GD&T Analysis Software Includes New Tools for Productivity
Kotem, a Quality Vision International (QVI) company, has released version 4 of SmartProfile, its 3D geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) analysis software.
Kotem, a Quality Vision International (QVI) company, has released version 4 of SmartProfile, its 3D geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) analysis software. It is designed to provide fast, accurate analysis of measurements compared to a part’s CAD model and can be used to confirm GD&T compliance for shape, form, profile, orientation and location on any rigid part. According to the developer, the software complies with current GD&T standards (ASME Y14.5-1994, ASME Y14.5-2009 and ISO 1101) including multi-tier position and profile tolerances.
The new SmartProfile edition offers a host of new features including the ability to construct new features and relationships from a complete library of geometries; a control frame editor supporting multi-tier tolerances, complex compound datums and standard specific symbols; and the user’s choice of graphical or text-based reports, or output to statistical analysis software. New productivity tools include multi-thread architecture for high performance with very large point clouds; predefined filters for failed items and tolerance types as well as custom filters; a Scripting Wizard for automating common routines; and the ability to import or replace popular native CAD formats including IGES, STEP, STL and VDA files.
An optional Shop Floor Manufacturing Assistant enables the user to import work groups from CAM, set up alignments to match machining processes, visualize tolerance status under functional GD&T datums and machining datums, and clearly see corrective actions needed to comply with GD&T.
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