The following press release appeared on Tuesday, issued by the company which makes design software used at the U.S. Mint. -EditorAt SIGGRAPH today, SensAble Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of touch-enabled modeling solutions and haptic devices, announced that the United States Mint has used the FreeForm 3D modeling system to design some of its most recent coins, including both collectible and currently circulating releases. As sculpting and engraving professions transition to digital technologies, United States Mint designers have used FreeForm to incorporate classical artistry and textural refinement in their engravings, while benefiting from digital efficiencies to meet the Mints aggressive commemorative program schedule.
United States Mint coins created using FreeForm that are available for viewing in booth 154 at the Los Angeles Convention Center include:
The FreeForm system is used by engravers and collectible product designers in many fields because it is tailored for creating curved, organic and non-geometric shapes. Instead of using a computer mouse, FreeForm users hold a stylus-like PHANTOM haptic device, and literally sculpt by touch actually feeling the coins surface as they are designing on-screen just as they would if they were working with wax or clay.
To read the complete article, see: SensAbles FreeForm 3D Modeling System Used To Design New Coins (http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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