces. ~lln the Editing group.wrp and select the Parametric Parametric Surfacing icon on the left side of the ribbon toolbar. The two regions become one. Click on Detect Regions.26). up to 75. Click the Start Step 10. The goal is to generate a red separator band on areas of relatlveiy high curvature. Click Compute again.1. Click in one of the planes. namely the beveled shoulder. press the Merge Regions icon. so set Minimum Area to the lowest setting (0. a planar region was accidentallv recognized as two adjoining planes. Parametric Surfc(ng - Step 11.--- 2. and thus "segment" the object into a set of relatively flat areas.1 Parametric Surfaces Phase Surfaces tab. In this case. &:- - - . and release the mouse button. one of the contours The result of the Detect Regions command can often be improved by hand. Note: If you wish to merge other sections. drag across the extra red separator. failed to be recognized. so set Curvature Sensitivity that is small but distinct.

The regions have now been defined.. and take a closer look at the contour lines. check the box for Curvature Map. Step 13. the beveled edge should be defined as one region instead of six separate ones. Click OK. - -.wrp. click OK.Any other problems can be fixed by using any of the Selection Tools from the right-hand menu. Notice that the Regions have changed colors indicating the classification of the region. For instance.. Under Contours portion of the dialog.. iii> - . - Repeat that technique to join all the beveled regions into a single beveled region like in the third picture above. Click the Check Problems button to check for any possible contour issues. Click on Edit Contours. lf there are no problems. Open BobAfterDetectRegions. For this model. If you delete too much. - ~ . the contours do not need to be edited. This will be explained in later steps.. . Hold down the CTRLkey and use the Paintbrush Tool to remove some of the separators like in the picture below. Make sure that they folfow the curvature appropriately. click Extract. use CTRl+Z to undo or redraw them with the Paintbrush Tool. but for good practice.

. .. _' Repeat this action for the beveled edge. . " .. freeform. cylinder.~ t:.e Step 1. - -._.e. In the picture below.' R-~p'ate~ c. Ught green is the color for planes.". I Click on thls regia!) t<> highUghtlt.:. etc. These indicate a type of surface classification (i. The region li ""g'cr~. Studio thinks that the salmon colored region is a freeform because of the rough underlying data.).' PI". plane. Notice that AutoClassify sometimes mis-judges the shape of a region.. Aieer the primary regions have teen properly j r J classified..4.. shape. E<!itR'~'''''' _ a FreErO. - Click on the rnls-classlfied region like in the picture below and go to Classify Regions>Piane. will now be light green like the rest of the planes on the PlumbBob. .. so the next step is to calculate a perfect . - Every region is now correctly assigned a basic geometric geometric surface for each geometric shape. Notice the colors of the regions. which should be a light blue cone like the nose region.".~ "'~~'..

Click on Repair Surfaces.. All of the regions except the nose fit as expected. Orange color indicates flagged error - Expand Diagnostics in the dialog and check Error labels.. Click OK. The warning is High Boundary Deviation. Diagt'. Alfregions highlighted before Fit Surfaces.. The beauty of Parametric Exchange is the real-time. Click OK. Tip: Now that the primary regions are fitted with surfaces.GStic!' 1~ Error labels Warning Thresholds v Click OK. Step15. we can choose to accept the proposed warning surface by clicking Accept (in which case it will turn blue). Press CTRl+A to highlight all of the primary regions. After . CATIA. A popup will appear indicating what the problem is with the surface and proposes how to fix it. .. or we can edit the profile of the surface. Orange {warnings} and red (errors) surfaces indicate problems fitting the regions. Before. we will accept the proposed surface by clicking Accept. Blue surfaces indicate that the surface fit well. Expand the High Boundary Deviation warning message under Problems and Click an the name of the surface. - -... In this case. A message will appear indicating that warnings remain and that Repair Surfaces can be used for further instruction. parametric transfer of surfaces to a CAD package without the necessity to finish the steps in this Guide [ Download the Parametric Exchange User Guide for a guide to using this tool. or Pro/Engineer). . Notice the orange color of the nose surface. this is the ideal time to use Parametric Exchange for the transfer of surfaces directly to one of four CAD packages (Inventor.. In this case we are going to edit the profile. Click the What's Wrong button. A calor deviation plot will appear. Click Fit Surfaces and then dick Apply to apply surfaces to each of the regions. At this point. SolidWorks.

. The error no longer exists under Problems. Highlight the straight connections that go around the model. Click OK. -. ~ .. - . Click on Repair with the error under Problems and click on Fix. Surfaces... - Press CTRL+A to highlight all connections and dick on Fit Connections. Set the rest of the connections as Freeform {yellow}. Manually click and drag the boundary lines so that they are not criss-crossing like in the picture below. Click Apply and then Done. Now it is time to fit the connections in between the primary regions. Expand Edii: 80undSiries and zoom into the problem areas. Go to Classify Connections>Constant Radius to make them blue..-. Click on the name of the connection In this case. An error such as Intersecting Trim Curves may appear. the connection lines need to be adjusted so that they aren't intersecting.. Click OK. Click AppiV. Step 16.

