Protected: Can CAD File Formats Impact Job Quality?

Protected: Can CAD File Formats Impact Job Quality?

Can CAD file formats impact job quality? Does it really matter which CAD formats you use internally, or with customers and suppliers? With seven major manufacturing CAD systems, as well as various geometric modeling kernels and neutral CAD files, we’re certainly living in a multicad world. How do you make sense of all the different CAD file formats available, and how do you decide which CAD format is best for different tasks? Depending on how you break it down, TransMagic can currently read or write 29 different major CAD or polygonal file formats (To download the main image on this page as a PDF, click here). This article will look at the costs of using...
AS9100

AS9100

Aerospace Standard AS9100 is a standard for quality management systems (QMS) for the aerospace sector. This standard is based on ISO 9001, but with additional aerospace-specific requirements added; it is a global standard, and is published by different countries separately. The AS9100 standard was first released in October 1999 by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries, but it continues to evolve; AS9100-C was released in 2009, and AS9100-D was released in September of this year (2016). AS9100 is Concerned with Processes How do the all the processes in the company interact and integrate? Organizations keeping...
Three Alternatives to IGES

Three Alternatives to IGES

In Six Reasons to Avoid IGES Files, we made the case that IGES, at 20 years old, is no longer an optimal format for manufacturing. In this article we’ll look at three categories of format that have proven success in manufacturing. The best alternatives to IGES, in order of preference: #1 – Go Native There is often a reasonable bridge to be found between the format you’ve been given and the CAD system you need to bring it into. The best possible workflow is to get the native file from your customer or supplier, open it in your CAD system and make the necessary edits, and then give it back to the customer or supplier in their native format again. For...
Six Reasons to Avoid IGES Files

Six Reasons to Avoid IGES Files

The IGES file has been the bane of the CAD/CAM/CAE world for years, yet it remains with us to this day. This article defines some of the problems with the IGES format. A follow-up article will propose some alternative formats which are better equipped to handle most 3D design data needs. IGES stands for Initial Graphics Exchange Specification; it was first published in 1980 as a vendor-neutral file format to facilitate the transfer of information among different CAD systems, and though use has dropped in the last decade, IGES is still a widely used format in the manufacturing world. In fact, the 2013 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Report published by...
Optimize and Save Your Settings!

Optimize and Save Your Settings!

Taking the time to optimize and save your settings can make a huge difference in performance; they can determine how much work is necessary on a part or assembly, whether you are working in inches or millimeters, how fast files will open (based on whether you are running repair upon load or not), whether edges or vertices are included in the translation process, how hidden or suppressed geometry is dealt with, whether JT files will be considered as Visrep or Visrep + Brep, and much more. This article will discuss some of the most important of these settings, and demonstrate how you can save your TransMagic settings individually, as a department or as a...
Do You Have the Magic Button?

Do You Have the Magic Button?

‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ – Arthur C. Clark The Magic Button The Magic Button is what you need at any given time; when you have a bad CAD model, the magic button is the Auto Repair button. When you have a CAD file you need to view, the magic button is the Open button. When you have a format you need to translate to, the magic button is the Save As button. And when you have two files you need to compare, the magic button is the Analyze button. It’s often a single button because that’s how TransMagic was developed, with simplicity in mind; sure, there are settings you can adjust if you...