MCADCafe Weekly Review October 27th, 2015

Theorem products get a rebrand
October 27, 2015  by Katharine Edmonds

Due to the nature of design in manufacturing companies, there is no one standard CAD, Visualization or Publishing system. Manufacturers and their supply chains often have different systems in place, sometimes within the same four walls of the company. Each of these has particular nuances and they store their design information in widely differing formats.

Theorem’s extensive product portfolio has undergone a complete rebrand with a view to differentiate products into new families that simplify and streamline the process for the user to select the correct solution for their needs, whether that’s CAD to CAD, CAD to STEP, CAD to Visualization or CAD to Publishing.

As technology has evolved and the performance capabilities of computers has dramatically improved, it has enabled a much wider set of use cases and applications to be commercially and technically viable. However, these different use cases and applications require different types of 3D data in order to work. Sometimes the differences in the 3D data are subtle, in other cases the differences are significant.

A few months ago I went to an event that was new to me, Hexagon Metrology’s big U.S. event, HxGN. The conference was specifically targeted for metrology (science of measurement) with regard to sensing, inspection, QA, and reverse engineering applications – in other words what, Hexagon Metrology is all about.

However, metrology was not the only area represented, as the company known as Hexagon AB also has a huge presence with its hardware, software, and services in other industry segments, such as geospatial (GPS and surveying); process, power, and marine (PP&M); and security, government, and infrastructure (SG&I). It was a lot to take in and I focused on industrial metrology and related technologies – sensors and software used for optimizing manufacturing processes and throughput. I was especially interested in optimizing manufacturing processes with metrology because I have felt that this is a gap that genuinely needs to be filled.

The core of Hexagon Metrology’s business is sensing – the acquisition of information about an object with (touch probe, CMM) or without (laser, visible light) making physical contact for purposes of precise measurement for a variety of purposes. For example, measuring quality is becoming more prevalent earlier in the manufacturing process, and not just measuring a product as it comes off a production line. Earlier measurement and inspection to ensure ultimate quality are analogous to what simulation used to be – often an afterthought. Today, however, an increasing number of manufacturers are realizing the value that both simulation and measurement can provide if applied earlier in the design and manufacturing processes.

One of Hexagon’s customers who spoke during the conference said that earlier measurement has made it reorder its priorities in making its products “better before cheaper.”

Theorem Solutions are hosting a seminar covering the topic: Using 3D PDF in Engineering and Manufacturing at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, UK on Wednesday 11th November 2015.

The focus of the seminar is to discuss the emerging use of the 3D PDF format within an organisation and throughout their supply chains and how using the 3D PDF document format can revolutionise this process.

Sharing CAD design data usually requires the recipient to have access to the relevant CAD system and an understanding of how to read the data. This however, is not always the case, especially when data needs to be shared between non-engineering/design related departments.

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