Friday, Jan 5, 2001 4:00 AM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., January 5, 2001- Geomagic has signed an agreement to integrate its Studio 3.0 software with MetricVision's non-contact 3D measurement machines. The multi-year deal includes customized engineering services.

MetricVision will distribute Geomagic software with its 100B Coherent Laser Radar Systems beginning in March or April of this year, says Peter Howard, MetricVision president. The company's 3D laser scanning equipment is used for precise digitizing and quality inspection of large-scale objects – from airplanes to buildings and bridges. Geomagic's Studio 3.0 software automatically processes digitized 3D data for diverse engineering and web applications.

"MetricVision has powerful 3D data-acquisition machines that are complementary to Geomagic technology," says Ping Fu, Geomagic president. "This partnership will deliver the integrated hardware and software solutions that customers around the world want.”

Geomagic Studio 3.0 technology was chosen for its ease of use and accuracy in reverse engineering applications, says Howard. "We had been searching for the right software to match our product for two years. The customization of Geomagic Studio for our hardware will provide a more effective total solution for the customer."

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) develops and markets Geomagic Studio, the first 3D product to provide precise dimensional (geometry) and photometric (color) information in one process. The result is true-to-life 3D models that can be created in minutes by anyone, rather than in days by a specialist. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

MetricVision, based in Newington, Va., creates powerful new factory automation tools that deliver non-contact, precision 3D measurements for the lab and the plant floor. The Coherent Laser Radar technology used by MetricVision speeds manufacturing, improves quality, and lowers manufacturing costs while eliminating the need for photogrammetry dots, laser tracker SMRs, retroreflectors, probes or contact with the object.

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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