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New technologies are now enabling the direct capture of spatial information about the physical world to improve workflows across industries that design, produce, or manage physical products or projects, from buildings to highways to video games. This is Reality Computing.
Autodesk® ReCap™ is at the forefront of Reality Computing with a family of products and services that allows you to easily integrate reality capture data into your design process. Using laser scans or photographs, ReCap streamlines your workflow by turning the real world into as-built 3D data that you can use with other Autodesk products.
Integrating reality data into your projects begins with capturing physical objects and spaces around you. ReCap works with data and images collected from laser scanners or digital cameras. Photography is an easy way to document physical objects and spaces quickly. Laser scanning accelerates the process by registering while you scan. With ReCap, survey processes now take only hours instead of days or months.
3D laser scanning is the most accurate way to produce point clouds of a physical space. ReCap software imports source scans from any terrestrial and mobile scanner. The enhanced capabilities of ReCap Pro can process point cloud registration without targets. Spend less time on survey set-up and more resources on documenting your project.
Create high-resolution, detailed 3D models from source photos with ReCap’s online application. From aerial drones flying GoPro cameras to digital SLRs to smartphones, use any camera to document your physical project. Photo on ReCap 360 can stitch photos and turn them into a 3D mesh or point cloud, creating a high-resolution, textured model that can be imported into other Autodesk software.
Whether you’re working in a laser-based or photo-based workflow, the ReCap family of products and services easily translates your reality capture data into meaningful and reliable 3D information that integrates seamlessly with Autodesk software (beginning with 2014 versions). Begin your design process with true dimensions and full photo-quality context instead of starting from scratch. Manipulate reality-based models into a new design to analyze or use it to simulate real-world behavior.
After documenting real world conditions using laser technology, import the source scans into ReCap software to easily index, segment, clean, prepare, create regions, select view states and your point cloud to use in your design. To view, share, and annotate 360-degree panoramas of your laser scans through the cloud, simply export your files to Real Views on ReCap 360.
With our cloud-powered Photo on ReCap 360 service you can convert up to 250 source photos into a high-quality 3D mesh or photo point cloud. Once the photos have been processed, registered, and stitched, ReCap exports a reality-based model to use with other Autodesk software.
Advancements in Autodesk’s ReCap engine and new sensor devices have come a long way. In just the past two years, the technology has transformed from displaying data as non-intelligent, black and white point clouds, to intelligent, visually-appealing content.
This precise and vivid reality data is easily integrated into your current workflow, no differently than any other 3D model.
The last leg of Reality Computing is the delivery of captured and modified reality data back in the physical world. This can be accomplished digitally (using project visualizations or augmented reality) or physically (using 3D printing, machine-controlled earthworks, and other digital fabrication techniques).
Explore the advantages of reality capture by combining ReCap with your Autodesk software of choice. ReCap is already included in most Autodesk design and creation suites (starting with 2014 versions). Use the chart below to discover the reality capture workflow that fits your design process.
Hover your mouse over the diagram (tap on a mobile device) to see which of the four data types integrate with your preferred Autodesk software.
Reality data is physical object and spatial information captured by sensors, such as laser scanners and photography. Whether you’re using a terrestrial scanner, a depth camera, a digital SLR or a smartphone, ReCap software works with data captured from a range of devices. ReCap software interprets four types of reality data, depending on the capture technology used: Laser Point Cloud, Real View, Photo Mesh, and Photo Point Coud.
The collection of points in 3D space resulting from scanning an object using a laser scanner. Each point is defined by its X, Y, Z coordinates, to which is attached an intensity value, and, if available, RGB color and additional information.
Photo-realistic 360° panoramas from terrestrial scanners. Each pixel of the panorama includes depth information (X, Y, Z) from the laser scanning that ensures highly accurate and trustworthy data information.
A photo-textured 3D model whose polygons and texture information have been extracted from a series of adjacent source photos by photogrammetry (a stitching/registration and meshing process converting 2D images to 3D mesh models).
The collection of points in 3D space by scanning an object using a series of adjacent source photos through the same photogrammetry process used for Photo Meshes. Each point in space comes with an associated RGB color and additional information.
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