The Digital Thread

The Digital Thread

The term ‘Digital Thread’ refers to a data and communications framework that passes through all relevant aspects of design, manufacturing, maintenance and disposal processes, providing an integrated and holistic view of assets throughout a product lifecycle. The Risk of Mixed Datums and Criteria Without a Digital Thread of product definition, manufactured parts might be designed with one set of datums and intents, manufactured using another set of datums and measurements, validated and checked using perhaps entirely new datums and criteria, and maintained with yet another set of systems and criteria. These criteria mismatches constitute a gap through which...
MagicCheck Micrometer Tool

MagicCheck Micrometer Tool

The MagicCheck Micrometer is a simple yet powerful tool that allows you to easily, instantly and precisely measure discrepancies between two parts. When the Micrometer tool is used with MagicCheck, it does more than simply calculate part thickness; because the context of MagicCheck is part-to-part comparison, the tool calculates part thickness for both the Source and Target parts, as well as the distance between those parts. The Source part is always assumed to be the first part selected via the Open Parts dialog box, and the Target part is the second part; the order of Source and Target parts can be modified in the Open Parts dialog. Micrometer Dialog Box...
Saving Custom Views

Saving Custom Views

The TransMagic View Browser makes saving custom views possible, allowing you to name and save views. Each view can have its own orientation, rendering style, notes, dimension visibility and markup. Views can also be exported to PDF, XLS or HTML. Saved views and metadata can aid the process of designing, engineering and quote generation, as well as other marketing and sales processes. To generate a custom view, first launch the View Browser, which is found on the View Toolbar; note that, once launched, the View Browser is accessible next to the Assembly Browser on the left side of the screen. Simply click on View Browser to open the browser up. Prior to saving...
View Orientation Options

View Orientation Options

This article and video will describe how to best use the View Orientation controls for TransMagic. On the surface, the TransMagic View Orientation tools work just as any other view orientation tool you might have experienced, but there is the added capability to get almost any view you can imagine by “setting up” your view orientation before you invoke it. Below is a video showing the view orientation process, followed by text and screenshots.     1. In Figure 1 (below), View > Orthographic is being selected; this generates true orthographic views (rather than perspective views) when you select different default view orientations. 2....
How to Choose a CAD System – Built in Applications

How to Choose a CAD System – Built in Applications

We’re reviewing an article written by Stephen Wolfe on How to Choose a CAD System. Since a lot has changed since the article was first published, we’re noting what’s still of value as well as bringing in new information. For the original article, click here. Here’s Stephen’s original list: Capable, efficient 3D design Compatibility with customers and suppliers Drafting tools that meet your standards Reliability and stability Built-in applications that help your business Pleasant business relationships Short learning curve Innovative R&D to protect your investment A dealer who can help you How to Choose a CAD System –...
How to View CAD PMI

How to View CAD PMI

Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) refers to metadata such as GD&T, dimensions and notes in the context of a 3D CAD model. PMI is a key component to MBD, or Model Based Design. It benefits design and engineering practices by tying the model metadata to the model itself, eliminating the need to maintain separate files for drawings, and making it easier to see where each dimension and tolerance note belongs. For more information on this, read Benefits of PMI and MBD. How to View CAD PMI Standard PMI Viewing Normally, all you have to do to view PMI is to open the model in TransMagic. System defaults should allow you to see PMI, if it exists. If you...