Leading manufacturer of component technology for processing polygon meshes, MachineWorks have this week been showcasing the Polygonica 2.0 at the formnext exhibition.
The software, including the new range of point cloud functionality, offers a complete array of tools for point cloud processing and meshing. Users can operate interactively and manipulate point cloud data according to the results on-the-fly.
Some of the new point cloud features include registration for aligning data sets from different scans, filtering to automatically remove outliers, smoothing for noise removing, sampling to reduce size of point clouds, normal calculation and meshing of any part of the point cloud for further processing.
The software suite offers great flexibility in manipulating point cloud data and users have infinite variations in which operations they apply to different sets of data.
“3D scanning is now commonplace and point clouds are at the heart of it,” said Dr Fenqiang Lin, Managing Director of MachineWorks. “The potential for this exciting technology is tremendous and we will continue to focus our efforts on this area of development. It is only a natural step of our powerful solid mesh processing capabilities to be applied to the end result of point cloud processing.”
Polygonica 2.0 also contains a new algorithm for remeshing. This means the quality of the mesh is improved without disrupting the original shape and topology of the model. Regular faceting with similar shape triangles is a highly desirable feature in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) or Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Other functions in the new instalment are related to further development on geodesic paths, collision detection, and handling open solids.
Polygonica is a solid modelling software toolkit for processing polygon meshes. Built on MachineWorks' core engines, Polygonica's unique polygonal modelling technology takes advantage of 22 years of development providing automatic, fast and robust Boolean operations. Other algorithms in Polygonica allow solid healing, remeshing, simplification, offsetting and point cloud manipulation.