3D Systems Unveils Enhancements to Reverse Engineering Software

Unroll/reroll function in Geomagic Design X enables a new modeling workflow for complex revolved parts resulting in a 94% efficiency improvement, company says.

Unroll/reroll function in Geomagic Design X enables a new modeling workflow for complex revolved parts resulting in a 94% efficiency improvement, company says.

3D Systems is revealing new versions of Geomagic Design X and Geomagic Wrap, which include capabilities that streamline workflows and empower designers and engineers with digital tools to achieve greater precision, the company says. 

New Geomagic Design X Features

3D Systems’ Geomagic Design X combines 3D scan processing and complete CAD design functionality. Using the software’s newest features, engineers will benefit from streamlined modeling workflows as well as expanded modeling pathways for complex, revolved parts. 

The newest Geomagic Design X release includes an Unroll/Reroll function that enables a new modeling workflow to tackle these complex, revolved parts. Using a comprehensive suite of mesh processing tools, an engineer can unroll the mesh to automatically extract a 2D sketch, make the modifications needed and then reroll the sketch for additional engineering. This feature reduces the need for multiple rounds of trial and rework, improving part precision, efficiency and downstream usability.

Topology optimized parts and castings with precision features present challenges for repatriating a generative mesh, or 3D scan into CAD with intelligence. The new Selective Surfacing features in Geomagic Design X 2020 simplify the hybrid modeling process, providing easy workflows for traditionally difficult parts with both organic and prismatic features. Selective Surfacing combines fast organic surfacing with high precision feature modeling methods. This results in accelerated productivity while providing greater downstream CAD reusability and maintaining control over model accuracy.

Geomagic Design X customers on-maintenance will be invited more efficiently into the R&D process—providing early access to innovations and the ability to share feedback. Additionally, this new plugin structure enables 3D Systems to quickly gather customer support requests—and in many cases more efficiently delivering support for customers’ business critical needs. Shortly following the general release of Geomagic Design X 2020, on-maintenance customers will be directly invited to visit the company’s new support site, and get access to the first Add-in pack delivered through this framework.

Geomagic Design X 2020 is planned for general availability in late May 2020.

Geomagic Wrap 2021

Geomagic Wrap provides the industry’s most well-known toolset to transform 3D scan data and imported files into 3D models for immediate use in downstream engineering applications across various industries. 3D Systems’ latest release—Geomagic Wrap 2021—includes features such as scripting automation and texture manipulation that accelerate designs.

3D Systems’ Geomagic Wrap includes scripting automation that enables engineers to work more efficiently, the company says. The latest release includes a new scripting editor that allows engineers to customize their workflow for their applications. The editor uses Python to interact with the custom Geomagic Wrap accessible features. This has enabled a much simpler experience with new tools such as “auto complete” and “contextual highlighting” that accelerate the design of accurate, 3D surfaced models. These new features are complemented by enhanced API Documentation that will be live-hosted on the company’s support site providing customers access to continuously updated documentation. 

Geomagic Wrap 2021 includes new texture manipulation tools to streamline workflows involving color and texture scans. When an engineer scans an object that includes colors, logos or other complex visual elements in a scan-to-web workflow or digital asset creation, an additional software program is generally required to edit and re-touch these files prior to manipulating the surface textures. The latest release includes a more robust set of texture map manipulation tools to deal with complex geometries directly within Geomagic Wrap. 

A new HD Mesh Construction method provides a way to construct 3D data from point clouds. HD Mesh Construction enables engineers to create watertight meshes.

General availability of Geomagic Wrap 2021 is planned for late July 2020.

“3D Systems has the broadest reverse engineering software portfolio in the industry, which includes a variety of best-in-class products,” says Radhika Krishnan, executive vice president, software, healthcare & digitization, 3D Systems. “Our Geomagic software combines robust 3D scan processing with CAD design functionality to help manufacturers expedite the product development cycle.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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