CADValidator: A Critical Aid for the Model-Based Enterprise

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Makers of automobiles and aerospace vehicles and the US Department of Defense are eager to employ what they call “Model-Based Definition” (MBD). MBD refers to a 3D model that includes associative product and manufacturing information (PMI), that defines the product in a manner that can be used effectively without a drawing graphic sheet (Action Engineering). To successfully supersede drawings, models must contain information such as geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T), notes, finish symbols, material specifications, and other non-graphic attributes that traditionally appear on manufacturing drawings.

ANSI standard ASME Y14.41, Digital Product Definition Data Practices, specifies how 3D annotations and attributes, frequently referred to as PMI (Product Manufacturing Information), are applied to models. It calls for annotations to be organized on invisible annotation planes. As defind by ASME Y14.41, annotations are always displayed with the model. Attributes are “hidden” information embedded in the model. The most common attribute data element is metadata. Upcoming ASME standards will define how annotations are grouped along with saved views (a capture of zoom and orientation) for increased clarificiation of the 3D model readability. When these grouped annotations and saved views are selected, only those notes and symbols attached to it become visible.

A view showing an annotation plane and the GD&T symbols planar to that plane on a demonstration part from the US National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)

Figure 1 – CADValidator: A view showing an annotation plane and the GD&T symbols planar to that plane on a demonstration part from the US National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)

 

When CAD vendors first implemented 3D annotations, they were simply graphic images attached to the CAD model. But manufacturers also wanted annotations that were digitally associated to the geometric features they represent, as to be read directly into manufacturing software. This process eliminates the need for humans to read information from models and enter it into other systems, activities that take time, cost money, and may introduce errors in translation. Machine- or software-readable PMI is often called “semantic PMI,” or digitally associated annotations.
When dimensions and tolerances appear only on drawings, successive versions of drawings were left to manual interpretation. But with 3D annotations, more sophisticated tools are needed and able to compare models with higher efficiency and quality.

Revision Management

One of the challenges many manufacturing companies face today is the management of engineering changes and model revisions. In a drawing-based organization, engineering changes are mostly documented within drawings with no graphical validation or representation of the change. A report that summarizes what “Is” versus what “Was” is described in text, while zone information of the change location is noted for reference to the 2D view. This process is usually manual, time consuming and relies on the change notice documentor to ensure information is complete. However, the consumer is also restricted to interpret what was documented with limited space in both text and the 2D view. Organizations can suffer major loss of efficiency by manually reviewing and recording these changes. Furthermore, unintentionally sending defective data for manufacturing is an extremely costly consequence. Figure 2 demonstrates a typical Engineering Change Notice form, whereas interpretation can be ambiguous, connecting location of change within the drawing can be time consuming, and the change may never get updated in the 3D model.

 

Figure 2 – CADValidator: A sample engineering change notice form.

Figure 2 – A sample engineering change notice form.

 

With digital PMI associated to the 3D model that is both machine-readable and human-interpretable, a model-based definition approach provides opportunity for organizations to be far more effective and efficient with revision management.

Difference-detecting software and optimal reporting – CADValidator

 

Elysium, Inc., an industry leader in CAD translation and data quality software, has introduced a new tool for comparing 3D CAD models with semantic PMI. Elysium’s CADValidator can detect variance between two models and report the information graphically in 3D with a listing of all changes. Reports are available in both HTML and 3DPDF formats. Users of the report require no special viewing software—only a web browser or Adobe Acrobat. Using the reports, CAD operators can find and correct defects quickly before releasing the source data for manufacturing, among many other use cases. A report that is easily opened, accessible, and understood by its consumers is critical to the success of deploying Model-Based Definition. In addition to the user reports, results are automatically generated in a structured XML format, which can be parsed by any downstream process.

 

CADValidator: Elysium’s 3D PDF validation report detecting an engineering change in which a hole diameter has been modified from 40 mm to 52 mm. Associative geometry highlights for easy interpretation.

