Innovmetric Software and Minolta USA Join Forces to Provide a Fully Integrated Point Cloud Inspection Solution to Castings Manufacturers Across the Americas

August 11th, 2003 - InnovMetric Software Inc. and Minolta Corporation today announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby Minolta Corporation will offer InnovMetric’s PolyWorks®, the world-leading point cloud inspection and reverse-engineering software solution in conjunction with its VIVID line of 3D digitizers. Under the terms of the agreement, Minolta and its network of resellers will market PolyWorks to the manufacturing industries, primarily in the castings inspection market, across the Americas.

Minolta Corporation is the exclusive importer and master distributor in North and South America for the world's largest manufacturer of 3D non-contact digitizing instruments. “This distribution agreement with InnovMetric will enable us to offer a powerful turn key inspection solution to our customers in the manufacturing community. PolyWorks/Inspector™ is well established and has a strong and growing following for point cloud inspection and quality control tasks”, said Martin Chader, Business Unit Manager at Minolta Corporation. “The combination of Minolta’s VIVID 910 3D digitizer and PolyWorks produces highly accurate polygonal models of scanned objects. The combination offers the widest array of comparison and measurement tools, making this a powerful combination for applications such as Quality Control through Automated Point Cloud Inspection, Computer-aided Manufacturing, and Reverse-Engineering.”

“The addition of PolyWorks to Minolta’s VIVID line of 3D digitizers will provide manufacturers throughout the Americas with an accurate, simple, quick, and flexible solution to perform their digitizing tasks”, said Marc Boulanger, Director of Worldwide Sales at InnovMetric. “This agreement represents an excellent opportunity for InnovMetric and Minolta to increase further their penetration into strategic industrial markets.”

About InnovMetric Software

Founded in 1994, InnovMetric pioneered the market for point cloud inspection and polygonal manufacturing software solutions. InnovMetric is a privately-owned company which has sustained an 86% average yearly growth. Today, PolyWorks licenses are at work daily in more than 30 countries, providing users such as BMW, Boeing, Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Lockheed-Martin, Peugeot, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Toyota, and Volkswagen with the most complete, accurate, and robust 3D point cloud processing software solution on the market.

InnovMetric’s flagship product, PolyWorks/Inspector, is a powerful software solution that uses high-density point clouds to measure and control the quality of castings/dies/molds, and to approve manufacturing processes through prototype, first-article, manufactured, and assembled parts inspection. PolyWorks offers a complete toolset for comparing forms and profiles (part-to-part and part-to-CAD), and includes the most complete GD&T analysis capabilities on the market, as well as the widest array of soft gauging tools (linear, radius, flush & gap, thickness, etc.). All quality control tasks can be completely automated and performed by one click of a mouse using PolyWorks’ powerful scripting language. PolyWorks also offers a unique reverse-engineering module that produces highly accurate polygonal models and NURBS surfaces that are exportable to any CAD/CAM/CFD/FEA software for stringent manufacturing applications.

About Minolta Corporation

Minolta Corporation is a four-billion-dollar manufacturer of electro-optical products for photography, business systems, and testing/measurement instrumentation. Minolta has been producing its VIVID line of 3D digitizers since 1996, and is currently producing the fourth generation of this innovative 3D product. VIVID has the largest installed base of this class of equipment, and is used in a wide variety of applications, but most commonly in industrial product design and manufacturing.

For more information contact us at:

InnovMetric Software
Sacha Villeneuve
Marketing Coordinator
Tel :418 688-2061
Email Contact

Minolta Corporation
Maria Repici
Marketing Manager
Tel: 888-473-2656 x 6055
Email Contact

copyright 2003 InnovMetric Software Inc. All rights reserved. PolyWorks is a registered trademark of InnovMetric Inc. InnovMetric, PolyWorks/Modeler, PolyWorks/Inspector, IMAlign, IMMerge, IMEdit, IMCompress, IMInspect, IMTexture, and IMView are trademarks of InnovMetric Software Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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