Geomagic® Haptic Devices
Haptic devices that add the sense of Touch to your digital world
3D Systems haptic devices provide true three-dimensional navigation and force feedback, integrating a sense of touch into the Geomagic® Freeform® and Geomagic® Sculpt® 3D modeling systems as well as for research and commercial applications.
When haptics are used in the Geomagic design and virtual sculpting environments, designers can interact and feel the shape of the 3D data almost as if they were designing in physical clay. This enables far more intuitive 3D design with interactive clay sculpting tools that perform just like the real world.
These patented Geomagic haptic devices ingeniously use motors to create forces that push back on the designer’s hand to simulate touch when the cursor interacts with the 3D model in virtual space.
Geomagic haptic devices are used in a broad range of applications, as well as cutting-edge R&D projects, in which intuitive, realistic interaction with the digital world is desired. On several models, the device’s end effectors can be customized to simulate a variety of tools. OEM applications include medical simulations and training exercises in which the stylus emulates the physical sensations – like probing, puncturing, drilling or cutting – of using a syringe, scalpel, arthroscope or another medical instrument.
Touch to design, create and 3D print
3D Systems haptic devices are used in every industry that needs accurate but organic designs, using the sense of touch to build designs faster and with precision.
Designers in the following industries turn to Geomagic software and haptic devices to successfully create their designs:
- Medical and surgery
- Toy and action figurine manufacturing
- Jewelry design
- Artwork and sculpting
- Automotive parts and products
- Bakewear and cookery molds and dies
- Architectural hardware products
- Forensic reconstruction
- Shoe design and manufacturing
- Medals and coins
- 3D Game development
Geomagic Haptic Devices Are Being Used in a Range of Commercial, Scientific and Research Applications:
- Robotic Control
- Virtual Assembly
- Collision Detection
- Training and Skills Assessment
- Molecular Modeling
- Nano Manipulation
- 3D Modeling
- Applications for the Visually Impaired
- Entertainment and Virtual Reality
- Consumer Product Design
The Geomagic line of haptic devices includes the Geomagic® Touch™(formerly the Sensable Omni), the Geomagic® Touch™ X (formerly the Sensable Phantom Desktop) and the family of Geomagic® Phantom Premium™ models. There’s a Geomagic device to fit almost any set of requirements; the wide array of models vary by workspace size, strength and number of forces, range of motion, position sensing accuracy, inertia and fidelity. Geomagic Touch and Geomagic Touch X devices support a range of motion equivalent to hand movement pivoting at the wrist, and they power a variety of commercial, academic and research applications.
The larger Geomagic® Phantom® Premium™ models provide a range of motion equivalent to arm movement pivoting at the elbow or the shoulder. The Phantom Premium line includes two High Force (HF) models and three 6DOF (Degrees of Freedom) devices; 6DOF devices provide force-feedback on orientation (pitch, roll and yaw) in addition to spatial position.
In custom, third-party and R&D applications, Geomagic haptic devices require the use of the OpenHaptics® toolkit. This software toolkit gives developers the ability to fully integrate a Geomagic device’s capabilities with 3D applications. At a high level, the toolkit enables Geomagic haptic device support, true 3D navigation, material properties, and polygonal object support for applications already using OpenGL. At lower levels, the toolkit gives developers complete access to sensor readings, device control, direct control of force rendering, and more. A QuickHaptics™ micro-API is also included to enable rapid development of haptic applications by using the provided example code.
The OpenHaptics toolkit is available at no charge for academic use. For commercial (OEM) or non-commercial developer deployments, a developer and/or commercial run-time license is required and fees apply. The Geomagic online Developer Support Center is available to academic customers at no charge, and it’s available to OEMs and non-commercial developers with active OpenHaptics software maintenance contracts.