Agreement provides one-stop shopping for 3-D photography applications

RAMSEY, N.J., RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 17, 2001- Geomagic and Minolta Corporation's Instrument Systems Division have entered into a development and co-marketing partnership to provide new integrated technologies for reverse engineering, rapid surfacing, rapid inspection, and 3-D photography to customers in North and South America.

Under the agreement, Geomagic will integrate Minolta's VIVID scanner drivers into its Geomagic Studio software, and provide customized software for VIVID 300 and 900 3-D non-contact color digitizers. The agreement allows customers to go to one source for digital 3-D scanning and modeling solutions.

Geomagic's software enables 3-D photography, the process of automating capture, processing and production of 3-D models. Medical device manufacturers are already using 3-D photography for mass customization of products.

As the manufacturer of the world's first portable 3-D non-contact digitizer, Minolta Corporation will play a key role in spreading 3-D 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 3-D photography equation.”

“Geomagic's technology is bringing us closer to realizing the full potential of 3-D photography,” says Martin Chader, business unit manager for Minolta 3-D products for the Americas. “We want to offer 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.”

Minolta Corporation is the largest 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, visit

About Geomagic

Geomagic ( 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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