Starting your AR, MR and VR journey: Theorem’s latest seminar series

We are running a series of seminars in January to introduce our recently released Visualization Experience app that enables you to visualize CAD and PLM data in the latest AR, MR and VR devices.

To accompany the launch of the app as part of the ‘Digital Realities’ product range, the series of seminars will introduce the app, the technology it runs on, and the impact it can have on your organisation.

Why?

You’ve probably heard of Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality, and seen the many low cost devices already available on the market.

But do you know how you can integrate these technologies into your Engineering and Manufacturing workflows, saving your organisation time and money?

The aim of the seminar is to get you thinking. You may already know that you need to start your AR, MR and VR journey but be unsure about how to go about it. We will demonstrate how our app works on various devices, how it can complement your existing workflows-or create new ones- and the possible use cases.

Each seminar will run from 10am – 12pm followed by a networking lunch.

To register to attend, please choose the day and venue from the links below:

The seminars will run on:

Tuesday 23rd January 2018 – Warwick Manufacturing Group – (WMG), Coventry

Wednesday 24th January 2018- National Composites Centre – (NCC), Bristol

Thursday 25th January 2018- Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Sheffield

 

If you would like any additional information about the seminars contact us on marketing@theorem.com or +44 (0)1827 305350

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Being an early adopter of Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality in Industry

We have officially launched a new app that is democratising the use of Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality in Engineering and Manufacturing. The Visualization Experience app forms part of our Digital Realities’ product family, and has been specifically developed for users to engage and interact with their Engineering and Manufacturing data.

Using Augmented, Mixed or Virtual Reality in Engineering or Manufacturing is still in its infancy. Whilst there are large Automotive, Aerospace and Defence companies already using Virtual Reality in Caves or Powerwall’s, most organisations are just starting to figure out if, and why, they need the technology.

“Virtual Reality has already been used commercially for over 30 years, but in expensive Powerwall’s and Caves, and is driven very much by niche suppliers in the engineering space. Therefore, even for companies with deep enough pockets, the availability and access to it is very limited,” observes Stuart Thurlby, our CEO, “the use of the new wave of VR devices, along with new devices for Augmented and Mixed Reality technology, is beginning to gain momentum in the commercial world.”

Consumer use is being driven by a very different requirement, it isn’t the engineering and manufacturing world, but the Gaming and Social Media world. It is these industries which have driven the development of the new technologies. Although gaming itself has been around for 20 years or so, the VR/AR/MR devices are relatively new, very low cost, and because of that they are widely available. The technology is merging these two worlds.

Engineering and Manufacturing involves complex processes. Whilst the technology and price points are compelling, how to use it and determining which processes to change takes time. This probably means that the market in Engineering and Manufacturing for this technology and its solutions won’t become mainstream and widely adopted for the next 12 – 18 months.

“Both Theorem, with our Visualization Experience, and the Engineering and Manufacturing organisations we are marketing it to, are ‘early adopters’. We are trying to determine the best use cases for these new technologies and at the same time working out what the return on investment will be.” Stuart explains.

“Although there are companies who offer Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality solutions for use in Engineering or Manufacturing, Theorem are one of the first to offer a solution for all three technologies. Theorem’s Visualization Experience app is available for Augmented, Mixed and Virtual reality devices,” he continues, “Our solution means that the CAD and PLM data only needs to be prepared and optimised once, but can then be used on Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices, allowing flexibility and freedom of choice.”

To find out more, watch our short overview video- http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/Digital-Realities.htm

For additional information visit www.theorem.com

Our latest JT- 3D PDF publisher offers the ability to output JT data to HTML5 alongside 3D PDF.

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest JT-3D PDF product from the Publish 3D range, with new and improved product features and enhancements, and support for JTK 9.0.

V20.2 has a new installation process using Microsoft Installer (.msi) package.

Our Publish 3D – 3D PDF products enable the publishing of JT data directly into the interactive 3D PDF document format.

The published PDF document contains embedded interactive 3D representations of the native JT data (within pre-defined templates), offering greater levels of Intellectual Property (IP) protection, with support for separate passwords to control the editing of the 3D PDF output.

V20.2 offers the ability to output your JT data to U3D, HTML5 and PRC formats, in addition to the traditional templates, and allows the use of discreet passwords for access to, or editing of, a 3D PDF.

