|Originally posted by Farmboy_k:|
Supposedly a sprt file is the raw Solidworks version. Looking for something more then just a 3D CG rendering file that is used in the video games as I need to be able to have wall thickness and able to scale it to a specific size.
I have seen one of those 3D scanners in action ,while doing small objects , but have seen some computer model results of a full vehicle scan. Quite impressive to say the least.
A native SolidWorks file is either a .SLDPRT, .SLDASM, or .SLDDRW depending on if it is a model, assembly, or drawing file. I use SolidWorks very regularly.
I have yet to see a 3D scanner that can generate a real 3D CAD file. Most 3D scanners are simply scanning a surface and plotting points on the surface. Each point is mapped into 3D space, and the resultant file is a "point cloud". In order to make a usable CAD file from the point cloud, you need a designer with experience in this type of conversion, and someone who is skilled at class "A" surfacing. As you want CAD data of a cars exterior skin, that requires class "A" surfacing skills to finesse the surfaces to get a smooth outcome. Point clouds do not provide the accuracy to simply scan a surface and get an accurate reproduction of any automotive exterior surface. Some companies claim their scanners can output 3D CAD data, but they really output an .stl file, which is a tessellated surface. An stl file is pretty much useless if you are trying to reverse engineer any class "A" surface.
It can be done, but it would not be fast, easy, or cheap.