Sep 21, 2011

Geomagic To Unveil Geomagic Qualify Probe for Hard Probe Inspection and Measurement of Manufactured Products

New Hard Probing Product to be Debuted at Quality Expo and TCT Live Conferences.

Geomagic today announced the latest addition to its Geomagic Qualify 3D inspection software product line - Geomagic Qualify Probe™.

Geomagic Qualify Probe takes advantage of the industry-leading Geomagic Qualify technology to work with a broad range of hard probe precision measurement devices from hardware partners such as FARO, Creaform, Hexagon, Nikon and many others. With Geomagic Qualify Probe, users can use touch probes, portable CMM arms and similar equipment to quickly measure physical parts and compare them with their CAD models to determine manufacturing quality. Quality control applications include first-article and in-line production inspection, as well as supplier management.

This user-friendly software is one of the most affordable and powerful in its category. Building on lessons learned from the built-in probing capabilities in Geomagic Qualify, the new Geomagic Qualify Probe software includes redesigned device and human-machine interfaces for fast and intuitive use. Geomagic Qualify’s fast and automated reporting tools are also a key feature of the new software. Furthermore, unlike most of its competition, Geomagic Qualify Probe includes CAD data importers for the native formats of CATIA, Autodesk Inventor, NX, SolidWorks and Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) at no additional charge.

“Geomagic Qualify Probe will enable us to rapidly expand our productivity and accuracy when using hard probed data, and it includes truly outstanding reporting tools that now have ‘focus’ and ‘magnify’ functions,“ said Rus Emerick, Schneider-Electric. “The direct CAD importers now mean our inspection professionals can work directly with the MCAD models from design engineers, without having to purchase expensive additional options or asking for files to be converted to vendor-neutral formats.”

In addition to interactive, real-time deviation analysis for fixturing and quick checks for out-of-tolerance conditions, measurements collected and evaluated using Geomagic Qualify Probe can be published via integrated reporting tools, including 3D color-mapped models to illustrate deviations over an entire model, evaluation of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) callouts, profile curves and user-defined annotations. Reports published in PDF format can include a live 3D model so that everyone in the supply chain can easily comprehend the inspection results.

Utilizing the same user interface and with file format compatibility, Geomagic Qualify Probe users can easily migrate to Geomagic Qualify to add full scanning and point cloud handling capability when they add a scanning accessory to their compatible hard-probe equipment.

"Geomagic Qualify Probe brings a whole new dimension of productivity to the Geomagic software product line,” said Kris Bowers, application engineer, Exact Metrology. “With the broadly enhanced functionality and features like the new Quick Probe option, teamed with a very affordable price point, Geomagic Qualify Probe is poised to become a key solution for companies looking to perform tactile measurements out on the shop floor."

Geomagic Qualify Probe will be debuted at Quality Expo on Sept 20, 2011 at McCormick Place in Chicago by both Exact Metrology (booth # 117) and Geomagic (booth # 1046.)

It will also be given a European debut at the TCT Live event, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK., on Sept 27 2011.

The Geomagic Qualify Probe software will be released in early November, and pre-registration for a free trial version is available at Geomagic’s web site.