The inclusion of our Unified Interface (UI) in V20.2 provides the opportunity for multiple PDF publishing from a single data source using the selection of ready-made templates, or the option of Theorem consultancy services to create bespoke templates.  Our UI helps the development and streamlining of translation and downstream processes by allowing engineering data to be filtered, viewed, interrogated, manipulated and translated interactively or in batches with the ability to publish user specific documentation.

The Publish 3D product supports Model Based Definition (MBD) and 3D annotations and dimensions (PMI) from JT into the 3D PDF format.

Anybody with access to the freely available Adobe Reader®, either on a PC, tablet or smartphone can access the interactive 3D data and are able to view, mark up and interrogate the document without the use of specialist CAD software. As 3D PDF is an ISO standard (ISO 24517-1 (PDF/E), the technology can be easily integrated and can effectively become the protocol for easy, seamless document creation and communication.

Through a partnership with Siemens, we can ensure that there is a parallel development between the latest releases of JT and Publish 3D products, allowing us to continue to provide 3D publishing solutions for the JT community.

For more information  visit www.theorem.com

Theorem’s latest 3D PDF Publisher includes a HTML5 output

We are pleased to announce the release the latest version of our 3D PDF document publisher, which is part of the Publish 3D suite of products.

Our Publish 3D offers 3D PDF publishing for engineering and manufacturing organisations that design with 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA V5, Creo, or NX, or want to extend the use of their JT data to create interactive 3D PDF documentation. This latest release also enables data to be output in HTML5.

Our Publish 3D suite of products is powered by Adobe’s® native 3D PDF publishing technology toolkit, which is also used in Adobe Acrobat® and Adobe Reader®.

Able to work directly from within a CAD design session, or in standalone mode, the 3D PDF publisher supports the creation of documentation into the 3D PDF format, combining 3D design data representations with full Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). Using 3D PDF during the manufacturing process removes the requirement for costly 2D drawings to be output from the CAD source data.

The IP of the native CAD data is protected in the 3D PDF format but data can still be exchanged. Passwords can be set on the documents so that only certain people can access the data.

Publish 3D is a fully integrated solution that supports Model Based Definition (MBD) processes for downstream data re-use. The solution offers enhanced functionality, which enables the design author to pass on information such as PMI, Geometry, Assembly Structure, Metadata, and Visualization attributes directly to other departments within an organisation – without the need for drawings to be produced.

The use of 3D PDF means that anybody with access to Adobe Reader can consume, view and mark up 3D data, eliminating the need to install specialist viewing software. What 3D does is remove ambiguity when reviewing product data and improve communication. Within an organisation, 3D PDF extends the use of CAD data into downstream processes.

As an ISO standard, the lightweight 3D PDF is ideal for collaboration and maintaining the original 3D geometry and product information; additional information such as spreadsheets, hyperlinks, AVIs etc. can also be attached to the 3D PDF document.

3D PDF is a great way of leveraging CAD and PLM assets. It reduces costs and time to manufacture, improves quality by eliminating potential errors due to transcription and interpretation of drawing data, it safeguards intellectual property and it can also save on expensive CAD licenses.

For more information visit: http://www.theorem.com/3dpdf/3dpdf-pds.htm

Theorem’s Ford Supplier JT-CATIA V5-6R2017 (Version 20.0.104) for Ford FEDE-C3PNG SER4.0 Update Released

As a certified software supplier to Ford, we have released the latest version of our JT to CATIA V5 Ford Supplier Production Software which is now available for download via either the Covisint or Theorem websites. The updated release is JT-CATIA V5-6R2017 (Version 20.0.104) for Ford FEDE-C3PNG SER4.0 Update Release. Upgrade confirmation will also be sent to all suppliers from Ford together with additional details.

For this version, all users must ensure that they have upgraded their license to the Theorem version 20.0 or higher to enable the software to function. Any earlier licenses must be discarded.

Ford have chosen our JT to CATIA V5 translator to support both their internal ‘Design in Context’ strategies and their defined process and methods for communicating design and manufacturing information with suppliers.

Suppliers moving to this latest release will benefit from continued updates of their environments to match that of Ford’s internal version, enabling them to seamlessly exchange data between Ford and themselves using JT format data.

The JT to CATIA V5 product directly converts JT data into CATIA V5. The software converts all forms of 3D mechanical design geometry and assembly data. In addition to structure and component information, it converts product manufacturing information (PMI) from an existing JT file, into a CATIA V5 representation, together with colour and system defined attribute information. In the context of Ford’s defined methods the software is run directly from within CATIA V5.

