Coventry, UK: Autodesk Inc. and FARO recently announced their collaboration to add direct integration of point cloud data to AutoCAD 2011 software. FARO and Autodesk have also entered into an agreement for FARO to promote AutoCAD Plant 3D software as its preferred 3D modelling application for the process plant industry.
In addition, Autodesk announced the FARO Laser Scanner Photon as its preferred hardware for point cloud data capture of process plant facilities using AutoCAD Plant 3D.
Through joint engineering and development efforts, AutoCAD 2011 allows the direct import of binary scan data from FARO Scene, FARO’s scan processing software for the FARO Laser Scanner. The introduction of a dedicated point cloud platform that seamlessly integrates into AutoCAD will allow greater flexibility to customers. AutoCAD 2011 supports up to 2 billion points, which can be used with the enhanced tools for 3D modelling to enable extremely high performance usage of the scan data.
“As the use of laser scanners has become more widespread, our customers have asked for direct import and support for large point clouds in AutoCAD,” said Gonzalo Martinez, director of strategic research, Autodesk. “For the past year we have been working closely with FARO, who assisted with the design of the feature and provided us with crucial feedback for the direct integration of point cloud data. We are thrilled to bring this functionality to our customers.”
Built on AutoCAD software, AutoCAD Plant 3D brings the proven benefits of model-based design to mainstream plant design projects, and has been purpose-built specifically for the design, modelling and documentation of process plants.
“Autodesk and FARO share a vision of making technology more accessible, so we are proud of our successful cooperation to develop a functionality that really supports our joint customers in their day-by-day design activities and will help them achieve remarkable time savings,” said Jay Freeland, CEO and president of FARO Technologies. “We are also pleased to expand our relationship with Autodesk with the selection of AutoCAD Plant 3D as our preferred modelling application for the process plant industry, and are confident our customers will benefit from its ease of use and worldwide availability.”