Budget friendly pointcloud addon for Autocad

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Budget friendly pointcloud addon for Autocad

Post by adam.lucivjansky » Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:28 am

Hi colleagues,

I'm doing some research about softwares for pointcloud processing, I will need to create 2D building floorplans, elevations and sections from pointcloud data in Autocad. I know there is Cloudworx and Pointsense on the market and especially Pointsense looks pretty good from the videos I've seen so far but I'm little bit worried about price as I found it here: http://surveyequipment.com/kubit-pointsense-building/ being for sale for nearly £4000.... This is quite a lot for self employed person in central europe so I'm looking for more budget friendly alternative. It doesn't have to be too fancy, just containing basic funcionalities helping with pointcloud as using only native autocad is a bit painful.... Can you advice anything ? Thank you.

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Post by SCCS RTC » Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:52 am

Have you been given a price for CloudWorx AutoCAD Basic yet?
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Re: Budget friendly pointcloud addon for Autocad

Post by Mark Christy » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:21 am

Hi Adam,

Although it's not AutoCAD please check out Rhino CAD and our plugin for it (Arena4D.. www.veesus.com).

Rhino does produce AutoCAD compatible output and combined with our plugin is a very popular tool for creating architectural drawings from point clouds. The cost is also somewhat less!

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Post by Least » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:49 am

Undet is very good and very good value http://www.undet.com/software/pricelist-for-autocad-v2/

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Post by Simon Judd » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:51 am

+1 for Undet we have 10+ Cad operatives using this all day everyday for our 2D and 3D Autocad workflow.

Easy to use, powerful and very cost effective

Works in Sketchup aswell!!

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Post by sersab » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:59 pm

Undet +1
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Post by tbwester » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:53 pm

why not just use autocad?

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Re: Budget friendly pointcloud addon for Autocad

Post by SteveBury » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:57 pm

Adam

By far the most cost effective option (because it’s free!) is this:
  • Download CloudCompare
    Bring in your point cloud (try keeping it fairly small if possible, particularly if your pc isn’t super powerful)
    It’s a good idea to rotate the point cloud so the sides of the building are ortho to the coordinate system - either do that when you process or in CC.
    Slice it to create views of your plans, sections and elevation
    View them orthogonally, then create raster images of each one (with a scale bar)
    Bring the images into CAD
    Scale the images so they are the correct size
    Draw over the top of them.
Even more cost effective is to use that technique with Draftsite which is a CAD software with exactly the same basic drawing commands as AutoCAD - it’s free for non-commercial use or $149 for the commercial version.

If you want to spend some proper money then PointCab allows you to do the same thing as the ortho images in CloudCompare, but is a lot more efficient, gives much better images, and has several other useful modules - it’s very much worth looking at.

Good luck.

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Re: Budget friendly pointcloud addon for Autocad

Post by cadmium » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:23 pm

using autocad by itself is fine.
you just slice the cloud for what you need.
worst case scenario is you add a couple lines.

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Re: Budget friendly pointcloud addon for Autocad

Post by max72 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:57 pm

If you only need to create 2D drawings you have many options. Just a couple of suggestions:
- Autocad and Recap. If you have a recent Autocad version everything is already at your disposal. There are some bottlenecks but it comes at no cost.
- Pointcab (creates raster images as a base for your model to be inserted in Autocad)

If you are not sold to Autocad there is Rhino + Arena for Rhino. Cheaper and in my opinion way more effective. If you add visualarq you can do 3d BIM models. You can pair it wih Pointcab too.

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