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 Simpleware FE to generate CAE meshes, Simpleware CAD to integrate CAD and image data, Simpleware NURBS to export NURBS files, and the 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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Simpleware 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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Simpleware 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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Simpleware 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. Simpleware CAD also contains lattice structure generation capabilities, reducing weight without compromising functionality.

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Simpleware 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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Simpleware NURBS Module

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

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Simpleware 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 2016.09

Read the ►2016.09 Release Blog and watch the ►2016.09 Release Highlights Webinar
  • CAD Integration with ScanIP
    ►work with CAD/STL and image data in a single environment:
    The CAD Module is now fully integrated into the ScanIP software environment, which markedly simplifies workflows involving CAD/STL data. New “Surface” based tools provide further options for manipulating CAD/STL models and for preparing for export to FE and CFD packages.
  • ScanIP New Paint Tool Options
    ►propagate and interpolate between slices:
    The Paint segmentation tool in 2016.09 now includes new options to speed up and improve manual segmentation of low contrast medical image data through Propagation and Interpolation.
  • ScanIP New Quick Line Statistics
    ►get more information from centrelines:
    The Quick Line Statistics have been further developed to support many more metrics to enhance what information you can gather to characterise blood vessels and airways and porous flow in material samples.
  • Multilabel Masks
    ►efficient and fast way of working with particles and pores:
    To further enhance the image processing and analysis capabilities of ScanIP, Multilabel masks can be used to efficiently store thousands of individual regions as labels within a single mask.
  • Simpleware FE Meshing Enhancements
    ►one click output to obtain statistics of pores and particles:
    The new enhancements to the FE Module build upon the software’s already industry-leading meshing algorithms to further improve workflows that involve image-based FE and CFD models.
  • Reports
    ►new options and performance improvements:
    2016.09 features a new Reports option to quickly and conveniently obtain a summary of commonly used metrics for pores and particles. Use either existing masks, generated meshes or the new Multilabel masks.
  • 1D and 2D Analysis with Physics Modules
    ►enhancements to homogenisation tools:
    The Physics Modules (SOLID, FLOW and LAPLACE) have been further developed to treat models as 1D or 2D. For models where this is an appropriate simplification, this can increase the efficiency of obtaining homogenised material properties.
  • Other new features include: Updated ScanIP user interface design; Cleaner design of the Dataset Browser; New Boolean operations options and user interface; New Fill gaps between masks tool;; 3D view includes new Orientation widgets; Faster project file loading and saving

Compare Features of the Different Software Modules

Feature ScanIP Software FE Module CAD Module NURBS Module SOLID Module FLOW Module LAPLACE Module
Import Image Data (incl. CT, MRI, Jpeg …) yes            
Volume Rendering 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 Surface Objects (CAD/STL)     yes        
Position Surface Objects within Image     yes        
Surface Object Editing (Group, Ungroup, Booleans)     yes        
Feature Edge Preservation     yes        
Internal Structures Wizard     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 10* • Windows 8.1* • Windows 8* • Windows 7* • Windows Vista*
Windows Server 2008
Licensing tools for Linux 32-bit and 64-bit**
Windows 7* or Windows 10*
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 Workstation grade 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

*Only the 64-bit editions of these operating systems are supported.
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***Actual memory requirements depend on the size of the images you will be working with - please contact us at for more information.

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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 or floating.
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