The LZH Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. collaborates with 3D Systems and Trimetric GmbH to reverse engineer a Tippkick® smallest playable soccer figurine in the world using Geomagic Design X.

A superlative as an advertising medium

Founded in 1986, LZH Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. mainly supports applied research in the field of laser technology on a non-profit basis. Not only to launch their new production system, but also to attract more visitors at an exhibition, LZH planned to display a special item at the booth which needed to be reverse-engineered by Geomagic Design X to create Parametric CAD Models from 3D Scan Data.



Original Broken Soccer Player
Original Broken Soccer Player

Problem analysis and the ideal solution

Since each tiny football player models consists of complex shapes with a lot of components, it is very important to keep all the details with high accuracy. Furthermore, to utilize the final reverse-engineered model it is critical to have full feature-based history for the data.

Geomagic Design X is able to convert raw scans into high quality polygon mesh models and “Mesh Buildup Wizard™” is mainly used for Quick & Easy Polygon Creating in Automatic way. Moreover, Design X is available to export a fully parametric solid model to SOLIDWORKS, Siemens NX and ProE/Creo, and Inventor. Other 3D applications can open models created in Geomagic Design X using industry-standard formats like Parasolid, STEP and IGES.

Soccer Player Scan

Geomagic Design X proves its strengths when creating NURBS surface and solid models for use in CAD/CAM and other downstream applications. In other words, Design X enables users to create One-button quick B-rep surfacing and also additionally generate automatic re-meshing for generating CAD functional models. Furthermore, during the modeling process, Design X shows real time deviation analysis so it can ensure a finished model is faithful to the original 3D scan.

Soccer Player CAD Model

The third-generation parametric reverse engineering approach inside Geomagic Design X creates high quality, ready to manufacture solid CAD models fast and particularly for complex models. Design X is able to deliver more values in easy way.

Final Soccer Player