Vero Software is rolling out a new high speed 3D viewer, PartXplore, which directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application.
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.
3D models cab be imported from a wide range of file formats, including Catia, NX, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, and IGES, and PartXplore can also open the native files of Vero Software’s Edgecam, VISI and WorkNC, with further brands in the Vero portfolio expected to follow suit in a second release in 2016.
“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,” said PartXplore product manager Massimo Verger at the launch.
The need for 2D drawings is minimised, as users can add dimensional and geometric measurements, annotations and labels directly to the 3D model.
Meanwhile, a full range of specialist analysis tools assist with quotes, diagnostics, assembly notes, and preparing 3D models.
Vero adds that the inside of parts and assemblies can be explored with ‘high performance sectioning’; the section plane rotated, panned or following a guide curve, simply by mouse clicks.
Curvature radius and plane face analysis is a valuable tool for providing accurate production times. In addition, draft angles and undercuts can be calculated and displayed quickly, even on large components.