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Geomagic has announced new versions of its 3D software for reverse engineering and quality inspection: Geomagic Studio 12 and Geomagic Qualify 12.

Geomagic Studio 12 is claimed to be the only reverse engineering software to directly integrate with all leading 3D mechanical CAD packages.

Geomagic Qualify includes a new report generation and publishing engine that enables colourised and annotated 3D models to be embedded directly in a PDF.

Both applications now offer the familiar ribbon-style interface pioneered by Microsoft in Office 2007.

Geomagic Studio and Qualify now support Windows 7 and have been optimised to run up to 40 per cent faster.

A new start page provides access to files, frequently used tasks, and resources such as a technical support knowledge base and sample data.

Parametric Exchange – the feature that enables parametric models created in Geomagic Studio to be transferred directly into 3D CAD software – has been upgraded and expanded to directly support all leading mechanical CAD packages (Autodesk Inventor, Catia, Pro/Engineer, Siemens NX, and Solidworks).

New features in Geomagic Studio 12 for reverse engineering include: automatic surface and solid trimming via Parametric Exchange, enhanced Autosurface capabilities and more flexible workflows.

Point-cloud handling and polygon mesh processing have also been upgraded in Geomagic Studio 12, including a fast and intuitive hole-filling feature and improved automatic ‘healing’ of polygon meshes.

Geomagic Qualify has been made even easier to use.

In addition to the ribbon interface, usability enhancements include quick feature creation to speed up the creation of inspection plans, and algorithms for aligning test models with reference models.

Geomagic Qualify also now has the ability to embed colourised and annotated 3D models directly in a PDF report.

This feature enables a quality inspector, for example, to use Geomagic Qualify to create a PDF report for a design engineer who, using only the free Adobe Reader, can rotate the model inside the PDF, zoom to a highlighted area, or select a predefined view.

Also new in Geomagic Qualify 12 is a WYSIWYG report template designer that makes simple customisation easy, but has the power to support the most complex customisation needs.

Geomagic Studio and Qualify 12 are scheduled for release in late May.

They will ship with both 32- and 64-bit editions on the CD, and support English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.

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