ANAHEIM, CA (PTC LIve Global 2013), June 11, 2013 - Looking to switch from one CAD program to another? You can outsource it. There's probably a hundred services that will offer to do it for you, half of them in India. But suppose you don't want your valuable CAD data flying around the world into some company you never heard of. ITI TrancenData, which bills itself as a leader of CAD data exchange, provides a software alternative1. The software is quite sophisticated, to the point of even being ablle to "fudge" a fillet type not found in your new CAD program -- something your Indian translation service may have done but would probably have neglected to mention. With ITI, you get a report of such discrepancies.
I suspect the price of this application is more than the average Indian would charge. ITI does not publish a price list and prefers to quote based on individual projects.
ITI acquired Proficiency a few years ago, and now offers software by the same name to translate CAD models, specifically MCAD models. As MCAD models are complex, containing not just geometry, but also features, sketches, metadata, history, more. I asked if it was 100% accurate -- or even close.
"We can get up to 90%," said Tony Provencal, senior tech consultant for ITI. "Nobody can do 100%." The rest is a manual clean up process, I imagine.
Tony goes through an impressive list of ITI's tools meant to translate, heal, even reuse CAD data.
CADfix will "defeature" a CAD model, which essentially removes items nonessential to analysis, like tiny holes in a not critical area, thus preventing your CAE program from getting lost in the details, working too hard or too long.
Tony also shows me CADIQ, ITI's application for CAD model "quality and validation." CADIQ lets you compare two variations of a model side by side. The models are synched2, so both move even if one is moved, highlighting any differences (in concept, this is similar to Kubotek's Compare, a standalone product we reviewed on CADdigest.com). CADIQ will detect variations between a revised part and the original. It will also let you see how a part might suffer from a less than perfect conversion, for example, you can see how an IGES conversion left out an important detail -- before you send the part to a customer. CADIQ performs a host of other checks, including part misalignment. I saw CADIQ find mismatched holes on mating parts that could have prevented a screw from being inserted - something your CAD program wouldn't reveal unless you took the trouble to add the screw and perform an interference check.
For more information, see ITI TrancenData site.
1. Competitor software for CAD data translation are Core Technologies and Elysium. A more complete list is found on TenLinks.com.http://www.tenlinks.com/cad/translation/software.htm
2. I did not see how the part get synched in the first place but it occurs to me as I write this that each part could come in with its own orientation and location. I suspect "automatic face matching is what does the trick for CADIQ.