ASCII FIle from LiDAR Static Scanner

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by benelson01, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. benelson01
    benelson01 New Member
    First time to the 3D Printer world. Hopefully I could get some help on this. I run a Riegl VZ-400 Static LiDAR Scanner. Does anyone know if you can import the ASCII Scan Data file of lets says a building into a 3D printer friendly software to create a tabletop scaled down model of that building?

    Any help would be appreciated!

  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    You will have to convert the data into one of the accepted formats STL, VRML2/97 (.wrl), COLLADA (.dae), X3D or OBJ.

    My feeling is that the LiDAR data is likely a "point cloud" and there are several packages that can convert point cloud data into one of the above formats. What I have found though is that there is a good deal of editing required to clean up the models.

    Meshab ( is one such program capable of converting point clouds to STL, etc.

    If you have such data on hand.. I wouldn't mind trying to help.. just PM me.