CATPart to STEP

CATPart to STEP

CATPart to STEP refers to translating or converting a native CATIA CAD model to the neutral STEP CAD format. This article will discuss some of the reasons you may want to do this, reasons you may not want to do this, and other formats you might want to consider translating to. This translation can also appear as CATIA to STEP, .CATPart to .STEP, CATProduct to STEP, .CATProduct to .STEP, .CATPart to .stp, and .CATProduct to .stp. The CATPart Format The CATPart format is created by CATIA. The other two 3D CAD formats which can be created by CATIA are CATProduct, and Model. CATPart and CATProduct extensions are used for CATIA V5 and V6; the difference between...
What is Model Based Definition? Why Implement It?

What is Model Based Definition? Why Implement It?

This article is in collaboration with Dimensional Control Systems, authored by Ben Reese, DCS Marketing, and Norm Crawford, Model Based Definition Specialist. Part 2 of the MBD Series with Norm Crawford – understanding what MBD is and the value of implementing MBD The second part of the DCS series of Model Based Definition (MBD) articles, Norm Crawford, an expert in MBD implementation, discusses MBD with us at DCS, and shares his experiences in both successes and failures in Model Based Definition. Read the Other Parts: Understanding Model Based Definition with an Expert in GD&T What is Model Based Definition MBD? Why Implement Model Based Definition? The...
5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department

5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department

In 5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department we have compiled some of the best and highest-ranking advice for engineering managers and team members. Here’s the overview: Hire Smart, Humble Workers who Demonstrate the Ability to Get Things Done Keep Communication Flowing Between Design and Production Teams Encourage Open Debate, Make a Decision, Stop the Debate and Explain the Decision Examine Workflows and Define Processes Facilitate Continuous Improvement   Hire for Smarts and Humility You want to hire the best possible person, so during the interview,  don’t ask yes/no questions, but ask open ended questions that will give you some indication...
Which Geometric Modeling Kernel?

Which Geometric Modeling Kernel?

Since Geometric Modeling Kernels are a more precise format than STEP, and will often provide a superior translation, this listing will help you find which geometric modeling kernel powers the CAD application you need to communicate with. If you don’t have the ability to write the native CAD format, write to the geometric modeling kernel which powers the CAD application; geometric modeling kernels are more precisely written than neutral CAD formats, and give you the best chance of getting the cleanest, most accurate CAD geometry. For further information on when to use which CAD format (native, kernel or neutral), please see the CAD Format Ladder article....
What’s New in R12 SP2

What’s New in R12 SP2

R12 SP2 is the latest major release coming from TransMagic. Service Pack 2 gives you the power to get more done, faster; many of these enhancements began as feature requests from our customers all over the world. In the image at right, we’ve tied some of the new features to applicable job descriptions; for example, network adminstrators will like the flexibility the new Flexera licensing system gives them to keep their users running uninterrupted. Almost everyone will appreciate the updated CAD versions, which can extend what your CAD system can normally read and write, and give you access to new customers. See the video at the end of this article for a...
Welcome to our first edition of AbraCADabra™

Welcome to our first edition of AbraCADabra™

At TransMagic our life is 3D CAD data. And our mission is to make your life easier when it comes to sending it, receiving it, repairing it, creating documentation from it…well, you get the picture.  The use of 3D data is continuously growing. It used to be that only designers and engineers used 3D data, but that is not the case today. Smart companies are leveraging these 3D assets across functional areas. If you have to “touch” 3D CAD data, we want to be your tool of choice — 3D CAD data power tools that are easy to use. So welcome to our first edition of abraCADabra™ – 3D News from TransMagic and Around the Industry. It’s one page and...