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3D Software is Spearheading Innovation in 2020—4 Programs Leading the Way


3D software plays a key role in the process of creating accurate and intricate printed parts. From planning to finalizing designs, the right software can streamline work processes. In 3D printing, proper software can also cut down on costs and time, while creating the best parts in the most efficient manner possible. Below we have listed four of our top picks for design software.

  • Geomagic Design X – As the most comprehensive reverse engineering software on the market, Geomagic Design X combines computer-aided design (CAD) with 3D scan data processing. It was created to convert 3D scans into high-quality models. Its ability to combine automatic and guided solid model extraction with an extremely high level of accuracy makes this software unique. It provides native output to SOLIDWORKS®, Siemens NX®, Solid Edge, Autodesk Inventor®, PTC Creo® and Pro/ENGINEER®. Design X speeds up the design process by scanning prototypes, existing parts, and tooling in far less time than it would take to manually measure and create CAD models.
  • Geomagic Freeform Suite – This 3D design software combined with touch-based haptic devices transform digital craftmanship into custom manufactured parts. It is ideal for creating carefully constructed shapes, particularly those that fit the human body, such as medical parts. The program adds functional and cosmetic details that are unattainable with CAD, and can be used with additive, subtractive, or formative manufacturing.
  • Geomagic Control X – This software addresses specific 3D printing needs in the aerospace and automotive industries with a 50% increase in efficiency over competitors. Its new user interface is highly intuitive, which streamlines manufacturing workflows. Control X values freedom of design, which is why its powerful Synchronous Inspection system captures the data hierarchy and automation in the background for repeatable and editable processes.
  • Geomagic Wrap – Geomagic Wrap® delivers the most affordable, fast, accurate path from point clouds to 3D polygonal and surface models that you can use instantly in downstream engineering, manufacturing, art, industrial design, and more. As part of your 3D digital thread, Geomagic Wrap provides the digital bridge for creating perfect data to use directly in 3D printing, milling, archiving, and other 3D uses. With advanced exact surfacing tools, Geomagic Wrap delivers powerful, easy-to-use, cutting-edge modeling functions for that flawless 3D model. Scripting and macros also automate functions for repetitive tasks during the reverse-engineering process.

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