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Digital reconstruction software

05 December 2007

Geomagic has unveiled Geomagic Studio 10, the latest version of its digital reconstruction software.

The new software features what the company describes as the next big leap in 3D modelling: an optional surfacing module named Geomagic Fashion that automatically extracts the design intent from scanned physical objects. Geomagic Studio 10 also includes an enhanced graphical user interface, streamlined feature framework, multi-sensor metrology support, and a customisable architecture.

The Geomagic Fashion module is the ideal complement to Geomagic Shape, the Geomagic Studio module used worldwide to digitally reconstruct exact digital models of physical parts. Geomagic Shape provides the fastest, easiest way to digitally reconstruct a physical part as it exists, generating a watertight NURBS model. Geomagic Fashion automatically recreates the original surface aesthetics that are often lost in the manufactured or scanned object.

Surface models from Geomagic Fashion are output in CAD-ready layouts for smaller IGES/STEP files, faster CNC code generation, and improved machining. Analytic surfaces and profile curves from Geomagic Fashion can be further manipulated in CAD, reducing the amount of time required to use or replicate an existing design.

“Geomagic Fashion is a unique tool for industrial designers and others who want to recapture the design intent of an as-built object,” says Peter Scott, Geomagic’s vice president of engineering. “It identifies, analyses and corrects imperfections to generate idealised, high-quality surfaces such as those commonly used in automotive and consumer product design.”

In addition to the Geomagic Fashion module, Geomagic Studio 10 includes:

- An enhanced GUI with user-configurable display themes, sliders and collapsible menus for a cleaner, less-cluttered workspace.

- A streamlined feature framework with more powerful tools to create, review, modify or leverage features throughout the entire digital reconstruction workflow.

- Multi-sensor metrology support for users who wish to take advantage of the combined strengths of 3D scanners and hard probes. Geomagic Studio 10 enables users to quickly capture a full 3D scan of an object and then use a hard probe to create features such as cylinders, cones and spheres, and measure out-of-sight areas for precise shape capture.

- An agile architecture that enables customisation for specific applications and tasks.

- A 64-bit edition that allows users to take advantage of the expanded memory capacity of 64-bit computer systems to process huge datasets generated by the newest generation of non-contact 3D scanners.

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