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Tuesday, Jan 3, 2006 4:00 AM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, January 3, 2006- Creaform has announced a new plug-in that uses the Geomagic API to provide real-time processing and graphics display of physical objects as they are captured by the company’s new Handyscan 3D optical measurement system.

The Creaform plug-in interactively processes and displays a shaded model as a physical object is captured by the Handyscan 3D system. This enables the operator to see exactly what has been scanned, resulting in more complete data capture. The plug-in fully integrates Handyscan 3D with Geomagic software for digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP): Geomagic Qualify for computer-aided inspection, and Geomagic Studio for accelerating the design-build cycle.

“The Geomagic API made it easy for us to develop an interactive plug-in that integrates Handyscan 3D with powerful DSSP technologies,” says Charles Mony, Creaform president. “The new plug-in simplifies the process of creating 3D models and performing analysis based on the points, features and datums collected by Handyscan 3D.”

Handyscan 3D is the first self-positioned scanner. The hand-held system is very portable, weighing only two pounds. It establishes positioning from targets placed on the object being scanned. A unique crosshair laser system containing two high-definition cameras captures data. Accuracy is up to 0.25mm and 0.1mm in resolution.

The Geomagic API enables any optical measurement system to integrate seamlessly with Geomagic software and interactively create surface models from points captured in real-time.

“We are pleased that Creaform is taking advantage of our agile platform to offer added value to Handyscan 3D customers,” says Andrew Stein, vice president of marketing, product and business development for Geomagic. “This is an example of how Geomagic works with optical measurement system vendors to help end users realize significant return on investment from DSSP.”

About Creaform

Creaform (www.creaform3d.com) integrates the physical and digital worlds by providing products, services and integration for laser scanning and reverse engineering, design and styling support, digitization and CAD, 3D product libraries, and 3D inspection. The company has headquarters in Canada and facilities in the United States and Europe. Creaform is a member of the Geomagic Alliance Program (GAP), the industry-wide program that helps measurement system manufacturers, technology OEMs, and resellers deliver better integrated solutions, simplified workflows, and greater customer satisfaction.

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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