Bounding Box Calculations

Bounding Box Calculations

This article will describe how you can get an accurate minimal material estimate for your part using the Bounding Box tool. A Bounding Box is a ‘box’ that tightly encompasses your part geometry, giving you height, width and length values for the part. These dimensional values can be in any units you desire (this will be address later in the article). A typical application would be to estimate the minimum size of aluminum block you’d need to machine the part, or to estimate packaging needed for a given part. In addition to the ‘box’ shape, there is also a ‘bounding cylinder’ and a ‘bounding sphere’ which are...
CAD File Extensions

CAD File Extensions

As a company that specializes in CAD Translation, we often get questions about a wide range of CAD file extensions; to make this easier on our customers, we’ve compiled a list of the most common Brep and Visrep formats. Brep stands for Boundary Representation, which is a true CAD format. Visrep stands for Visual Representation, which is a polygonal or tesellated format. We are including both Brep and Visrep formats in this listing since there is often confusion as to which is which. Find out more about Brep vs Visrep here.   Software Extensions Brep or Visrep Notes 3D PDF .PDF Visrep 3D PDF is a great format for sharing geometry with those who do not...
How do you Compare CAD Models?

How do you Compare CAD Models?

The need to compare CAD models Imagine you are an estimator who works for a mold development company; a prospective customer sends you a CAD file and asks for a quote to have a mold made. You pull up the model on your CAD or viewing system, make a few measurements, and take your best guess at what it might cost to make a mold for this part. You send the quote to the prospect, and a few weeks later, they send you a revised part and ask for a new quote; they also communicate that the only change is the size of one hole. Your inclination is to do a quick visual check to verify there are no other changes, and quote a similar price to the prospect, since this is...
3D Printers Under $4000 Compared for Industrial Usage

3D Printers Under $4000 Compared for Industrial Usage

“The 3D Printer market is exploding. With dozens of affordable 3D printers, arbitrary categories, endless specifications and variations, how do you choose the device that will best meet your industrial 3D printing needs?” By Brad Strong and Todd Reade The 3D printer market is exploding. According to the Gartner group, approximately 220,000 3D printers were sold in 2015, the number doubled to about 450,000 in 2016, and we are on track to see a factor of 15 increase to 6 million units sold, per year, in 2020*. These numbers include both personal and business usage. Here at TransMagic, we are interested in the business/industrial use of 3D printers....
3D Printing Priorities

3D Printing Priorities

Recent survey results from a 2017 Sculpteo survey highlighted the top priorities of 3D printing for the industrial sector, in terms of what they want to achieve with 3D printing. It seemed to us that these 3D printing priorities implied that they are also benefits of 3D printing, and some of these benefits are ground-breaking enough to the design and manufacturing industry that they deserve more clarification. The Sculpteo survey was answered by over 900 respondents, 60% of whom work in Europe, and 30% of whom work in the US. If you’re interested in checking out the rest of the survey yourself, see the link at the end of this article.   Top Priorities...
Top Videos

Top Videos

We’re starting off the year in 2018 with a look back at some of the most popular videos over the past few years; today, the top five videos of all time (as measured in views during the past month) from TransMagic.com. They are: SOLIDWORKS and Inventor File Conversion with TransMagic TransMagic CAD Repair Demo TransMagic R11 What’s New Multi-CAD Translation with TransMagic CAD Model-Based Definition with TransMagic Take a look!   #1 – SOLIDWORKS and Inventor File Conversion Our most popular video was SOLIDWORKS and Inventor File Conversion with over 10,000 views; this speaks to the large number of SOLIDWORKS or Inventor users out there. Many...