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Display points Glyph filter -> Spheres
Display lines as cylinders instead of raster lines Tube filter
Triangulate a set of points (form a mesh) Delaunay Filters
Downsample a point set Quadric clustering
Measure the distance between two points Sources -> Ruler Hover over the first point then press 'p'. Then hover over the second point and press 'p' again. The distance is displayed in the Properties tab of the Object Inspector.
Downsample a point set Quadric clustering or Clean
A filter cannot be applied to a data set that it should work on Run "Extract Surface" first. This has nothing to do with a surface, it simply converts an unstructured grid to a polygonal mesh so that it is the correct data type for the filter you are trying to use.

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