Do Your Translations Look Like This?

Do Your Translations Look Like This?

Do your translations look like this? If so, you’ve got problems! This is the actual result of a translation by a software solution we will not name here – but you can imagine how dismayed the user was when they saw this output! The user contacted us and we set them up with a copy of TransMagic to solve their problem right away. Mis-translations can take many forms, from missing geometry (usually the most complex, organic geometry is missing, and prismatic geometry is retained), to missing details and PMI, to geometry that is there, however unusable; the screenshot above is simply the most outlandish and entertaining case of unusable geometry...
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...
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,...
A Classic CAD Repair Scenario

A Classic CAD Repair Scenario

A Classic CAD Repair Scenario Imagine that you have a part or assembly that is difficult to repair; what you’re after is a watertight solid. Here’s one approach that demonstrates the use of different selection modes in the context of a repair situation. The main purpose of this process is to delete any construction or ‘scrap’ geometry that may be interfering with the repair process; such ‘scrap’ has been artificially created for this example, but it’s common enough in real-world examples. TransMagic has other techniques and tools, but this is one of the more common and effective. We’ve broken this process down...
Selection Options

Selection Options

Choosing Your Selection Options At first glance, it looks as if there are only four geometry selection options in TransMagic – Single Select, denoted by an arrow, Window Select, denoted by a rectangle, Select All Entities and Deselect All Entities (see screenshot at right). However, there is a drop down arrow to the right of the top two buttons, which allows you to filter out entities. Selection filters can be applied in the following ways. Dynamic Selection Assembly Level Selection Body Level Selection Face Level Selection Edge Level Selection Vertex Level Selection PMI Level Selection Select Only Solid Bodies Select Only Surface Bodies Select Only Wire...