AsBuilt™ is a technology preview of a plugin for SOLIDWORKS®, enabling users to load, manipulate and compare point cloud with mesh or BRep models.

3D scanning becomes a commonly used way for comparison of the manufactured part and initial CAD model. To prototype this workflow for a popular 3D CAD software, AMC Bridge conducted a research of various comparison algorithms, and as a result created AsBuilt, a technology demonstration add-in for SOLIDWORKS. It adds an option to load point cloud model to SOLIDWORKS session and visualize it with OpenGL, so that it could be aligned to a CAD model for detecting differences. 

AsBuilt demonstrates the following capabilities:

  • Import point cloud and mesh models to SOLIDWORKS;
  • Automatically align and compare point cloud with mesh or BRep models;
  • Cross-section view for better exploration of critical places;
  • Save comparison statistical report.

Figure 1. Loaded BRep and imported point cloud models. 

Figure 2. Aligned models and comparison statistics report. 

 Figure 3. Cutting models with surface. 

Figure 4. Cross-section view 

The technology demonstration plugin is compatible with SOLIDWORKS 2018 – 2019. 

Please see the short video demonstration below:

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