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Product News: Geomagic—Simpler, More Powerful, and Integrated

Studio 12 parametric exchange for top five MCAD packages; Qualify 12 3-D PDF for quality inspection reports.

Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 06:03

(Geomagic: Research Triangle Park, NC) -- Geomagic announces new versions of its flagship 3-D software for reverse engineering and quality inspection: Geomagic Studio 12 and Geomagic Qualify 12. The new releases bring unparalleled ease of use to the market for 3-D scanning software, along with powerful new features that improve results and save time.

Studio 12 is the only reverse-engineering software to directly integrate with all leading 3-D mechanical CAD packages. Qualify 12 includes an entirely new report-generation/publishing engine that enables color and annotated 3-D models to be embedded directly in PDF.

Both applications now offer the familiar ribbon-style interface pioneered by Microsoft in Office 2007.

“As 3-D scanning proliferates in industrial, medical, and academic markets, ease of use has become crucial to adoption,” says Karl Matthews, vice president of product management at Geomagic. “The state-of-the-art ribbon interface in Studio 12 and Qualify 12 not only improves the appearance of the software but also makes it more intuitive to learn and use.”

Studio and Qualify now support Windows 7 and have been optimized to run up to 40-percent faster. A new start page provides fast and convenient access to files, frequently used tasks, and helpful resources such as a technical-support knowledge base and sample data.

Geomagic supports the industry’s widest range of scanners and input devices, representing more than 80 percent of all digitizing devices sold. New devices and integrations are added continually.

Parametric exchange. This exclusive Geomagic feature, which enables parametric models created in Studio 12 to be transferred directly into 3-D CAD software, has been significantly upgraded and expanded to directly support Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Siemens NX, and SolidWorks.

New features in Geomagic Studio 12 for reverse engineering include:

• Automatic surface and solid trimming via Parametric Exchange, leading to faster creation of full-fidelity CAD models

• Enhanced autosurface capabilities that reliably convert polygon meshes into exact NURBS surfaces with one click

• More flexible workflows to support faster design iterations


Point-cloud handling and polygon mesh processing, essential steps in reverse-engineering workflows have also been upgraded in Studio 12, including a fast and intuitive hole-filling feature and improved automatic “healing” of polygon meshes.

Geomagic Qualify, well known in the digital inspection market for its ease of use, has extended its advantages in that area in the latest release. In addition to the ribbon interface, usability enhancements include quick feature creation to speed up the creation of inspection plans and new algorithms for aligning test models with reference models.

The most groundbreaking new feature in Qualify 12 is the ability to embed color and annotated 3-D models directly in a PDF report. This feature enables a quality inspector, for example, to use Geomagic Qualify to create a PDF report for a design engineer who, using only the free Adobe Reader, can rotate the model inside the PDF, zoom to a highlighted area, or select a predefined view.

Also new in Qualify 12 is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) report template designer that makes simple customization easy but has the power to support the most complex customization needs.

Geomagic Studio 12 and Qualify 12 are scheduled for release in late May. They will ship with both 32- and 64-bit editions on the CD, and support English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese languages. Visit www.geomagic.com/en/12 for a sneak preview and to sign up for a free trial version of Geomagic Studio 12 and Geomagic Qualify 12.


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Different from CAD, Geomagic offers specific products to create 3D content from imaging the real world and real people, verify dimensional quality by comparing a master design to as-built products, and simulate touch sensations in digital environments. Geomagic products are used to create new products, new processes, and archive the world around us, serving the aerospace, automotive, toys, molds, medical device, surgical simulation, consumer products, arts, heritage, research and education industries. Based in North Carolina, Geomagic has a Boston office and subsidiaries in Europe and Asia and partner channels worldwide.