Figure 3 – Elysium’s 3D PDF validation report detecting an engineering change in which a hole diameter has been modified from 40 mm to 52 mm. Associative geometry highlights for easy interpretation.

 

Translation errors

Once model-based practices are deployed within an organization, derivatives may need to be created for effective data exchange and visualization. By extending the Model-Based Definition into these derivatives and allowing downstream or upstream processes to consume the data, an organization is now tapping into a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE). Although achieving MBE throughout the entire product lifecycle is an extreme challenge, benefits can be realized using digital information at a highly connected level.
Most people are aware that when models are translated from one CAD system brand to another, errors can occur. Errors also can occur when translating to or from proprietary CAD formats to industry standards such as ISO 10303 (STEP) and the Initial Graphic Exchange Specification (IGES). Part faces, data and annotation planes can shift position. Characters in notes and geometric annotations can change values. Geometric entities and symbols may fail to appear in the target system. Such errors occur due to the difference in mathetmatical kernels behind the geometry and PMI definition. They also occur due to the level of interpretation when it comes to importing or exporting standard or neutral formats. Different topological rules, tolerances, and even poor design practices may contribute to translation issues as well.

 

Figure 4 – CADValidator: Unique kernels of CAD packages can contribute to model variance during translation.

Figure 4 – Unique kernels of CAD packages can contribute to model variance during translation.

 

What is less well known is that translation errors can occur within the same CAD system. Models created correctly in a prior software release may contain errors when opened in later releases. API changes can be one factor in such instances. Errors also may occur when models are translated from CAD systems, such as Siemens NX or Dassault Systèmes CATIA, to compact “visualization formats,” such as Siemens JT or 3D PDF. Such errors may be hard for human eyes to detect. However, they can introduce significant defects in precision machinery. Whether using a drawing-based documentation system or a model-based one, it is always critical to have configuration management. Because model-based data is purely digital, the quality and configuration management checking can be 100% accurate, and never left to human interpretation.
Elysium’s CADValidator can assure that models translated from other systems or from previous releases of the same system are identical. It also validates CAD data for short- and long-term storage and retrieval to ensure any derivatives do not compromise quality. CADValidator assures that derivative models with long production lives remain faithful to their originals, which is critical when the originating CAD system may have gone through many releases or is no longer available. It is well-suited for companies that deploy LOTAR (Long Term Archiving and Retrieval) practices that rely on industry standard formats such as STEP or ISO 14739, the international standard version of 3D PDF.

 

Figure 5 - CADValidator: Example of an Elysium HTML validation report comparing two CATIA models from different versions. The graphics area and Element List confirm that the GD&T are identical from version to version.

Figure 5 – Example of an Elysium HTML validation report comparing two CATIA models from different versions. The graphics area and Element List confirm that the GD&T are identical from version to version.

 

 

Figure 6 - CADValidator: Example of an Elysium HTML validation report comparing an NX model which has been translated to a CATIA. The graphics area and the Elements List clearly identifies an Elysium detected difference, in which a lower string in NX could not be converted successfully to CATIA.

Figure 6 – Example of an Elysium HTML validation report comparing an NX model which has been translated to a CATIA. The graphics area and the Elements List clearly identifies an Elysium detected difference, in which a lower string in NX could not be converted successfully to CATIA.

 

CADValidator compares the following element types:

  • System Attributes (metadata)
  • Notes
  • Datums
  • Datum Targets
  • GD&T per ASME Y14.5 and Y14.41
  • Dimensions
  • Saved Views2
  • Attributes of Faces
  • Attributes of Isolated Curves

CADValidator also checks for the following geometry difference types:

  • Face Geometry
  • Isolated Curve Geometry
  • Free Edge Geometry
  • Isolated Points

The Elysium software detects errors in annotation values, such as “C” instead of “G” or “+0.05” instead of “+0.005.” It also detects changes in position of both annotations (such as datum targets and tolerance blocks) and geometric entities (such as curves and faces). Figure 7 illustrates an example of detecting a moved position of an annotation. Customers are able to set filters within CADValidator to ignore positional errors of no significance. For instance, if the customer doesn’tcare if notes shift by 0.1 inches or less, the filter can exclude such errors from the list of differences.