... highlight it in the Model Manager. Open BobCADPhase. PlwnbBob W~r:d I Note that PlumBob-Stitched exists in the Model If .) ff: Manager. - - Stitched Object Trimmed Primaries - .. so it's time to render perfected CADfaces._. Step 16. also suit-able for export to a CAD package for further work.rt:a. Primaries is a set of primary surfaces. then set Save As Type to . I . Trim and Stitch.! .. This creates a stitched CAD object in the Model Manager.. Clickon This is the step that converts generated surfaces into CAD faces..IGES or .bBob· S~tched M"d~ l-tde Pin TIl-X·G' 'j I I' 19nore Delete Duplirate Sece. For the purposes of this Guide.... Trimmed Primaries is a set of primary surfaces without the connectors. Click OK. ~~- ~ ! . and press the Apply button.. Ell I Plum.STEP. To export itto a CAD package for further work.. Perfected surfaces have been generated. Step 17. •. Select the type of CAD object that you would like to create (see below for explalnations}. Object A Stitched Untrimmed is a water-tight representation of CADfaces that represent the object. select the Stitched Object radio button. right-dick and pick Save.wrp Model Model Menaqe- G PI~""'bBob· ~tit<hed Me". with-out connection surfaces =suitable for export to a CADpackage for the creation of custom connections. ('Ol:e Grou~ Pr::p.

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1 3.4 INTRODUCTION TO PARAMETRIC EXCHANGE Guide Description What is Parametric Exchange? How to Use this Guide Prereq uisites 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 2 PARAMETRIC EXCHANGE Overview of the Process 2...2 Open the Part File Transfer the Parametric Surfaces Deviation Analysis 2. I ~ Table of Contents 1 1..1..2 1.1 1.3 1.1 2.2 3 3.2 10 11 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Interactive User Guides Knowledge Base 11 11 . .1.1 2.

.. I Parametric Exchange offers an intelligent connection between Geomagic Studio and a compatible CAD package to enable automatic native reconstruction of geometry from scan data.3 How to Use This Guide The instructions in this document refer to data files that can be downloaded from the same web page on which you found the Guide.2 What is Parametric Exchange? The Parametric Exchange command is a free add-on for Geomagic Studio 12.. and start Geomagic Studio 12. Download the zip file to a directory of your choice. ! . It requires a package-specific plugin and runs in association with any of the foHowing CAD packages: CATlA.e. ~.. or SoIidWorks. " ... ~ . "'" ~ "'" !' """ .. Wrap. double-click it to extract the file PX12-Guide-Fitting... .4 Prerequisites This Guide requires Geomagic Studio 12 with the Capture... ~ ""' ~ 51 "'" """ !f . 1..' • "" . "" ~ 1. . and curves from Geomagic Studio to the CAD application without the need for intermediate files such as IGESor STEP... "" .. ~ _. ... solids. plus one of the compatible CAD systems. .. . '" 1 INTRODUCTION TO PARAMETRIC EXCHANGE .. For details on how to use the Parametric Exchange dialog.... and Parametric Surfacing module licenses.1 Guide Description This Guide encourages the user to integrate Geomagic Studio into routine engineering processes by demonstrating the ease of sharing parametric elements between Geomagic Studio 12 and a CAD package. '" ~ 1. . Inventor.. This Guide requires the reader to have working knowledge of Geomagic Studio and one of the compatible CAD applications.wrp.. ~ .. The steps presented here are fully user-reproducible. . ProlE Wildfire. -. The feature reduces product engineering time by enabling seamless transfer of parametric surfaces.v . hover the mouse over the Parametric Exchange icon under the Parametric Surfaces tab and press F1 to launch the help file within the application. features. 1... . ... .

