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02 Nov 2017

Export 3D Components to HTML

Glovius can now export 3D components to HTML files and view the 3D component using just the browser. The exported file contains 3D Geometry along-with metadata such as Attributes and BoM table ( in case of assemblies). The 3D HTML file also contains Glovius Web Viewer and you will be able to Section, Toggle Views, Rotate, Pan, Zoom and Save a Snapshot. All modern browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Mozilla Firefox are supported.

The main advantages of exporting to 3D HTML are :

  1. View 3D CAD files directly in the browser. No additional software needed.
  2. 3D HTML file is lighter in size and can be shared easily.
  3. Create unified packages with 3D geometry, attributes and the web viewer.

Watch this video for a quick overview of the export 3D CAD to HTML file functionality:

Download a sample 3D HTML file generated from Glovius. You can also get a hands on this feature by with the latest version of Glovius.

Sridhar Oruganti,
Product Manager.

30 Oct 2017

Assistive Measure in Glovius

Measuring the CAD geometry and features is one of the most important tool to quickly analyze the component. We have improved the Measure tool in Glovius to enable our users to quickly measure the various distances in the CAD components. We call this feature Assistive Measure and it is an extension of our Assistive Measure for Points feature. This enhancement will enable to quickly check the dimensions between various entities in your component faster.

To use this feature, open a model, click on Measure tool and select a geometric entity – linear edge, circular edge or a surface. The value is immediately displayed as a markup. Now as you move towards another entity ( say an edge ) we automatically calculate the appropriate measure value and display it for your reference. You can either choose to place the measure markup or move to another edge. Glovius quickly recomputes and displays the new measure value.

Watch this video for the Measure tool overview :

Download the latest version of Glovius and give this feature a spin.

Sridhar Oruganti,
Product Manager, Glovius

05 Oct 2017

Glovius v4.4 (build 4.4.0.454) for Windows is now available.

We are happy to announce a new release of Glovius v4.4 (build code 4.4.0.454) for Windows. This is a free upgrade for customers on a valid maintenance plan.

Download Glovius from the link below – https://www.glovius.com/downloads/

New Features

New design analysis tools, useful in Die Casting and injection Molding Applications.

  • Thickness Analysis – Wall thickness analysis for part files.

 

  • Draft Angle Measurement – Draft angle measurement for parts along a separation plane.

 

  • Projected Area – View projected area over a directional plane.

 

Other Improvements

  • Export 3D data to HTML (in addition to 3DPDF) for viewing in a browser.
  • Improvements to Analyze feature
    • Improved accuracy of bounding box dimensions
    • Total Mass for Assemblies

For more information, write to support@glovius.com.

13 Sep 2017

Assistive Measure for Points

Points are the basic geometric entities in any 3D model and are used as a basis for measurement. To help you measure quickly and identify all points during measurement, Glovius will assist you by highlighting the nearby points for Measurement. As you move the cursor in the scene, you will be able to select the nearby points to the cursor and measure their ordinates or the distances from other points.

To use this feature, open a model, click on the Measure tool and select ‘Points’ only option from the from the Filter list. Now, Move your cursor towards geometry to show all the nearby points. You can select any of the points for use in measurement.

Watch this video for a brief overview of this function in Glovius :

Download Glovius and start measuring !

Share your feedback with us at support@glovius.com

Sridhar Oruganti,
Product Manager, Glovius

15 Aug 2017

Hatching Effect in Sectioning

We are pleased to announce a new enhancement to Glovius Section functionality. This enhancement improves the visual display of components during Sectioning by quickly segregating and identifying various components of the model. In case of an assembly, multiple hatching patterns are applied to distinguish the components for visual legibility.

Hatching Pattern in CAD Components

Hatching effect is turned on by default and you can turn it off by toggling the Hatching button in Glovius. Give this enhancement a spin and give us your feedback by reaching out to us at support@glovius.com

Here’s a short video explaining the feature :

Sridhar Oruganti,
Product Manager, Glovius

04 Aug 2017

Generate Quick 3D PDF Reports using Glovius

Collaboration among teams and references to contextual 3D data is essential during the design life cycle of a component. To enable faster collaboration and providing contextual information, Glovius has an inbuilt 3D PDF report generator. Using this tool, you can generate a single, concise 3DPDF report containing the prominent information about the component. This 3D PDF report contains

  1. 3D Visualization data
  2. Attributes data
  3. BoM report with Part Number, Quantity, Bounding box dimensions and Component Image

To generate a 3D PDF report using Glovius, Open a file in Glovius, Click on the Export tab and Click on 3D Report to generate this document. You can export files from all popular CAD formats including CATIA, NX, Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, Creo, SolidWorks and many more.

Download a sample 3D PDF report file and open it in Adobe PDF reader to view the report.

3DPDF reports

Export your CATIA, NX, ProE/Creo, SolidWorks and other popular CAD files to 3DPDF reports.

Here’s a short video about 3DPDF reports in Glovius.

