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Geomagic Announces Geomagic Spark, a Revolutionary New Approach to Designing from Scan Data

Geomagic®, a global company providing 3D technology for digital reality, today announced Geomagic® Spark, the newest addition to the company’s line of powerful 3D scan, design and inspection applications, at the EuroMold 2012 exhibition (Hall 11. C132, November 27 - 30, 2012).

Geomagic Spark enters the market as the only 3D software that combines a live 3D scanning interface, robust 3D point and mesh editing capabilities, comprehensive modeling design, assembly modeling, and 2D drawing creation in one complete application. While traditional CAD packages have modeling capabilities, they lack the tools to process 3D scan data into usable 3D. Geomagic Spark, however, incorporates 3D scan data functionality, integrating Geomagic’s advanced scanning technology, 15 years in the making, with the robust, easy-to-use direct modeling capabilities of the SpaceClaim® platform. Now, users can create accurate, manufacturable solid models and assemblies using combined scan and CAD data in the same application within minutes, even with partial scan data.

Geomagic Spark is ideal for engineers and manufacturers that design in 3D from existing objects or those that need to finish or modify scanned parts. With the power of Geomagic Spark, companies in the automotive, electronics, industrial design, consumer goods, tooling and aerospace industries can facilitate better communication between engineering teams, simplify design processes, and increase reliability in scan-to-CAD operations.

The innovation of Geomagic Spark has already caught the attention and imaginations of major scanner manufacturers such as Creaform®.

“We at Creaform think that this is a move in the right direction. It’s perfectly in line with our commitment to help designers continuously accelerate their development cycles,” said Creaform’s Vice President of Innovation and Technologies, Marco St-Pierre. “Creaform is accomplishing this mission through the development of truly portable, user-friendly, accurate 3D measurement devices. Now Geomagic is doing it with its new Geomagic Spark.”

Geomagic and SpaceClaim

Geomagic Spark is the result of a collaboration between Geomagic and the leader in 3D direct modeling, SpaceClaim. The companies’ close partnership began when Geomagic introduced its initial SpaceClaim integration in the 2012 release of Geomagic Studio®. After a successful launch and positive user feedback, both realized that a fully integrated application would change the landscape of designing from 3D scans. This resulted in the creation of a new application: Geomagic Spark.

“Geomagic Spark, in a single application, introduces a whole new paradigm for the capture/modify/make process. It can be used by CAD professionals but, more importantly, by the millions of manufacturing engineers who are not CAD experts,” said Tom Kurke, president and COO, Geomagic. “The high level of support, technical expertise and the quality API from SpaceClaim allowed Geomagic Spark to come to market quickly. Geomagic Spark is the industry’s most innovative platform for super-fast creation of manufacturable CAD models from scan and mesh data.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Geomagic as it introduces the breakthrough combination of modern 3D direct modeling with state-of-the-art scanning, point cloud and mesh editing capabilities in Geomagic Spark,” said Chris Randles, President and CEO of SpaceClaim. “Geomagic Spark is a perfect example of how SpaceClaim is enabling engineers in many different disciplines to work in 3D without having to be CAD experts.”

Description and Features

Geomagic Spark’s integrated package includes point cloud, mesh and CAD modeling in the same user interface. Designers can simply scan directly into Geomagic Spark or load an existing point cloud or polygon mesh. From there they can choose from the wide range of automated tools used to convert and edit data into a polygon mesh: sampling, noise reduction, wrap, mesh simplification and more. Geomagic Spark’s intuitive solid modeling tools simplify the process of creating solid geometry from the mesh, allowing one-button extraction of curves, surfaces and solids. Once the solid model is created, users can then compare the solid model to the mesh upon which it is based, identifying areas of deviation. 2D technical drawings, annotations, dimensions and more are available instantaneously and can be created interactively with the 3D data. Export to CAD-neutral formats is fast and simple as well. This powerful combination of 3D data processing and CAD functionality catalyzes process efficiency in reverse engineering, production-focused manufacturing, prototyping, concept modeling and creation, documentation and service bureau production.

“Geomagic has changed the product design game by simplifying the process. Geomagic Spark’s direct solid modeling capabilities plus surface fitting tools make it different from parametric approaches. It’s so easy to pull and push to suit the mesh,” said WYSIWYG 3D’s Managing Director, Shane Rolton. “We know that our customers can benefit from Geomagic Spark’s ability to produce highly accurate scan data and CAD solids. It’s all about the fit to scan and, therefore, the fit to the real world.”

Geomagic Spark makes scanning and designing in 3D a more straightforward process. Via SpaceClaim’s smart and predictive user interface, users can intuitively interact with models and forgo the intricacies and limitations of a complex, multi-level feature tree. This tremendous ease-of-use makes Geomagic Spark’s tools accessible to everyone, thus allowing organizations to close the gap between engineering and design while including data from real-world objects.

In creating this dynamic, easy-to-use new tool, Geomagic’s development team included a number of sophisticated features in Geomagic Spark:

  • Direct scanning into Geomagic Spark using hardware plug-ins for Faro®, Hexagon® and Creaform (others to be announced)
  • Point cloud editing – Deletion, sampling, noise reduction, etc.
  • Native CAD format import via add-ins from SpaceClaim
  • Mesh editing – Deletion, hole filling, trim and repair
  • Intelligent selection tools
  • Accurate extraction of surfaces, solids and sketches from the mesh
  • Intuitive push/pull geometry modification tools
  • Complete sketching and solid modeling capability
  • Mesh-to-solid deviation analysis
  • 2D drawing creation
  • 3D PDF generation
  • Assembly creation, manipulation and editing
  • Compatible with a powerful collection of third-party add-ins for SpaceClaim (e.g., photorealistic visualization, PDM, analysis and CAM)
  • Interoperable with a range of CAD and PLM tools in addition to neutral file formats (IGES, STEP, OBJ, ACIS, PDF and more)

Availability

Geomagic Spark will be available at the end of January 2013. After its release in January 2013, free trials of Geomagic Spark will be available at www.geomagic.com.

Geomagic Spark will also be available as part of Geomagic’s new Enterprise Bundle, which will also include Geomagic Studio and Geomagic Qualify®. The Enterprise Bundle offers significant savings for those who require a full suite of 3D scan-to-CAD capabilities, advanced point and mesh processing, and cutting-edge metrology applications to leverage their 3D scanners.

Visit www.geomagic.com for more information, demo videos, case studies and free trials.

About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment.

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coin design, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizations use Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW, Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

Geomagic, Geomagic Studio, Geomagic Qualify, Geomagic Qualify Probe, Geomagic Spark, Wrap, Geomagic Wrap, Phantom, OpenHaptics, Omni, Freeform, Claytools, Sensable and Sensable Technologies, Inc. are trademarks or registered trademarks of Geomagic Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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