3D Systems Geomagic Solutions has announced the 2014 release of its new, comprehensive reverse engineering, inspection, design and 3D modeling software line. The 2014 line of engineering software reinvents the engineer’s desktop by providing the industry’s most accurate and comprehensive precision engineering capabilities. 3D Systems is the only company that provides an advanced and complete set of integrated software that covers every
stage of the scan-design-inspect-print workflow.
This release includes updates to the newly integrated Geomagic products. This includes: Geomagic Design X, Geomagic Design Direct, Geomagic Verify, Geomagic Control and Geomagic Freeform and also announces the availability of new Dynamics and Simulation tools for Geomagic Design.
Dynamics for Geomagic Design and Simulate for Geomagic Design provide engineers an arsenal of simulation tools to fully prove-out their designs. Dynamics for Geomagic Design is a rigid body kinematics and dynamics simulation tool that lets customers build and test functional virtual prototypes of their designs on the computer and simulate the full-motion behavior of those designs. This includes complex motion types such as conveyor belts, pulleys, ropes, and bushings. Users can also create keyframed animations. Simulate for Geomagic Design adds the power of finite element analysis with Stress, Strain, Deflection, Vibration, Buckling, and Heat Transfer analyses. Customers can perform FEA on parts by defining the boundary conditions manually, or can utilize the integration with Dynamics for Geomagic Design to automatically transfer the boundary conditions from a motion analysis, including dynamic contact, into the FEA simulation.
Geomagic Design Direct (formerly known as Geomagic Spark) integrates leading-edge reverse engineering tools with a direct-modeling CAD platform. The newest release delivers improved and easier-to-use 3D mesh alignment, intuitive preview of solids prior to fitting and wider support for scanning devices. Geomagic Design Direct is now outfitted with a Probe Sketch tool as well. Probe Sketch allows users to create sketch profiles, which can be used to generate solids or surfaces, using only a hard probe device.
Geomagic Design X (formerly known as Rapidform XOR) provides legacy CAD users with the fastest path from scan data to their existing CAD software. That path has gotten even faster with a host of new enhancements that make for a more streamlined, easier user experience. Geomagic Design X 2014 delivers enhanced LiveTransfer functionality to support all the newest versions of SolidWorks, Siemens NX, Creo (Pro/E) and Inventor.
Geomagic Verify (formerly Rapidform XOV) provides users the power to inspect first articles with a number of contact and non-contact scanners so they can fix manufacturing problems quickly. The 2014 version makes part verification more effective and intuitive with improving the general inspection process, calculation methods, data management and user interface. In addition, Geomagic Verify includes an exciting improvement to sheetmetal inspection; this improvement includes intelligent methods that allow various hole-type geometries to be inspected more effectively. Geomagic Verify also
now has the capability to inspect real physical parts or 3D scan data in cases where nominal CAD may not exist or be available.
Geomagic Control (formerly Geomagic Qualify) delivers advanced customizable automation and inspection functionality for repetitive, large-scale metrology. The 2014 version delivers command availability via Python scripts allow even more powerful customization and automation, with add-in scripts being available as buttons in the ribbon command. 2D and 3D dimensions can be automatically created, and support for the MantisVision scanner is now available.
Geomagic Freeform is the leading multi-purpose design platform for creating complex, sculptural, manufacturing-ready 3D models. The main focus for improvement in the 2014 release of Freeform has been to provide enhanced workflows when using polygonal files, e.g. scan data. In fact, Freeform 2014 has gained a number of convenient features – hole filling techniques, automatic mesh repair, and feature fitting and alignment – all in an effort to more fully integrate scan data into Freeform’s unique modeling environment.