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Norm Crawford
04/14/06 06:16 AM
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Interesting thoughts with regard to the Beta vs VHS scenario. But, for many who are not familiar with 3D viewing of CAD models and assemblies, I think it will be good to include some basic, what I call, requirements to gain real value from 3D visualization. First of all, the viewer and cad system need to have related capabilities so that eliminating the 2D drawing process can be achieved for truly leaning out the part and assembly definition. Therefore, the most significant requirement is the ability to place 3D annotation on the model in the CAD system and then being able to view the information in the viewer. Second, most viewers do no measured true 3D data. Again, in order to lean out the part definition process, it is key to not have to include all dimensions for features that are already defined (redundancies) by virtue of the model. But for manufacturing purposes, the viewer measurement must me as accurate as measuring the CAD model within CAD. Again, there are not a lot of viewers with that capability. Then there is considering other downstream process. For example, tolerance analysis. Is the file format used in the viewer also useful in a 3D tolerance analysis application? And, when using such an application, is the interface essentially the same as the basic viewer? In other words, having common look and feel across the functional groups through out the product lifecycle. The bottom line is what "system" will really achieve a leaner product development cycle and really be able to help improve quality while reducing costs. It won't be a stand alone viewer anytime soon.

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*3D Visualization -- Could It Be Today's Betamax vs  04/01/06 11:06 AM
.*HovakhshatarHovakhshatar  07/25/06 11:09 AM
.*Its all about collaborationHadley  07/26/06 05:12 PM
.*Re: Its all about collaborationRasmus Jensen  07/29/06 12:57 AM
.*Re: 3D Visualization -- Could It Be Today’s BetamaSteve G  07/12/06 11:20 AM
.*Norm CrawfordNorm Crawford  04/14/06 06:16 AM
.*InterestingPanda  04/01/06 11:06 AM
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