Flatten Assembly and Convert to Assembly

Flatten Assembly and Convert to Assembly

Some of the tools in TransMagic can be lifesavers when you need them, and they often can work together like a Swiss army knife; two such tools are Flatten Assembly and Convert to Assembly. It is important to note that usually our customers either use one or the other of these tools to solve disparate problems. An application came up recently that allows us to use both of these tools together – here’s the workflow to go from an unusable, multibody DWG to a valid assembly file: DWG File Structure Before Flattening Files generated in AutoCAD Modelspace were imported into SOLIDWORKS, but the parts in the assembly weren’t showing up. When the DWG...
Welcome to our first edition of AbraCADabra™

Welcome to our first edition of AbraCADabra™

Scroll below to subscribe. At TransMagic our life is 3D CAD data. And our mission is to make your life easier when it comes to sending it, receiving it, repairing it, creating documentation from it…well, you get the picture. The use of 3D data is continuously growing. It used to be that only designers and engineers used 3D data, but that is not the case today. Smart companies are leveraging these 3D assets across functional areas. If you have to “touch” 3D CAD data, we want to be your tool of choice – Our driving force is to provide 3D CAD data power tools that are easy to use. So welcome to our first edition of AbraCADabra™ – 3D News from...
More Formats for SOLIDWORKS Users

More Formats for SOLIDWORKS Users

Many people don’t realize that when they buy TransMagic PRO or EXPERT, they automatically gain access to the PowerPack for SOLIDWORKS. TransMagic’s PowerPack for SOLIDWORKS provides thirteen more formats for SOLIDWORKS users, including CAD and polygonal formats, the latest versions of those formats, and built-in repair tools, all from inside the SOLIDWORKS interface! With additional formats and versions, you have the ability to serve a wider range of customers and you have more options in those instances where there is a problem reading or writing a particular format. Not only that, but you have access to different versions of the same translator;...
Top Blogs of 2016 & 2017

Top Blogs of 2016 & 2017

We’ve covered a lot of ground in the past two years. Here are the top twelve TransMagic articles from 2016/2017. Actually, it’s hard to measure what the top blogs were in any given year; do you count the number of views? In that case, older articles have a definite edge. In this case we looked at the posts getting the most views during the last 30 days. Here they are: #1. SOLIDWORKS Performance! Optimizing SOLIDWORKS Performance: SOLIDWORKS is still the clear leader in terms of existing MCAD seats, and is always a popular subject. This article goes over several hardware and software suggestions for significantly improving SOLIDWORKS performance....
Materials and Mass Properties

Materials and Mass Properties

This article will demonstrate how materials are applied to models in TransMagic R12, and how parts and assemblies can then be interrogated for Mass Properties. Mass properties are particularly useful if you are generating quotes or estimates, and need to know the weight or volume of materials for the part or complete assembly. Another common use for mass properties is to get the volume calculation for estimating 3D printing print times and material costs. The Mass Properties dialog box also provides moments of inertia and allows you to create three planes that intersect at the centroid. Applying Materials Parts should already have a default material assigned;...
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...