SA Release 2016.06.03

At New River Kinematics (NRK), we are dedicated to the continuous development of our core metrology software package, SpatialAnalyzer® (SA). We pay close attention to our users' feedback and regularly incorporate user suggestions into new releases. In fact, you'll find that we never stop improving and enhancing SA. Read below for the latest updates and enhancements in SA Release 2016.06.03.

SA Release 2016.06.03

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Frame Wizard Relationship

A new Relationship type has been added to SA called a Frame to Nominal Frame relationship. This function operates like a Geometry Relationship in that it provides a customized comparison report between the nominal and measured features. It also combines the best features of our Frame Wizard utility with the 6D dynamic comparison power of a Frame to Frame relationship. This powerful new tool allows you to build a dynamic frame from measured features and have it continually update as those features are recomputed or moved. It also provides a convenient way to perform a frame to frame alignment.


Cloud Based Geometry Relationships

Point clouds can now be used to build Geometry Relationships providing a dynamic tool for cloud feature extraction. This feature has been added as an additional association option. When a cloud is used to build a relationship, subsampling options will become available within the relationship properties.


Added Sequential Fit Control to Relationship Fit Dialog

A new button was added to the “Minimize Relationships” dialog to allow sequential application of transformations developed from sequential minimization steps with different criteria. This provides a clean way to isolate sequential rotations and translations relative to particular frames without closing and re-opening the dialog.


Relationships Auto-vector Reports

Relationship auto-vector reports have been expanded to include the projection settings used in the relationship computation for greater clarity.



Max/Min Auto-Vector

Max/Min Vector callouts added directly to auto-vectors now refresh dynamically as points are added to the relationship such that the highest and lowest vectors always have the callout labels attached.


Improved Callout Configuration

Added callout configuration controls for Points to Objects, Point Clouds to Objects, Groups to Group relationship Callouts such that the information can be configured as needed to save graphic space. New Object callout options were also added for planes to display origin XYZ and orientation.


Point Cloud Handing Improvements

New Thinning Controls Added for Clouds Points and Vectors

Greater point cloud thinning control has been added to point clouds and the point cloud Display Control. This includes the ability to set thinning independently for different clouds in the same job, set an upper limit for the total number of displayed cloud points, and control the extent of thinning during graphical manipulations.


Fast Cloud to CAD/Mesh

A new inteligent Cloud to CAD or Cloud to Mesh alignment has been added. This function is available directly through the cloud’s right-click properties and provides a convenient way to align an instrument.


Clipping Planes for Clouds

Clipping Planes were added to the Point cloud properties along with a delete hidden cloud points control. This provides an easy way to remove splash points recorded from a tabletop for example. It can also be set up in advance to act as a pre-filter during scanning.


Scan Stripe Point Clouds

A new point cloud type called a Scan Stripe Cloud was added. This cloud type includes additional information including embedded transforms per scan stripe to facilitate meshing.


Real-Time Course Mesh

A course mesh can be built from cloud points as you scan. This makes it easier to see the extent of data coverage during a scanning operation. This can be turned on through the cloud’s properties and set as default if you want a course mesh generated for all clouds.


New Scan Stripe Mesh

A refined mesh can now be built from Scan Stripe Clouds with a significant amount of control. These settings are provided within the Mesh properties and the fine mesh can be re-generated as needed based upon changes made to the originating cloud.


Added Colorized Mesh from Point Clouds

While SA could build a colorized mesh to display point deviations in the prior version, this function has now been expanded to be used with point clouds. It provides a means to display a colorized surface displaying deviations as transitions between colors. Colors can be configured using the same parameters used for vector groups.


Improved Query Speed with Point Clouds

Significant enhancements were made to accelerated vector generation and cancellation for point clouds as part of a query. Additional sub-sampling controls have been added. This subsampling option has also been added to geometry fit operations.




New MP Commands

DataShare Operations



Other MP Types


Relationship Operations

Relationship Attributes


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Interested in learning more about SA? We regularly update the SA User Manual (which is installed when you install SA) to reflect the most recent updates and changes to SA. Click here for the download page.