From 3D Image Data to Model

Simpleware software enables you to comprehensively process 3D image data (MRI, CT, micro-CT, FIB-SEM...) and export models suitable for CAD, CAE and 3D printing. Use ScanIP to visualise, analyse, quantify and process your data, and to export surface models/meshes.

Add module +FE to generate CAE meshes, +NURBS for exporting NURBS files, and new Physics modules +SOLID, +FLOW and +LAPLACE to calculate effective material properties of scanned samples using homogenisation techniques.


Simpleware software solutions are based on a core image processing platform, ScanIP, with optional bolt-on modules for FE/CFD mesh generation, CAD integration, NURBS export and effective material property calculation:

ScanIP Software

Provides an extensive selection of image visualisation, measurement and processing tools for working with 3D image data. Segmented images can be exported as STL, surface meshes and point clouds to CAD packages, solvers and 3D printers.

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+FE Module

Generates volume and surface meshes from segmented image data, and can be used to define contact surfaces, boundary conditions and material properties. Meshes can be directly imported into all leading CAE packages.

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+SOLID Module

Calculates the effective stiffness tensor and individual elastic moduli of material samples. Perform numerical homogenisation with a built-in FE solver or derive quick semi-analytical estimates from segmented images.

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+CAD Module

Allows for the import and interactive positioning of CAD models within image data. Combined models can be exported as multi-part STL files. +CAD also contains lattice structure generation capabilities, reducing weight without compromising functionality.

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+FLOW Module

Calculates the absolute permeability tensor of porous material samples. Numerical homogenisation is performed using a built-in Stokes solver.

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+NURBS Module

Facilitates the generation of NURBS (Non-uniform rational B-spline) surfaces from segmented image data ready for import to CAD packages. +NURBS provides a choice of patch layouts for different geometry types.

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+LAPLACE Module

Calculates the effective electrical, thermal and molecular properties of materials whose behaviour is governed by the Laplace equation. Perform numerical homogenisation with a built-in FE solver or derive quick semi-analytical estimates from segmented images.

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New in Version 7.0


  • New Animations Tools
    ►create videos of your work:
    New tools allow compelling animations to be generated from within the ScanIP interface. Explore your data and create videos to communicate progress on your work and final results to colleagues.
  • New Physics Modules
    ►calculate effective material properties with homogenisation techniques:
    Version 7.0 offers a range of fully integrated software modules for characterising scanned samples. Modules +SOLID, +FLOW and +LAPLACE use homogenisation techniques to calculate effective material properties, with quick-semi-analytical estimates or simulations in a built-in FE solver available.
  • New Centrelines Editor
    ►easily segment and analyse particles:
    Analyse the connectivity of your data using a powerful new centrelines feature. Use advanced algorithms to carry out centreline measurements in 3D, and export detailed statistics for analysis.
  • New Watershed Segmentation
    ►faster segmentation and more ways to compute and show statistics:
    This segmentation feature allows particles to be separated and grouped. Ideal for processing nano and micro-scale data, the watershed feature complements standard thresholding techniques that separate regions of interest but typically group together objects with similar geometrical characteristics.
  • Other new features include: Support of multi-byte background data; Boundary layer meshing for FE models; New Abaqus CFD export option; Orientation overlays for medical applications; ROI-defined boundary straightening; Mesh snapshots; Improved transparency visualisation; Improved slice planes;

Compare Features of the Different Software Modules

Feature ScanIP +FE Module +CAD Module +NURBS Module +SOLID Module +FLOW Module +LAPLACE Module
Import Image Data (incl. CT, MRI, Jpeg …) yes            
Volume Rendering yes   yes        
Segmentation yes            
Measurement and Statistics Tools yes            
Robust Booleans Between Parts yes            
Generate High Quality Surface Mesh yes            
Export STL yes yes          
Generate High Quality Volume Meshes (Hex/Tet or All Tet)   yes     yes yes yes
Automated Greyscale based Material Property Assignment   yes     yes    
Export FE Mesh (Abaqus, Ansys etc.)   yes          
Export CFD Mesh (Fluent etc.)   yes          
Import CAD/STL     yes        
Position CAD within Image     yes        
Export NURBS Surfaces       yes      
Calculate Effective Elastic Properties         yes    
Calculate Absolute Permeability           yes  
Calculate Effective Thermal and Electric Properties             yes
Visualise FE Simulation Results         yes yes yes

Hardware & Software Requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system: Windows 8.1* • Windows 8* • Windows 7* • Windows Vista* •
Windows XP(SP3)* • Licensing tools for Linux 64-bit**
Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit edition
Windows Server 2012 R2
Processor: Intel Core i3 or equivalent Intel Core i7 or equivalent
Memory: 4GB 16 GB or higher***
Graphics card: OpenGL compatible graphics card with 32 MB VRAM OpenGL compatible graphics card with 1024 MB VRAM
Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 High colour (16 bit) 1920 x 1080; True Colour (32bit) or more
Disk space: 10 GB 100 GB

*Fully compatible with the 32 and 64 bit versions of these operating systems.
**Please contact us at info@simpleware.com for more information.
***Actual memory requirements depend on the size of the images you will be working with - please contact us at info@simpleware.com for more information.

If you need any advice choosing your hardware configuration we would be happy to help. Please contact us at info@simpleware.com

How to Buy Simpleware Software

For further information on our licence options and to receive a quote, please simply contact us at info@simpleware.com.

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Licence Options

We provide different licences for commercial and non-commercial use as well as teaching packages. They can be purchased on a perpetual or annual contract and come with full support and upgrades for one year. Different options are also available, including node-locked, floating or dongle licenses.
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