we are using SolidWorks 2010}.1.let: Sid. ~ ~ Under Exchange Options.ee ~ Arc Extn. This object. ..-- . the object ofthis game Is: -.J Slo!3 Mid Extrusion S'ot4 Vlor:d JJ .~ Surfaces -.:.. Mcd."ar. its design intent detected and its optimized surfaces generated (using the Parametric Surfaces Phase of Geomagic Studio). The surfaces that are to be transferred via Parametric Exchange are listed.L.RIght Side ') s. The Surfaces have been renamed to reflect where they are on the model.u iJ lil~ 2. select the name of the CAD Package (in this Guide.1 Overview of the Process Starting with an aircraft part that has already been scanned.1. oL. Expand the model in the Model Manager by clicking the "+" sign. Open PX12-:Guide-Fitting.:J 8rtru<ion .l<!r J la'llf Cl'iir.'l.~ Transfer the Parametric Surfaces Step 1." ManaCfo/ e .1 Open the Part. 2. to transfer the Parametric Surfaces to a CAD system (using the Parametric Exchange command of Geomagic Studio)... .-1 Arc Ext' JSio~ . navigate to the Parametric Surfaces tab and click on Parametric Exchange.e i.cer S~ot!.sion . Gy1irr.Right S.wrp in Geomagic Studio 12./ Base Plai"'. file Step 1.. While the Parametric Surfaces object is highlighted in the Model Manager. E"chang~ data with: ---- - " "'i So"cWmlG 2010 I .. to transfer the reverse-engineered CAD object back to Geomagic Studio for the purpose of proving that the reverse-engineered part is true to the original polygon object (again using the Parametric Exchange command of Geomagic Studio)._~e .!Fitting . ParaIT"tt::ril:: Extr(l~p~ . is a cleaned-up Polygon object on which Parametric Surfaces have already been fitted.0 Ectrusfcn _.. which represents an aircraft fitting...Isro. 2.t~ft s. &ch~ngE Options f.2 REVERSEENGINEERINGBY PARAMETRICEXCHANGE 2.- 1.J_ BaS:E E:("'.:J S'Qt2 .

Click Send. Think of it as creating a solid model with one of the surfaces and then using the other surfaces to cut into model to recreate your part in CAD. Select to create the entity as a Solid and as the Create Operation.e Nan'e Create As .. For example. The block will appear in SolidWorks like in the picture below. Highlight the Base Extrusion in the Graphics Area. Join for SolidWorks is Add for CATIA. Notice that Base Extrusion appears under Entity Table in the Parametric Exchange dialog. . Operetioa Cr-eate Solid Note: The Operation types·will be different depending on what CAD package is being used for Parametric Exchange to reflect the action names specific to that CAD package. EntityTw. Step 3. Parametric Exchange can use CAD-like actions when sending surfaces over to CAD packages.Step 2. The new object appear in the CAD application's Model Tree..

.Right Side.Left Side in the Graphics Area. Mid Extrusion. Extrusion .t I4 E>:tru.! --. Cut Cu: . Then. Left Side . Step 4.. . f EnIi\:yTabt.2 I 3 Name Sase PiQne T Operation ~-~l I T i Exttu~ion • i'j"ht 5'ce Mid Elttru. Cu: ... I I ..ior.__:_ I . This is so that we can use Parametric Exchange to cut into the block with the other model entities.. _ 11 .. Select to send the Create as Surfaces and to Cut from the model. press CTRL+C to clear the selection of the base. In Studio.i"n Surface Surrac. Beware of making the block too large or the other model entities will not be large enough to cut through the block completely.-~:. . and Extrusion . highlight Base Plane..Extrude the base in the +Y direction to approximately 60".

Click Send. Create them as Solids and choose to Subtract them from the existing model in CAD... Repeat the Cut Operation In Step 4 for Arc Extrusion 1 and Arc Extrusion 2. Subtract Sk>t4 [5 S'0!3 .... I~ I~ 12 ~ 11 fl~arne Uirge Cyfirrder _ . SL. Send the remaining four slot and 2 cylinder entitles to Solidworks. The four entities have cut away from the model. Step 6.. ':perc~n_ Subtract _ ... Step 5.. lEntit>lT.~" t _(~te Scrod ~ - - -_. 'P' Sman CyUnd!f So~id Subtract S!QIl Siot2 ~ Subtract .!btract yo Subtract .

Geomagic Studio immediately transfers the engineered part back from the CAD system. If the difference is unacceptable. compares the original Parametric Surfaces to the newly engineered CAD object. Step 1. click the Deviation Analysis button. o. In the Parametric Exchange dialog of Geomagic Studio (Parametric Surfaces tab> Parametric Exchange). Step 2. and presents a colored-coded mapping of the deviations between the CAD object and the original polygon data. . . When the results are acceptable.2 Deviation Analysis Deviation Analysis displays the graphical comparison of the remote CAD entities to local objects. " . dick OK to exit the dialog.o:n . the reverse-engineered part is even better than the original because it was developed with the precision of a parametric design process. perform additional work on the part in the CAD system and press Deviation Analysis again. 2. The deviations in this example do not necessarily indicate a problem.The completed parametric model now exists in SolidWorks. In this case."'" "m <1012 '''''' • ~ t.

In addition to the user guides.2 Knowledgebase A knowledgebase with tips. and troubleshooting Support Centei of the Geomagic web site.1 Interactive User Guides Other interactive user guides are available on the Geomagic Support Center website: Four Basic Workflows for Geomagic Studio and Basic Workflow for Geomagic Qualify. tricks. help is available in the . self-paced training and product demos are also available. The guides provide step-by-step instructions and sample data files that can be loaded into the software.3 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 3. 3.