Pointools, a laser scanning
data processing software specialist, has released the latest version of
Pointools 4 Rhino. Delivering point cloud display technology into Rhinoceros 3D modeling
software means that designers can visualize their designs within a real-world
context. Pointools allows 3-D models to be created from the millions of 3-D
measurements collected by laser scanning devices.
Rhinoceros 3D is a stand-alone modeling tool
commonly used for industrial, marine, jewelry, graphic and automotive
design, as well as architecture, CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering
and multimedia. Pointools 4 Rhino enables users to benefit from Rhino's
powerful design toolset within a point cloud context and is ideal for
visualizing, modeling and drawing.
Working with 100s of millions of laser points Rhino users can now utilize
different point shading settings in each viewport to optimize each view. Rapid
viewport sections allow the user to easily make any orthographic view into a
section view, choose its thickness and dynamically update its position by
grabbing the section in another viewport. The Pointools plug also enables
the construction plane to be linked to the section view so the user is always
drawing in the right place. Also included are powerful region tools for
selection and manipulation of the data, providing a fast easy way to view only
the data required.
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