nanoCAD 3DScan

nanoCAD 3DScan is a specified application designed to work with 3D scanning data, primarily 3D laser scanning data (LIDAR), created on the nanoCAD CAD platform.

Introducing nanoCAD 3D Scan 2.0

Key features

Application Areas

nanoCAD 3DScan is focused on solving engineering and information tasks using 3D scanning data in the following application areas:

  • Construction and operation of buildings engineering structures and networks, including search for collisions and author supervision
  • Creation of 2.5D drawings and plans, including topographic;
  • Machines and apparatus design;
  • Creation of three-dimensional simulation models;
  • Data entry into the GIS system database;
  • Emergency situations and ecological monitoring;
  • Transportation tasks modeling;
  • Execution of operational calculations, measurements, including tools for virtual surveying.

Data sources

The sources of primary data for nanoCAD 3DScan are:

  • Three-dimensional laser scanning (LIDAR) data
  • Various photogrammetric software and hardware systems for obtaining three-dimensional data;
  • Bathymetric surveying and other remote or contact methods providing three-dimensional point clouds as a result of the operation.

3DScan Functionality

nanoCAD 3DScan provides the following functionality:

  • Import of cloud points from popular exchange formats (LAS, BIN, PTS, PTX, PCD, XYZ);
  • Preprocessing: filtration based on different criteria;
  • Registration marks import from external sources;
  • Registration by marks and manual binding;
  • Quality control of point cloud registration;
  • Optimized data storage with meta-information (points classification, measurement parameters, scanned color), implemented with stochastic spatial trees technology;
  • A wide range of visualization methods and the possibility of photorealistic mapping, variety display with multiple viewports support;
  • Construction of cross-sections, assigning of view areas, support for dynamic sections;
  • Integration of point clouds into the nanoCAD drawing environment;
  • Semi-automatic and manual data filtering;
  • Manual and semi-automatic classification tools;
  • Automatic identification of ground surface data;
  • Creation of triangulation models, including digital elevation model (DEM);
  • Semi-automatic and manual vectorization;
  • Measurements of lengths and areas;
  • Direct volumes calculation on point clouds data and project surfaces.

Advantages of nanoCAD 3Dscan

The main advantages of nanoCAD 3Dscan are:

  • Unique powerful software kernel;
  • Effective point clouds data processing up to 2.5 billion points;
  • Special methods for navigating through point clouds;
  • Dedicated tools for working with raw source data;
  • Full integration with the nanoCAD environment with ability of integration with 3rd party vertical applications.

3DScan File Formats


nanoCAD 3DScan 2.0 new features & commands

Point cloud data processing based on the CAD platform

nanoCAD 3DScan 2.0 is based on nanoCAD Plus 20.1 - full featured DWG CAD platform. All functionality of nanoCAD Plus is included by default into nanoCAD 3DScan - drafting and design tools, a native DWG compatibility, an open API. nanoCAD 3DScan has a ribbon interface by default. All commands for working with a point cloud are collected in the Point Clouds ribbon tab.

See new features for nanoCAD 3DScan

See new features for nanoCAD Plus included in nanoCAD 3DScan

Import point clouds

nanoCAD 3DScan allows you to work with data received from various sources:

  • Photogrammetric data
  • Laser scanning data, that can be received using terrestrial laser scanning or aerial lidar survey.

nanoCAD 3DScan can import data from the most popular exchange formats : LAS, BIN, PTX, PTS, PCD, TXT, XYZ, XYB, PLY.


Often laser scanning is carried out from several stations. Spherical and plane marks are used in this multi-position surveying, and nanoCAD 3DScan allows making registration using them.

Visualization and Navigation

The point cloud stores attributes and geometric properties. Using various visualization schemes, we can color points according to this data.


3D Walk and 3D Fly modes is a handy tool for creating demonstrations of scanned objects.

Clip and Section

Clips and sections are used to divide point clouds into segments. The function of moving sections is convenient for analyzing the shape of the model at different levels.


nanoCAD 3DScan automatically searches for ground and vegetation points. Semi-automatic and manual methods are also available.

Creating models and texturing

nanoCAD 3DScan can create polygonal models from a point cloud, such as TIN and 3D mesh. DEMs (digital terrain models) can be built using ground points.

Using terrestrial laser scanning data, can be built models of any other objects.


The constructed models can be textured with the color of the point cloud or using rasters.

Search for pipes and planes

The plane search function finds flat areas in the point cloud. To see such areas, you can color the cloud according to the color of the planes. nanoCAD 3DScan automatically finds cylinders and pipe networks in the point cloud.


The compare function can be used to determine the deviation of the point cloud from the model or another point cloud. The widget displays these values in drawing units. The widget displays these values in drawing units.


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