Tuesday, Sep 2, 2008 5:00 AM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N. C., September 2, 2008- The National Science Foundation has awarded Geomagic a Phase IIB grant to extend research into technologies that will have a profound impact on product design and development.

The latest grant comes on the heels of successful Phase I and Phase II projects aimed at giving designers the ability to easily create accurate digital representations of scanned physical parts.

Work on the Phase IIB grant has major implications in mechanical design applications. It addresses customer needs for automation, computational efficiency, and high-quality surfacing. The research will further extend the core technology found in Geomagic's recently introduced Fashion module, which captures the original design intent of a scanned physical object and transforms it into a CAD-ready surface model.

"These technologies are tearing down the walls between physical parts and their digital representations, speeding iterations of design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance throughout the product life cycle," says Dr. Michael Facello, principal investigator for Geomagic's research. "The new software algorithms we are developing have the potential to reduce design cycles from months to days, improve quality through better analysis, shorten maintenance and repair cycles, dramatically reduce waste, and enable product customization on a mass scale."

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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