How Do I Import a PTS File Into Autocad?

If you are working with AutoCAD, you may come across the need to import a PTS file. A PTS file is a point cloud data file that contains three-dimensional coordinates of points in space. Importing this file into AutoCAD can be a useful way to visualize and work with point cloud data in your designs.

Step 1: Open AutoCAD

To begin, open AutoCAD on your computer. Ensure that you have the latest version of AutoCAD installed to ensure compatibility with the PTS file.

Step 2: Create a New Drawing

Once AutoCAD is open, create a new drawing by selecting “New” from the “File” menu or using the shortcut Ctrl + N.

Step 3: Access the Point Cloud Manager

In order to import the PTS file, you need to access the Point Cloud Manager. To do this, go to the “Insert” tab in the ribbon at the top of the screen and click on “Point Cloud”. This will open a drop-down menu where you can select “Attach”.

Step 3.1: Specify File Type

In the “Attach Point Cloud” dialog box, make sure that “Point Cloud Files (*.rcp;*.rcs)” is selected as the file type. This ensures that AutoCAD recognizes and imports your PTS file correctly.2: Select Your PTS File

Click on the “..” button next to the “File Name” field and navigate to where your PTS file is located on your computer. Select it and click “Open”.

Step 4: Configure Import Settings

Once you have selected your PTS file, you will be presented with the “Import Point Cloud” dialog box. Here, you can configure various import settings to control how the point cloud data is displayed in AutoCAD.

Step 4.1: Specify Coordinate System

Under the “Coordinate System” section, choose the appropriate coordinate system for your PTS file. This ensures that the point cloud data aligns correctly with your drawing’s coordinate system.2: Adjust Density and Display Settings

In the “Density” section, you can adjust the density and display settings of the point cloud. This allows you to control how many points are displayed and how they appear in your drawing.3: Apply Color Mapping

If your PTS file contains color information, you can apply color mapping to visualize it in AutoCAD. Under the “Color Mapping” section, choose a method for mapping colors to your point cloud data.

Step 5: Import and Place Point Cloud

Once you have configured your import settings, click on the “OK” button to import and place the point cloud in your drawing. AutoCAD will generate a new point cloud object that represents your PTS file.

Step 6: Manipulate and Analyze Point Cloud Data

With your PTS file imported into AutoCAD, you can now manipulate and analyze the point cloud data as needed. You can use various AutoCAD tools and commands to measure distances, create surfaces, extract specific points of interest, or perform other tasks related to your design requirements.

Note: Keep in mind that working with large point clouds may require a powerful computer with sufficient hardware resources to ensure smooth performance in AutoCAD.


  • Open AutoCAD and create a new drawing.
  • Access the Point Cloud Manager by going to the “Insert” tab and selecting “Point Cloud” > “Attach”.
  • Select your PTS file in the “Attach Point Cloud” dialog box.
  • Configure import settings, including coordinate system, density, display settings, and color mapping.
  • Import and place the point cloud in your drawing.
  • Manipulate and analyze the point cloud data using AutoCAD tools and commands.

I hope this article helps you successfully import a PTS file into AutoCAD. Enjoy working with point cloud data in your designs!