 

Figure 7 – CADValidator: Here, Elysium’s 3D PDF is reporting a detected a variance in a GD&T element’s location between two similar CATIA models. These types of variances may be easily filtered out from the report should the interested party not care to identify them as significant.

Figure 7 – Here, Elysium’s 3D PDF is reporting a detected a variance in a GD&T element’s location between two similar CATIA models. These types of variances may be easily filtered out from the report should the interested party not care to identify them as significant.

 

Detecting geometry translation changes is a crucial step within a Model-Based Enterprise. When derivative models, such as STEP, are generated from the original source model, likely a native proprietary model file format, identifying geometry variances validate accurate translation. Figure 8 depicts how geometry variances are identified.

 

Figure 8 – CADValidator: In this 3D PDF report, Elysium’s comparison technology has identified a face to face variance between two similar NX parts. The Max Deviation Value and Coordinate are listed so that the user can quickly locate the variance and magnitude of variance in the model. The color map helps the user understand where

Figure 8 – In this 3D PDF report, Elysium’s comparison technology has identified a face to face variance between two similar NX parts. The Max Deviation Value and Coordinate are listed so that the user can quickly locate the variance and magnitude of variance in the model. The color map helps the user understand where

 

Elysium enhances software according to market demand. If a customer contributes requirements to additional capabilities, the functionality is then part of Elysium’s general product offering for use by all clientele.

Conclusion

Model-Based Defintion enables the automation of 3D capture and comparison capabilities. A highly robust validation software such as CADValidator enables downstream processes to leverage MBD data. While automating form fit function changes, CADValidator also captures presentation and representation changes that are not otherwise captured in a drawing-centric processes.

CADValidator White Paper for Download

Download Elysium/Action Engineering Validation White Paper

For more about Elysium software, contact: Annalise Suzuki, Elysium Inc., 3000 Town Center, Suite 1330, Southfield, Michigan 48075 USA; Telephone: +1-248-799-9800; Website: https://elysiuminc.com/
For more information about Action Engineering consulting, contact: Jennifer Herron, Action Engineering, LLC, 12081 W Alameda Pkwy #455, Lakewood, CO 80228 USA; Telephone: +1-720-595-4794; Website: www.action-engineering.com
Action Engineering helps organizations small and large achieve their Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) goals by motivating stakeholders, delivering training, and providing business planning and MBE/MBD implementation consulting services.

Elysium to Release InfiPoints v2.1 for Cloud Utilization

 

1. Intensive Enhancements on Modeling Capability

In the past, it required physical measurements of equipment or piping systems, and then model from the scratch to obtain 3D CAD data of existing structures in plants or on vessels.

InfiPoints dramatically streamlines this process by its capability to generate CAD data automatically from point clouds which has seen an intensive enhancements at Ver.2.1— modeling planes as well as pipes. This realizes quick modeling of structures including walls, floors and ceilings, equipment and piping systems for their needs, which saves the time and work for the preparation for the actual operation, eliminates the re-work and shortens the lead time.

Furthermore, InfiPoints provides capabilities to utilize CAD data generated in InfiPoints;

  • Conduct simulations on carry-out routes of existing equipment and pipes
  • Create working drawings for actual operation processes from 3D CAD data

 

Fig 1: Generating CAD Models (Planes and Pipes) from Point Clouds

 

2. Comparing Point Clouds against CAD Models

Capability for 3D simulation has been enriched. Function to compare point clouds against CAD data has been added at Ver.2.1. This is ideal to compare the planned construction against the actual environment after construction, allowing the ability to track changes over time.

