CAD isn’t the only way to create 3D models. More and more, 3D models start out as 3D scans of real objects. Geomagic has been a leader in software to convert 3D scanned data into useable 3D models. Their software is used widely used for design, reverse engineering and inspection.
Last week, Geomagic acquired Sensable’s 3D design and haptics businesses. Sensable is best known for two things: Their force-feedback haptic input devices, and their voxel-based organic shape modeling software.
The combination of Geomagic and Sensable makes a lot of sense, from a business and technical perspective. And, admittedly, the combination has a high cool factor. Check out this video showing how the Sensable Phantom works: