By DE Editors
Elysium Inc. has announced the release of CADfeature 10.0, its feature-based design data translator tool. The software works with computer-aided design (CAD) systems to preserve design intent, control remastering, heal workflows, and protect intellectual property (IP), according to the company. The latest release includes enriched drawing support and associativity for an expanded roster of commercial CAD systems, as well as new 64-bit processor support.
Parker Hannifin’s Aerospace Group, which has been using a number of Elysium interoperability products for more than seven years, recently added CADfeature 10.0 to its portfolio of data quality tools. “We use CADfeature when transferring design data to customers and suppliers so they can receive models in the type, version, and release of CAD system that their own engineers or manufacturing team prefer,” says Bob Deragisch, the Group’s engineering services manager. “This allows our engineers to design the original model as required with all the rich functionality our own CAD system provides. Then, before we send our geometry to customers or suppliers, we employ CADfeature 10.0 to get the data to the point where they can best utilize it. The Elysium tool invariably comes out with the precision that we need.”
Highlights of the new CADfeature 10.0 release include:
- Enhanced drawing support that goes beyond layout translation to include detailed view definitions, section view, annotations, fonts, and symbols (user defined and standard)
- More robust associativity when translating dimensions
- Up to 64-bit support for all CAD systems and versions (previous maximum was 32-bit)
Core CADfeature capabilities continue to include: a part-mapping function that consolidates all numbers associated with an identical part within an enterprise; a remastering tool that updates all revisions to feature-based parts and assemblies; an incremental translation checker that identifies and automatically includes previously translated parts into subsequent translations; a scalable metadata attribute mapping tool that provides tracking information for all newly translated and standardized data; and an automated geometry verification process that compares 3D mass properties and point cloud data between source and destination CAD systems.
The huge volume and depth of data that CAD files now contain is a topic of concern for product designers and manufacturers alike, notes Ken Tashiro, vice president and COO of Elysium. “As the marketplace becomes increasingly global, the protection of IP remains a top priority,” he says.
CADfeature can be applied to de-feature full parametric models, leaving a design reference in the form of a feature tree of B-Reps alone.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.