If you go to this year’s RAPID 2010 conference, you will have an opportunity to see a demo on the Geomagic Studio and Qualify 12 3D software for reverse engineering and quality inspection (booth 212), May 18-20 in Anaheim. The new releases bring greater ease of use to the market for 3D scanning software.
Geomagic Studio 12 is a reverse engineering software that directly integrates with all leading 3D mechanical CAD packages. It includes an entirely new report generation and publishing engine that enables colorized and annotated 3D models to be embedded directly in PDF.
Both programs use the state of the art ribbon interface that improves the appearance of the software and makes it more intuitive to learn and use. Both programs also support Windows 7 and have been optimized to run up to 40% 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 a wide range of scanners and input devices, representing more than 80% of all digitizing devices sold, with new devices and integrations added continually.
Parametric Exchange – the exclusive Geomagic feature that enables parametric models created in Geomagic Studio to be transferred directly into 3D CAD software – has been upgraded and expanded to directly support all leading mechanical CAD packages (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 high-quality, 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.
Geomagic Qualify is known in the digital inspection market for its ease of use. 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.
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.