true you can import the mesh in to your cad program im not saying that it wouldnt do that. The problem is once you have it in your cad program without the revers engineering sofware like Rapid Form you cant manipulate it, you cant turn it into a nurbs surface. For instance in Rhino you can open up the mesh file but thats it. thats all you can do besides rotate it and say wow thats a lot of little triangles. You cant perform any of the rhino operations, boolean, patch, cut, ect. it has to first be converted into a nurbs surface the reason I say its desceptive in the pricing is that the roland lpx 250 digitizer comes with the pixform software that does those things so that you have a model that you can work with. Thats why roland is asking $10000 unstead of 2400. Its like buying a ferrari without an interior.. The nextengine scanner doesnt have any of that. converting to nurbs isnt the only tool thats really needed, for example when scanning with a laser you will inevitably have holes in the mesh wether from overhangs that the laser couldnt get to or because of glare. A good sofware package will help you fill those holes and smooth any "stiched together portions of a nit together surface. Nextengines basic sofware doesnt let you do that. And if it does they sure are being secretive about a tool that they should be boasting about. I couldnt find any such indication on their site that it did those things.