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Re: Longtime Rapidform/Geomagic Employee New to Forum, Ask Me Anything

Post by 3DSean » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:18 pm

Mortum wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:16 am
Scott wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:11 pm
Welcome to the forum -we haven't heard much about Rapidform/Geomagic in recent years.
It's the high price that's probably kept many individuals from using Rapidform/Geomagic. What is comparable to this software line? Why should we bother with another software product (please tell us)? How is Rapidform/Geomagic different from its competitors? Where does it excel?
Readers would benefit from a current review of the leaders in point cloud software. What is worth our investment (time and money) -what isn't?
Honestly i can't tell you exactly why we have GDX, what i heard is that at the time we started using it (2010) GDX was the only product who was a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades.

You can easily mesh, measure, create solids, etc. and also "Mesh deviation" is a pretty powerfull tool.

I use it to monitor the local church its movements during the seasons:
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And honestly, i havent had a project yet i couln't complete with just GDX :)

The only dislike i have is that there is very few information available online. And the only available manual dates back to 2014.


[Edit]
Just googled it.. the only site hosting the manual now also is offline :(
I appreciate the kind words! DX is kind of my baby, I've been working with it for 7 years now since it was XOR3, and the guy that hired me/my old boss is now in charge of the development. If you haven't already seen the 2019 release (and you're on maintenance), it's quite amazing how much faster a lot of processing has become now that we're beginning to phase out some of the old platform stuff and integrate the next generation tools the entire software will be based on next year or 2021.

Your users manual is available offline in the install directory, which for me is: C: --> Program Files--> 3D Systems --> Geomagic Design X --> Help --> Geomagic Design X Userguide.chm

Unfortunately a lot of old rapidform guides and things were lost when we migrated the old Rapidform tech support site over to what Geomagic used in 2014-ish and migrated both RF and Geo to a new site again last year, but gettingstarted.geomagic.com is still full of good info and even some new content like quick-start videos our team has been hard at work on.

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Re: Longtime Rapidform/Geomagic Employee New to Forum, Ask Me Anything

Post by orthogordo » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:44 pm

Hi Sean. Thanks for the reply but we finally figured it out. We forgot to install the file that transform was looking for when we put everything on the new hard drive. That solved the problem.

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Re: Longtime Rapidform/Geomagic Employee New to Forum, Ask Me Anything

Post by Martinb9 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:49 pm

Hi Sean,
Thanks for putting out this offer of assistance to the Design X community.
I scan interior commercial spaces using a Surphaser, and use Design X mostly to extract manufacturing information for our own consumption.
I recently scanned an interconnected ground floor, mezzanine and atrium, including the interconnecting stairs and need to extract the existing mechanical (domestic water, sprinkler and HVAC) installations in a 3D model so that I can predictably layout the anchor installation locations for a large ceiling hung feature that we will be installing so that I can provide the layout to our engineer.

I've dabbled with the Pipe Wizard a little, but my results have been disappointing. Before I start fitting circles to each end of each pipe section and extruding solids along a path between the centres of the circles, is there a tutorial or instruction video (in English) showing the use of the Pipe Wizard tool?
In the interest of full disclosure, my DesignX support subscription ran out today, and frankly, I haven't seen enough value in the updates over the last three years to keep paying for support, so I'm no longer a support customer.

Thanks in advance,
Martin

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Re: Longtime Rapidform/Geomagic Employee New to Forum, Ask Me Anything

Post by 3DSean » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:02 pm

Hi Martin,

Sorry to hear you're not getting much value out of the subscription. Were you at least able to get DX 2019 before you went off maintenance? It's definitely our biggest release since DX 2016 re-did the entire UI, and our project management team just added some new staff so I'd expect the releases to get more regular and ambitious in the future. Of course, updates are only one piece of the maintenance puzzle and you have excellent (semi) local support from Ira and Josh who you purchased from.

Regarding your workflow questions, did you get a chance to check out our recent Product Spotlight Series 20-minute webinar on long-range scanning tips and tricks? The Pipe Wizard was only one component but the whole video is full of good information. Doesn't look like the recording has been uploaded yet but it will hit this page when it does https://www.3dsystems.com/geomagic-prod ... ght-series

There's not a great video focusing on the Pipe Wizard, which is definitely an oversight on our part and a great idea for another spotlight video. But I have found the help file to be reasonably detailed in the operation of the tool and the various input boxes/sliders etc. If you haven't had a chance to study that, that's a great place to start (there's a serchable index in the Help tab next to the Model Tree, or you can hit F1 while you're in a tool). What in particular is giving you trouble?

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Re: Longtime Rapidform/Geomagic Employee New to Forum, Ask Me Anything

Post by krize » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:17 pm

hi there how can i fit a tapered cylinder to a 3d point cloud in geomagic?

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