 

Fig 2: Displaying Detected Differences between Points Clouds and CAD Model

 

3. Hyperlinks Embedded into Point Cloud Data

Function to embed attachments and hyperlinks to external files, URL etc. into point cloud data has been added. This allows to utilize point cloud data as a platform and unitarily manage all the relevant information for the project.

Fig 3: Attachments Embedded into Point Cloud Data

 

 

2015 Trade Shows & Events

SPAR International
March 30-April 2
Houston, TX
Please attend our March 30th Technical Seminar on InfiPoints.
Visit us at Booth 210 for more on InfiPoints

JT Open
April 8-9
Cincinnati, OH

CATIA Operators Exchange (COE) Annual PLM Experience & TechniFair
April 26-30
Charleston, SC
Visit us at Booth 21
See agenda for time and location of an Elysium Presentation.

ProSTEP iViP Symposium 2015
May 5-6
Stuttgart, Germany
See agenda for time and location of our presentation

PLM World 2015
May 18-21
Dallas, TX

Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Quality Summit
September 22-23
Novi, MI

Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS) 2015
September 28 – October 1
Phoenix, AZ

Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Technology Forum
October 2
Southfield, MI

Detroit Regional Users Group (RUG) PLM World
October 8
Troy, MI
See agenda for time and location of our presentation.

Dassault Systemes Customer Conference (DSCC)
November 1

Model-Based Definition (MBD) Summit
December 1
Gaithersburg, MD

CADdoctor EX 6.1

CADdoctor EX 6.1 is now available for download on our website for immediate use.

 

Updates included with CADdoctor EX 6.1:

 

Latest CAD version

  • Creo Parametric 3.0 (Creo Import/Export Plug-in, Creo Import Add-on)
  • NX I-deas6.4 (I-DEAS Import/Export Plug-in)
  •  ACIS R25 (ACIS Import/Export Add-on)
  •  Parasolid V27.0 (Parasolid Import/Export Add-on)

Instancing

  • Added the capability to instance identical parts

Enhanced Geometry Simplification

  • Added a new check item: Small Gap between Volumes.

Enhanced Reverse Engineering

  • Improved the quality of B-rep automatic generation.

 

Please note that upgrading from CADdoctor EX 5.2 or earlier to EX 6.0 or later involves uninstalling previous CADdoctor software and then installing EX 6.0 and the new license manager, as well as filling out our Version Upgrade Form. Please contact Thomas Mahoney at (248)-799-9800 or thomas.mahoney@elysiuminc.com for the Version Upgrade Form.

 

If you are still using CADdoctor EX 5.2 or earlier and require installers, add-ons or plug-ins please contact the Elysium Technical Support team at (248)-799-9900 or email our support group (support@elysiuminc.com) for assistance.

James Martin Joins Elysium Inc. as Director of Business Development

Elysium Inc., a leading global provider of data translation software, is pleased to announce the addition of James Martin as the Director of Business Development based out of a new office opening immediately in Denver, Colorado.  Elysium develops interoperability solutions for digital design and PLM markets, and since 1984 has translated millions of files and served thousands of clients.  Leading companies worldwide trust Elysium solutions to translate, repair and ensure their product data quality for 3D CAD/CAM and CAE models.

“I am very happy to again be involved with providing robust CAD data interoperability solutions and Elysium software has long held a reputation for being the industry standard.” says Martin. “I wanted to be part of a software company that has a robust development team, and Elysium definitely does in Japan and the U.S. with close to 60 members.  With Elysium’s focus on being a software company first, we can be assured of deploying translation and validation products quickly and accurately to keep up with the rapidly changing global environments that our customers must maintain.”

James has spent close to three decades in the PLM and CAD interoperability industries with a wide range of experience including technical marketing, business developing, consulting and product management. Prior to joining Elysium James was president of Jotne North America, held senior positions at ITI TranscenData and spent over a decade with SDRC where he helped establish the NISSAN automotive business in Japan at that time.

