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Materialise is now shipping Magics 7.1, offering perfect translation from scanned object to STL

Materialise NV : 20 March, 2002  (Company News)
Materialise, the world-leader in STL manipulation software, announces the release of its Magics 7.1 software. This newest release includes a brand new module for easy tool quotation and new as well as improved import modules.
As usual, Magics 7.1 incorporates many enhanced features and design functionality, that will further distance Magics from the other STL manipulation software packages available on the market today. With Magics version 7.1, Materialise upholds its tradition of providing its customers with an automated, cost-effective and efficient solution for accelerating their time-to-market and giving them a competitive edge.

To serve the needs of the growing number of Magics users working with scanned data, Magics 7.1 introduces the import and export of point clouds. During the point cloud import process the points are connected into triangles. A wide range of parameters is available, allowing you to optimise this triangulation. Point clouds are thus easily converted to STL-files.

“Say you want to reproduce an object via rapid prototyping technology. Maybe you need a 3D model of an object to make design changes. Magics’ point cloud module is the ideal tool for transferring a point cloud - resulting from scanning the object - into a 3D model”, said Wilfried Vancraen, managing director of Materialise. “When developing this new module, our researchers zeroed in on the quality and flexibility of the resulting STL-files. Quality means that the STL-files are accurate and contain no bad edges, even if the shapes described by the point cloud are complex or noisy. Because the user probably wants to work his design based on the STL-file, the file is kept small and manageable. Since this is always a trade off, the user can choose between file size and accuracy.”

Magics demonstrates the strength of its point cloud import module also in its excellent processing of point clouds for thin-walled parts. Where most reverse engineering systems fail to deliver a good quality 3D model of such parts, Magics 7.1 succeeds!
Through its technology and focus, this point cloud module undoubtedly will help maintain Magics’ position as market leader.

3D CAD import possibilities keep expanding
Starting now, STEP files can also be imported in Magics. Use the STEP import module to convert 3D CAD drawings in the STEP format to the STL format. You can indicate the accuracy of the conversion: the smaller the accuracy, the more closely the STL file will approach the curves etc. of the original drawing. The STEP converter also includes an editing unit that corrects common errors.

The VDA import module has been enhanced, resulting in faster conversion from VDA to STL. The resulting STL files are of high quality and need little trouble shooting. The new VDA-import algorithms consume 50% less memory and are up to 4 times faster.

Tool quotation as easy as 1, 2, 3

That’s exactly what the Magics Tooling Expert module gives you. Systematic, automated and competitive tool quotations are within your reach. Give it a try and watch your hit rate drastically improve. Magics Tooling Expert is a powerful analysis tool that provides quick, in-depth understanding of a specific tool design’s complexity. It will guide you when determining the relevant tooling parameters. The software efficiently calculates your costs, delivering reliable price estimation. Thanks to the advanced document generation facilities, the information gathered in the analysis and pricing phase are reproduced in a well-documented quote, complete with images. Magics Tooling is the perfect solution for explaining the price and complexity of a tool to customers!
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