Autodesk Alias® Plugin to import 3d Points in a CSV (Comma Sperated Value) file. 

CMM (coordinate measuring machines) are used in many automotive studios, to make cross-section data of physical models. These are stored as raw x,y,z values and can be exported as a CSV file. 

Currently, there is no easy method to transfer such data into Alias. Although Alias can import CSV file as a point cloud, it is not very easy to visualize sparse data. The plug-in will import the points and connect them using polylines. By choosing an angle , the resulting polylines can be broken at the retract steps or sudden change in curvature.

Getting Started:

  • Open the Plugin Manager
  • Please select

    ImportCSV_2024_1 for Alias 2024.1 or newer
    ImportCSV_2021_3 for Alias 2021.3 to Alias 2023.1
    ImportCSV for older versions of Alias.

  • Select the Auto Load option to automatically load the plugin the next time Alias starts.
  • The plugin will be installed under File->Import menu, as Import CSV


Click on Import CSV to import the contents of the point file into the current stage.
A Polyline is created, connecting the 3D points defined in the file.


Prerequisites for 64 bit:

requires Windows 7 or newer.
Autodesk Alias 64bit
VC++ runtime. Download here


The software is available for download from Autodesk Exchange App store.


Free Plugin

Known Issues:

Limitation: Only ASCI point data in CSV is supported. No support for binary data.
Might run out of memory if the point file size is very large.



Please post your comments and suggestions.

Version History

    Enhancement: Support for Alias 2024.1
    Enhancement: Automatic identification of de-limters Enhancement: Break curves based on angle between segments.
    Support for Alias 2021.3
    Support for Alias 2021


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