Rhino Support, New Format Updates for TransMagic R12 SP3

Rhino Support, New Format Updates for TransMagic R12 SP3

Version 12.30.702 of TransMagic has added a new CAD format and nine updated CAD format versions, as well as some powerful feature enhancements. New CAD Format: Rhino! Supports versions 2 through 7 (read only). Updated Format Versions to keep you up to date with your customers and suppliers: CATIA V5 2021 (R31) CATIA V6 2021x (R31) NX Continuous Release 1953 Creo 7.1 Solid Edge 2021 SOLIDWORKS 2021 Write DWG 2021 Parasolid R33 ACIS 2021 (R31) That’s not all in this packed point release:   Best Fit Bounding Box Best Fit Bounding Box, which allows the bounding box to shift orientations relative to the CAD model or assembly, to get the tightest possible fit...
Exploiting Marginal Gains in Design and Manufacturing

Exploiting Marginal Gains in Design and Manufacturing

How did the British Cycling team go from only a single gold medal from in 84 years (1920 to 1996), to dominating Olympic cycling from 2008 to 2016, with a total of a total of 24 gold medals in three Olympics (8 in 2008, 8 in 2012, and 6 in 2016)? And how can exploiting marginal gains in cycling have anything to do with exploiting marginal gains in design and manufacturing? Under the leadership of Sir Dave Brailsford, a former professional cyclist armed with an MBA and an interest in Kaizen (the Japanese concept of ‘continuous improvement’ in business practices), they looked for, found and exploited numerous opportunities to improve performance by 1%. Areas as...
How to Dimension Polygonal Models

How to Dimension Polygonal Models

TransMagic now allows you to dimension polygonal models; previous releases limited you to true CAD Brep models only. Now, in version 12.30.500 or later, you can dimension between polygon facet nodes with linear dimensions. This can be useful to assess polygonal models sent from customers, or to confirm dimensions before 3D printing.  See the short video below for an overview. Step-by-step instructions at the bottom of this article. Polygonal formats supported include Obj, STL and DAE (Collada).     Click the Dynamic Dim Button To use Dynamic Dimensions for polygonal models, open the polygonal model in TransMagic, and click on Dynamic Dim (at the far...
Are Your CAD Tools Enough?

Are Your CAD Tools Enough?

Are your CAD tools empowering you to… Work faster and more efficiently? We have customers who have saved hours every week by batch translating, or simply converting massive assemblies to multibody parts for easier insertion into CAD PDM systems. What could speed your processes up? Below is a list of 22 ways TransMagic can help you get the job done fast. Take a moment to scan through these capability high spots of TransMagic products to see if you’re leaving any time on the table! 1. View All Major CAD formats?  All core TransMagic products can view CATIA, NX, Creo, Pro/E, Solid Edge, SOLIDWORKS, Solid Edge, Inventor, DWG, Microstation, Parasolid,...
View CAD Files Faster

View CAD Files Faster

TransMagic’s new ‘QuickView Document’ option lets you open large parts and assemblies significantly faster than the standard ‘File Open’ – a few times faster, in some cases! I opened up several different formats at random, including STEP, CATPart, ACIS and Parasolid, and the average improvement for all four formats was over 2x, but your mileage may vary.     Where to Find QuickView Document If you’d like to see how much faster TransMagic’s new QuickView Document feature will open your problematic assemblies, just click the lower portion of the Open button and select ‘QuickView Document’ as shown in Figure 1. Though QuickView is a feature planned for...
IGES vs STEP

IGES vs STEP

Life before IGES and STEP In the mid 1970s there were a handful of CAD vendors, often competing for the same business from large companies such as General Electric and Boeing. Some of the big vendors in those days were Applicon, CADAM, CATI (early CATIA), SDRC, Anvil, ComputerVision and Intergraph. In those days, if Boeing for example was using CATI, and they needed to incorporate some subsystems designed by one of their suppliers (who were using another CAD system such as Applicon, for example), they had to write a translator specifically from Applicon to CATI. As you can imagine, the problem quickly became unmanagable as the number suppliers using different...