Publish JT data directly into interactive 3D PDF’s with Theorem’s Publish 3D

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest JT to 3D PDF product from the Publish 3D range, with new and improved product features and enhancements, and support for JT 10.x.

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.

New enhancements for V21.1:

  • The ability to add images into tables which, rather than use text to describe individual parts in a BOM table, can be used to make clearer which parts are in question. Using images also makes a template more visually appealing for the end user.
  • When creating a new template, all images can be saved to a single directory and one command used to import them all, rather than having to import each individual image.
  • More dynamic and customizable templates can now be created with improved CSS support for active BOM tables and highlighted parts.

Our Unified Interface (UI) 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.  The 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

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Make the most of installed CATIA licenses when working with NX

We are pleased to announce the latest release of CADverter V20.3 for CATIA V5i to NX.

Our CATIA V5i-NX is a uni-directional direct database converter between the Dassault Systemes’ V5 and Siemens’ NX modelling applications. It can be packaged with our NX-CATIA V5i to create a bi-directional product. It has been developed using the Spatial (Dassault) Interop Development Environment and supports all CATIA V5 revisions from V5 R15 to V5-6R2017, and NX 9, 10 and 11.

In this latest version, the new Theorem Unified Interface (UI) is supported for both interactive and batch processing. There are also interactive import/export menus in NX that are available for users.

Designed for companies who have limited or no access to the CATIA V5 application, but who need to create or read NX data, the CATIA V5i -NX CADverter is a high quality, cost effective translation solution designed to help solve the issue of working with and sharing incompatible data formats.

NX users who also have to work with data supplied in the CATIA format from customers and suppliers commonly find that they require access to a license of CATIA in order to translate the data in to NX. Using the CADverter, users can create NX data without needing access to a license of the CATIA V5 application.

Our CATIA V5i-NX solution helps to increase the productivity of the CATIA user by saving time and freeing up CAD licenses. It supports collaboration between OEM’s and their customers and suppliers, enabling original 3D mechanical design data to be re-used in downstream activities helping to increase data quality and reduce overall project costs.

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

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem’s latest Multi-CAD supports CATIA V5 R27 and NX 11

Our V20.2 CATIA V5 Multi-CAD to NX product is ready for release with a number of new product features and enhancements alongside general updates to improve stability and geometry quality.

Integrated within the CATIA V5 application, V20.2 supports from CATIA V5-6R2014 to CATIA V5-6R2017, as well as NX 9, 10 and 11, providing the user with the highest levels of interoperability with NX file assemblies.

This CATIA V5 Multi-CAD to NX product can be packaged as a uni-directional product CATIA V5>NX or NX>CATIA V5 or as a bi-directional translator.

Our CATIA V5 Multi-CAD to NX Product is based upon the Dassault Systemes XCAD infrastructure, allowing CATIA V5 users to incorporate parts and assemblies from NX, directly within the CATIA environment and removing the need for external translators. The application checks geometry for errors and validates the integrity of the data as it comes into CATIA. The beauty of the Dassault Multi-CAD architecture is the interlinking of the CATIA data and non-native data.

In V20.2 the Theorem User Interface is supported for both interactive and batch processing of translations external to the CATIA V5 application.

Using Multi-CAD offers a greater level of security and protection as the link to the source data is a direct link, without the need to leave the application or use 3rd party external applications. This also removes any errors that can occur from working with potentially old and out of date data.

Our strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and Siemens  ensures that there is a parallel development between the latest releases of CATIA V5, NX and Theorem’s Multi-CAD products, allowing us to continue to provide data solutions to the CATIA V5 community.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

STEP AP242 NX CADverter supporting PMI is released

We are pleased to announce the release of our newest STEP AP242 <> NX product with additional support for Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) for downstream processes.

The STEP AP242 <> NX CADverter is a new STEP product that supports releases of NX 8.5, 9.0 and 10 which is available as a bi-directional product. It can be used interactively from within the NX application or in a batch mode, using the new Theorem Unified Interface (UI) which comes as standard with the STEP AP242 <> NX CADverter.

The recently released UI, which supersedes Theorem’s CADviewer and UI products, has been specifically developed to optimise both data exchange and downstream processes using a single application that can be used to view, filter and translate CAD data. The new UI can also be configured to suit a number of use cases and individual user types.

