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PolyWorks 10.1 Offers Major Sheet Metal Workflow Enhancements

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 23:00

(InnovMetric Software Inc.: Quebec, Province of Quebec, Canada) -- InnovMetric Software Inc. released an intermediate version of PolyWorks, its universal metrology software platform, in November 2007. With PolyWorks 10.1, InnovMetric significantly increases the productivity of its sheet metal customers. The workflows for specifying and using material thickness, creating and computing surface and boundary comparison points, creating reference points for alignment, laser-scanning sheet metal outer and inner boundaries, and probing sheet metal parts have been dramatically improved, resulting in greater operator efficiency and overall usability.

“From early on, the PolyWorks/Inspector point cloud engineering solution has been built to solve the tough problems of sheet metal inspection,” said Marc Soucy, president of InnovMetric Software. “We have learned to make engineering software from these customers. Now that InnovMetric’s focus has shifted towards optimizing PolyWorks usability, it is time to give back to our customers as much as we were given.”

PolyWorks 10.1 also offers hundreds of major and minor improvements within the PolyWorks/Inspector, PolyWorks/Inspector Probing, and PolyWorks/Modeler packages. They include the following:

  • The optional CATIA V5 and Pro/E CAD translators now imports feature definitions, dimensions, tolerances, and GD&T from native CAD files.
  • A new curvature-sensitive smoothing method is now available when processing point clouds digitized by laser scanners and area-based digitizers.
  • Inspection reporting tools now have more flexibility with the introduction of new annotation positioning methods and intelligent snapshots that can restore the 3-D scene for quick updates.
  • The list of probed points and compensation parameters is now editable after a feature has been probed.
  • For NURBS surfacing applications, a new curve network analysis tool that shows the nature and location of incorrect or inappropriate curve configurations is now offered.
  • A new tool for fitting N-sided trimmed NURBS surfaces on digitized models is now offered.
  • PolyWorks/Modeler now offers enhanced curve-editing methods as well as new tools for filling holes in meshes and cutting holes in polygonal and NURBS models using planar curves.
  • Many redesigned dialog boxes are now offered as part of InnovMetric’s ongoing effort to optimize its user interface in terms of ease of use and number of mouse clicks.

PolyWorks 10.1 will be available for free to all customers with a valid support/maintenance contract. Visit InnovMetric’s web site at www.innovmetric.com for more details.

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Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Quebec, QC, Canada, with subsidiaries worldwide, InnovMetric Software Inc. is the leading provider of universal 3D metrology software solutions. The world’s largest industrial manufacturing organizations (Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen, Honda, BWM, Daimler, Ford, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, Apple, and many more) trust InnovMetric’s PolyWorks software and associated technical services to maximize the benefits of 3D measurement technologies for their engineering and manufacturing applications. Including its subsidiaries and joint ventures, InnovMetric Software has more than 250 employees across 10 countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, France, Benelux, India, Thailand, China, and Japan.