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QMT Products: October 2011
New hard probing software from Geomagic

Geomagic, provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, has announced the latest addition to its Geomagic Qualify 3D inspection software product line - Geomagic Qualify Probe.

Geomagic Qualify Probe is able to work with a broad range of hard probe precision measurement devices from hardware partners such as FARO, Creaform, Hexagon, Nikon and many others.Probe_GD&Tweb Users can use touch probes, portable CMM arms and similar equipment to quickly measure physical parts and compare them with their CAD models to determine manufacturing quality. Quality control applications include first-article and in-line production inspection, as well as supplier management.

Building on lessons learned from the built-in probing capabilities in Geomagic Qualify, the new Geomagic Qualify Probe software includes redesigned device and human-machine interfaces for fast and intuitive use. Fast and automated reporting tools are also a key feature of the new software.

Geomagic Qualify Probe includes CAD data importers for the native formats of CATIA, Autodesk Inventor, NX, SolidWorks and Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) at no additional charge.

Rus Emerick, Schneider-Electric, said. "The direct CAD importers now mean our inspection professionals can work directly with the MCAD models from design engineers, without having to purchase expensive additional options or asking for files to be converted to vendor-neutral formats."

In addition to interactive, real-time deviation analysis for fixturing and quick checks for out-of-tolerance conditions, measurements collected and evaluated using Geomagic Qualify Probe can be published via integrated reporting tools, including 3D colour-mapped models to illustrate deviations over an entire model, evaluation of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) callouts, profile curves and user-defined annotations. Reports published in PDF format can include a live 3D model so that everyone in the supply chain can easily comprehend the inspection results.

Utilizing the same user interface and with file format compatibility, Geomagic Qualify Probe users can easily migrate to Geomagic Qualify to add full scanning and point cloud handling capability when they add a scanning accessory to their compatible hard-probe equipment.


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