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Glovius CAD Viewer - Blog | Glovius - Part 3
“What can’t be measured, can’t be improved” goes the old management adage. However, this adage can be adapted to engineering as well. Designers and Engineers measure their designs for knowing the intent, check/plan manufacturing steps, check for ease of assembly and a variety of other use cases. Measuring the radius of a hole, the length of an edge, the dimensions of a slot,the area of a face or the angle of axis are all essential tools to understand and analyze designs.
For most of our Glovius users, the Measure tool is the most prominent and critical function used for their workflow. We listened to our users on ways to improve and make Measurement more effective for them. With this in mind, we have revamped the Measure tool in the latest release .
You will notice that now all the Measure tool options are cleanly laid out in a dedicated tab. The layout has been designed based on all the options that you would need to measure. You not only have highlighted the standard measurement tools like the distance or the angle between edges, but also tools to measure specific entities like the angle between two hole axes or the radius of a circle passing through three points.
All the Measure tools have been grouped as per their type, namely :
- Point : Measure the coordinates of a point
- Length : Measure the length of an edge. Calculate the total length of edges using Tape tool
- Linear : Measure the linear distance between two entities. Choose points, edges, or circles and combination between them to measure the distance
- Radial : Calculate the radius or a diameter of a circle. Calculate the radius of a circle passing through three points
- Angular : Measure the angle between edges, faces and axes
- Area : Measure the area of a surface
And for all of us in the business of manufacturing and making things, here’s the take – “What can’t be measured, can’t be engineered”.
We are please to introduce Glovius Cloud – a new way to share your CAD parts and assemblies with your colleagues and suppliers.
As we see increasing adoption of cloud and mobile technologies, the inevitable spillover of work and the need to access your design data on such devices is becoming one of the top priorities to organizations of every size. Glovius Cloud is built up our time tested mobile and web technologies that we’d piloted and deployed in enterprises to address various use cases of Visualizing 3D data on such devices.
Glovius Cloud is built to address the following use cases :
- View your CAD parts and assemblies on any device using native mobile apps for iOS and Android and Web apps for modern browsers.
- Share URL’s instead of emailing 3D parts and assemblies
- Add review comments and get feedback from your colleagues/suppliers who don’t have access to the CAD application or Glovius Windows Viewer.
All Glovius customers with valid USP and subscription will receive a CloudPass to the mobile and web app for free ( lookout for the mail about creating an account for cloud.glovius.com ). We will also be launching a Glovius Cloud plan exclusively for those users who need access to 3D data on their phones or browsers only.
Register for Glovius Cloud and with a single click start pushing your files to the mobile and web apps.
– A successful CAD collaboration visualization solution must be cost effective, easy to use, and platform independent.
– HCL’s Glovius solution meets all three business challenges and delivers important capabilities into the hands of downstream users of design data within the organization and the supply chain.
– Glovius directly imports CAD and standard CAD formats without needing a license to any CAD solution.
Collaborative visualization holds the promise of transforming product development — reducing time to market, improving product quality, and enhancing product capabilities to best satisfy customer and market needs. Initial entry into collaborative visualization begins with the ability to leverage design engineering’s virtual CAD models and share them with downstream technical and business organizations, the supply chain, and customers. An effective collaboration visualization solution, however, requires extensive capabilities beyond just viewing.
The collaborative visualization solution, Glovius from HCL Technologies, offers CAD independent viewing and data access. Aptly called a “Modern CAD Viewer” because of its ability to run on an extensive range of platforms including tablets and smart phones, Glovius offers capabilities such as dimensioning, sectioning, markup, 3D compare, and analysis tools to all levels of users. CIMdata recognizes Glovius as a major player in the collaborative visualization market.
Glovius offers a number of tools that are purpose built for analyzing part designs. These tools help you analyze the design of the part and the ease of manufacturing. These tools have a wide variety of applications such as –
- Calculate the extents of the part design using the Analyze tool
- Visualize the internals of a component using advanced Section tool
- Check feature definitions using the Measure tool
- Compare two versions of a part to identify the changes in 3D
- Analyze the material distribution of parts using the Thickness analysis tool
- Calculate the manufacturing parameters using Projected area tool
- Ensure the component’s ease of manufacturing with the help of Draft analysis tool
Analyze tool is designed to give you a quick overview of the component. It is designed to highlight the most important parameters of the component at a glance. Analyze tool displays the part components extent dimensions, also called bounding box dimensions. Glovius picks up the accurate dimensions even if the component is designed at an inclination to the default planes. Analyze tool calculates the volume of the component along with the billet volume. This aids in the calculation of the billet wastage in case the component is manufactured by milling etc. Analyze tool gives you the mass of the component. In case the original file doesn’t have material properties assigned, you can edit the density values to calculate the mass of the component.
Section tool helps you see the internals of the component. Using the various options in Section tool, you can identify the internal geometry features. Apart from taking sections along standard planes, you can use the reference planes in the component or create custom planes for sectioning along a specific plane.
Measure tool is our most used and versatile tool. Using the Measure tool, you can check the feature definitions – the length of an edge, the diameter of a hole, the width of a rib, and more. Glovius assists users in measurements by highlighting the suitable geometric entities (points, edges, planes) to enable users to measure faster. We also have specific measure tools called Tape Measure and Area measure – the tape measure can be used to calculate the total length of a complex edge or spline or the length of a complex curve. The Area measure tool is used to calculate the area of planar and non-planar surfaces. Read more about all the capabilities of measure tool here.
3D Compare Tool
The design of a part evolves through various iterations during the design to manufacturing process. Compare tool helps you to identify the changes to the features of the component. Input the two versions of files to Glovius and visual the changes (and their similarities) in 3D. Glovius identifies the changes to geometry like change in the fillet radius or addition/removal of a stiffener rib. You can export a PDF report of this result and share it with your team and suppliers.
Thickness Analysis Tool
The thickness analysis tool analyzes the material distribution in the part design and displays the results visually. Using this tool, you can check the values of all the dimensions in the component alongwith the thick and thin regions. Identifying the thick and thin regions helps you in optimizing the part design. Thin regions may fail during usage and thick regions increase material costs. Read more about this tool here.
Projected Area Tool
Projected area is an indispensable tool to calculate the area at a particular plane. If the part is being cast, use this tool to calculate the casting pressure. The applications of this tool are varied. For example, you can use the area value from this tool to calculate the drag coeffients of the part if it is intended to be used in a fluid environment.
Draft Analysis Tool
Draft analysis is an indispensable tool if your component is manufactured via Casting or Injection molding. Using this tool, you can calculate the drafts made by all surfaces of the components with respect to a reference plane. The results are displayed in 3D with colorized surfaces to categorize and identify the surfaces based on the draft angle values.
Product Manager, Glovius