Remember Alibre? That’s what people will be saying after today (or may have already been saying.) Alibre is the company and makers of Alibre Design 3D modeling software that was acquired by 3D Systems in July of 2011. As of today, Alibre is combined with Geomagic, the makers of Geomagic Studio 3D scanning software (and other design, inspection and haptic products) that was acquired by 3D Systems this past January. Now 3D systems has merged Alibre with Geomagic–the two become one; a big, happy geometry-shaping family. 3D modeling bliss and water-tight mesh babies soon after?
At the moment, I’m not sure which website to direct you to. There’s the Geomagic Design page and then there’s the Alibre homepage that says, “Alibre is now Geomagic!” Here’s what it says further in on the Alibre site…
So, most likely, you’ll see the Alibre site eventually phased out or rather, redirected to the Geomagic Design page. Neither here nor there. Alibre is now Geomagic. What does this entail? Two things: New names, versions and updates for the Geomagic Design product line and a bundle of Geomagic software.
The Alibre Design products will now be called, Geomagic Design Personal, Geomagic Design Professional and Geomagic Design Expert. The prices remain the unchaged with Expert ringing in at $1,999 USD and Personal for $199 USD. Expert and Personal are the only versions listed on the Geomagic website, so I assume the Professional version pricing sits somewhere between those two prices ($999??). There is a free trial available via the Alibre website.
Geomagic Design + Geomagic freeform is also an offer on the table that combines “organic, touch-based 3D sculpting into a workflow with robust B-Rep CAD and detail design tools from Geomagic Design.” Base price on these are $20,500.
This answers the questions about what 3D Systems was going to do with Alibre after Geomagic Spark was announced, software that combines SpaceClaim and Geomagic tech together. Now it stands to ask what the plans for Geomagic Spark are going to be now that Geomagic Design is available.