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Geomagics releases latest version of digital reconstruction software

27 November 2006

Geomagic has released Geomagic Studio 9, the latest version of its digital reconstruction software, which features three major areas of enhancement: 3D feature-based modeling, advanced colour texture generation and greater versatility with user-defined patch layouts. As a software tool, Geomagic Studio processes 3D scan data for applications ranging from reverse engineering to design and analysis. The software automatically creates accurate models from any physical part, making it ideal for emerging applications such as mass production of customized devices, build-to-order manufacturing and digital asset archiving for automatic recreation of legacy parts.

For design and manufacturing engineers, medical modelers and historical preservationists, the new features provide automation through: 1) the auto-detection of 3D features; 2) a redesigned powerful macro system with the ability to add logic and flow control to automation scripts; and 3) a system that enables users to define their own workflow processes to reduce (or eliminate) time-intensive tasks. With a training time of only two days, Geomagic provides out-of-the-box productivity and allows for an open workflow for ease-of-use in automotive and aerospace applications, engineering analysis and cast and molding industries.

To enable design and manufacturing engineers to detect and extract the features of an object's fundamental design, the 3D Features enhancement optimizes a model towards the intent. This function provides the ability to reconstruct "perfect" geometry from real-world objects and scanned data. New features offer the flexibility of optimized manual creation and auto-detection of 3D features or geometric shapes.

For designers or other engineers requiring self-prescribed patch layouts, the Geomagic Studio 9 Draw
Patches feature has leaped one step further to make creating and editing patch layouts as easy as drawing curves. Meeting the needs of numerous applications for constructing NURBS surfaces, the new feature delivers this simple mechanism which provides continuous curves, straight-line drawing and refined boundary handling.

A significant addition to Studio 9 for artisans and historical preservationists, the Advanced Colour feature offers the capability to convert per-vertex color models to new representations that use texture maps to retain the full colour resolution. An Image Projection feature completes the offering. It features the ability to match a 2D photograph of a model with the 3D scanned model and then build a texture map from the alignment and projection of the digital photo on the scanned model.

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