Pre-Processing for Polygon Reduction

Pre-Processing for Polygon Reduction

Pre-processing for polygon reduction is possible using polygon facet resolution settings. Since the Polygon Reduction tool starts with a default facet density, it can sometimes be useful to adjust that pre-set facet density to a higher value. More information about the Polygon Reduction tool can be found here. Change Facet Resolution Starting with a sample CAD component, you can select the model with the Single Select tool, or just “Select All”, and right click to get the Change Facet Resolution options (see figure 1): Normal: The lowest resolution option, approximately 27 segments on a cylinder or hole. Medium High: Slightly higher than normal,...
Can I convert polygonal models to CAD models?

Can I convert polygonal models to CAD models?

One question we get regularly at TransMagic is “Can I convert polygonal models to CAD models?”. Well now the answer is yes; as of release 12, TransMagic has the capability to convert polygonal formats to geometric CAD formats. I asked TransMagic’s head of development, Craig Dennis, about this process, as well as some of the benefits and challenges of the Poly to CAD process: Polygonal formats are comprised of triangular polygons vs. the true geometry in CAD files such as spheres, planes, torus, cones, free form surfaces (NURBs), etc.  The conversion from true CAD geometry to triangles is very easy (CAD to *.stl); however, the inverse, *.stl...
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...
Do You Have the Magic Button?

Do You Have the Magic Button?

‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ – Arthur C. Clark The Magic Button The Magic Button is what you need at any given time; when you have a bad CAD model, the magic button is the Auto Repair button. When you have a CAD file you need to view, the magic button is the Open button. When you have a format you need to translate to, the magic button is the Save As button. And when you have two files you need to compare, the magic button is the Analyze button. It’s often a single button because that’s how TransMagic was developed, with simplicity in mind; sure, there are settings you can adjust if you...
TransMagic Release 12 – What’s New

TransMagic Release 12 – What’s New

TransMagic Release 12 brings with it a host of new enhancements to make you more productive. Check out the video below for a 3-minute overview, or scroll down to see a highlight of new features. New formats First of all, TransMagic Release 12 supports the latest version of all major CAD formats, including CATIA, Siemens NX, Creo, Solid Edge, Solidworks, Inventor, JT, Parasolid and more. New formats include 3DXML and WebGL; 3DXML is CATIA’s visualization format, and WebGL is a powerful, lightweight format with a .HTML extension which can be viewed in any HTML5 browser. WebGL also supports MBD (Model Based Definition), used by many aerospace and automotive...
3D Printing CAD Files

3D Printing CAD Files

Eleven Techniques to Optimize 3D Printing CAD Files 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes are increasingly being used in to achieve quick turnaround on prototypes and to generate complex models cost effectively in low volume. Preparation of the geometry is the key to getting optimum results with 3D printing. The following techniques can shave hours off of the process of 3D printing CAD files.   1. Watertight Models Designs used for 3D printing need to be watertight solid models. 3D printers pre-process models into very thin horizontal slices of the part. Watertight geometry is necessary for the preprocessing step to avoid errors. Often,...