Software Firm Honored with Small Business Award
The Small Business Technology Council has bestowed a 2006 Tibbetts Award upon a software company specializing in digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP) software and services. Geomagic Inc. (Research Triangle Park, NC) earned recognition for its continuing development of software for DSSP, which is the process of digitally capturing physical objects and automatically creating accurate 3-D models.
"The small business innovation research (SBIR) program has funded cutting-edge research at companies with talent but limited resources," says Ping Fu, chairman, president, and CEO of the firm. "Receiving this Tibbetts Award validates and celebrates the talent of our innovative people and the results they have achieved."
The honor is awarded annually to small firms, projects, organizations, and individuals judged to exemplify the best in SBIR achievement. Judging criteria includes technological impact, business achievement and effective collaborations, and demonstrated state and regional impact and proven support.
Using several SBIR grants, the company has tailored its software for mass customization technologies. For the medical device industry, this technology is useful for instances where fitting a product to the unique shapes of the human body is increasingly critical to success, according to the firm.
Additional medical applications for the Geomagic Studio software platform include surgery preparation, which allows surgeons to practice procedures on latex models prior to conducting the surgery; custom manufacture of hearing aids; and custom creation of orthopedic joint replacements.
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