How to Open a JT File

How to Open a JT File

JT is an unusual CAD file format which regularly causes some confusion amongst CAD users. This article will overview the JT format, explain what makes this format so unique, and show how to open a JT file. The JT Format JT is a CAD file format provided by Siemens PLM Software. JT stands for Jupiter Tessellation, which points to the fact that JT files are tessellated, or polygonal – also known as Viz-Rep, for ‘Visual Representation’; but what’s interesting about JT files is that they can also contain precise, CAD Brep geometry. So to be clear, JT files can contain both polygonal and CAD geometry. But, but in our experience, JT files only contain CAD Brep...
Choosing the Best CAD File Format

Choosing the Best CAD File Format

How do you choose the best CAD file format for any given situation? The CAD Format Ladder can help you optimize data exchange with your customer or supplier. At TransMagic we deal with thousands of CAD file translation and repair issues every year.  These issues can be minimized by using this rule of thumb: “When sending out CAD data, or receiving CAD data, go as high up on the CAD format ladder as possible.” Your best results will come from requesting a CAD format that is as high-up on the format ladder as they can give you.  You’ll also want to send data back to your customer in a format that is as high-up on the ladder as you can write. The higher you go on...
Do You Have These Production Bottlenecks?

Do You Have These Production Bottlenecks?

Normally, we think of production bottlenecks as occurring on the production floor; but there are upstream processes which can delay production as well as adversely affecting manufacturing, quality assurance and scrap. CAD Viewing The inability for all project stakeholders to view and interact with CAD model data can become a production bottleneck, because 3D part and assembly models give the entire team a window into the project which could trigger necessary interventions early in the production process, before they become prohibitively expensive. CAD Viewers and 3D PDFs – This doesn’t mean all stakeholders need a full CAD seat, however; they might just...
CATIA Viewer

CATIA Viewer

What can a CATIA viewer do? Overview View ANY CATIA FormatZoom, Pan, Orbit, Save Named ViewsView PMI and Export to 3D PDFChange Color, Transparency, Cut SectionsMeasure, Dimension, EstimateMass Properties, Surface Area, Bounding BoxOptimize Settings for .Model, .CATPart and .CATProduct ReadOptimize Polygon and Write to Polygonal Formats Watch the Video – More Detail Below. 1-Minute CATIA Viewer Overview Open ANY CATIA Format CATIA V4 .Model parts and assembliesCATIA V5 & V6 CATPart and CATProduct parts and assembliesCGR Visrep modelsxCGM geometric modeling kernel filesDetect Hybrid Brep / Visrep assemblies Viewing Capabilities Orbit, Zoom, Pan Figure...
CATPart to STEP

CATPart to STEP

CATPart to STEP refers to translating or converting a native CATIA CAD model to the neutral STEP CAD format. This article will discuss some of the reasons you may want to do this, reasons you may not want to do this, and other formats you might want to consider translating to. This translation can also appear as CATIA to STEP, .CATPart to .STEP, CATProduct to STEP, .CATProduct to .STEP, .CATPart to .stp, and .CATProduct to .stp. The CATPart Format The CATPart format is created by CATIA. The other two 3D CAD formats which can be created by CATIA are CATProduct, and Model. CATPart and CATProduct extensions are used for CATIA V5 and V6; the difference between...
Parasolid to STEP

Parasolid to STEP

Parasolid to STEP translation is essentially moving from a geometric modeling kernel to a neutral CAD format. Parasolid is the one of the most popular geometric modeling kernels in use today, and is the next best format to use when converting from a Parasolid-based CAD application. The best format is always the native CAD format. Parasolid to STEP can also appear as .x_t to .STP or .x_t to .STEP. An Illustration of X_T to STP Let’s say you are working with some CAD data that originally came from Solidworks, NX or Solid Edge (all CAD systems that use Parasolid as their geometric modeling kernel). You need to bring the Parasolid data into a CAD-related...