James possesses a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University with an MBA from Xavier University. He speaks conversational Japanese and enjoys spending time with his family in the mountains of Colorado.

Upcoming Events

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Engine Expo http://www.engine-expo.com/usa/conf_overview_tech.php

 

PLM World Detroit RUG http://www.plmworld.org/detroit

 

Western Michigan CATIA Users Group (WMCUG)  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/West-Michigan-CATIA-User-Group-5178626

 

2014 GPDIS

GPDIS 2014

Elysium will at the 2014 GPDIS! GPDIS will be September 8th-11th at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

Don’t miss Elysium’s presentation, “Migrate Your CAD Data Successfully,” presented by Abdul Shammaa, CTO of Elysium Inc. on Wednesday (9/10) after lunch. We will demonstrate technical product capability, with overall strategy and expertise on CAD to CAD migration methods based on supporting a multitude of major company migration experiences.

Stop by our booth to find out our latest capabilities!

Hope to see you there!

For more information please see the GPDIS official webpage:

https://gpdisonline.com/index.html

 

Elysium Releases InfiPoints 2.0 for Pipe Modeling and Video Creation

June 18, 2014 – Elysium Co. Ltd., an emerging provider in the point cloud data industry  announces the latest release of InfiPoints—Version 2.0, highlighting enhancements such as pipe modeling and video generation from point cloud data consisting of billions of points.

Elysium is rapidly gaining attention for expanding their portfolio from CAD data translation and processing to point cloud rendering technologies, and has proven their valued place in the Lidar world.

Pipe modeling from point cloud data is one of the key features and enhancements of InfiPoints 2.0 that provides a competitive advantage for both time and accuracy.  Without this capability, it is very time consuming to model piping elements from point cloud data as geometry must be defined piece by piece in a tedious manner.

Automatic extraction of cylinders that can be exported to CAD enables pipe modeling.

Automatic extraction of cylinders that can be exported to CAD enables pipe modeling.

 

InfiPoints 2.0 offers automatic extraction of cylinders while complementing areas where pipes may not be extracted due to low density of points in original point cloud data, which is common when pipes may be partially hidden by other objects.  Piping elements can also be replaced with standard elements, such as straight pipes, elbows, flanges, and tee pipes.

With Elysium’s powerful CAD interoperability background and experience, another differentiator is the flexibility of exporting various CAD formats, including IGES, STEP, CATIA V5, NX, SolidWorks, Pro/E, Parasolid, and more.  3D isometric drawings can be exported as DWG or DXF.

Creating fly-through movies by specifying a path.

Creating fly-through movies by specifying a path.

 

Another key technology is the ability to create “fly-through” videos with high resolution of the point cloud data.  Video operation is simple—users specify the desired viewpoints in order, and then check the view path in a display window.   Users can include created or imported CAD data for display along with the point cloud data.  This is ideal for effectively communicating planning concepts or utilization of a particular environment—whether it be an automotive factory, construction site, or shipyard.

Effective with Version 2.0, commuter licenses, or license borrowing, is supported by Elysium’s licensing.  This allows users to temporarily use licenses on their laptop while on-the-go at different locations or perhaps while presenting at off-site meetings.

While most plants and buildings typically have a 2D drawing that defines their coordinates of origin and standard directions, point cloud data is defined by different standards based on the center of each scan location.  With InfiPoints 2.0, users can align the point cloud data to conform to the 2D drawing, so that an accurate comparison can be conducted between the point cloud and a 3D model or a 2D drawing from a CAD system.

