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Summary: importing data points into proe


Summary: importing data points into proe

Thank you everyone for your quick responses. The method is quite simple,
once you have your data in the correct format.

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The format should be in columns so you'll need to format the excel file.

x y z

Save it as a text file and change the extension to .ibl or .pts (not
sure which one works best if there is a difference)

Start a new point that is an OFFSET COORDINATE SYSTEM POINT (it's in the
datum point flyout).

Select a c-sys and hit IMPORT.

Then choose your file.

Finally make a datum curve through points, select a spline for the type
(not single nor multiple radius), and select whole array (instead of
single point), pick the first point and it should send a curve through
all of them. >>

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Hello Claudia,

The solution to this problem is not that easy.

Scanned data points normally do not follow a sequential curve pattern.

When ProE reads the .ibl file it does it in sequential way from the
first to the last point. Another way that ProE reads the points is from
the first to the next closest one and so on.

Your final curve will end up looking like a wild snake all over your

For large cloud points it is better to use point cloud software.

Raindrop Geomagic has signed an agreement with PTC to use its Kernel
Granite One. Granite One is an interoperability platform based on the
geometry, feature and data exchange capabilities of Pro/E.

Also PTC has this module "Pro/E Reverse Engineering" that can handle
large point clouds to convert them to surfaces and later manipulate the
surfaces to create solid Pro/E models.

Other packages that I have used to complete reverse engineer turbine
blades with over a million points and are very good are: Paraform or
stand alone Geomagic.

If you have any questions, just send me an email.

Best Regards,

Ronnie A Shand

Mechanical Engineer &

Microsoft Certified Professional

Consultant for Lockheed Martin Corp.

Owner and Founder of <http:"/>

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