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Monday, Dec 23, 2002 4:00 AM

OTTAWA, CANADA, December 23, 2002- ShapeGrabber Inc. has signed an agreement to resell Geomagic software through its worldwide sales channel.

Under the agreement, ShapeGrabber becomes a licensed reseller of Geomagic Qualify computer-aided inspection (CAI) software and Geomagic Studio reverse engineering and custom design software. Geomagic has already integrated ShapeGrabber scanners and drivers into both Geomagic Qualify and Studio.

The agreement allows customers to go to one source for digital 3D scanning, modeling and inspection solutions. The companies will also jointly develop integrated solutions for customers with special requirements.

“This agreement creates a partnership between ShapeGrabber and Geomagic that enables us to deliver a new breed of complete, customized solutions to the market,” says Marc Bisson, ShapeGrabber’s CEO. “This is especially significant for the rapid inspection market, which has great growth potential. We also expect to increase the demand for specialized modeling applications.”

“We are delighted that ShapeGrabber is offering Geomagic products as an integral part of its total solution packages,” says Jim Johnson, Geomagic’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Together we are making it easier for users to work simultaneously on physical parts and digital models at every stage of the product development process, enabling greater throughput, accuracy and reliability.”

About ShapeGrabber Inc.

ShapeGrabber Inc. (www.shapegrabber.com) designs, manufactures and markets automated 3D scanning systems with which industrial clients can generate 3D models of real-world parts for inspection and reverse engineering applications. ShapeGrabber’s 3D components allow systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers to easily add 3D capabilities to their systems. Customers include the Ford Research Laboratory, the Proton Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Centre, Northrop Grumman Corp., Navistar Corp. and the National Research Council Canada.

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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