For more information about InfiPoints, download the product brochure at https://elysiuminc.com/products/infipoints/ or contact your nearest Elysium provider: http://www.elysium-global.com/contact/

Elysium Announces a Major Upgrade, CADdoctor EX6 with Reinforced Reverse Engineering Tool

Hamamatsu, JAPAN – March 11, 2014 – Elysium, a leading provider of 3D translation and geometry optimization technology, announces that a new release of CADdoctor, EX6, will be available March 12, 2014. CADdoctor is a superior-performing 3D data translation and utilization tool that is highly regarded in the CAD/CAE industry and well-known for its robust results and excellent quality.

 Though many, perhaps the most significant enhancement of this version up is the fully-renewed reverse engineering tool, which automatically generates high-quality CAD data from 3D scanned point cloud or polygon data. Another featured enhancement is the release of the Mid-surfacing function, which creates high-quality mid-surfaces from a solid model for CAE analysis. Additional enhancements include improved detail in the Geometry Verification Tool, faster processing and translation performance (see 3. for statistics), added support for additional CAD versions and enhancements made within the core technology of Elysium’s CADdoctor engine.

“Reverse engineering” is a process that takes 3D scanned data, usually point cloud data, and translates it to polygons and eventually—ideally—a CAD model. The key behind Elysium’s new and improved reverse engineering tool is the advanced capability to automatically recognize fillets and base faces, and then section the polygons based on the recognized information. The tool enables a high-quality B-rep model, or boundary representation of solid geometry, which compares to the quality of a B-rep model that has been modeled directly in the CAD system. One advantage of this powerful technology is the ability to conduct evaluations and CAE analysis on actual products from prototypes or mass production that were 3D-scanned. More and more companies have invested in CAE analysis processes to improve products, streamline workflows, and stay innovative as a means to an ever-demanding market for faster, higher-quality and newer-concept products. At the same time, 3D scanner technology has improved in capability and affordability. Elysium’s reverse engineering tool connects these processes well by consuming point-cloud data with remarkable results and being able to process data between multiple formats seamlessly.

The mid-surface module is another standout technology as it can create mid-surfaces without failures, such as missing faces or isolated faces, even from detailed models with complex bosses and ribs. Its editing tool is ideal to modify created mid-surfaces to the user’s intent with ease. This tool impacts a time-reduction for mid-surface creation, which results in smooth circulation of designing and analysis, and ultimately a faster time to market (see 2. below for details on pilot customer statistics). The mid-surface tool is another solution that well-accommodates the growing use of CAE tools, and  with Elysium’s well-known capability to translate data among multiple formats, one of the common hurdles associated with various data flows—interoperability—is addressed in parallel. This ensures a simplified process for the user and maintains data integrity.

Overview of the new functions and enhancements of CADdoctor EX6

1. Reverse Engineering

Elysium has fully renewed the engine and technology behind its reverse engineering tool. It automatically recognizes fillets and base faces by the curvature of polygons, and generates high-quality B-rep from polygon data obtained from 3D scanning. (Refer to Fig 1.) It will also recognize the planar or cylindrical geometries from polygons with the power to generate analytic planes and cylinders automatically. (Refer to Fig 3.) The quality of a generated B-rep with this tool is now as high as that which is manually modeled in CAD systems–the key being that it has tangent continuity between faces.

Automatic geometry recognition allows users to check the areas recognized as fillets prior to the B-rep generation. Regarding areas where several fillets intersect and generating a single face is more complex, users have the ability to divide sections appropriately based on fillet lines or geometry of polygons to create smooth blended surfaces. (Refer to Fig 2.) Users can also edit generated B-rep data by editing the boundaries of sections or creating faces. (Refer to Fig 4.)

