March 6, 2007 -- Theorem’s new Universal CATIA translator for UGNX users both streamlines and simplifies data translation and collaborative working under real world’ conditions, by automatically differentiating between CATIA V5 and V4 data files and converting them to UGNX in a single operation.
CATIA and UGNX are widely used in many long-term design projects and it is not unusual for design and manufacturing companies to employ both CATIA V4 and CATIA V5 on production work. Other supply chain partners may operate UGNX, resulting in collaborative projects that can involve a mix of two CATIA file formats as well as UGNX data. A further complication is that CATIA V5 assemblies may incorporate embedded CATIA V4 files – a fact that might not become apparent until there is a need to undertake data translation.
Providing a complete solution within a single product, Theorem’s Universal CATIA to UGNX CADverter eliminates the need for users to identify which version of CATIA the target data is supplied in. It not only identifies and converts mixed native CATIA V5 and V4 files automatically, but also recognises and translates CATIA V5 assemblies that include embedded V4 data – all without operator input.
Because most single version translators are unable to accommodate such shared format assemblies, Theorem’s new Universal CATIA CADverter more than exceeds the capabilities of separate products – as even a combination of stand-alone V5 and V4 translators will fail to meet all user requirements.
Operation of the new CADverter could not be easier or more effective. For example, when working on a batch of files via the command line interface, UGNX users simply direct Theorem’s new translator at a folder containing mixed CATIA models and assemblies, indicate the translation parameters to be applied, specify the destination folder and press enter. They can then move on to other tasks while the Universal CATIA CADverter for UGNX translates the target files without the need for any further operator interaction.
“This is not simply a case of bundling two translators in the same wrapper,” says Keith Jeacock, Theorem’s General Manager. “The new CADverter is a specifically designed translator in its own right, which will save UGNX users a great deal of time and effort. It is neither priced at the level of two translators, nor carries the maintenance costs of two translators. It therefore represents a real win-win’ solution for UGNX users working in a CATIA collaborative engineering environment.
“Anybody looking to implement a UGNX/CATIA translator and offered a choice of CATIA V4 or V5, should seriously question what they are doing. Specifying translators that only convert either CATIA V4 or V5 data will almost certainly create the need to buy both. Even then, two separate translators will not be capable of handling CATIA V5 assemblies that contain CATIA V4 files. With its universal CATIA version recognition and data translation capabilities, our new CADverter is the only CATIA translator UGNX users will need.”
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Theorem Solutions is recognised as one of the world’s leaders in CAD/CAM product data exchange, offering application programs for Direct Database conversion and for International Standards-based conversion methods (STEP). The Theorem CADverter family is the widest range of direct CAD translators available from any single source. In addition to CADverter, it includes CADviewer, Data eXchange Navigator (DXN) and CADhealer, all delivering improved communications and interoperability between CAD systems. Theorem’s on-line translation service is at www.cadverter.com and information on all its products and services can be found at www.TheoremSolutions.com.