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...
5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department

5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department

In 5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department we have compiled some of the best and highest-ranking advice for engineering managers and team members. Here’s the overview: Hire Smart, Humble Workers who Demonstrate the Ability to Get Things Done Keep Communication Flowing Between Design and Production Teams Encourage Open Debate, Make a Decision, Stop the Debate and Explain the Decision Examine Workflows and Define Processes Facilitate Continuous Improvement   Hire for Smarts and Humility You want to hire the best possible person, so during the interview,  don’t ask yes/no questions, but ask open ended questions that will give you some indication...
How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps

How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps

The purpose of How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps is to emphasize how easy it is to inadvertently make bad design and manufacturing decisions which can not only affect astronauts in the space program, but can extend to all sectors and endanger lives, products and companies. We honor the men and women who’ve given their lives to advance our space program. Many of us know the story of how the Apollo 13 spacecraft blew her oxygen tanks near the moon, nearly costing the lives of three astronauts, but through heroic acts and ingenuity, managed to limp home with all her crew intact. The incident nearly derailed the Apollo space program – but few of us know...
Access to Geometric Modeling Kernels

Access to Geometric Modeling Kernels

Having recently covered the advantages of TransMagic EXPERT and SUPERVIEW, what can we say about TransMagic PRO, other than the fact that it includes all of the functionality of SUPERVIEW? TransMagic PRO gives you access to geometric modeling kernels such as ACIS, Parasolid and SMLib, as well as neutral CAD formats such as STEP, IGES and VDA-FS.     Geometric Modeling Kernel Formats With PRO, you get the same CAD file read capabilities of SUPERVIEW (which means you can read all major CAD formats), but in addition, you can write kernel formats such as ACIS, Parasolid and SMLib (Solid Modeling Solutions) giving you access to a broader range of...
What is Wire PMI?

What is Wire PMI?

TransMagic’s PMI to Wires allows you to write true PMI to ‘Wires’ or edges, so that the PMI content can be seen by anyone viewing any CAD format, from CATIA to Parasolid to STEP to IGES, giving you the flexibility to communicate your Product and Manufacturing Information to any customer. A Review of PMI Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) is becoming a critical part of the modern design process. More and more companies are embracing Model Based Design (MBD), in which dimensions, notes, and other critical manufacturing data is applied directly to the model rather than held in 2D drawings. By tying PMI to the model itself, the risk of having...
A Multi-CAD Strategy

A Multi-CAD Strategy

Today, it’s a multi-CAD world, and it’s good to know the best way of dealing with every situation. Though this graphic reflects the read/write capabilities of TransMagic, the article is written for the benefit of anyone who is dealing with a multi-CAD environment and needs a multi-CAD solution, whether you have CAD translation software in addition to your CAD system or not. Ultimately, we suggest that you consider the information in this article, weigh it against the data you get from customers and suppliers, and define a process that guarantees that your team will be working with the best CAD data possible.    Go Native When Possible It’s...