FreeForm modeling and FreeForm modeling plus systems

FreeForm modeling and FreeForm modeling plus systems by SensAble are a unique way to working with 3D models. They give you the freedom to work with complex, highly detailed, organic shapes which other software simply can't. The system works on the unique princle of turning the model into a clay form which you can sculpt and shape to your requirements. FreeForm systems are ideal for use with complex, organic shapes when designing for product design and manufacturing applications.

This unique approach also means that you are able to feel the shape of the object with a compatible PHANTOM Omni or PHANTOM Desktop haptic device. A haptic device provides force feedback to the user so as you work with the model you can feel the changes as you go. This allows for accurate and detailed modeling on organic shapes with the ability to be able to follow contours and apply tools to the exact area you require."

Manufacturer's Description
System Requirements

Manufacturer's Description

Fast 3D touch-enabled modeling with precision for product design

Use your sense of touch with virtual clay to work in 3D faster than ever before
- Model the most complex, organic shapes in record time
- Easily create multiple design variations
- Rapidly clean up, modify, and stylize scan data
- Create detailed textures for prototyping, evaluation, and manufacturing
- Accurately identify draft problems
- Replace manual mold processes
- Combine with other 2D and 3D tools, RP machines, and scanners
- Expand existing CAD/CAM workflows
- Output for RP or milling and CAD/CAM‡

The FreeForm® systems are unique touch-enabled solutions for fast 3D modeling of complex, highly-detailed, organic shapes for manufacturing.

The FreeForm Modeling system offers a fast and cost effective way for designers and modelers to create original models or modify and stylize scan data, and then output to RP systems for prototyping or milling. The system includes a comprehensive set of modeling and detailing tools, dimensional control, and import of polygon data for reference and modeling. Parting line evaluation is also included, enabling users to avoid costly production mistakes through adjustment of their models early in the design process.

If your work requires CAD part interoperability and preparing models for manufacturing, the FreeForm Modeling Plus system has all the capability of the FreeForm Modeling system and also includes NURBS surfacing and solids tools, CAD part interoperability, and moldable part and mold insert functionality.

Fast and Versatile Design and Modeling
Both the FreeForm Modeling and Modeling Plus systems include a comprehensive set of modeling and detailing tools. Which system is right for you depends on your specific modeling and workflow requirements.
See detailed feature comparison chart

PHANTOM Haptic Devices
The PHANTOM Desktop and PHANTOM Omni haptic devices are true 3D interfaces with force feedback that enable designers and modelers to use their sense of touch to model with virtual clay just like real clay. Of the two devices, the PHANTOM Desktop delivers higher fidelity, stronger forces, and lower friction. The FreeForm Modeling system is available with either the PHANTOM Desktop device or PHANTOM Omni device. The FreeForm Modeling Plus system is only available with the PHANTOM Desktop device. See detailed feature comparison chart

‡ FreeForm Modeling Plus only

System Requirements

FreeForm Modeling and FreeForm Modeling Plus v11 Qualified Configurations
SensAble has tested and qualified the following specific configurations. Choosing one of these configurations will ensure the best possible experience when running the FreeForm system.

PHANTOM Device Driver version 4.2.131 is required for Windows 7
Important: Sensable is currently testing new configurations. As soon as new information on qualified systems are available they will be posted.

Desktop Workstations
HP Z400, with single 6 core Intel® Xeon® W3680 @3.33GHz
- Qualified for Windows7 32bit and 64bit
- 12.0GB RAM
- A SensAble-approved graphics card
- BIOS Version: 3.07 or newer
- Firewire driver: LSI 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller, version 6.1.7600.16385
- Haptic Device Connectivity
    \ PHANTOM Omni connected to onboard FireWire A 1394 port
    \ PHANTOM Desktop with PHANTOM Communication Converter (PCC), available from SensAble, requires HP
    optional FireWire A card (NM981AV 1394-a)
    \ PHANTOM Desktop requires third-party Parallel card (Axxon)
Note: The Axxon Parallel Port card (IC0534KB PCI/PCI-X) is the only full EPP card that provides the appropriate level of quality communications required for the SensAble haptic devices. The card works with Windows XP 32- and 64-bit. There have been some compatibility issues and we recommend that you check with Axxon to see if the card is compatible with your computer.

SensAble has qualified only the following laptops for use with FreeForm. These laptops are suitable for demonstrations and working at home, for optimum performance we recommend using one of the qualified desktop workstations.

HP 8740w Intel® Core® i7 Q820 @ 1.73GHz
- Qualified for Windows7 32bit and 64bit
- 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2D)
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics with 1 GB dedicated GDDR3 video memory
- 17.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit DreamColor® WUXGA WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1200)
- NVIDIA graphics driver 259.74
- BIOS Version: F.09 or newer
- Firewire driver: RICOH 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller, version 6.1.7600.16440

System requirments for FreeForm Modeling & Modeling Plus v11 on custom PC configurations can be found under the downloads tab.


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