Yes, there are many companies and technologies addressing the ability to convert MCAD A model to MCAD B. However, what company wants to give up it's Intellectual Property for the sake of collaboration? Collaboration is getting a BAD name; it's not about converting then sharing files with everyone. It should be about the ability to access engineering and design data 7/24/365 by spawning processes remotely. Parker is a part of $21 Million project that is trying to demonstrate within a multi-level supplier base and a heterogeneous MCAD environment you may collaborate. I feel that this is a paradigm shift for collaboration, "To avoid Data Translation Errors, Avoid Data Translation." Applications such as solid modelers should be able to be accessed remotely so to extract whatever engineering data you may need. In addition, if you work within the FIPER Environment, you will be able to see "ghost" geometry (A facade with an intelligent link back to the original MCAD data.) Hence, this will allow OEM's and Vendors to check "form fit and function" and work happily-ever-after!
FIPER Team member
Parker Hannifin - Ohio