Glovius is a native CAD visualization tool that supports all popular formats. With Glovius, users can view popular CAD formats without a CAD license. Its powerful query and analysis tools help users take decisions based on actual CAD data. Free iOS and Android Apps give access to CAD data on-the-go.

Download Glovius and give it a try.

Sridhar Oruganti,
Product Manager,
Glovius.

19 Jan 2017

Introducing Glovius 2D Viewer

Technical Drawings or 2D drawings as they are popularly known convey lot of instantly glance-able information. Due to the international adoption of drawing standards these drawings are especially useful in collaboration by capturing the geometric features of the components. We had many of our users asking for support to 2D files.

Today,  we are happy to announce Glovius 2D – a free* DWG and DXF file viewer.
Glovius 2D Viewer is free for all Glovius customers. Download Glovius and give the 2D Viewer a try.

2D Viewer

Glovius 2D Viewer

Here are the top features of Glovius 2D :

  1. View popular 2D file formats – Open 2D files CATDrawing, DWG and DXF files
  2. Measure 2D elements in the drawing sheet – Measure the length of an edge, distance between two edges, radius of a circle or arc
  3. Tape Measure – Measure the sum of selected 2D elements like lines and arcs
  4. Create PDF documents from your 2D files – Export your 2D drawings to PDF formats for digital records**
  5. Support for multiple sheets in the drawing
  6. Print your drawings for record and archival purposes

Download Glovius 2D along with Glovius here .

*Glovius 2D is free for all our customers and uses the same license as Glovius.
** CATDrawing to PDF is in the works. Stay tuned.

 

16 Sep 2016

Glovius for Should Costing Analysis

Many Glovius users are from Purchasing and Should Costing teams. Product designers need to identify unproductive manufacturing costs early in the product life cycle. Designers and Program Planners are faced with stringent cost targets as companies optimize to provide maximum product value.

Should-Cost analysis helps in these scenarios and empowers product manufacturers to break down costs analytically and iterate based on the cost structure. According to some estimates, conducting Should Costing reviews can reduce the cost of total systems by 5 to 15 percent and sub systems cost by up to 40 percent!

Glovius offers a number of tools to help calculate the cost of manufacturing of a component.

Start with the BOM Report

Bill of Materials Report in Glovius

Create a Bill of Materials Report in Glovius

Generate a part level Bill of Materials report in CSV format and import it in Microsoft Excel. The report contains the dimensions of the component, quantity, material (if specified) and serves as a start point for your Should-Cost calculations. For parts, use the Analyse dialog to instantly get the component bounds, mass properties and other relevant information.

Compare Models

Compare revisions

Compare revisions in Glovius

If you receive an iteration of a previous component – use the Compare tool and find the differences in 3D design to calculate the delta value in cost accordingly. Use the measure tool to better understand the changes. You can also save the comparison results in PDF for sharing and collaboration.

Component Visibility

component visibility tools

Component visibility tools in Glovius

Use the Component Visibility tools from the View tab to focus on a specific component. You can Select and Isolate any component for a clear understanding of its design.

We hope this post gets you started on Should Costing analysis for your components. Please contact us at support@glovius.com if you have any feedback, questions or suggestions.

12 Aug 2016

Glovius for Windows Release 4.4 is here

Glovius 4.4 is available for download. In this release, we have added bunch of new features and squashed many bugs. Glovius now  has a refreshed UI, Explode tool, ability to Measure during Sectioning and a new way to share mark-ups and collaborate faster with your team.

Support for CATIA V5-6 2016 and Inventor 2017

View parts and assemblies created in CATIA V5-6 2016 and Inventor 2017 with Glovius for Windows Release 4.4.

All New User Interface

New icons and a refreshed ribbon bar layout.

New UI - Glovius CAD Viewer

Enhancements

Sometimes, you need a lower or higher precision during measurement and BOM reports. You can now set the number of decimal places based on your requirement.

Many of Glovius customers use Dropbox and Box for storing CAD files in the cloud. You can now directly open your 3D models from Dropbox and Box from the File > Open dialog.

Droppbox and Box Support

Sectioning is one of our top features in Glovius. However, most of our users want to section and measure components at the same time. Now you can cut sections and measure by turning off the plane and measure the components.

section measure

Explosion helps us understand assembly structure and gives us a peek inside the component architecture. We have rewritten and improved “Explode” in Glovius. It uses the Product Structure and Coordinate axes to explode components.

Glovius CAD Viewer - Explode Assemblies

Improved Collaboration

We have made it simpler to share design review comments and notes with your team. Open a CAD model, add markup and share just the COLLAB file. When your team member opens the CAD model and the COLLAB file, Glovius loads all the markups and notes contained within.

Release Availability

Glovius for Windows Release 4.4 is now available for download. Register and download a free 7-day trial to view, measure, section, markup and compare 3D models from popular CAD formats like CATIA V5 and V6, NX, Pro/ENGINEER and Creo, SolidWorks, Inventor, Solid Edge, STEP, IGES and more.

Subscription customers can upgrade to the new release immediately. License customers who have purchased Glovius after August, 2015 can upgrade to the new release free of charge.

Please contact us at support@glovius.com if you have any questions.

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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.