If you are a Theorem JT – CATIA V5 maintained customer you will be able to download the free upgrade to your Theorem Solutions CADverter ensuring that it remains compatible with the latest Ford approved software and process.

If your Theorem software is NOT maintained and you require the new release in order to remain compatible with Ford please contact us.

Theorem’s latest CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE Multi-CAD to NX product released

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE Multi-CAD for NX solution.

V20.2 supports CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE R2015x, R2016x and R2017x, along with NX 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0, providing the user with the highest levels of interoperability.

This uni-directional product can be packaged with our NX to CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE Multi-CAD to create a bi-directional product.

There is also a PMI Add-on that can be purchased to provide additional functionalities.

The PMI add-on allows FTA data to be translated between CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and NX formats. The translation of 3D PMI data allows the output to be used directly in downstream assembly and manufacturing processes.

Based upon Dassault Systemes strategic XCAD technology, our Multi-CAD enables the CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE user to work with native NX parts and assemblies in an active CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE session. This is achieved by simply selecting the NX part or assembly to be imported into CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE allowing the user to work with the NX data to perform Design Modification, Design-in Context and Manufacturing activities.

Multi-CAD products support the introduction of assembly structure, geometry and Functional Tolerancing and Annotations (FTA) together with system defined attribute information and colour information from NX data with additional support for the processing of Model Based Definition (MBD) information from native CAD.

The Multi-CAD application is an easy to use and efficient solution to the problems that can be encountered when a CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE user needs to work with NX data regularly during a design project.

Our strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and Siemens ensures that there is parallel development between the latest releases of CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and NX, and Theorem’s Multi-CAD products, allowing us to continue to provide data solutions for the CAD community.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Is Gaming technology the future of Engineering?

 

We have developed a range of Visualization Experience applications using the latest gaming graphics engines, that optimise CAD design data for use in the interactive and immersive environments of Augmented, Mixed or Virtual Reality on the latest devices.

On the surface, video gaming and engineering don’t have much in common. Gaming is a recreational activity, transporting users into another reality and into situations not necessarily viable in the real world. With gaming there is an element of fantasy and storytelling. Engineering, on the other hand, is the very real and practical world of creating what we need in everyday life.

However, 3D gaming graphics and immersive gaming experiences are starting to bridge the gap between the two industries. Technology used to develop and host video games is being used to help solve challenges in the engineering and manufacturing industries.

Gaming graphics as Engineering data
Gaming relies on the quality of its 3D graphics. The use of graphics engines by games developers, along with additional technology such as motion capture, allow developers to create incredibly sharp graphics that feed such interactive and immersive experiences.

In engineering, CAD systems are used to generate product designs that need to be rich in design information. Engineers, manufacturers, and their supply chains, need to be able to view data such as dimensions, materials and tolerances. Although the quality of graphics in modern CAD systems are sufficient, the standard of those used for computer games has surpassed them.

“Graphic engines used for gaming, such as Unity or Unreal, can be used to develop applications for engineering and manufacturing use cases,” observes Stuart Thurlby, our CEO “for example, gaming engines can offer better design software capabilities, for efficient 3D real-time rendering, simulation, gesture control and virtual environments.”

Using Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality in Engineering and Manufacturing
Graphical experience platforms such as Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality, and the new low cost devices used by them, are starting to be adopted by engineers to help with design and production.

The graphics for Virtual Reality gaming consist of a special kind of stereo 3D graphics. In Engineering, VR adds more dimensions to virtual design review, prototyping, building, assembly, service and training use-cases.

Gaming using Augmented Reality, where the digital gaming content is overlaid onto the real world, allows players to use their smartphones or tablets to interact with digital characters, but use the real world around them as their playing environment. Using Augmented Reality allows engineers to assess assembly processes in the factory environment and evaluate training and serviceability practices in situ.

Mixed Reality is similar to Augmented Reality in that it is an overlay of digital content onto the real world, but with MR, content appears in the form of a hologram which sits in the real world and interacts in real time. In Engineering, using Mixed Reality allows engineers and manufacturing staff to review their design and manufacturing processes in their office, studio or factory floor and make changes digitally before any physical production takes place and expensive mistakes are made.

Combining gaming technology and the devices with engineering CAD and PLM data in a single application creates the ultimate interactive user experience, becoming even more powerful when combined with Metadata from MES, ERP and CRM systems- and for IoT and Digital Twin that’s a fundamental requirement.

Learn more by watching our short overview video http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/Digital-Realities.htm