RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., October 26, 2004- Geomagic has released new plug-ins that enable instant 3D comparison for inspection applications. The plug-ins work in conjunction with Geomagic Qualify 7 software, released earlier this week.

Real-time 3D comparison is available currently for Perceptron and Faro systems. Other scanning companies have begun porting the functionality to their systems through a new plug-in architecture offered by Geomagic.

“These plug-ins provide the 3D equivalent of ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get’ for scanner users,” says Peter Scott, Geomagic's vice president of engineering. “It is a natural way to bridge the gap between capturing and processing data for downstream applications.”

Instant visual feedback

Real-time 3D comparison gives users instant feedback on inspection results during the scanning process. The user calls up the 3D CAD model of the physical part as a reference, using the scanner gun to orient the model on the computer display. As the user scans the physical object, deviations are instantly displayed as a color map on the reference model.


The combination of real-time 3D comparison and portable scanners extends the benefits of computer-aided inspection on the shop floor. In addition to speeding inspection time, the new plug-ins are expected to prove valuable in other shop-floor applications, such as verifying the accuracy of tools and molds without taking them out of the production environment.

“This new technology represents another step in transitioning inspection from a manual process that relies on expertise, to an automated process driven by software tools that are powerful, yet easy-to-use,” says Ping Fu, president and CEO of Geomagic. “It should yield measurable time savings for our customers.”

The 3D real-time comparison plug-ins for Geomagic Qualify 7 are available for free downloading on the Geomagic web site. Geomagic Qualify 7, which includes major new features for geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T) and turbine blade analysis, is available through Geomagic and its authorized distributors.


About Geomagic

Geomagic ( 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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