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.  


Freeform designer figurine sculpt

Image credit: Innovative CAD CAM Solutions

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:

haptic design for sculpture and medical applications

  • 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 the Industry Leaders Across Many Commercial, Scientific and Research Applications:

  • Robotic Control
  • Virtual Assembly
  • Collision Detection
  • Training and Skills Assessment


  • Molecular Modeling
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nano Manipulation
  • 3D Modeling
  • Applications for the Visually Impaired
  • Entertainment and Virtual Reality
  • Consumer Product Design



The 3D Systems Geomagic line of haptic devices includes Geomagic® Touch™ (formerly the Sensable Omni), the Geomagic® Touch™ X (formerly the Sensable Phantom Desktop) and the family of 3D Systems Phantom Premium models. There’s a haptic 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.






geomagic-touch-bluebg-250w.jpgThe Geomagic Touch (formerly the Sensable Omni) model delivers a full haptic experience in a cost-effective package. Constructed of durable metal and injection-molded plastics, Geomagic Touch offers six-degree-of-freedom positional sensing. Additionally, Geomagic Touch allows a high degree of flexibility with a portable design, compact footprint, removable stylus and two integrated buttons.







TouchX_Hand-bluebg-250w.jpgThe award-winning Geomagic Touch X (formerly the Sensable Phantom Desktop) haptic device is an affordable, sophisticated desktop solution that provides precision positioning input, high fidelity force-feedback output, stronger force reactions and lower friction. As with all of the Geomagic haptic devices, Geomagic Touch X is CE certified with a comfortable molded-rubber stylus for long-term use.



pahtnom-prem-photo-bluebg-250w.pngThe  3D Systems Phantom® Premium™ models provide a range of motion equivalent to arm movement pivoting at the elbow or the shoulder suitable for detailed scientific research projects. 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.




OpenHaptics Toolkit

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. 


medical simulation using Geomagic haptic devices at Simbionix

Simbionix delivers commercial simulation systems for medical procedures using 3D Systems haptic devices and the OpenHaptics toolkit.


The OpenHaptics toolkit is available at no charge for academic, developer, commercial and research use. The Geomagic online Developer Support Center is available to all customers at no charge.