If you are a fan of 3D scanning and using SOLIDWORKS, 3D Systems is now making life easier all around. With the addition of Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS, users will now be able to look forward to having 3D scanned data delivered quickly and accurately right into the software.
The Rock Hill, SC headquartered company just made the announcement, as they are offering a new end-to-end solution for industrial designers and engineers who rely on 3D scanning as an integral tool in projects for today. This new offering is completely centered around allowing for greater accuracy and efficiency, which, while they may be important for the hobbyist, are elements exponentially higher in priority when it comes to workflow at the office as prototypes and low-batch production projects need to be underway expediently.
With Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS, users can scan objects right into the software and begin modeling the data rather than harkening back to the traditional hours upon hours spent endeavoring to rebuild CAD data. And again as we’ve reported on numerous times, this is in line with the push to see innovators innovating and contributing amazing new designs to the world, rather than spending their time mired down in wasted busy time or operability issues.
With this feature, 3D Systems expects that as users create feature-based solid- and surface-data in a more streamlined workflow, everyone involved will see better products with more rapid design cycles, all resulting in higher productivity and eventually, profitability; for example, according to 3DS, a solid model of a mold block based on organic 3D shapes can be made in under ten minutes using Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS.
3D Systems expects users to experience speed and accuracy that are unprecedented and all stemming from the decades of experience the 3D Systems team has had in the industry, allowing them to better understand and assess the true needs of the designer or engineer. This is just one more solution they are able to add to their ever growing lineup of features and products, allowing for an ‘intuitive toolset’ to use in the scan-to-CAD workflow, and compatibility with scanners made by manufacturers such as FARO, Hexagon, Nikon, Creaform, Artec and 3D Systems.
Geomagic works seamlessly as a new software plug-in here, allowing for all of the following:
- Direct scanning into SOLIDWORKS
- Scan registration
- Automated smoothing
- Instant wrapping to polygons
- Mesh editing
- Surfacing and automated ‘smart selection’ tools for extracting solid features
Along with that, engineers will find that they are able to use precise deviation analysis for performing accurate comparisons to their original data.
“3D Systems’ Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS is a powerful addition to our comprehensive ecosystem of 3D solutions, enabling designers and engineers to take advantage of our scan-to-CAD products within the SOLIDWORKS environment,” said Ilan Erez, Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Software Products, 3D Systems. “Never before has such precision been achievable at such speed.”
FARO Technologies has announced that they will be including the new Geomagic for Solidworks feature in with their FARO Design ScanArm, a new release. This will be one of two exclusive new bundles they are offering with the Scan Arm, which the global provider of 3D measurement and imaging technology designed specifically for 3D modeling. The ScanArm is also meant for reverse engineering, and CAD-based design applications, featuring optically-superior blue laser technology for fast scanning speed and high-resolution point cloud data. Their second bundle for the ScanArm will be including Geomagic Design X, which is specifically meant as a reverse engineering software solution allowing for the creation of ‘feature-based, editable solid models’ in any major MCAD software.
“By combining fast, high-resolution 3D scanning with software that enables point cloud capture directly into SOLIDWORKS as feature-based solid CAD data, Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS provides the world’s first direct 3D scan-to-CAD solution that promises to meaningfully streamline workflows,” said Joe Arezone, Chief Commercial Officer, FARO Technologies.
Artec 3D will also be getting in on this new release, using Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS as an integrated offering for all of their customers engaged in using their lineup of high-resolution 3D scanners like the Spider and Eva, offering professional-quality scanning in color.
“Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS combines perfectly with Artec 3D scanners to bring serious scan-to-CAD workflows to SOLIDWORKS users,” said Artyom Yukhin, Chief Executive Officer, Artec 3D. “The automated toolsets for both solid and surface modeling allow geometric and organic shapes to be perfectly scanned and rebuilt for ongoing design and engineering.”
3D Systems will be offering customer webinars on Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS on June 21, 2016 at 10.00 am EDT and on June 22, 2016 at 8.00 pm EDT. Click here for more on Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS. Discuss over at 3DPB.com in the Geomatic for Solidworks Makes 3D Scanning Easy forum at 3DPB.com.