The company’s fifth patent protects core technology behind Geomagic Studio digital reconstruction software

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 4:00 AM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., February 15, 2006- Geomagic has been awarded a U.S. patent (patent # US 6,996,505) for its unique method of automatically generating untrimmed NURBS surfaces from polygon models while detecting and preserving topology and highly curved features.

The patented process, used in Geomagic Studio digital reconstruction software, is largely responsible for the product’s renowned ease of use and speed in automatically transforming captured shape data from physical objects into accurate NURBS models for downstream CAD/CAM, engineering analysis, custom manufacturing, and other applications. It is the fifth U.S. patent Geomagic has received for its technologies, with four others pending.

“This patent protects technology that simplifies the digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP) that lies at the core of Geomagic Studio,” says Ping Fu, president and CEO of Geomagic. “There’s a lot that goes into what we call ‘the magic of making it simple,’ but essentially it comes down to innovations that are unique to Geomagic.”

Automatic NURBS surface generation while preserving topology and defining highly curved features has played a key role in several Geomagic success stories, including helping a leading Japanese automaker reduce surfacing time for complex objects such as engine and transmission housings by as much as 80 percent; enabling Fisher-Price to quickly create endless variations of classic toys; and capturing and preserving in digital form rare antiquities and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty.

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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