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;...
FREE 7-Day Trial of TransMagic: Power Tools for 3D CAD Data

FREE 7-Day Trial of TransMagic: Power Tools for 3D CAD Data

Convert TO & FROM 48 different 3D CAD formats; including:   Proprietary/licensed Formats — CATIA, Inventor, NX, SolidEdge, SOLIDWORKS, … Kernal Formats — ACIS, Parasolids, … Open Standards — IGES, JT, STEP, … Documentation and Graphics — 3D PDF, Collada, Web GL, … TransMagic licenses formats directly from their owner, so you can rest assured you will have a quality 3D CAD conversion. 3D Model Validation Before you start working on a 3D file, make sure it is valid. All surfaces are joined, it is “watertight” and non-manifold conditions do not exist. 3D Model Repair If there is a problem, TransMagic will graphically show you the defects in the geometry....
Bounding Box Calculations

Bounding Box Calculations

This article will describe how you can get an accurate minimal material estimate for your part using the Bounding Box tool. A Bounding Box is a ‘box’ that tightly encompasses your part geometry, giving you height, width and length values for the part. These dimensional values can be in any units you desire (this will be address later in the article). A typical application would be to estimate the minimum size of aluminum block you’d need to machine the part, or to estimate packaging needed for a given part. In addition to the ‘box’ shape, there is also a ‘bounding cylinder’ and a ‘bounding sphere’ which are...
CAD File Extensions

CAD File Extensions

As a company that specializes in CAD Translation, we often get questions about a wide range of CAD file extensions; to make this easier on our customers, we’ve compiled a list of the most common Brep and Visrep formats. Brep stands for Boundary Representation, which is a true CAD format. Visrep stands for Visual Representation, which is a polygonal or tesellated format. We are including both Brep and Visrep formats in this listing since there is often confusion as to which is which. Find out more about Brep vs Visrep here.   Software Extensions Brep or Visrep Notes 3D PDF .PDF Visrep 3D PDF is a great format for sharing geometry with those who do not...
CAD Formats

CAD Formats

CAD Format Types This CAD formats listing is broken into four areas: Native CAD Formats Geometric Modeling Kernels Neutral CAD Formats Tessellated formats ‘Precise’ refers to any kind of CAD model, whereas ‘Tesselated’ refers to polygonal models. See end of this page for further clarification. Please note that ‘TransMagic Read’ and ‘TransMagic Write’ capabilities refer to TransMagic Expert. See specific capabilities of each core product at the bottom of this page. Native CAD Formats Native CAD Formats refers to formats that are proprietary to specific CAD systems. If you have the ability to read these formats,...
How do you Compare CAD Models?

How do you Compare CAD Models?

The need to compare CAD models Imagine you are an estimator who works for a mold development company; a prospective customer sends you a CAD file and asks for a quote to have a mold made. You pull up the model on your CAD or viewing system, make a few measurements, and take your best guess at what it might cost to make a mold for this part. You send the quote to the prospect, and a few weeks later, they send you a revised part and ask for a new quote; they also communicate that the only change is the size of one hole. Your inclination is to do a quick visual check to verify there are no other changes, and quote a similar price to the prospect, since this is...