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Thursday, Dec 10, 1998 4:00 AM

Champaign, I.L., December 10, 1998 - Geomagic, Inc.'s flagship product, Geomagic Wrap, wins the 1998 Computer Graphics World Innovation Award. This award is presented 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, and a panel of experts, Wrap "demonstrates true innovation and helps users gain a distinct competitive advantage in their professions." The award 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, "At Geomagic, we strive to automate and simplify the process of creating computer models of complex shapes. It is very gratifying to have the company's efforts rewarded by this award."

"We are truly honored to receive this award," says Ping Fu, chief technology officer of Geomagic, Inc. "Our technical team worked very hard on the problem of automatic surface reconstruction. I am delighted that this innovation is recognized by Computer Graphics World and the experts in the 3D graphics field."

About Geomagic Wrap

Geomagic Wrap sets a new standard in 3D modeling. First released in April of 1997, Wrap is a software industry first. This revolutionary tool -- for animators, industrial designers, design engineers, and others -- automatically converts arbitrary point cloud data into highly accurate 3D computer models, and enables complex operations to be performed with a single mouse click. The resulting surface is triangulated and guaranteed to be topologically consistent, without cracks or improper intersections. Combined with virtually any 3D scanner or digitizer, Wrap significantly simplifies and accelerates the 3D model creation process. Wrap runs on Windows NT, Windows 95/98, and Silicon Graphics workstations.

Three strengths distinguish Wrap from its competition:

Automation - Wrap automates surface reconstruction and enables the production of digital models with little human intervention. The benefits: increased productivity and reduced costs.

Precision - In the medical and industrial design fields, where accuracy is a crucial factor, Wrap excels. The benefits: quality product and customer confidence.

Ease of Use - Learn in an hour, master in a day. You don't have to be a pro to create 3D models with Geomagic Wrap. The benefits: lower training cost and higher throughput.

List price for Wrap software is $3,495. Add-on modules: GeoSpline $1,995; and GeoShell $2,495.

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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Media Contact:

Rachael Taggart
Geomagic, Inc.
+(1) 919-474-0135
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