MCAD Industry Predictions for 2019

MCAD Industry Predictions for 2019

CAD Visualization Technologies Drastically Increase in 2019 The rise of game engines as engineering & design tools Game engines will play a larger role in the design and visualization of manufactured products. Game engines like Unity and Unreal Engine are already making inroads to bring CAD data into the engine where advanced lighting, materials, cameras and scripted mechanics can simulate real-world environments. Real-time rendering enables huge time savings over traditional visualization and rendering processes, and allows the user experience to go virtual. Increase in virtual product prototyping Virtual prototyping is in many cases displacing processes...
IGES

IGES

Even though IGES is getting very old, it is still one of the most popular CAD formats out there. What accounts for this popularity? For one thing, it’s been around for a long time, and there are millions of IGES files out there, some of which are still in use. Secondly, though IGES has an illustrious history, not everyone recognizes that IGES is in most cases the worst CAD format to use for exchanging data, so many people continue to use it; but more about that later. The Argument for a Neutral CAD Format Most companies find it difficult to enforce the use of a common set of CAD/CAM tools within their organization, much less across (multiple) supply chains and...
SOLIDWORKS 2019 Speed Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Speed Enhancements

There are many SOLIDWORKS 2019 speed enhancements, but the most noteworthy is that a 26x speed increase in complex part viewport rotation, measured in frames per second (FPS); specifically, SOLIDWORKS 2018 tested at 4.9 FPS, whereas SOLIDWORKS 2019 tested at 129 FPS! In this test by Alin Vargatu and Alen Topic, performance was achieved using an nVIDIA Quadro P4000 card, in OpenGL with RealView and Shadows off. For other settings on the nVIDIA card (Shadows On, RealView on, etc.), the improvements were still 23+ times faster than in SOLIDWORKS 2018, and if we look at the same settings for the AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 card, again SOLIDWORKS 2019 boasted between 13...
Leading Industrial Water Jet Manufacturer Uses TransMagic for Their Most Complex 3D CAD Data Translation and Repair Needs

Leading Industrial Water Jet Manufacturer Uses TransMagic for Their Most Complex 3D CAD Data Translation and Repair Needs

OMAX, a manufacturer of abrasive water jets for machine shops, fabricators and manufacturing companies, discusses how they use TransMagic to solve 3D CAD data problems.Abrasive waterjet cutting is impressive. These sophisticated machines can cut a large range of materials with ease and accuracy, from extremely hard metals to volatile substances, using only water and an abrasive. With the wide range of materials they can cut, industrial waterjets are often used with complex geometries. This is a story of how OMAX and TransMagic work together to solve complex 3D CAD data problems.When Problems Exist in the 3D Data ModelOMAX’s CNC software is Intelli-MAX. It is...
Flatten Assembly and Convert to Assembly

Flatten Assembly and Convert to Assembly

Some of the tools in TransMagic can be lifesavers when you need them, and they often can work together like a Swiss army knife; two such tools are Flatten Assembly and Convert to Assembly. It is important to note that usually our customers either use one or the other of these tools to solve disparate problems. An application came up recently that allows us to use both of these tools together – here’s the workflow to go from an unusable, multibody DWG to a valid assembly file: DWG File Structure Before FlatteningFiles generated in AutoCAD Modelspace were imported into SOLIDWORKS, but the parts in the assembly weren’t showing up. When the DWG...
What’s in the SuperView Eval?

What’s in the SuperView Eval?

What’s in the SuperView eval? Many people think that the TransMagic Superview eval must be some kind of limited version of TransMagic, but the standard SuperView eval is exactly the same as the one our customers use; it’s just limited to 7 days of use. Overview In the SuperView eval you get all of the normal features of Superview, as well as two add-ons: MagicHeal and MagicCheck.   Superview CAD Viewing Open and view any major 3D CAD format, including CATIA V4, V5, V6, JT, NX, Creo, SOLIDWORKS, Solid Edge, Inventor, ACIS, Parasolid, SMS, STEP and IGES, as well as NGRAIN and numerous polygonal formats. See a complete list of TransMagic’s...