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QMT Products: March 2013
New approach to designing from scan data
Geomagic has  released  its new 3D scan and CAD design software, Geomagic Spark, claiming to be the only 3D software that combines a live 3D scanning interface, built on Geomagic’s robust 3D point and mesh editing platform, with a comprehensive direct modelling package, built on the SpaceClaim platform.

In addition, Geomagic Spark includes powerful assembly modelling and 2D drawing capabilities. The result is an intuitive and powerful product that will allow CAD experts and CAD novices alike to create models for conceptualization, prototyping, manufacturing or documentation – easily and in one complete package.

With a powerful set of tools, Geomagic Spark’s direct modelling CAD environment relies on a gesture-based user interface, a simple push/pull toolset, and a familiar ribbon-based GUI. Now, users can skillfully create accurate, manufacturable solid models and assemblies using scan and CAD data in the same application within minutes, even from partial scan data. With the power of Geomagic Spark, companies in the automotive, electronics, industrial design, consumer goods, tooling and aerospace industries can accelerate product development, facilitate better communication between teams, simplify design processes, and increase reliability in scan-to-CAD operations.

“Geomagic Spark delivers a truly transformative integration of scanning and design – for every level of user,” said Ping Fu, founder and CEO, Geomagic. “Combining Geomagic’s scanning expertise with an innovative direct modeller allows designers and engineers to realize their creative inspiration, from basic reality capture applications, such as reverse engineering, to product design and modification. Geomagic Spark is powerful, affordable and capable of finishing a product quickly.”
Geomagic Spark is built on the SpaceClaim API, allowing Geomagic’s advanced scanning technology to be seamlessly integrated with the direct modelling capabilities of SpaceClaim. To model, users easily move between scanning and editing tools, and the platform also enables the integration of many third-party add-ins built for the SpaceClaim software, including CAD translators, CAE, CAM, rendering and more.

Geomagic Spark’s integrated package begins with a live scanning interface, which currently supports Faro, Hexagon and Creaform scanners, and also includes the ability to load existing scan data from other scanners. Designers can choose from a wide range of automated editing tools used to convert and edit data into a polygon mesh: sampling, noise reduction, wrap, mesh simplification and more. Within seconds, designers can transfer the mesh into the direct modelling CAD environment. Using intuitive solid modelling tools – like one-button extraction of curves, surfaces and solids – simplifies the process of creating solid geometry from the mesh.

Users can then quickly perform a mesh-to-solid comparison and prepare interactive 2D technical drawings, annotations, dimensions and more.
Geomagic Spark natively allows users to import and export a wide range of MCAD-specific and industry-neutral (e.g., PDF and STEP) file formats, and separate data exchange modules are available for additional supported formats (e.g., CATIA and JT). This powerful combination of 3D data processing and CAD functionality ignites process efficiency in reverse engineering, production-focused manufacturing, prototyping, concept modelling, rendering and documentation. With its wide range of supported file formats, Geomagic Spark is especially well positioned to become an indispensable tool in service bureau production environments.
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