Geomagic® OpenHaptics® Toolkit

Add 3D Touch™ Navigation and Haptics to Your Applications

Create a compelling user experience for your customers: Enable users to go beyond working with a 2D mouse in your applications, to interacting with and manipulating objects in a realistic intuitive way. Allow users to feel objects in a virtual 3D scene, making skills easier to learn. Give your customers true 3D navigation and direct interaction in a way that makes them more productive and adds a “wow” factor to your application.


The OpenHaptics® Developer Edition enables software developers to add haptics and true 3D navigation to a broad range of applications including 3D design and modeling, medical, games, entertainment, visualization, and simulation. This haptics toolkit is patterned after the OpenGL® API making it familiar to graphics programmers and facilitating integration with OpenGL applications. Using the OpenHaptics toolkit, developers can leverage existing OpenGL code for specifying geometry and supplement it with OpenHaptics commands to simulate haptic material properties such as friction and stiffness.

The extensible architecture enables developers to add functionality to support new types of shapes. It is also designed to integrate third-party libraries such as physics/dynamics and collision detection engines. The OpenHaptics toolkit supports the range of 3D Systems PHANTOM® devices, from the low-cost Touch 3D Stylus device to the larger PHANTOM Premium devices. The OpenHaptics toolkit supports Microsoft® Windows® 7 and 8, and Linux®.