Digital reconstruction software

Paul Boughton

Geomagic is releasing Geomagic Studio 9; the latest release of this digital reconstruction software features three major areas of enhancement: 3D feature-based modelling, advanced colour texture generation and greater versatility with user-defined patch layouts.

Geomagic Studio is a leading software tool for effectively and automatically processing 3D scan data for applications ranging from reverse engineering to design and analysis. The software automatically creates accurate models from any physical part, making it excellent for emerging applications such as mass production of customised devices, build-to-order manufacturing and digital asset archiving for automatic recreation of legacy parts.

For design and manufacturing engineers, medical modellers and historical preservationists, the new features are claimed to provide unmatched automation through: the auto-detection of 3D features; a redesigned powerful macro system with the ability to add logic and flow control to automation scripts; and a system that enables users to define their own workflow processes to reduce (or eliminate) time-intensive tasks. Requiring only two of training days, Geomagic provides out-of-the-box productivity and allows for an open workflow for ease of use in automotive and aerospace applications, engineering analysis and cast and moulding industries.

To enable design and manufacturing engineers to detect and extract the features of an object's fundamental design, the 3D Features enhancement optimises a model towards the intent. This function provides the ability to reconstruct ‘perfect’ geometry from real-world objects and scanned data. New features offer the flexibility of optimised manual creation and auto-detection of 3D features or geometric shapes.

For designers or other engineers requiring self-prescribed patch layouts, the Geomagic Studio 9 Draw Patches feature makes creating and editing patch layouts as easy as drawing curves. Meeting the needs of numerous applications for constructing Nurbs surfaces, the new feature delivers this simple mechanism which provides continuous curves, straight-line drawing and refined boundary handling.

A significant addition to Studio 9 for artisans and historical preservationists, the Advanced Colour feature offers the capability to convert per-vertex colour models to new representations that use texture maps to retain the full colour resolution. An Image Projection feature completes the offering; it features the ability to match a 2D photograph of a model with the 3D scanned model and then build a texture map from the alignment and projection of the digital photo on the scanned model.

“The new features we have delivered in Studio 9 are a direct result of carefully listening to our customers and responding to their needs,” comments Dave Bell, senior product manager of Geomagic. We are committed to providing cutting-edge tools to the industries we serve. Studio 9 is another example of this commitment."

Geomagic Studio Release 9 is offered in EnglishGermanFrenchSpanishItalian Chinese and Japanese from Geomagic and its worldwide distributors.
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