Calculate Edge Length

Calculate Edge Length

All core TransMagic products allow you to calculate mass properties (weight, volume, centriod), surface area, create a bounding box, measure and add dimensions – but have you ever needed to calculate the length of straight or curved edges? You might need to know edge length in order to estimate a particular machining operation, for example breaking edges. Getting that value is not intuitive, so we thought we’d show you how here. It’s basically a two-step process: Step 1. Select the edges you want to get the length of. As you can see in this first screenshot at right, we have a solid model that has had several edges selected (highlighted in...
Protected: Can CAD File Formats Impact Job Quality?

Protected: Can CAD File Formats Impact Job Quality?

Can CAD file formats impact job quality? Does it really matter which CAD formats you use internally, or with customers and suppliers? With seven major manufacturing CAD systems, as well as various geometric modeling kernels and neutral CAD files, we’re certainly living in a multicad world. How do you make sense of all the different CAD file formats available, and how do you decide which CAD format is best for different tasks? Depending on how you break it down, TransMagic can currently read or write 29 different major CAD or polygonal file formats (To download the main image on this page as a PDF, click here). This article will look at the costs of using...
Why Can’t I View this CAD Assembly?

Why Can’t I View this CAD Assembly?

The next time you ask yourself “Why can’t I view this CAD assembly?”, keep in mind that assembly files, such as the SOLIDWORKS .sldasm, and CATIA’s CATProduct, require parts in order to see anything; otherwise, you simply have an empty assembly. Normally, your customer will send you a folder full of files, with one or more assembly file, and one or more part files. If you don’t have any part files, your assembly will be empty, and nothing will appear on screen. Also note that TransMagic requires all parts to be in the same folder as the assembly file so that it can ‘find’ the part files. If the part files are in other...
Video Tutorials and Overviews

Video Tutorials and Overviews

Many TransMagic users are not aware that there are helpful video tutorials and overviews available on the TransMagic site; here’s the rundown. All of these videos can be found at http://www.transmagic.com/support/video-tutorials/ Overview Videos TransMagic R12 What’s New Aerospace Validation and Certification Overview Basic TransMagic Video Tutorials Top 5 Tips for New TransMagic Users Quick Tips: Save As and Export Quick Tips: File Open and Import 7 Ways to Improve Your CAD Game Viewing & Quoting Video Tutorials Where’s My CAD Data, Part 1 Where’s My CAD Data, Part 2 Where’s My CAD Data, Part 3 Reorient Parts for Bounding...
Free Sample CAD Files

Free Sample CAD Files

Many TransMagic users are not aware that TransMagic comes with over 100 free sample CAD files (parts and assemblies) representing CAD systems such as CATIA, Creo, NX, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor and AutoCAD, Neutral formats such as STEP and IGES, and file extensions of .model, .CATPart, .CATProduct, .prt, .dwg, .ipt, .iam, .sldprt, .sldasm, .stp, .igs, and more. These files can be useful for testing, comparisons with your own files or for going through TransMagic tutorials. Testing your CAD or translation software If you are not able to open a STEP file in TransMagic, or in your CAD system, try opening one of our sample files as a test. If the sample file opens fine,...
TransMagic Product Wizard

TransMagic Product Wizard

As of April, the TransMagic Product Wizard was launched; this is a selection tool to help you figure out which TransMagic products are a good fit for you needs. The product wizard is available on the products page here. Simply select the radio buttons for the functionality you need, and the suggested core product and add-ons will automatically populate the area below. Want to try another set of options? Just check and uncheck radio buttons at will and the suggested configuration will change dynamically. Here’s a brief summary of the TransMagic Product Wizard View The View tools are included in all TransMagic core products. View All Major 3D Formats: At...