Latest version of Vero WorkXplore file viewer can be downloaded from the web

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WorkXplore 2017 R1’s curvature analysis

Vero Software’s 3D CAD viewer and analyser WorkXplore, which can open all file types and sizes at high speed, is now available for trial and purchase directly from the software’s website.

Accorfding to Vero, WorkXplore often takes ‘less than half the time to open a file’ when compared to the original CAD application, letting users build virtual unified prototypes or 3D models imported from a wide range of file formats, including Catia, NX, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, IGES and many more.

The software saves the native CAD data in its own lightweight format, meaning manufacturers can carry out tasks such as calculating surface areas and volumes, and measuring thickness, dimensions and angles without requiring the original CAD information.
WorkXplore product manager Massimo Vergerio, said: “Users don’t have to worry about format compatibility, or what CAD system their customers use. And a stand-alone lightweight application enables users to easily sends 3D parts to colleagues and sub-contractors through the internet, where recipient can immediately display and work on the 3D model.”

Additionally, Vero has now moved the software so it can be purchased online directly from the WorkXplore website, with the only available plan for rental standing at 12 months, with the bundle including full WorkXplore capabilities and the Advanced Import Pack.

The latest version of WorkXplore contains several areas of updated functionality, including for its translators the support for 3D PDF and JTOpen mesh writing, and read/write MEG files.

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It is now possible to write solid and mesh models into the 3D PDF and JTOpen formats, and the resulting files will contain mesh entities. Solid and mesh models can also be exported in the MEG format used by Vero Software’s production machining CAD/CAM solution, Edgecam. In addition, MEG files can be imported into WorkXplore.

The translators support most file formats, including DXF/DWG, IGESW, Inventor, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Rhino, Pro/E – Creo, several versions of Catia, and several others.

As well as the enhancements to the translators, updates have been made to WorkXplore 2017 R1’s curvature analysis, with the object being analysed now being displayed with colours corresponding to curvature radius values defined as ranges.

New radius values can be added and edited interactively, and colours can be displayed in either flat or gradient mode.

The software now comes with the option to show or hide toolbar button captions, meaning it is now possible to choose whether the toolbar button captions are displayed or not. The option is set in the application parameter window.