I'm very excited to hear that Rhino 6 will include point cloud Import functionality. I've downloaded the WIP and am now in the process of running a few tests. Can someone please confirm the following for me?
Is the proposed point cloud functionality simply to be able to import various ASCII scan formats and convert the points automatically into Rhino point cloud objects? Or is a tool box/plug-in with optimised viewer, performance and editing functions proposed?
I have been using Pointools with Rhino for many years (as well as many other CAD and point cloud software tools). Despite Pointools no longer being officially supported by Rhino (I have to run the old plugin with Rhino 5 32bit Version), I still find the combination of Rhino's modelling tools and Pointools' point cloud performance/editing tools to provide the best solution for working with this sort of data for BIM, architectural, engineering and forensic applications. Microstation has now incorporated the Pointools engine into its software. Autodesk has followed suit by building the Recap engine into many of its software packages.
My recommendations for any potential point cloud tools in Rhino 6 would be as follows:
Useful tools found in Pointools4Rhino:
Fluid navigation around the point data with large data sets
Cut/filter data by region (box and polygon)
Hide/Show point colud
Inverse visibility of point cloud
Inverse selection of points
Saving regions and selection sets
Colour and intensity (shading) of points + controls of intensity Levels
Intensity in hue and greyscale
Colour by height along any axis
Snap to points
Point extraction tool (extract a number of points as a point cloud object)
Stable software – Not crashing all the time
Turn individual scans and off
Tools not in PT4Rhino that would be really useful are:
Select and filter points along a given offset to a curve – so you draw a line and say I want all points x meters either side of the line
Create mesh from point selection (using point normal if they can be imported)
Render point cloud in Rhino renderer
I hope you find this useful and would welcome the chance to offer more import or help run some tests if needed.
Please keep up the excellent work with Rhino