5 Trends at SPAR 3D 2016: 3D is Moving Past Laser Scanning

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2. Software is in growth mode

For a while now, users of 3D tech have been saying the same thing: We are really good at capturing a ton of 3D data, but we still need to work on turning it into actionable information.

The good news is that this portion of the 3D workflow isn’t being ignored by software developers. Arithmetica’s new Pointfuse V2, for instance, takes your point cloud and automatically pumps out a vector model that you can use in your favorite modeling software. It turns your data into something you can use in your workflow more easily.

On a different path, SKUR has a solution of the same name developed specifically for reporting on the differences between 3D data sets — whether that be a design model and an as-built scan, or a scan taken a week ago and a scan taken today. It analyzes your data and give you actionable information.

Autodesk and FARO have both made space in their ecosystem for software developers to make solutions that help us turn our 3D data into something we can use for our own specific needs. The more software we see that does this, the better.

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