Creo View data can now be created and shared independently of CATIA V5 with Theorem’s Visualize 3D solution

We are pleased to announce the latest release of Visualize 3D 21.2 for CATIA V5i > Creo View.

Our CATIA V5i > Creo View solution allows CATIA users, who have limited or no access to a licensed install of CATIA V5, to create and share Creo View data without needing access to a CATIA V5 license.

Licenses of vendor specific CAD applications can be expensive resources to purchase and also to maintain, so it doesn’t help when they are tied up for long periods of time on more design activities or when there aren’t enough available licenses to be able to multi-task different design projects. The CATIA V5i to Creo View product is the ideal solution for CATIA V5 users who have to supply native 3D mechanical design data in the lightweight Creo View format to customers and suppliers when limited resources are available.

Our CATIA V5i > Creo View is a uni-directional converter between the Dassault Systems’ CATIA V5 modelling application and the Creo View product viewer from PTC. It has been developed using the Spatial (Dassault) Interop Development Environment and supports all CATIA V5 revisions up to and including V5-6R2018, as well as up to Creo View 4.2.

Our strategic partnership with Spatial (Dassault) and PTC ensures that there is a parallel development between the latest releases of CATIA V5 and Creo View, and Theorem’s Visualize 3D products, allowing us to continue to provide quality and robust data solutions for CATIA V5 and Creo View users.

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Theorem’s latest Visualize 3D- CATIA V5-Creo View Adapter supports CATIA V5 R28

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest Visualize 3D Adapter for CATIA V5 to Creo View users supporting up to and including CATIA V5-6R2014-2018.

For those that need to work with, or share, visualization data as part of design and manufacturing processes, the Theorem Visualize 3D suite of products offers direct translation of 3D data for the purpose of Visualization.

Our Visualize 3D brand supports lightweight data formats with a focus specifically on the direct translation of 3D CAD data from mechanical CAD systems for the purpose of Visualization, enabling users to work with and share data directly between different CAD and Visualization applications and are aimed at creating visualization data for users of digital mock-up, desktop and tablet viewing applications.

Using Visualize 3D as a direct conversion tool between CATIA V5 to Creo View reduces processing time, simplifies integration and retains accuracy of the model.

V21.1 now supports up to and including CATIA V5-6R2014-2018 and Creo View 4.2.

V21.1 can be used independently of WindChill, or integrated into WindChill, allowing CATIA V5 managed data to be published and visualized on demand. As the Creo View data output is then synchronized with the CATIA source, an accurate up-to-date version of the design is always available, reducing costly errors.

The CATIA V5 to Creo View suite helps to secure Intellectual Property, but at the same time supports a rich enough set of design data intelligence so that suppliers have all of the information required to complete their job.

Our strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and PTC ensures that there is parallel development between the latest releases of CATIA V5 and Creo View, and Theorem’s Visualize 3D products, allowing us to continue to provide data solutions for the CAD community.

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Optimising Manufacturing Processes with Lightweight Data Formats

Being able to access and share 3D CAD data is an integral part of design and manufacturing processes.

When data needs to be shared between engineering and manufacturing departments within the same organisation, or with the supply chain translation between different CAD systems may be required.

However, translating large amounts of engineering data can cause problems as some data can be lost in translation or not replicated properly due to differences in CAD systems. Many who could benefit from interactively viewing and working with product design data do not currently receive it digitally because access can be difficult and expensive.

Another issue with sharing entire CAD models, especially with an external contact, is the vulnerability of Intellectual Property (IP).

The use of lightweight data formats is a way to optimise manufacturing processes in relation to sharing engineering CAD data. The formats were originally created to provide optimum graphics performance and that generally meant a lighter file size than that generated from a CAD system. This made these types of formats better suited for use over the internet- which these days is how the majority of data is shared. Organisations that can make the best use of lightweight data formats are those that need to share data with their extended enterprise which could include large manufacturing firms and their supply chains.

What makes these formats lightweight is that typically the format only includes the design data that is required, with content such as features, history and constraints being removed. This also protects the IP of the original designs. The formats are rich in 3D content, but don’t give any intelligence away and are able to support a rich enough data set so that suppliers have the information they need. These lightweight formats maintain the CAD file as the master version but provides a synchronised representation for users.

There are a number of lightweight data formats available on the market including Siemens’ JT, Dassault’s 3DXML, PTC’s Creo View and 3D PDF.

Using a lightweight data format allows an organisation to easily share their design geometry, both internally and externally, without giving up any of their IP or having to send large CAD files containing unnecessary and irrelevant data.

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The Theorem team are headed to 3DCIC 2015!

The team from Theorem will be heading to Chantilly, Virginia for the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (CIC) which is being held 28-29th October 2015.

With 3DCIC being the only vendor neutral event that addresses collaboration and interoperability across industries in product development, manufacturing and business communications, it is the perfect opportunity for us to unveil and demonstrate our latest productivity enhancing solutions for 3D PDF, JT, Multi-CAD and STEP, all with support for Model Based Definition (MBD) processing.

As an independent company, with strong, long standing business relationships with all major CAD vendors, Theorem are able to objectively offer best in class data exchange solutions and services. Our broad portfolio supports CAD, Visualization and Publishing formats, with additional support for the processing of Model Based Definition information from native CAD in to a variety of formats: 3D PDF, 3DXML, Creo View and JT. We are in the best position to help meet many use case requirements for organizations of all sizes whilst reducing costs, time to manufacture, improving quality and safe guarding Intellectual Property.

Using lightweight data formats and interactive documentation that support MBD as a means to communicate design intent through to manufacturing is helping to improve and accelerate the design, manufacturing and inspection processes. It can also save on CAD license costs, resources and improve communications.

We will be demonstrating the latest versions of Publish 3D – 3D PDF Publishing products which enable the creation of documents enriched with interactive 3D content directly from native CAD data in to the PDF format;  the Visualize 3D suite, which offers users direct translation capabilities of 3D CAD data in to lightweight formats for the purpose of Visualization, as well as Multi-CAD for CATIA V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE (V6) users needing working with ‘foreign’ data from within their design environments without the need for translation.

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Bringing lightweight data back into the world of CAD/CAM/CAE

Theorem’s latest CADverter enables users to accurately translate JT data into the Creo Parametric file format and then export JT files back out.

With lightweight data formats growing in popularity amongst the design communities, the need to create and share JT data has increased. However, digitally mocked-up data needs to be brought back into the CAD/CAM/CAE world prior to manufacture.

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