Our CADverter product is a fully compliant STEP AP242 processor for NX. It enables the user to convert all forms of mechanical design geometry, as well as assembly and attribute information, from NX to STEP AP242 and from STEP AP242 files into NX. In addition it supports Configuration Management (CM) data, which defines and controls the configuration of a products definition.

Features of the STEP AP242 <> NX CADverter

  • Converts all types of geometry, wire frame, surfaces, trimmed surfaces (faces) and solid models.
  • Converts assembly structure between the systems.
  • Converts attribute data including colour and layer information. (Shape/Appearance extension)
  • Reads and writes STEP AP203/AP214/into AP242 files.
  • The conversion process can be run in Interactive or Batch mode.
  • Theorem Unified Interface enables the user to view the NX and STEP AP203/AP214/AP242 files before and after conversion.
  • Data can be filtered by layer and entity type.
  • Geometry can be filtered and selectively processed.
  • Support for Product Manufacturing Information (PMI)

 

Main Benefits

  • The Theorem Unified Interface enables you to verify your data visually, pre and post conversion, eliminating time converting unwanted data, or sending out incorrect data.
  • The CADviewer and filtering options allow you to selectively process the data, enabling you to optimise conversions and save time.
  • By converting all forms of geometry no data is lost, eliminating the time required to re-create missing data.
  • With support for PMI, the STEP AP242 files contains enough information to be used for further downstream manufacturing and engineering processes.

 

The STEP AP242 standard, ‘Managed model based 3D engineering’ has been created in conjunction with two other ISO standards – Aerospace’s AP203 ‘Configuration controlled 3D design’ and Automotive’s AP214 ‘Core data for automotive mechanical design processes’.

The STEP AP242 format can be used for a wide variety of purposes including Model Based Definition (MBD) processes, PDM integration, Long Term Data Archiving (LTDA), supply chain integration, engineering design data exchange and mechatronics. The STEP AP242 standard/format aims to introduce new ways of exchanging and archiving CAD data, and associate them with other STEP protocols and CAD related standards (e.g. ASME and ISO).

For more information visit www.theorem.com

New Unified Interface released for optimised data exchange and downstream processes

Our recently released Unified Interface (UI), which supersedes Theorem’s CADviewer and UI products, has been specifically developed to optimise both data exchange and downstream processes using a single application that can be used to view, filter, translate and even publish interactive documentation from native 3D CAD data.

Incorporating all elements required for successful data exchange the new UI extends its use past the bounds of engineering departments to other departments who will also benefit from access to the new UI.

Included within certain Theorem CADverter, Publish 3D and Visualize 3D product suites, the unified interface can be configured to suit a number of use cases and individual user types: a productivity tool for engineering users, and as a viewing and publishing tool for other users.

Some of the features of the new UI include:

  • Geometry and product structure viewer: Lets the user filter data by viewing the 3D geometry or by seeing it displayed as a structural hierarchy showing the different parts and sub-assemblies.
  • Viewer: Data can be manipulated in the viewer (i.e. rotate, pan and zoom) and metadata can be added to the part/assembly.
  • File browser: allows the user to view any incoming data, which can be dragged and dropped from Windows Explorer.
  • Translation: The UI allows the user to hone their translation strategy before automating the process by letting them review data and create batch files.
  • Publishing: The UI when used with Publish 3D embeds the 3D CAD data into a PDF document, creating an interactive 3D PDF that can be viewed, manipulated and annotated by anyone with access to Adobe Reader.

Traditionally, our CADviewer and UI products were aimed solely at the Engineering user whereas the new UI can be utilised by other departments such as Purchasing, Quality & Inspection or Sales & Marketing. As long as users in those departments have access to Publish 3D and the correct engineering CAD part or assembly they can browse, filter, view and then publish the data as an interactive document for their own uses. Most importantly they will have the ability to interrogate the data to aid their own knowledge, understanding and communication processes. Purchasing can create their own RFQ’s, Quality can produce their own Inspection reports and Sales can create their own interactive brochures. The translation features and configuration options which are more geared towards the engineering user can be hidden as part of the individual setup.

UI File Browser
The UI file browser

For the engineering user, the translation configuration manager tool is included to optimise the data read, select the data to write, format the output, and tune the data by data type and audience. The tool lets the user decide what data is needed and then thins it out so that the user only has what they require which can be saved (translated) into the desired format (depending upon available options).

