CAD Users Get Flexible MultiCAD Model Repair and Editing Environment
"Interoperability is one of the CAD industry's most challenging problems to solve," said Robert Bean, chief operating officer, Kubotek USA. "Even though the industry has been working on this problem for decades, and standards for sharing files already exist, product models still contain layers of data that are very hard to decipher. Unique and proprietary CAD formats complicate the problem while global supply chains make it one of the more pressing issues to solve."
Engineers and designers need to be able to access and edit any file, regardless of its origin. Time-to-market pressures are constant and there is no time to waste. REALyze provides a dynamic environment in which designers and engineers, when confronted with a model in an unfamiliar format, can access the model's geometry in order to work with the file and avoid having to recreate work previously done. REALyze allows designers to shortcut overall time to market.
CAD interoperability has been documented as a major issue in the manufacturing sector. Kubotek's recent industry surveys ( http://www.kubotekusa.com/products/survey_1) have shown that more than 75 percent of survey respondents receive fewer than half of external CAD models in a preferred format. Fifty percent of respondents stated the need to use three or more CAD tools per month. The cost of maintaining multiple systems -- software upgrades, training, and maintenance fees -- continues to rise.
Kubotek Architecture Facilitates Real World Usage
REALyze takes advantage of the rich interoperability foundation developed for Kubotek's flagship KeyCreator software. This allows REALyze to recognize geometric entities across proprietary formats, providing the basis for the product's advanced translation and repair capabilities. At its core, REALyze has the ability to perform geometric search and pattern and feature discovery.
Kubotek's REAL architecture enables the REALyze toolset to work seamlessly for repair and reuse of geometry. REALyze includes:
* The industry's most powerful and comprehensive translators * Fully automated and manual repair, discovery and verification, plus newly added covering (n-sided fill) techniques for local model repair * An intuitive and completely free-form approach to changing imported models and dumb geometry for downstream reuse.
The REAL architecture powers REALyze with the three essential elements necessary to fix models without recreating or attempting to translate a file's entire history tree -- translation, healing and editing capabilities. This is an important distinction for designers and engineers when time is of the essence. REALyze provides an environment where CAD/CAM users have the tools that work in concert to tackle the complexities of the interoperability, repair, and reuse process.
Dumb Files Aren't Dumb
As CAD systems have matured, more and more intelligence is being embedded in the file. This intelligence includes design intent, proprietary data definitions, unique formats, and history trees. Unlike parametric software, Kubotek technology doesn't put intelligence into the file. Instead the intelligence is in a tool that can discover features and patterns hidden in the geometry. Other translation tools experience limitations since they try to translate only the dumb "B-rep" (boundary representation) data or attempt to decipher the history tree.
"Even dumb geometry has a certain amount of inherent intelligence," stated Ken Versprille, Ph.D., PLM research director, CPD Associates, LLC. "In the industry's rush to parametric-based modeling techniques, it overlooked possible advances in recognizing the pure core intelligence in explicit geometry. By exploiting the growing computing power now available to users, Kubotek has uncovered a way for users to get deeper into the heart of a model and make it usable."
REALyze will be licensed as a single seat or enterprise concurrent use license. The product begins shipping on February 15, 2006. Kubotek will demonstrate REALyze at SolidWorks World next week. (Booth #102)
Kubotek USA, Inc., headquartered in Marlborough, MA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kubotek Corporation. Kubotek USA develops and manufactures KeyCreator mechanical CAD software, (formerly CADKEY), REALyze multiCAD interoperability tools, rapid prototyping and non-contact inspection systems, and offers the free Spectrum multiCAD viewer.
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