Apr 14, 2010

Geomagic Studio 12 first to offer parametric exchange for top 5 MCAD packages

Geomagic Qualify 12 introduces 3D PDF for quality inspection reports.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Geomagic announces new versions of its flagship 3D 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 3D scanning software, along with powerful new features that improve results and save time.

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

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

"As 3D 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 Geomagic Studio and Qualify 12 not only improves the appearance of the software, it makes it more intuitive to learn and use."

Geomagic 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, with new devices and integrations added continually.
Fastest path from points to CAD

Parametric Exchange - the exclusive Geomagic feature that enables parametric models created in Geomagic Studio to be transferred directly into 3D 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 Geomagic Studio 12, including a fast and intuitive hole-filling feature and improved automatic “healing” of polygon meshes.
Ease of use, groundbreaking reporting

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 Geomagic Qualify is the ability to embed colorized and annotated 3D models directly in a PDF report. This new 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 Geomagic Qualify 12 is a WYSIWYG report template designer that makes simple customization easy, but has the power to support the most complex customization needs.
Coming in late May

Geomagic Studio 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. Visit 12.geomagic.com for a sneak preview and to sign up for a free trial version of Geomagic Studio 12 and Geomagic Qualify 12.