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...
How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps

How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps

The purpose of How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps is to emphasize how easy it is to inadvertently make bad design and manufacturing decisions which can not only affect astronauts in the space program, but can extend to all sectors and endanger lives, products and companies. We honor the men and women who’ve given their lives to advance our space program. Many of us know the story of how the Apollo 13 spacecraft blew her oxygen tanks near the moon, nearly costing the lives of three astronauts, but through heroic acts and ingenuity, managed to limp home with all her crew intact. The incident nearly derailed the Apollo space program – but few of us know...
Access to Geometric Modeling Kernels

Access to Geometric Modeling Kernels

Having recently covered the advantages of TransMagic EXPERT and SUPERVIEW, what can we say about TransMagic PRO, other than the fact that it includes all of the functionality of SUPERVIEW? TransMagic PRO gives you access to geometric modeling kernels such as ACIS, Parasolid and SMLib, as well as neutral CAD formats such as STEP, IGES and VDA-FS.     Geometric Modeling Kernel Formats With PRO, you get the same CAD file read capabilities of SUPERVIEW (which means you can read all major CAD formats), but in addition, you can write kernel formats such as ACIS, Parasolid and SMLib (Solid Modeling Solutions) giving you access to a broader range of...
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 is Wire PMI?

What is Wire PMI?

TransMagic’s PMI to Wires allows you to write true PMI to ‘Wires’ or edges, so that the PMI content can be seen by anyone viewing any CAD format, from CATIA to Parasolid to STEP to IGES, giving you the flexibility to communicate your Product and Manufacturing Information to any customer. A Review of PMI Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) is becoming a critical part of the modern design process. More and more companies are embracing Model Based Design (MBD), in which dimensions, notes, and other critical manufacturing data is applied directly to the model rather than held in 2D drawings. By tying PMI to the model itself, the risk of having...
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.   Go Native When Possible It’s always best to use the native CAD format when possible; if your customer is Boeing, and they are sending you CATPart and CATProduct files from CATIA, it’s helpful if you have a seat of CATIA on hand to see the files in their native...