Machine Gun Surface

Machine Gun Surface

Machine Gun Surface replaces missing faces and surfaces until the CAD model is watertight. This a feature that customers have asked for over the years, and now it is finally in TransMagic – and as the graphic says, it’s fast, but using it correctly requires some forethought. Machine Gun Surface is an automatic version of the Find Next & Cover feature found in Advanced Repair, part of the MagicHeal add-on. The benefit of Machine Gun Surface is that, once you hit the button, it will cycle through all openings in a model until it is done, meaning that dozens or even hundreds of surfaces can be added in just a few minutes. But, we highly recommend...
Advanced Repair Tools

Advanced Repair Tools

Advanced Repair Tools can solve some of the thornier problems of CAD repair, often in just seconds. In the process of translating from one format or CAD system to another, it is not uncommon that some geometry is lost. If you suspect that poor translation is your problem, consider trying TransMagic as your translation solution; however, sometimes the translation is done and you have no other recourse than to repair the model. Advanced Repair Tools are included with TransMagic’s MagicHeal add-on, and allow you to address many of these cases and cover missing surfaces in a variety of ways. The key features of Advanced Repair Tools are Cover Circuit, Cover...
Full Repair Recaptures Design Intent

Full Repair Recaptures Design Intent

When you model a box, you expect the faces to meet at an edge, and when you create a fillet, you expect the surfaces to be tangent. Poor translations can sometimes lead to gaps between surfaces and discontinuities in curved surfaces. That’s where TransMagic’s Full Repair comes in. Full Repair is one part of the MagicHeal add-on; it works to recapture the designer’s original intent for each model. Extending and Reintersecting Edge GeometryAs Figure 1 illustrates, Full Repair enables you to extend and reintersect surface edges to create a cohesive watertight solid (figure exaggerated to illustrate process). Gaps between surfaces can hinder...
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. Red, Yellow or Green Light? Based on what...
Can you find the errors in this CAD model?

Can you find the errors in this CAD model?

Can you find the errors in this CAD model? This ACIS compressor looks fine to the naked eye; but what problems lurk beneath the surface? The Auto Repair Wizard We can run the Auto Repair Wizard to find out; find this tool on the Home toolbar and click it. Normally, we’d just run the Auto Repair Wizard and keep clicking “OK” to complete the repair process; doing so, we’d have this file repaired in about three seconds. This time, though, let’s exit the ARW before it has a chance to heal the model; see this step in the upper left of the figure at right. The ARW analyzes the repair needs and suggests a course of action, highlighting...
Model Repair By Color?

Model Repair By Color?

Depending on how a part was modeled, designers or engineers can sometimes create solid bodies that share the same plane; normally, this will cause an error, as the CAD system sees two bodies using the same, or ‘duplicate’ surface. However, if the solid bodies are already in different colors, TransMagic can run the repair on each differently colored solid body separately, thus seeing no shared or ‘duplicate’ surfaces, enabling a multibody solid model to be generated. Other Color-Related Tools Other ‘color’ tools include ‘Set Color Filter’ and ‘Clear Color Filter’ on the home menu, and ‘Change...