Capvidia released its FormatWorks product suite for SolidWorks 2013. This release provides extended MBD (Model Based Definition) functionality for native CATIA V5, Creo/Pro-E, Siemens NX, and STEP API 242 CAD formats with the ability to read PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) into SolidWorks and maintain the semantic links between 3D model and related PMI metadata.
FormatWorks is a SolidWorks Certified Gold Product add-in that solves data translation problems for SolidWorks users. It provides extended support of native CAD formats CATIA V4, CATIA V5, Siemens NX, Inventor, Creo/Pro-E that are limited or not available in SolidWorks, and it supports full Model Based Definition (MBD) information such as, PMI, FT&A, and GD&T.
The solution provides direct access to manufacturing information and other annotations stored together with the 3D models in native CAD data, the company says. The annotation set includes text, datum, datum targets, geometrical tolerances, flag notes, linear dimensions, angular dimensions, radial dimensions, roughness and more. The user has access to the annotation set via the FormatWorks project tree for inspection, visualization and selection. The semantic link between the annotations is maintained, which enables to the user to select and highlight the geometry associated with annotation in the SolidWorks.
The solution is available in different configurations: FormatWorks Standard, FormatWorks Professional and FormatWorks Float and FormatWorks Server/Client in both 32 and 64 bit platforms.
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