3D Systems reverse engineering software toolset updated

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3D Systems reverse engineering software Geomagic Design X and Geomagic Wrap have received enhancements for their 2021 releases.

3D Systems claims the updates and new features will enable increased efficiency and accuracy across a broad application of use cases.

3D Systems’ Geomagic Design X combines 3D scanning processing and CAD design to enable faster, accurate reverse engineering, with the software’s newest features streamlining modelling workflows as well as expanded modelling pathways for complex, revolved parts.

Revolved parts with features have historically been very cumbersome to model as CAD software is using a two-dimensional environment to create three-dimensional, rotating parts with multi-axis features.

The latest Geomagic Design X release includes an Unroll/Reroll function that enables a new modelling workflow to tackle complex, revolved parts.

Using a suite of mesh processing tools, users can unroll the mesh to automatically extract a 2D sketch, make the modifications needed, and then re-roll the sketch for additional engineering.

3D Systems says this feature reduces the need for multiple rounds of trial and re-work, dramatically improving part precision, efficiency and downstream usability.

The new Selective Surfacing feature works well for topology optimised parts

Topology optimised parts and castings with precision features present unique challenges for repatriating a generative mesh, or a 3D scan into CAD with intelligence. The new Selective Surfacing features in Geomagic Design X 2020 simplify the hybrid modelling process, providing easy workflows for traditionally difficult parts with both organic and prismatic features.

Selective Surfacing combines fast organic surfacing with precision feature modelling methods, allowing for faster productivity and downstream CAD re-usability, while maintaining control over model accuracy.

Additionally, 3D Systems says that Geomagic Design X customers on-maintenance will be invited more efficiently into the R&D process.

This should provide early access to innovations and the ability to share feedback via a new plugin structure, while letting 3D Systems quickly gather customer support requests.

Geomagic Wrap 2021 includes new features such as scripting automation via a new Python script editor that allows engineers to customise their workflow for their unique applications to interact with the custom Geomagic Wrap accessible features.

This has enabled a simpler experience with new tools such as ‘auto complete’ and ‘contextual highlighting’ that can accelerate the design of accurate, 3D surfaced models.

The 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 also includes new texture manipulation tools to streamline workflows involving colour and texture scans.

Unrolling a design in Geomagic Design X

A more robust set of texture map manipulation tools have been designed to deal with complex geometries directly within Geomagic Wrap, enabling creation of what 3D Systems states are ‘higher quality and more logical’ texture maps for improved downstream usability.

A new HD Mesh Construction method provides a powerful way to construct 3D data from point clouds. This can be a particularly challenging operation when dealing with a scan that is missing information, or for those that result in large data sets.

HD Mesh Construction is designed to overcome these challenges, enabling engineers to create watertight meshes.

General availability of Geomagic Design X 2020 is planned for late May 2020, while 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,” said Radhika Krishnan, executive VP software, healthcare and digitisation, 3D Systems.

“Our Geomagic software combines robust 3D scan processing with CAD design functionality to help manufacturers expedite the product development cycle.”

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