Powerful Reverse Engineering in SOLIDWORKS®

Mesh2Surface is a reverse engineering add-in for SOLIDWORKS that lets you convert 3D scan meshes into CAD models. It provides efficient tools to generate surfaces and curves to help reconstructing a professional CAD model.

Save more than 50% on time and efforts over any other approach of doing reverse engineering in SOLIDWORKS® by using Mesh2Surface add-in.

What is Mesh2Surface for SOLIDWORKS®?

Mesh2Surface allows the user to:

  • Import large scan data effectively in SOLIDWORKS in seconds, not minutes;
  • Extract reference geometries, including symmetry plane;
  • Align intuitively in the right position in space, to existing cad model or multiple scans;
  • Create reference cross sections for sketching - parallel, rotational and outline;
  • Fit precisely line arcs and complex shapes to reference section points
  • Approximate free form surfaces with best fit surface;
  • Reverse engineering organic and free form shapes in most accurate way;
  • Compare the CAD models against the reference data instantly with 3D colour map;
  • Convert free form organic shapes just with the hit of a button;

And do all this in your favourite CAD package - SOLIDWORKS;

Do it all in SOLIDWORKS® environment with simple and easy to use tools of Mesh2Surface add-in

Natively integrated in the SOLIDWORKS, Mesh2Surface allows you to work seamlessly in a familiar way.

Scan Data Import

Load data from any scanner using the industry standard STL, OBJ or PLY mesh files. For the purposes of manipulation the build-in polygon reduction function allows the user to create a mesh with suitable number of triangles without compromising the quality of the mesh.

Interactive selection

Simple to use tools to quickly extract areas of interest. Magic wand, brush and free form selection allows the user to identify the areas that represent features or free form surfaces

Reference geometries

Primitives extraction

Reconstruct quickly planes, cylinders, cones and spheres. Create the extracted primitives in SOLIDWORKS as reference geometries, surface or solid bodies.

Symmetry plane

Automatic detection of symmetry plane with colour map analyser. Additional manual adjustment controls for best results.

Scan data align

Align scan data in space

Position the object into the world coordinate system using the extracted primitives. The interactive definition of the coordinate system allows the user to adjust the correct orientation of the object.

Align to CAD

Quick and accurate align scan data to already existing CAD models.

Align multiple scans

Combine multiple scans of the same part to create a single representation of the object

2D Sketch

Cross sections

Interactive sectioning allows the user to extract rerefence points for 2D Sketching. Align the section plane to extracted primitives, standard SOLIDWORK reference geometries or CAD faces of existing surface or solid bodies.

Fit 2D Sketch entities

Extract lines, arcs and circles from the section planes as best fit primitives. Quickly connect or fillet with simple brushing operations.

Complex 2D shapes recognition

Extract rectangles, slots and even hexagons with just a single brush

3D sketching and best fit surfaces

3D Sketch on scan data

Draw style lines and points directly on scan data. Adjust precisely the location with the interactive tools and use the true real-time deviation analyzer for best precission.

Fit Surface

Select area of interest and let the software to approximate the selection with a free form surface. The resulting surface is extended so it is suitable for trimming. The real-time deviation colour map instantly shows the quality of the surface. Automatic option allows the user to create surface as close as possible to the reference mesh.

Reverse engineering organic surfaces

Free Form Modelling

Simple and efficient, the free form surfacing allows the user to reconstruct free form surface which is not possible with the standard surfacing methods. Proprietary snap-to-mesh technology allows even non-professionals to create shapes in no time - something not available in any other solutions.

Automatic surfacing

Create surfaces compatible in SOLIDWORKS with just hit of a button. Mesh2Surface automatic surfacing is one of the best on the market today.
* The automatic surfacing uses the basic algorithm and is not the same like the one in QUICKSURFACE standalone.

Compare scan data against CAD models for accuracy

Deviation Analyser

Control the accuracy of your reconstruction with the efficient distance colour map. Compare the CAD model against the reference mesh at any time of your process. The deviation analyser works with any SOLIDWORKS body (surface or solid) and compares the reference scan data with almost instant speed.

Try Mesh2Surface for SOLIDWORKS free for 15 days.

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The main features at a glance

  • Import scan data as STL, OBJ, PLY or PTX file format
  • Mesh simplification and smoothing
  • Primitives extraction including symmetry plane
  • Alignment in space or to CAD model
  • Cross sections
  • Basic and advanced 2D shapes recognition
  • 3D Sketching with toleranced control
  • Fit surface
  • Deviation Analyser
  • Free form and hybrid modelling
  • Snap to Mesh Technology
  • Automatic Surfacing

Why Mesh2Surface for SOLIDWORKS?

  • Developed by experts in 3D Scanning and data processing.
  • Fast and efficient algorithms.
  • Simplified interface for ease of use.
  • Extensive learning tutorials.
  • State of the art features.
  • Reduce drastically the reverse engineering time thus saving money and efforts;




Do I need to have Solidworks for using this reverse engineering plugin?
Yes, you must have SOLIDWORKS software to install this add-in to do reverse engineering in SOLIDWORKS .

Can I buy this Plugin from my Solidworks reseller?
No, You need to buy this Plugin only from a Mesh2Surface reseller.

Can I scan directly in SOLIDWORKS?
No, almost every scanner manufacturer provides tools to process the scan data. You need to generate mesh and export either as STL, OBJ or PLY file and then import in SOLIDWORKS with Mesh2Surface

What 3D files can be imported in Solidworks with Mesh2Surface?
Mesh2Surface supports the import of STL, PLY, OBJ, PTX into Solidworks.

Can we do a deviation check of CAD data?
Yes, the simple deviation analysis of CAD data over the scan Data can be done at any design and reverse engineering process interval.

Is it possible to align the scan models with Mesh2Surface for Solidworks?
Mesh2Surface has powerful alignment tools to align the mesh data to the world coordinate system and scan to scan alignments

Can we extract Reference Geometry and Parametric Features with Mesh2Surface for Solidworks?
Yes, with Mesh2Surface you can extract geometry and create editable, parametric features directly from the scan data.

How big meshes I can import in Solidworks with Mesh2Surface?
It depends on your hardware configuration, but with good CPU and modern graphics card you can import and manipulate easily mesh with 80-100 million triangles.

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