CAD Repair in Seconds Flat

CAD Repair in Seconds Flat

All core TransMagic products come with the Auto Repair Wizard and Lite Repair, giving you CAD repair in seconds flat. By default, every model that is opened is evaluated by the Auto Repair Wizard (ARW) to see if it is a watertight solid, and if there are any underlying issues. In the before-and-after image at right, the ‘before’ image has different default colors for each face or surface; this is an indication that you are dealing with an group of surfaces rather than a watertight solid model. In the ‘after’ image, the color of the model is uniform, indicating that the model is a cohesive solid. Based on what the ARW finds, it will...
CAD Format Analysis

CAD Format Analysis

What CAD format, and what version, did that colleague just give you? Most of the time it’s clear what format it is, and most of the time the version doesn’t matter, BUT – sometimes it does. This is a repost from a few years back. It has turned out to be one of our most referenced resources, so here it is again! The following CAD Format Analysis cheat-sheet will allow you to open up CAD files in a text editor like Notepad or Notepad ++ to find out what format they truly are, and in some cases, which version. I’ve seen cases from some of our customers where CAD files had, for whatever reason, been given the wrong extensions; once we learn...
Dude, Where’s My CAD Data? Part 3

Dude, Where’s My CAD Data? Part 3

Last week’s article on missing CAD data discussed how to know what version of a CAD file you have, and how to know if your translation software is out of date.   This week’s post will look at some further issues that can arise; entities such as points can be turned off, you may have saved to the wrong version for the destination software, you may need to import data, you may have lost faces during translation, and you may be dealing with a suppressed part.   This is our final article on the subject for now – but knowing the insidious nature of missing data, we fully expect to have more to say on the subject in the near future!   Check out...
Dude, Where’s My CAD Data? Part 2

Dude, Where’s My CAD Data? Part 2

In Dude, Where’s My CAD Data Part 1 we looked at some of the more common causes for missing CAD data. These included empty assemblies, missing PMI, data that was turned off in the first place, data which is present but off the screen, and data that is present, yet hidden.   Dude, Where’s My CAD Data Part 2 looks at what can happen if your CAD or Translation software is out of date and cannot open a newer format or version.   The video immediately below summarizes this article.   Unable to Open File The most extreme case of missing CAD data is when you can’t even open the file. File formats are being updated all the time; with...
Dude, where’s my CAD Data? Part 1

Dude, where’s my CAD Data? Part 1

It’s not that uncommon an experience that we open a CAD part or assembly file, only to find that part or all of the data appears to be missing. What could be the reason for it, and what can we do about it? This article, and the followup article next week, will attempt to cover some of the causes and solutions to missing CAD data. If you want to see a video that covers missing CAD data, click on the link below. Note that in TransMagic R12 there is now an automatic missing files alert that comes up if you load an assembly and TransMagic cannot find missing parts; this is in addition to the TransMagic log file which also contains missing part information....
TransMagic Product Wizard

TransMagic Product Wizard

As of April, the TransMagic Product Wizard was launched; this is a selection tool to help you figure out which TransMagic products are a good fit for you needs. The product wizard is available on the products page here. Simply select the radio buttons for the functionality you need, and the suggested core product and add-ons will automatically populate the area below. Want to try another set of options? Just check and uncheck radio buttons at will and the suggested configuration will change dynamically. Here’s a brief summary of the TransMagic Product Wizard View The View tools are included in all TransMagic core products. View All Major 3D Formats: At...