I would like to see more and I will at SPAR, but I really think that Elmer Bol and the reality capture team at Autodesk have laid the foundation for what will become the true democratization of 3D, at least in terms of the CAD world. It is an impressive strategy.
From a recent Autodesk blog post – “A key addition to the complete 2014 portfolio of Suites is Autodesk® ReCap™ product, a family of powerful and easy-to-use software and services on the desktop and in the cloud to create intelligent 3D data from captured photos and laser scans in a streamlined workflow. Autodesk ReCap is the first industry solution to bring together laser scanning and photogrammetry into one streamlined process. In addition, no other solution on the market provides the visualization quality and scalability to handle extremely large data sets.”
In this first release ReCap Studio is a free standalone product that prepares point cloud data for use in the different Autodesk product suites. It allows import of various formats, including ASTM E57, data organization and basic manipulation. When complete, ReCap creates a RCP project file that can be imported into a number of the key Autodesk software suites. It will also export an E57 file.
Here is where you can download the software. Stay tuned.