Thursday, Oct 5, 2000 5:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 5, 2000- Geomagic Studio software from Geomagic (Research Triangle Park, N.C.) has been selected as a featured technology in what is believed to be the largest collection of high-level machining equipment and advanced computer hardware and software in motorsports.

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced today at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte that it will open an 8,000-square-foot Okuma Technology Center at its Welcome, N.C., complex. The center will be fully operational by the beginning of the 2001 race season. RCR is the NASCAR and Busch racing team whose stable of racers includes seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt; Okuma is a world leader in computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool technology.

Geomagic Studio digital duplication software will join Okuma machining equipment, Parametric Technology Corp.'s CAD/CAM software and Hewlett-Packard computer and printing hardware as the key technology tools used in the center.

RCR uses Geomagic Studio in its cylinder head porting process, which is critical to gaining horsepower in a racecar engine. Working with Parametric Technology's Pro-NC package, Geomagic Studio has helped reduce the time it takes to complete a pair of cylinder heads from 80 hours to 12. The software allows RCR engineers to take output from 3D scans, capture the texture and shape of the cylinder heads, and transform this information into models that can be used over and over again, saving days in production time.

"The selection of Geomagic Studio for this center validates its unique ability to enable rapid, accurate customized manufacturing," says Ping Fu, chief technology officer at Geomagic. "We are proud to be a part of the most advanced machinery, software and hardware in the racing world today."

The Okuma Technology Center has been three years in the making, according to Lenny Batycki, Vice President of operations at RCR. During that time, the RCR team realized that advanced engineering technology is playing a crucial role in creating a winning race car. "Working together, all of these technologies will enhance our ability to produce more advanced parts for our race cars that will help gain us that competitive advantage each weekend on the track," he says.

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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