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2/19/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

3D Part Viewer Enables CAD Display, Annotation, Analysis

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Vero Software’s PartXplore high-speed 3D viewer directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application.

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Vero Software’s PartXplore high-speed 3D viewer directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application. PartXplore can open the native files of Edgecam, Visi and WorkNC. According to the company, both novices and experienced users can build virtual unified prototypes or 3D models imported from a wide range of file formats, including Catia, NX, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP and IGES. The software saves the native CAD data in its own lightweight format, meaning users can carry out tasks such as calculating surface areas and volumes, and measuring thickness, dimensions and angles without requiring the original CAD information.

The software provides a range of 2D and 3D measurement functions by using predefined selection modes, such as points, 2D entities, planes and surfaces. Measurements can be automatically included as entities and anchored to characteristic points of the part. Entity labels automatically pivot to remain visible at all times. Specialist functions enable experienced CAD users to recover point clusters from 3D measuring equipment or machine probes and to quickly check revisions against the original CAD geometry. Point files can also be generated for sending to 3D measuring equipment and NC machines. Annotations enable users to add dimensional and geometric measurements, annotations and labels directly to the 3D model, minimizing the need for 2D drawings.

A full range of analysis tools assist with quotes, diagnostics, assembly notes and preparing 3D models. The inside of parts and assemblies can be explored with high-performance sectioning; the section plane rotates, pans or follows a guide curve. Curvature radius and plane face analysis can help to provide accurate production times. In addition, draft angles and undercuts can be calculated and displayed quickly, even on large components, the company says.

Timeline animations can be set up by initiating basic movements, such as translation, rotation or following a guide curve. Dynamic collision analysis ensures real-time control of mechanism interoperability or process control. Short videos can also be generated from the software. Screen captures illustrate technical documents and assembly sheets, and images can be readily managed and distributed.

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