The UI also has a number of useful functions which allow the user to create a methodology for large translations and can increase productivity in a variety of ways, allowing them to work interactively, in batch or via the command line interface.

Using the UI can save time as there is a batch processing tool available, so that the user can prepare all of the data to be batch processed but can defer the translation job until a more convenient time (i.e. overnight). With the addition of a job status viewer and a log monitor there is a simple and efficient way to keep a list of currently running jobs and monitor what has happened with each job, being notified of errors etc.

UI Log Viewer

For the non-engineering departments within an organisation, the UI supports the process of publishing multiple documents/ outputs from a single CAD part or view which can be beneficial as it reduces ambiguity. The user knows that they have the right part needed for their specific use case, having come from the original CAD part itself. When used as part of the Publish 3D product, the UI 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.

Available as part of the standard maintenance agreement and new product sales for certain CADverter, Publish 3D and Visualize 3D products (from version 18.0 onwards) our new UI is helping the development and streamlining of translation and downstream processes, saving time, money, increasing productivity and communication. By allowing engineering data to be filtered, viewed, interrogated, manipulated and translated interactively or in batches with the ability to publish user specific documentation makes for a very powerful multi-departmental application.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

 

Our V18.2 CADverter has new features and enhancements for CATIA V5-NX

Our V18.2 CATIA V5- NX CADverter is being released, complete with new product features and enhancements, which includes among others, added support for the Theorem Unified Interface.

The new UI acts as a productivity tool for existing users and a publishing tool for new users, and is there to aid in the development and streamlining of the user’s translation strategy, saving time and increasing productivity by allowing the data to be sifted through, filtered into what is necessary and then translated in batches at a suitable and convenient time for the user.

Integrated within the CATIA application, V18.2 supports V5 R19, R21, V5-6R2012, V5-6R2013, V5-6R2014 and V5-6R2015 as well as NX 8.5, NX 9.0 and NX 10 both bi-directionally and uni-directionally.

A number of enhancements have been made to enrich the process of exporting data containing PMI to 3DPDF. There is now an added PMI orientation update which allows PMI to be correctly orientated in a view, which is relative to the direction of the view when exporting data containing PMI to 3DPDF. There has also been an update to the NX read so that the standard views are now read by default. There has also been support added to read NX PMI associations when exporting the data.

Additional features to the NX Read capabilities include added reference set processing as the default, added seed part segregation support for parts and assemblies. An NX empty part option is also added to read empty parts to retain placeholders in assembly processing. The user is now also able to control how corrupt geometry is presented.

Our strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and Siemens ensure that there is parallel development between the latest releases of CATIA V5, NX and Theorem’s CADverter products, allowing Theorem to continue to provide data solutions for the CAD community.

For more information on Theorem and our products, visit our website at

www.theorem.com

New features and enhancements in our Visualise 3D V18.2 for CATIA V5- JT!

We are releasing Visualise 3D V18.2 for its CATIA V5- JT users, in which there are a number of new features and product enhancements to improve the user experience.

Integrated within CATIA V5, Visualise 3D V18.2 supports CATIA V5 R19, R21, V5-6R2012, V5-6R2013, V5-6R2014 and V5-6R2015 as well as Jtk 7.1 both bi-directionally and uni-directionally.

There is added support for the Theorem Unified Interface (UI).The new UI acts as a productivity tool for existing users and as a publishing tool for new users. The UI allows the user to develop their translation strategy, by sifting through and streamlining data and then allowing it to be batch processed at a convenient time for the user.

catiav5_productviewAdditions to the JT Read function include support for viewing set names, and added entity blanking via JT layer filters that have a new command line argument implemented for control.  Properties are now reported, one property per line in the JT read reporting function.

There are also a number of new functions within the JT write capabilities. Config file support has been extended for the CATIA V5 command line options

The visibility of entities in views have been re written within the JT write function, ensuring  that the assembly is now processed in a hierarchical manner so that a complete leg of an assembly may be blanked by a high level node, and all entity types are now supported.

Within the CATIA V5 Write function the user is now able to control how corrupt geometry is presented.

Theorem’s strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and Siemens  ensures that there is a parallel development between the latest releases of CATIA V5, JT and Theorem’s Visualise 3D products, allowing Theorem to continue to provide data solutions to the CAD community.

For more information on Theorem and our products visit our website

www.theorem.com