By DE Editors
Spatial Corp. and IronCAD, Inc. have announced that Spatial’s 3D InterOp Suite provides the native CAD translators for the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (DCS) 2011. These native translators are packaged as a Translator Bundle allowing IronCAD users to leverage existing 3D designs regardless of the originating CAD system, according to the companies.
The bundle is available for IRONCAD, INOVATE and IronCAD’s newest product, IRONCAD DRAFT. The licensing of 3D InterOp is in addition to IronCAD’s long-standing licenses of 3D ACIS Modeler and translators for IronCAD’s suite of design collaboration products.
“Spatial has been a key development partner of ours since the initial release of our products. Spatial’s 3D ACIS Modeler and CAD translators continue to be fundamental contributors to the value we provide our users. More recently, our licensing of Spatial’s 3D InterOp Suite makes high-quality native CAD translators accessible to all of our customers,” says Dr. Tao-Yang Han, IronCAD president. “Today, CAD interoperability is fundamental to successful design collaboration and we are pleased to be working with Spatial to ensure our customers have the best-in-class set of native CAD translators.”
Spatial’s 3D InterOp Suite provides import and export for CAD formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, IGES, STEP, Parasolid, and import for SolidWorks, Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, and NX. 3D InterOp includes post-processing functions to automatically address geometric inaccuracies inherited from the originating model. Post-processing helps ensure high-quality data translation for application reuse.
IronCAD’s newest product, IRONCAD DRAFT, provides 3D integration capabilities, enabling users to work in 2D but also to view, leverage, analyze, render and reference imported 3D model data created by suppliers, customers or colleagues. With 3D InterOp, multiple models from differing CAD systems can be imported to build assemblies, verify interferences, and communicate the 3D representation to customers using rendering and animations. In addition, users can then leverage this 3D data in the 2D environment as a fully associative reference allowing detailing and 2D designs based on the information.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.