Tuesday, Nov 29, 2005 4:00 AM

FRANKFURT, Germany, 29 November 2005- Geomagic announced today at Euromold 2005 the first industry-wide program that unites software, measurement system manufacturers, technology OEMs, and resellers to help customers implement digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP) for greater efficiency and cost savings.

The new Geomagic Alliance Program (GAP) responds to the burgeoning growth of DSSP in mainstream design, engineering, inspection and manufacturing environments. The program combines resources from major market suppliers to offer complete solutions that meet customers’ specific needs.

“The Geomagic Alliance Program brings recognition, leadership and cooperation to a technology category that is set to explode just as CAD did more than two decades ago,” says Michael Raphael, president and chief engineer of Direct Dimensions, a leading supplier of DSSP services. “It will make it easier to specify DSSP solutions in RFPs, improve the implementation process, and help ensure immediate and long-lasting returns on investments.”

GAP builds on Geomagic’s philosophy of establishing partnerships with other technology providers to increase awareness of benefits and provide the best “out-of-the-box” experience for customers. The program provides partners with Geomagic’s award-winning technologies that can be optimized for specific measurement systems, applications and customers. Partners also receive extended technical support and access to cooperative marketing programs sponsored by Geomagic.

“GAP provides a framework within which solution providers can cooperate to better educate and serve customers,” says Andrew Stein, Geomagic’s vice president of marketing, product and business development. “Through sharing resources and knowledge, GAP partners can deliver better integrated solutions, simplified workflows, and greater customer satisfaction.”

Initial GAP measurement systems members include CogniTens, FARO Technologies, Konica-Minolta, Kreon, and Laser Design Inc. Technology OEM members include KaVo, a provider of systems for manufacturing custom dental devices, and GN Resound, a worldwide supplier of individualized hearing instruments.

“DSSP is poised to leap into the next level of mainstream adoption across many industries,” says C. Martin Schuster, president and CEO of Laser Design Inc. “GAP will give the industry valuable resources for migrating DSSP into new user organizations and spreading applications within existing customer installations.”

For more information or to become a part of the Geomagic Alliance Program, contact Geomagic at marketinginfo@geomagic.com.

About DSSP

Digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP) is a category name that encompasses multiple technology advances. It describes the use of scanning hardware and processing software to digitally capture physical objects and automatically create accurate 3D models with associated structural properties for design, engineering, inspection and custom manufacturing.

For more information about DSSP, see Capturing a Competitive Edge Through DSSP, a Blue Book published by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Inc. magazine’s December 2005 cover story.

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, coindesign, 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 organizationsuse 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.

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