Fig. 1: Automatic recognition of fillet sections

 Fig. 1: Automatic recognition of fillet sections

Fig 2: Automatic generation of B-rep data (Left: polygon / Right: B-rep)

Fig 2: Automatic generation of B-rep data
(Left: polygon / Right: B-rep)

Fig 3: Generation of analytic planes (in yellow) and cylinders (in orange)  (Left: polygon / Right: B-rep)

 Fig 3: Generation of analytic planes (in yellow) and cylinders (in orange)
(Left: polygon / Right: B-rep)

Fig 4: Editing the boundaries of sections

 Fig : Editing the boundaries of sections

2. Generating Mid-surfaces for CAE Analysis from Solid Models

The “Mid-surface” option has been added to CADdoctor EX6. This is a function to create high-quality mid-surfaces from a solid model for CAE analysis. It is essential in mid-surface generation to recognize the pairs of faces and generate mid-surfaces nicely adjusting the areas where the thickness changes or is complex with bosses and ribs. Elysium achieves a high success rate when automatically generating mid-surfaces thanks to its geometry handling technology accumulated over a 30-plus-year history.

In the event a mid-surface is not automatically generated, users can check such areas one by one and correct with editing tools provided. This is also useful when the original model is complex and the result from the automatic generation does not match the users’ intent.

The mid-surfacing function has been tested and approved by pilot customers, who were able to verify a 50 percent reduction in lead-time for the entire process from mid-surface generation to CAE analysis, compared to previous methods with other solutions providers.

Fig 5: Automatic mid-surface generation

 Fig 5: Automatic mid-surface generation

Fig 6: Rich editing tool for mid-surfaces

Fig 6: Rich editing tool for mid-surfaces

3. Less Translation Time by Parallel Processing and a New Translation Option

The core part of Elysium’s technology, the data translation has been improved in its performance. As well as the support for parallel processing, a new translation option, “Minimal Healing” has been added, which prioritizes translation speed and limits the healing criteria to just enough to translate as solid models. Users can also choose to skip displaying graphical views (viewing data in CADdoctor before and after the translation) and PDQ checks to further expedite results. These enhancements allow 60 percent faster translation with Minimal Healing, and still 50 percent with “Powerful Healing” which prioritizes the accuracy and data quality. This shows a remarkable improvement in performance, especially on large assemblies in which a savings of 70 percent or greater has been recognized with some models.

Fig 7: Reduced translation time

Fig 7: Reduced translation time

4. Checking the Verification Results with Numerical Values

A results list of comparison differences is now available in further detail. This increases job efficiency and eliminates the chance of oversights as users can check the differences with associated values such as fillet radius, chamfer length and hole diameter.

Fig 8: Checking the differences on fillet radii
Fig 8: Checking the differences on fillet radii

Fig 8: Checking the differences on fillet radii

5. Supported CAD versions

Product Support Version Note
CATIA V4 V4.2.1 – V4.2.5
CATIA V5 (Plug-in) R18, R19, R20, R21,R22(V5-6R2012), R23(V5-6R2013)
CATIA V5 (Add-on) Import: R7 – R23(V5-6R2013)Export: R14, R19
Pro/E (Plug-in) Wildfire4, Wildfire 5Creo Elements/Pro 5.0Creo Parametric 1.0 / 2.0
Pro/E (Add-on) 2000i – Wildfire5Creo Elements/Pro 5.0Creo Parametric 1.0 / 2.0 Import only
I-DEAS (Plug-in) NX I-deas5, 6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 32 bit only
NX (Plug-in) NX7.5, NX8, NX8.5, NX9
NX (Add-on) UG10 – NX8 Import only
CADmeister (Add-on) – Ver8.0 Via CFIO (*.cfio)
CADmeister CADCEUS 5R1-4 or later Via ENF (*.enf), 32 bit only
Parasolid V7 – V26.0
ACIS R6 – R24
JT Import: 6.4 – 9.5Export: 8.0 – 9.5
STEP AP203, AP214, AP242
IGES V5.2, V5.3

* Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of each company.

