RAMSEY, New Jersey - Feb 2, 2007, Konica Minolta, the makers of the VIVID line of precision 3D laser scanners, today announced a new offer, which combines rapidformXOR software with the VIVID 910 3D digitizer. VIVID's precise scan data is transformed directly into intelligent, parametric CAD models directly into SolidWorks and other parametric CAD software. This highly affordable advanced 3D scanning technology is now available for as low as $2000 a month through a special offer from Konica Minolta.

The bundling of these world-class products means that reverse engineering of 3D models, often an arduous, manual process, has been automated, allowing high productivity, excellent fidelity and intelligence of the model and high usability of the data in downstream CAD software.

"The combination of the VIVID with XOR allows users to generate intelligent parametric 3D models faster than ever before," comments Marty Chader, 3D Business Unit Manager, Konica Minolta Sensing. "This combination closes the gap for the designer, operating on physical parts in the real world, and performing computer-aided design and analysis the virtual world."

He continues, "The combined software and digitizer allow parts to be reverse-engineered into a parametric model, with a full history tree, in a faction of the time it used to take."

Konica Minolta's versatile laser digitizers scan real 3D objects in a matter of seconds, exporting a polygonal mesh describing the shape of the scanned object with typical accuracy of 0.050 millimeters. rapidformXOR, software from INUS Technology, converts the scan data into intelligent features within the CAD environment. Users can choose commands within Rapidform to turn their 3D scans into parametric models, that are automatically sent to SolidWorks as native part files.

The package is available to customers in North and South America for purchase from Konica Minolta at a special low price, and is also available for a 24-month lease. The most accurate and convenient 3D reverse modeling technology in the world can be had for as little as $2000 per month.

"Digital scanning is cheaper and faster than the alternative – having a CAD engineer measure and remodel the object," explains Chader. "Complex forms could take weeks to model by hand, an expensive approach that may not capture all the wanted details accurately. With the new VIVID package, the 3D models can be produced in much less time, speeding the design process and freeing engineers to concentrate on new development."

About Konica Minolta Konica Minolta, the world's largest manufacturer of 3-D non-contact digitizing instruments, introduces the VIVID 910. It's the ideal choice for a range of industrial applications from reverse engineering to quality inspection and prototyping. It excels at high-precision 3D measurement of a wide range of items including cast, forged, pressed, and molded plastic items as well as dies. A variety of measurement modes can be selected to accommodate various applications, eliminating the need for complicated settings. What's more, the enhanced product intelligence simplifies measurement. All VIVID products come with digitizing software that enables a user to select specific points on a target object to be viewed, modified, modeled, or scaled with ease.

About INUS Technology Inc. INUS Technology helps companies unlock the power of 3D scanning.  The company's software solutions are the most widely installed products for reverse engineering, 3D imaging and inspection using 3D scan data around the globe.  Rapidform makes 3D scanning an extremely powerful tool for a variety of applications and is used in fields such as manufacturing, R&D, quality inspection, medical research and civil engineering.  Leading companies including Audi, Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, Rolls Royce, Volkswagen, Hitachi, Panasonic, Oakley, Samsung, Sony, Alcoa, and Benteler use Rapidform's advanced technology to innovate throughout their research, design, manufacturing and quality control processes.  For more information, please visit http://www.rapidform.com