Agreement provides one-stop shopping for 3D photography

Thursday, Feb 21, 2002 4:00 AM

LANGENHAGEN, GERMANY, 21 February 2002- Geomagic and Minolta Europe GmbH have entered into a reseller agreement to provide new integrated 3D technologies to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Under the agreement, Geomagic has integrated Minolta's VIVID scanner drivers into its Geomagic Studio software, and provided a customized interface for VIVID 300 and 900 3D non-contact color digitizers and their rotary stages. Minolta Europe will integrate Geomagic software into its existing product range to provide a single source for digital 3D scanning and modeling solutions.

Geomagic's software enables 3D photography, which fully automates the capture, processing and production of 3D models. 3D photography is the driving force behind such processes as digital manufacturing, mass customization, computer-aided inspection, and 3D graphics for marketing.

As the manufacturer of the world's first portable 3D non-contact digitizer, Minolta Europe will play a key role in spreading 3D photography applications in business and industry, according to Ping Fu, president and CEO of Geomagic.

"The new wave of manufacturing is mass customization - individually made products manufactured in large volumes," says Fu. "The fuel for this movement will be participation by recognized industry leaders such as Minolta. This partnership brings a well-respected company to the hardware side of the solution."

"Geomagic's technology is bringing us closer to realizing the full potential of 3D photography," says Michael Bassett, manager of the Minolta 3D Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We are offering solutions rather than just tools. While Minolta's VIVID scanners remain compatible with most modeling and CAD software, our customers will now have a seamless way to capture physical objects and turn them into digital assets for industrial design, engineering, manufacturing, QC inspection and other applications."

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) provides 3D photography solutions for digital manufacturing, mass customization and quality assurance. In addition to industry-leading products, the company offers technology and process consulting, custom software development for specific industries, systems integration, and specialized interfaces to Geomagic Studio software. Manufacturers worldwide - including Toyota, Harley-Davidson, Fisher-Price, Align and many others - turn to Geomagic to provide the technology for customizing products, automating processes, and increasing throughput.

Minolta Europe is a subsidiary of Minolta Co. Ltd., Osaka, a world-class manufacturer of nearly $5 billion worth of Minolta-brand consumer, business, industrial, medical and scientific products. For more information on Minolta Europe, visit www.minoltaeurope.com.

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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