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24 Jun 2016

Calculate Billet Size and Wastage

Glovius has number of tools to quickly calculate and surface meta data associated with the CAD components. We recently introduced a new parameter to calculate the billet size needed to manufacture the component and the corresponding wastage of raw material in subsequent manufacturing steps.

Billet Size Calculation

Calculate Billet Size and Wastage

Here are the steps to calculate the Billet size of the component –

  1. Open a 3D model in Glovius
  2. Select a component and click ‘Analyze’ tool
  3. The billet size and wastage parameters are displayed in the Analyze dialog

Do try it out and let us know your feedback at support@glovius.com.

25 Apr 2016

CAD Assembly Analysis Tools

CAD assemblies can become complex with many components, metadata, PMIs or associated data. Glovius offers a number of tools specifically designed for quick analysis and inspection of CAD assembly files. Lets explore these tools in detail –

Analyze Tool – This tool gives you a snapshot of the selected component. If you select a part for Analyze, an information dialog pops up with information such as the outline dimensions, number of similar instances in the assembly, Mass, Total surface area and Volume. You can also check for the Center of Gravity (CG) of the component to check whether it complies to your design intent.

Analyze Assemblies

Explosion (in beta) – Designers follow various methods while assembling component. Though many CAD software provide In-Context assemblies, some designers prefer a bottoms-up approach while designing the component. In these situations, the Product Structure doesn’t necessarily reflect the integration steps for the assembly. Using the Explosion tool gives you a quick idea about the organization of the assembly.

Bill of Materials – Bill of Materials is the bridge between CAD and actual product design. It reflects the components needed to assemble and create the final design. Thus at various stages of production, different types of BoM exist. You can create them either on the basis of assembly hierarchy or the product hierarchy. Use Glovius to generate BoM reports in PDF and Excel formats. We attach a image snapshot of the component in the PDF report for easy identification. Attributes can also be exported in the BoM report.

Bill of Materials

Sections – Taking Sections of component gives you a quick way to check the internals of a component assembly. You can create sections at a plane or along any surface of the component. Click on multiple planes for more clarity.

take dynamic sections

Move – Using the Move tool you can quickly declutter your component and focus on the essentials. Select a component and use the Move tool to quickly remove it from the view.

Move Components

Visit our support page to learn more about Glovius. For questions, feedback and feature requests, please drop me an email at sid@glovius.com.

25 Apr 2016

Export 3D CAD Parts and Assemblies to 3D PDF

Export 3D parts and Assemblies to PDF

Today PDF file format has become the standard for sharing read only version of files. The main advantages of a PDF document is its accessibility on multiple platforms and familiarity with the free readers.

Generating 3D PDF documents from your 3D CAD files is a matter of few clicks in Glovius. Open a CAD file in Glovius, click on “Save”, top left in the ribbon bar. Choose PDF as ‘Save as Type’ and click “Save” to create a PDF from your CAD files.

Check out this feature in our free trial or subscribe to Glovius for as low as $29/month.

06 Jan 2014

Compare 3D CAD files

Design is an iterative process. As the design of a component is fine-tuned, some features are added, altered or completely removed. This leads to successive iterations of 3D files with differences that are difficult to communicate with the extended team, especially since the changes are iterative with very minor visual modifications.

Using Glovius, you can compare any two 3D models to find out the differences. Use the Compare feature to visually see the changes in any two versions of a 3D component. You can compare 3D part and assembly files from various formats such as Siemens NX, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Pro/ENGINEER & Creo, CATIA V5, STEP, IGES and many more.

The example above highlights the differences between two versions of an assembly. The result is shown with the unchanged (translucent), added (shown in green) and removed (shown in red) information. You can also save a report of the changes or compare attribute information and assembly structure that is different within these files.

The 3D Compare feature is available with the Pro Plan ($39/month, free 7-day trial). Compare feature is also included in Glovius CAD Viewer bundles for CATIA V4/V5NXPro/ENGINEERSolidWorksSTEP/IGES.

Posted by Sridhar Oruganti, Product Manager for Glovius
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