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Thursday, Dec 1, 2005 4:00 AM

FRANKFURT, Germany (Euromold 2005), 01 December 2005- Geomagic announces Geomagic Qualify 8, with new functionality that dramatically speeds processes and reduces costs for automotive sheet metal and internal assembly inspection.

The latest version of the Geomagic computer-aided inspection (CAI) software also offers extended plug-in support for Perceptron, FARO, Konica-Minolta and Kreon optical measurement systems and arm-mounted scan heads, and unique integration with the FARO Laser Tracker.

Geomagic Qualify is used by major automotive companies worldwide to automatically process scan data into accurate 3D models for inspection analysis and reporting. Key technology components of Geomagic Qualify 8 have undergone extensive testing by Perceptron and a major U.S. automotive manufacturer as part of an AutoScan project.

“Geomagic Qualify 8 in conjunction with Perceptron non-contact measurement systems provides breakthrough functionality for automating manual processes, eliminating expensive physical testing tools, and adding speed and flexibility to automotive inspection,” says John Kidd, Perceptron’s product marketing manager for the AutoScan Flexible Ring Gauge.

Major new capabilities and benefits

Geomagic Qualify 8 provides the following new capabilities and benefits:

  • Gap & flush comparison that adapts easily to any type of gap configuration and speeds analysis by automatically creating sections and dimensions.
  • Ring gauge inspection within software, providing greater accuracy by analyzing many more data elements, and eliminating the need to build physical ring gauges – generating major savings per gauge.
  • Edge (or hem) calculation that enables users to automatically compare scanned data to CAD data to evaluate spring-back, saving the manual work of creating sections and dimensions.
  • Automatic wall thickness calculation to quickly identify critical areas that might cause breakage. This capability can reduce otherwise time-consuming analysis down to a couple of minutes for plastic, sheet-metal and other parts.
  • Improved sectioning tools for creating faster 2D dimensioning views and automatically generating easy-to-analyze graphical reports.

Measurement system support

Geomagic Qualify 8 provides plug-ins and extended support for the Perceptron Contour Probe with both Cimcore and non-Cimcore arms, FARO ScanArm and Laser Tracker, Konica-Minolta Vivid, and Kreon Zephyr optical measurement systems.

FARO Laser Tracker support in Geomagic Qualify 8 provides new capabilities for offline and real-time inspection. The real-time capability enables users to instantly compare a CAD model to the scan of a physical part being displayed on the screen as it is captured.

The FARO Laser Tracker plug-in offers advanced capabilities in performing alignments and sophisticated analysis for sectioning, 2D and 3D dimensioning, GD&T, wall thickness, and reporting for point cloud and surface model applications that are not easily handled by FARO’s CAM2 software.

Certified to highest standards

In addition to being proven in real-world testing, Geomagic Qualify 8 has been certified by Fiat as part of a digital inspection process that exceeds standards set by ANFIA, the trade association that defines manufacturing methods for the Italian automotive industry.

“The [Geomagic Qualify] digital inspection process passed every test and exceeded all expectations,” says Domenico Bongiovanni, Fiat’s quality manufacturing engineer. “We believe it will enable us to inspect more part features in equal or less time than with CMM processes, and automate other areas such as incoming inspection.”

Available now

Geomagic Qualify 8 is available in English, German, Chinese, Japanese and French languages from Geomagic and its worldwide distributors.

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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