Elysium’s CADfeature 11.3 Deploys New Browser-Based Automation for Enterprise Data Translation and Quality Assurance

Enhancements provide a more streamlined, user-friendly and efficient process for CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM translations

SOUTHFIELD, MI, March 4, 2014— Elysium Inc., a leading global provider of data translation software, has announced the release of CADfeature 11.3, their new browser-enhanced, feature-based program for repairing, migrating and reporting on product engineering data that is exchanged within manufacturing organizations and their supply chains. The newest version of CADfeature addresses long-sought industry goals of perfecting and speeding the creation of master CAD models used to build products ranging from appliances to medical devices, automobiles, aircraft, and more.

“During the last two years, Elysium has migrated tens of millions of 2D drawings and 3D models on behalf of major manufacturers worldwide,” said Ken Tashiro, president of Elysium. “Our latest version of CADfeature draws on lessons from these engagements to better provide not only high-definition translation of 2D/3D content but, just as importantly, a quick and highly accessible way to analyze the status and quality of modeling data. Elysium’s 3D Reports Model, or ‘dashboard,’ allows manufacturers to drill down and view assemblies, parts, details of sketches and features—the very recipes of 3D model creation—for their collaboration needs.

“Elysium continues to invest in end-user requirements to meet the challenges of integrating CAD intellectual property with partners and suppliers alike. This effort helps our customers achieve accurate representations of their product assets, improving lifecycle management and carrying through to greater customer satisfaction and increased revenue for them,” said Tashiro.

Functions and enhancements in CADfeature 11.3 include:

A more streamlined process now facilitates CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM translation.  The new software offers added support for the post-translation/re-mastering processes to finish data to a level at or nearing 100% completion, when compared to the original source model.

  • New reporting and guided post-translation functions provide greater confidence that any areas that cannot be perfectly translated due to variance between CAD systems and different modeling kernels are clearly communicated—quickly giving its audience the right information to make final decisions regarding development of the master model.
  • Quality Assurance (QA) checks on translations and re-mastering is done automatically.  The methodology for communicating QA information (a robust report with image icons of the models, and connectivity to CADdoctor for comparison and healing models) has been improved for easier project management.
  • The HTML-based document style allows users to open reports from their basic internet browser. They can then immediately rotate, pan, and zoom on parts and assemblies and see the associated images and underlying CAD data. This reveals and provides:

Feature success rates by component:   

  • Excellent for QA, as it clearly identifies those components that require the most re-work.

Feature type success rates: 

  • Great predictor of where development should be focused to garner the largest return on investment (ROI).

New QA ReportA detailed report is available in CADfeature 11.3 that shows part images and valuable quality-related action items regarding translations. Teams can drill down during their collaborations to view assemblies, parts, sketches and features, and also share analyses.

B-rep healing directly from CADfeature Viewer:

  • Fewer steps to heal a flawed digital model; makes the re-mastering effort more compact and efficient.

CADdoctor’s Geometry Verification Test (GVT) results now available from within CADfeature:

  • Provides for a more detailed means of comparison between translated models.
  • Streamlines the review process when detailed GVT is critical.

PDF results report

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader is a universal tool that widens organizational visibility into CAD product data for engineering, management, marketing and procurement teams, among other stakeholders.
  • PDF reports are more static, which is important for Quality reports.  The HTML-format is easily edited and customized.

“We’re proud to offer the new level of capability in CADfeature 11.3 to our long-standing customers and manufacturers as a whole,” said Abdul Shaamma, Chief Technology Officer of Elysium Inc., who has led the development of CADfeature from its concept.  “The new software is based upon research relationships with our closest customers, and it’s really rewarding to support them with a superior toolset that will improve daily operations and help their future success.”

CADfeature ViewerElysium’s CADfeature 11.3 software for 3D quality assurance reports has all new view, selection and analysis controls that are consistent with Elysium’s companion software for data translation, CADdoctor.

For more information on CADfeature 11.3 go to: https://elysiuminc.com/products/cadfeature/

For a complete list of new system compatibilities and enhancements in CADfeature, call 248/799-9800 or visit www.elysiuminc.com).