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Tuesday, Dec 1, 1998 4:00 AM

Champaign, I.L., December 1, 1998- Geomagic, Inc.'s newest product, Geomagic Decimate, wins the 1998 Computer Graphics World Innovation Award. This award is given by the editors of Computer Graphics World in recognition of new products that extend the frontiers of computer graphics technology. According to Phil LoPiccolo, CGW's editor-in-chief, a panel of experts reviewed the software and determined that Decimate "demonstrates true innovation and helps users gain a distinct competitive advantage in their professions." The announcement will appear in the January 1999 issue of Computer Graphics World.

Press and analysts wishing to obtain more information should email: media@geomagic.com.

Jon Fjeld, president and CEO of Geomagic, Inc., says of the award, "This award is a testament to our ability to apply truly innovative technology to solving our customers' pressing practical problems. Geomagic's technical team developed an exceptionally useful product, and I am delighted that they are recognized for their outstanding efforts."

"Wow, great news!" says Ping Fu, chief technology officer of Geomagic, Inc. "This means we need to work harder and we need to live up to the expectation."

About Geomagic Decimate

Decimate, first unveiled at SIGGRAPH '98, is a revolutionary tool designed to improve the rendering speed of any 3D model by drastically reducing the number of polygons in the surface. Unlike other solutions, Decimate can minimize the number of polygons without losing the original topology of the model. During the decimation process, this software also can improve the quality of the surface mesh while simultaneously preserving surface curvature and proximity to the original surface. This program is a revolutionary enabling technology for 3D game design, real-time animation development, VRML Web design, and other graphics and multimedia applications.

The flexibility and simplicity of Decimate's selective polygon reduction feature is unsurpassed. The user has complete control. Select regions on a model to preserve detail or to reduce complexity. The interactive decimation tool allows users to simply press a button to watch the polygons disappear in real time. Now models can be reduced down to a fraction of their original size, while surface contours are kept true to the original. Decimate sets a new standard in 3D compression.

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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Rachael Taggart
Geomagic, Inc.
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