Quality Magazine

Geomagic and Nikon Metrology Partner for 3-D Reverse Engineering and Inspection

July 7, 2011

LEUVEN, BELGIUM and RESEARCH TRAINGLE PARK, NC–Geomagic and Nikon Metrology have announced a new cooperative agreement that enables Nikon Metrology to join together its line of handheld 3-D laser scanners with Geomagic Studio, Geomagic Qualify, and Geomagic Wrap.

This partnership allows customers to collect scan data directly from Nikon scanners into Geomagic Studio software for processing 3-D polygon, surface and parametric models for reverse engineering, product design, rapid prototyping and analysis. Similarly, scan data is immediately passed to Geomagic Qualify to graphically and rapidly compare as-built parts with digital reference models for first-article inspection, production inspection and supplier quality management.

As a plug-in to Geomagic, the Nikon Metrology API manages point cloud acquisition by controlling all interaction between the new generation digital ModelMaker laser scanners and handheld localizer of choice. It delivers control tools for the laser scanner, including scanner parameter modification or running of qualification routines. The resulting point cloud data is fed directly into Geomagic in real time, ready for processing into usable 3-D data and models.