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Reality Capture with Autodesk Recap

Using the reality capture and point cloud manipulation tools in Autodesk ReCap.
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This course covers all of the essential skills you will need to get up to speed with Autodesk ReCap. Each lesson includes a complete video tutorial you can watch, pause, rewind, and watch again as the instructor explains the basics of this program for preparing 3D laser scans for import into AutoCAD and other Autodesk programs.

In just under an hour, you will be able to import scan files, save and export projects, change the appearance of point clouds, work with scan regions and scan locations, and add dimensions and notes. Most lessons include actual point cloud files that you can download and load into your copy of Autodesk ReCap so that you can follow along as the instructor demonstrates various concepts.

This course includes more than a dozen lessons totaling nearly an hour of video lectures, plus materials you can download and online quizzes.

If you want to learn Autodesk ReCap, this is the course for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in learning to use Autodesk ReCap (no previous experience required)
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What Will I Learn?
Import scan files
Save and export projects
Change the appearance of a point cloud
Select and clip points
Limit volumes within a point cloud
Delete points
Add dimensions and notes to point cloud projects
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  • No prior experience required. A copy of Autodesk ReCap (downloadable free from the Autodesk website) is needed if you want to open sample point clouds and follow along with lessons and demonstrations.
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This document provides a general course introduction as well as an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 1 and also explains some important aspects of the course, including how to download and use the point cloud files that are referenced by many of the lessons.

The course begins with an introduction to point clouds and then takes you through all of the functions of Autodesk ReCap, explaining how to take point cloud data generated by 3D laser scanners and create point cloud project files that reference multiple indexed scan files.

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When engineering and design professionals need to work with existing conditions, more and more often they use point clouds to create 3D representations of existing buildings or objects. This lesson introduces the basic concepts of point clouds.
Preview 04:30

Point cloud data is stored as millions of points. Autodesk ReCap is a separate application created specifically for working with these massive data sets. In this lesson, you will learn how to start Autodesk ReCap.
Preview 03:37

Before you can work with a point cloud in Autodesk ReCap, you must import the files. In this lesson, you will learn how to import both raw and indexed scan files.
Importing Scan Files

Once you have imported scan files, the information about indexed files can be saved as an Autodesk ReCap project that can be viewed and edited using other Autodesk software or you can export the file as a single package file that can be accessed by other products that cannot read the proprietary Autodesk RCP format. In this lesson, you will learn how to save or export a project.
Saving and Exporting a Project

You can use tools in Autodesk ReCap to change your view of the point cloud and many of the viewing tools work similar to those in AutoCAD. In this lesson, you will learn how to view and navigate point clouds using Autodesk ReCap.
Viewing and Navigating in ReCap

In this lesson, you will learn how to use various tools in Autodesk ReCap to change the appearance of the point cloud. 
Changing the Appearance of a Point Cloud

In this lesson, you will learn how to use various methods to select groups of points. 
Selecting and Clipping Points

Every point cloud has a least one limit box, which controls how much of the point cloud is displayed. In this lesson, you will learn how to adjust the boundaries and orientation of a limit box and save the new configuration. 
Limiting Volumes within a Point Cloud

Scan regions can improve performance and also help you visualize an existing scene in different configurations by keeping only the regions you want to see turned on. In this lesson, you will learn how to identify regions within a point cloud that you can isolate and hide.
Working with Scan Regions

Each indexed scan file that you have imported into ReCap is listed in the Project Navigator under Scan Locations. In this lesson, you will learn how to hide and show scan locations and even remove them from a project.
Working with Scan Locations

In this lesson, you will learn how to select and delete points to permanently remove those points from the scan file in order to clean up extraneous points that are outside the area of interest or to eliminate points representing people or vehicles that were captured as part of the original scans.
Deleting Points

You can use tools in Autodesk ReCap to measure distances and angles between elements in a project. In this lesson, you will learn how to use the measurement tools to calculate the distance between two points, the angle formed by three points, or the angle of one face to another.
Adding Dimensions

In this lesson, you will learn how to use tools in Autodesk ReCap to add notes to a scene to provide additional information.
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Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section Review: Reality Capture
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This document provides a wrap up at the end of the course and recommends resources you can use for continuing your training.

If you have reached this point, that means that you have completed all of the lectures in this course, Reality Capture with Autodesk ReCap – Revealed!

Congratulations. What are your next steps?

You have learned the essential skills you need to know in order to use Autodesk ReCap to create intelligent 3D models from laser scans. But as you may imagine, there is a lot more to learn about using those 3D models in other Autodesk software, such as AutoCAD or Revit.

At CADLearning, we are continuing to develop additional courses and hope to launch more courses on Udemy in the future.

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