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,...
3D Printers Under $4000 Compared for Industrial Usage

3D Printers Under $4000 Compared for Industrial Usage

“The 3D Printer market is exploding. With dozens of affordable 3D printers, arbitrary categories, endless specifications and variations, how do you choose the device that will best meet your industrial 3D printing needs?” By Brad Strong and Todd Reade The 3D printer market is exploding. According to the Gartner group, approximately 220,000 3D printers were sold in 2015, the number doubled to about 450,000 in 2016, and we are on track to see a factor of 15 increase to 6 million units sold, per year, in 2020*. These numbers include both personal and business usage. Here at TransMagic, we are interested in the business/industrial use of 3D printers....
3D Printing Priorities

3D Printing Priorities

Recent survey results from a 2017 Sculpteo survey highlighted the top priorities of 3D printing for the industrial sector, in terms of what they want to achieve with 3D printing. It seemed to us that these 3D printing priorities implied that they are also benefits of 3D printing, and some of these benefits are ground-breaking enough to the design and manufacturing industry that they deserve more clarification. The Sculpteo survey was answered by over 900 respondents, 60% of whom work in Europe, and 30% of whom work in the US. If you’re interested in checking out the rest of the survey yourself, see the link at the end of this article.   Top Priorities...
Top Blogs of 2016 & 2017

Top Blogs of 2016 & 2017

We’ve covered a lot of ground in the past two years. Here are the top twelve TransMagic articles from 2016/2017. Actually, it’s hard to measure what the top blogs were in any given year; do you count the number of views? In that case, older articles have a definite edge. In this case we looked at the posts getting the most views during the last 30 days. Here they are: #1. SOLIDWORKS Performance! Optimizing SOLIDWORKS Performance: SOLIDWORKS is still the clear leader in terms of existing MCAD seats, and is always a popular subject. This article goes over several hardware and software suggestions for significantly improving SOLIDWORKS performance....
CAD and Polygonal Formats

CAD and Polygonal Formats

Being able to read and write a multitude of CAD and polygonal formats increases your flexibility as a company, and widens the range of companies you can deal with. TransMagic allows you to read and write native CAD formats (such as CATIA), geometric modeling kernel formats (such as Parasolid), neutral CAD formats (such as STEP), and polygonal formats (such as STL). Within each of those formats, TransMagic also gives you access to a wide range of versions. Here’s a summary of TransMagic’s supported formats: Native CAD Formats TransMagic can READ AutoCAD (.dwg, .dxf) CATIA (.model, .catpart, .catproduct) Creo (.prt, .asm) Inventor (.ipt, .iam)...