Geomagic Releases Freeform 2013, the Design Industry’s Most Versatile Line of 3D Modeling Solutions

  Geomagic Releases Freeform 2013, the Design Industry’s Most Versatile Line
  of 3D Modeling Solutions

   In an Industry First, Geomagic Freeform Solutions Now Integrate Voxels,
    Subdivision Surfaces, NURBS and Polygons for Creating Organic, Highly
                       Detailed, Manufacturable Models

Business Wire

MORRISVILLE, N.C. -- January 29, 2013

Geomagic^®, a global company providing 3D technology for digital reality,
today released its newest version of Geomagic^® Freeform^® 3D modeling
software. Geomagic Freeform is a unique, touch-enabled solution that
facilitates fast 3D modeling of highly detailed, organic shapes; these shapes
can then be easily combined with geometric shapes for prototyping or
manufacturing. In combination with Geomagic’s Sensable^® Phantom^® haptic 3D
input devices, Geomagic Freeform software creates a unique modeling
environment in which users can intuitively navigate in true 3D and design with
virtual clay as if sculpting by hand.

Once the exclusive tool of the world’s top sculptural product designers,
medical implant companies and high-end jewelers, Geomagic Freeform’s new
subdivision (SubD) modeling features have created a powerful and versatile
mainstream modeling solution. With this release, Freeform becomes the only
system to give product designers the freedom and flexibility to combine up to
four different modeling approaches – voxels, subdivision surfaces, polygons
and NURBS (Geomagic Freeform Plus only) – in the same manufacturable model.
With the new SubD surfacing, designers reap the benefits of SubD modeling:
more control over smooth forms, hard edges, transitional blend control, and
the ability to refine the mesh to allow detailed features such as textures to
be captured – all while retaining fast and precise editing of the underlying
base forms.

“Freeform 2013 improves upon an already fantastic digital sculpting package
with a whole slew of new features,” said Nick Whitmore, digital sculptor at
Designworks Windsor Ltd., a design consultancy with offices in the United
Kingdom, Hong Kong and Australia. “The new Manual Pattern Piece construction
tool alone, which enables me to select a number of digital clay pieces,
replicate them incredibly quickly and directly control the scale of each
piece, increases my productivity in sculpting complex forms by over 200
percent! I also see a whole new world of even more productivity with the
addition of subdivision modeling and the ability to combine the strengths of
SubD and digital clay sculpting.”

Geomagic Freeform 2013 software also includes complex patterning tools that
empower users to create patterns from existing geometry along one or two
curves, or across broad areas. In seconds, designers can add details, such as
zippers along a single curve or laces between two curves, to make realistic
designs. The software also includes the ability to create customized bitmap
files for patterning and texture creation from existing geometry.

Another new feature is the ability to easily add detailed annotations to
models, so that designers, clients and manufacturing partners using Geomagic
Freeform can each add pointers, comments, image links and web page links to
models, thus streamlining collaboration throughout the design and production
workflow. Geomagic Freeform 2013 also enhances standard tools such as 2D
Lattice Deform and measurement functions. Lastly, new user-defined workflow
wizards guide designers through repeatable workflows with simple, clear steps,
allowing even novice users to become productive in a matter of hours.

“The Geomagic Freeform 2013 product family is the only 3D modeling solution to
integrate voxels, polygons, SubD and NURBS,” said Kevin Atkins, senior product
manager for Geomagic Freeform.“This means designers can be more productive in
a single product, cutting out the non-productive time of importing and
exporting to other packages, when the designer could be modeling.Plus, 2013
removes the frustration of learning different UIs and trying to create in only
one representation – for example, NURBS designs that are better created in
another representation, like voxels. Combined with the other user-driven new
features, version 2013 streamlines workflows and ultimately allows our
customers to get more creative and bring better products to market faster,
which is really what it’s all about.”

Availability

The 2013 software, for both Geomagic Freeform and Geomagic Freeform Plus
configurations, is currently shipping on new systems and is available to
customers with current maintenance contracts. Please note that NURBS features
are only available in the Geomagic Freeform Plus 3D modeling solution. Find
out more at: http://geomagic.com/en/products/freeform/overview. To request
more information, or to purchase Geomagic Freeform 2013, contact Geomagic
online at SensableInfo@geomagic.com, or call +(1) 781-939-7457.

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, coin design, 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 organizations use Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,
Boeing,Harley Davidson,Timberland,Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego,Pratt &
Whitney,NASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M,DanaherandInvisalign. Geomagic is
based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with offices in Boston, Europe and
Asia, and a worldwide network of channel partners.

Geomagic, Geomagic Studio, Geomagic Qualify, Geomagic Qualify Probe, Geomagic
Spark, Wrap, Geomagic Wrap, Phantom, Phantom Omni, OpenHaptics, Freeform,
Claytools, Sensable and Sensable Technologies, Inc. are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Geomagic Inc. All other trademarks are the property
of their respective owners.

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Contact:

Geomagic PR Contacts
Rachael Dalton-Taggart, +1 919-474-0135
Director of Corporate Communications
rdtaggart@geomagic.com
or
Neil McLeod, +44 (1) 666 504293
PR Representative (Europe)
neilmcleod@btopenworld.com
 
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