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TransMagic develops multi-CAD interoperability software applications that offer a unique combination of 3D CAD file translation, 3D model comparison, geometry repair, collaboration and viewing technologies to alleviate the CAD incompatibility and product data exchange challenges facing the manufacturing industry.

Domain
CAD Translator

Location
USA

THE PROJECT

The task of creating a drawing is difficult in CATIA as it is an advanced design software with engineering capability. ProtoTech Solutions has developed this CATIA V5 addin for Autodesk AutoCAD, based on TransMagic technology which streamlines the drawing process. The plugin assists design departments that have a ‘mixed CAD’ environment, utilizing both CATIA V5 and Autodesk AutoCAD API’s. TransMagic wanted to quickly get the plugin on a feasible budget without loss of operational efficiency.

BACKGROUND

CATIAV5 Exporter for Autodesk® AutoCAD is CAD translation software which allows for the smooth exchange of information, enabling users to export AutoCAD drawings to a CATIA V5 file. This file can be used on the local system later.

CHALLENGE

  • TransMagic approached ProtoTech to meet their business needs in mapping geometry data to the CATIA V5 model.
  • One of their requirements was that it has to be completed in a very short amount of time.
  • Along with the basic requirements, they wanted to export color, normal, and lesser file export time. ProtoTech Solutions worked closely with TransMagic to find the best solution for their business needs.

Technology: AutoCAD API

Languages | Platform : C# .Net | Windows

SOLUTION

Following initial meetings to assess business requirements ProtoTech quickly geared up and started developing the plugin.

  • ProtoTech Solutions used TransMagic translator library and developed this Autodesk AutoCAD (plugin) to convert Autodesk AutoCAD drawings directly into the CATIA V5 file format.

The benefits of this include:

  • Simple User Interface
  • Export of VizRep and Brep models supported
  • Color export
  • CATIAV5 Versions Compatibility.
  • Good for 3D Modelling and Surfacing
  • CATIA has features like Assembly, sheet metal design, weldment.

BENEFIT

  • Autodesk AutoCAD and CATIA V5 are widely used in the Automotive and Aerospace industries for fixture design, product design, facilities layout planning, and process documentation.
  • This new product also provides an affordable method for supply chain partners who use Autodesk AutoCAD but wish to communicate natively with OEM’s using CATIA V5.
  • Now Autodesk AutoCAD data can be shared very easily and accurately with CATIA users in the native CATIA V5 file format, for efficient collaborative 3D design at a fraction of the cost of their previous workflow.
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CATIA file format is preferred very much in the automotive industry for designing and analyzing mechanical parts. ProtoTech’s CATIAV5 Exporter for Autodesk® AutoCAD proved to be a crucial plugin with a very simple interface and numerous customization options. It is simple to use for new users. Excellent solution for your part and assembly design requirements.

– Todd Reade, CEO, TranMagic

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