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DICOM Importer brings CT data into Geomagic software

02 June 2009

A DICOM Importer that enables users to bring data from Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) systems into Geomagic software is now available as a technology preview on Geomagic Labs, a community website that provides early access to new technologies, innovation and product concepts before they appear in commercial Geomagic software.

DICOM (Digital Imaging Communication in Medicine) data is the format generated by CBCT scanners that enable users to capture both external and internal shapes of an object without invasive or destructive methods. Although originally designed for medical applications, the unique capabilities of CBCT scanning systems have made them popular for capturing data from a wide range of industrial parts and objects. CBCT systems work with any surface, shape, colour or material and are not affected by dark, reflective or transparent surfaces or shaded zones that cause difficulty with other 3D scanning methods.

The new importer converts DICOM data into an STL polygon mesh that can then be processed by Geomagic Studio or Geomagic Qualify. Once in Geomagic Studio, accurate 3D models can be created from DICOM data for applications such as rapid prototyping, engineering analysis, generating parametric models for direct import into CAD systems, digital archiving, and customized design.

Within Geomagic Qualify, 3D models derived from DICOM data can be compared with CAD models or other CT models to display differences and commonalities in measurements, densities, voids and other characteristics. This process ensures product quality and speeds inspection.

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