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July 17, 2013

New Geomagic software targets 3D scan-design-print workflow


3DS also completes acquisition of Phenix Systems, a manufacturer of direct metal selective laser sintering 3D printers

3D Systems (3DS), the nation’s top 3D printer manufacturer, said Wednesday its Geomagic Solutions 2014 brand of printable CAD design, scanning and inspection software is now available for engineers, product designers, artists and manufacturers.

Rock Hill, S.C.-based 3D Systems, which bought Geomagic, Inc., in February for $55 million in cash, said it is the only company that provides “an advanced toolbox” of integrated software and hardware solutions to cover all stages of the 3D scan-design-print workflow.

3DS said Geomagic 2014 builds on those workflows by introducing Geomagic Design motion simulation, clash check analysis and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modules. The new product also combines 3DS’s haptic modeling and reverse engineering tools and its mechanical CAD fully automated inspection and verification software.

Geomagic software also includes a voxel-based modeler that is 3D printer ready, boosting engineering productivity and parts manufacturability.

Additional functionality updates for the Geomagic products include:

  • Enhanced user interface (UI) functions including improved LiveInspect process in Geomagic Verify
  • Support for more contact and non-contact scanning and measurement devices
  • Greater automation of 3D scan and measurement processes through expanded Python Scripting tools
  • Powerful tools to process, repair and complete 3D scan data
  • Tighter integration of scan and design products

In related news, 3DS on Monday completed its acquisition of Phenix Systems, a manufacturer of direct metal selective laser sintering 3D printers, based in Riom, France.

Phenix designs and manufactures proprietary direct metal 3D Printers that print chemically pure, fully dense metal and ceramic parts from very fine powders with the granularity of 6 to 9 microns. Materials include stainless steel, tool steel, super alloys, non-ferrous alloys, precious metals and alumina for a variety of aerospace, automotive and patient specific medical device applications. 

Publicly traded 3DS (NYSE: DDD) manufactures and markets commercial and consumer 3D printers, printing materials and software services as well as CAD modeling, reverse engineering and inspection software tools.

In April, 3D Systems reported record quarterly revenue of $102.1 million, up 31 percent, on 81 percent higher printer sales. The company reported first quarter net income dropped to $5.9 million, or $0.06 per share, but excluding one-time items, the company earned $0.21 per share meeting analysts’ expectations.

“We expect 2013 to be our most exciting and most productive new product introduction year in the history of the company,” said 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental at the time.

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