The latest release of Edgecam software includes a new high speed 3D viewer which directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application. Edgecam PartXplore has been created to efficiently import and analyse all file types and sizes at high speed. It often takes less than half the time to open a file compared to the original CAD application.
Users can build virtual unified prototypes or 3D models imported from a wide range of file formats, including Catia, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, IGES and many more.
The software saves the native CAD data in its own lightweight format, meaning manufacturers can carry out tasks such as calculating surface areas and volumes, and measuring thickness, dimensions and angles without requiring the original CAD information.
And it makes sharing files extremely simple, as users can transmit 3D parts and assemblies to their own subcontractors, customers and other project members via the internet with a standalone, lightweight application. The recipient can also immediately display and work on the model without requiring the original CAD data.
Measurements: Even staff who are not CAD experts can quickly master the software’s wide 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 allow more 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 easily for sending to 3D measuring equipment and NC machines.
Annotation: Ideas, observations, instructions and change requests can be conveyed quickly and easily. The need for 2D drawings is minimised, as users add dimensional and geometric measurements, annotations and labels directly to the 3D model.
Analyse: A full range of specialist analysis tools assist with quotes, diagnostics, assembly notes, and preparing 3D models. Much of the analysis functionality is normally only associated with more expensive CAD solutions.
The inside of parts and assemblies can be explored with high performance sectioning; the section plane rotated, panned or following a guide curve, simply by mouse clicks.
Curvature radius and plane face analysis is a valuable tool for giving fast cost and production times. And drafts and undercuts can be calculated and displayed extremely quickly, even on large components.
Animation: Animations are set up by initiating basic movements such as translation, rotation or following a guide curve.
Collision detection: Dynamic collision analysis ensures real-time control of mechanism interoperability or process control. Short videos can also be generated.
Documentation: Screen captures illustrate technical documents and assembly sheets…and a large number of images can be readily managed and distributed.
PartXplore Product Manager Massimo Vergerio says: “PartXplore’s intuitive, easy-to-use interface enables novices and experienced users alike to explore any type of 2D/3D CAD file. It gives access to the full set of core functions to ensure everyone can be up and running with the software instantly. This new high speed collaborative viewer makes it easy to visualise analyse and share files without needing access to the original CAD data.”