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...
Parasolid to STEP

Parasolid to STEP

Parasolid to STEP translation is essentially moving from a geometric modeling kernel to a neutral CAD format. Parasolid is the one of the most popular geometric modeling kernels in use today, and is the next best format to use when converting from a Parasolid-based CAD application. The best format is always the native CAD format. Parasolid to STEP can also appear as .x_t to .STP or .x_t to .STEP. An Illustration of X_T to STP Let’s say you are working with some CAD data that originally came from Solidworks, NX or Solid Edge (all CAD systems that use Parasolid as their geometric modeling kernel). You need to bring the Parasolid data into a CAD-related...
A Multi-CAD Strategy

A Multi-CAD Strategy

Today, it’s a multi-CAD world, and it’s good to know the best way of dealing with every situation. Though this graphic reflects the read/write capabilities of TransMagic, the article is written for the benefit of anyone who is dealing with a multi-CAD environment and needs a multi-CAD solution, whether you have CAD translation software in addition to your CAD system or not. Ultimately, we suggest that you consider the information in this article, weigh it against the data you get from customers and suppliers, and define a process that guarantees that your team will be working with the best CAD data possible.    Go Native When Possible It’s...
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...
CAD Formats

CAD Formats

CAD Format Types This CAD formats listing is broken into four areas; native formats, geometric modeling kernel formats, neutral formats, and tessellated formats. ‘Precise’ refers to CAD models, whereas ‘Tesselated’ refers to polygonal models. See end of this page for further clarification. Please note that ‘TransMagic Read’ and ‘TransMagic Write’ capabilities refer to TransMagic Expert. See specific capabilities of each core product at the bottom of this page. Native CAD Formats Native CAD Formats refers to formats that are proprietary to specific CAD systems. If you have the ability to read these formats, they...
Autodesk Inventor PowerPack

Autodesk Inventor PowerPack

“Access additional formats and the power of TransMagic repair from inside of Autodesk Inventor” The TransMagic PowerPack for Inventor allows you to read and write more CAD formats as well as making powerful model repair tools available, right from the Autodesk Inventor toolbar. If you have TransMagic PRO or EXPERT, you have access to the PowerPack for Inventor. Who’s A Good Fit For The TransMagic PowerPack for Inventor? Designers and engineers who want access to more CAD read/write formats. Inventor users who would like additional repair solutions. The Industry Challenge Limited CAD Format Support Difficult CAD Repair Processes Missing Faces and...