You can now create heterogeneous multi-CAD assemblies with EnSuite Version 2, according to CCE, makers of the multi-CAD viewing, translation and productivity software. The new feature lets you build an assembly by inserting components from different proprietary and neutral CAD formats such as Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA V4 or V5, SolidWorks, Unigraphics, IGES, STEP and Parasolid.
It permits each individual or company involved in a collaborative product-development project to create and modify components in their own CAD system while the entire assembly can be viewed, evaluated and marked up in a single environment. The new software eliminates the need to invest in multiple CAD systems to perform design reviews, which involve collaborators working in multiple CAD systems.
Those that view a multiple CAD assembly model can rotate, transform, move and delete components in the assembly model. They can add redlining, mark-up callouts, and standard shapes and text. EnSuite identifies the bill of materials (BOM) for the assembly. There is an option to display the Indented BOM, which clearly shows the hierarchical information with the master, or top level, BOM describing a list of components and sub-assemblies. The isolate part function makes it possible to quickly isolate a part by making all of the other parts in the assembly transparent. The exploded view capability shows how parts fit together with other parts in the assembly without interference from other parts.
EnSuite provides a range of productivity tools for accessing critical engineering information. And it prevents users from saving changes to the master CAD model to protect integrity of the master model. The software suite is for those that work in a multi-CAD environment.
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