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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 $30/month.

09 Dec 2015

Licensing Options – Glovius for Windows

Glovius for Windows offers a variety of licensing options. This post explains the various type of licenses and how they differ. If you have any questions, please email us at support@glovius.com.

Evaluation License

An evaluation or trial license is a 15-day full-featured license that allows you to try Glovius for Windows. Trial licenses are automatically configured when you install Glovius on your computer.

Subscription License

Glovius is the first CAD viewer to offer monthly and yearly subscription licenses. Two subscription plans are available to you, Standard Plan ($29/mo or $290/year) and Pro Plan ($39/mo or $390/year). Both plans are available in monthly or yearly duration. For more details on the plans or to subscribe to a plan, please visit the subscription page.

You may try Glovius before subscribing to a plan. Once subscribed, you can configure your license using the email address you used for subscription. Launch Glovius and click on About in the ribbon bar. Type in the email address you used for subscription and press register. Glovius will confirm your subscription, fetch the license and configure it automatically. Thereafter, for every successful payment, a new license key will be fetched and configured. Internet connection is required for the configuration to work automatically. Therafter no internet connection is required till the next subscription duration.

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Glovius About Dialog, your one stop shop for configuring subscription and permanent licenses in Glovius

Subscription licenses are per user licenses, designed to work on your main computer. They are affordable options to permanent licenses. Glovius stops working when you cancel your subscription or a payment fails. We email you every time your subscription is renewed. To cancel your subscription, simply write to us at support@glovius.com from your subscription email address.

Subscription users are eligible to upgrade to all Glovius releases and access priority support.

Permanent License

Node-Locked Licenses

Glovius node-locked licenses are permanent licenses for use on one computer. The license never expires and is tied to one computer.
The license is generated using machine’s MACID (host id). For convenience, the MACID is also listed in the About dialog (above). Please email this to us at sales@glovius.com for faster order processing.

You can buy Glovius node-locked license online from the online store.

Floating Licenses

Glovius floating license is a network license meant to be installed on a server that allows you to use the license on multiple computers. You still need to install Glovius on each computer you wish to use. The license is checked out from the server to use Glovius. After closing Glovius, the license is returned to the server, available for checkout by other users.

Floating license allows multiple users to utilize the license, but one floating license can be used by only one person at a time. For multiple people to use Glovius at the same time, multiple floating licenses are required. These are referred to as “seats”- if only one floating license is purchased, only one seat is available to be checked out at a time.

Floating licenses need the MACID and the NETWORK NAME of the server that will host and distribute the licenses. No information from the client machines is required for configuring floating licenses. To purchase floating licenses online, please visit the floating license store.

Update Support Plan

Update Support Plan entitles you to new versions of Glovius (released periodically) as well as priority technical support. Since Glovius node-locked and floating licenses are permanent, you will still be able to use Glovius after the USP date has passed.

Every new license includes one year of USP. For example, if you purchased 3 floating licenses on 1st of January 2015, your USP date is 31st of December 2015. You are eligible to upgrade to all Glovius releases in this duration. You can also avail priority support over email, telephone or webex.

If you wish to upgrade to the latest Glovius versions after your USP date, you will need to renew your USP. USP is not mandatory, but highly recommended. If you fell out of USP but want to renew after some time has passed, any time missed will need to be made up. In short, you will be able to continue using the program after the USP date passes, but not receive technical support or upgrade to any new releases of Glovius until USP is renewed.

You can renew USP online from the USP store.

We hope this post helps you understand the licensing options in Glovius, for you to select the best that suits your needs. Please contact us at support@glovius.com if you have any questions.

04 Aug 2015

Glovius – jetzt auch auf Deutsch verfügbar!

Glovius – der innovative 3D CAD Viewer
Die Marktanforderungen werden immer vielschichtiger. Eine große Anzahl unterschiedlichsterCAD Formate stellen so manches Unternehmen vor große Herausforderungen. Es muss nicht immer gleich ein neues CAD-System angeschafft werden, wenn es nur darum geht, Daten zu visualisieren, Maße zu ermitteln, Schnitte zu erstellen und zu vergleichen. Mit Glovius geht das ganz einfach und ohne unnötigen Schnickschnack. Außerdem können Daten über die mobile Glovius App auf Smartphones oder Tablets angezeigt werden. Datenaustausch auf der Höhe der Zeit!

Glovius Optionen
STEP/IGES Viewer - Accurate measurementsGlovius Release 4.0.6 auch auf Deutsch verfügbar. Gut zu wissen, dass Glovius nicht nur als Gesamtpaket (All-in-one Lösung) sondern auch für ausgewählte Einzelschnittstellen angeboten wird: Daten aus CATIA V4/V5/V6, STEP, IGES, Creo, Pro/ENGINEER, NX, JT, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Rhinoceros und Inventor können schnell und sicher mit Glovius geöffnet werden. Glovius besticht durch eine einfache Handhabung sowie ein unschlagbares Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis. Verfügbar als Arbeitsplatz- oder Netzwerklizenz.

Exportmöglichkeiten inklusive
Die bearbeiteten CAD Modelle können je nach Bedarf als 3D PDF, JT, HTML, 3DS, OBJ, STL und in gängige Bildformate exportiert werden, Stücklisten zur weiteren Bearbeitung in Microsoft Excel sogar als CSV-Datei.

Mobil durch gratis Apps für iOS und Android
iOS and Android 3D ViewerMit den gratis Apps für iOS und Android stehen CAD Modelle auch für unterwegs zur Verfügung. Dazu wird das CAD Modell einfach im Glovius-eigenen Datenformat gespeichert und kann anschließend über die entsprechende App auf Smartphones und Tabletts angezeigt werden.

Geometric Limited
Glovius ist Teil der Geometry Technology Solutions von Geometric Limited. Geometric ist ein Spezialist auf dem Gebiet der konstruktiven Lösungen, Ingenieurdienstleistungen und Technologien. Das Portfolio reicht von globalen technischen Dienstleistungen und Lösungen für Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) über Systemintegrationen bis hin zu digitalen Technologielösungen und ermöglicht das Formulieren, Umsetzen und Ausführen globaler Strategien im Bereich Ingenieurwesen und Fertigung, mit dem Ziel eine höhere Effektivität im Produktlebenszyklus zu erzielen.

Über DataCAD Software & Services GmbH
Die DataCAD Software & Services GmbH verfügt über eine 20-jährige Erfahrung im CAD/CAM und Viewer Bereich. Sie ist ein führender Anbieter technischer Softwarelösungen mit dem Ziel, bezahlbare Software für  eine Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Industrie- und Wirtschaftsbereiche anzubieten. Industriebereiche im Fokus sind zum Beispiel der Automobil- und Flugzeugbau, Formen- und Werkzeugmacher, allgemeine Fertigung, Prototypenbau, Holzarbeiten, Schmuckdesign, Kunst und Handwerk, Hobby und Ausbildung. Mehr Informationen finden Sie unter www.datacad.de

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07 May 2015

Hallo, Bonjour and こんにちは !

Glovius in French, German, Japanese

We are pleased to announce support for French, German and Japanese languages in Glovius. The language detection happens automatically. Glovius figures out your language on startup and brings up the corresponding localized user interface.

Download a free 7-day trial of Glovius.

Want us to support another language? Drop us a line at sid@glovius.com.

In addition, this Glovius update simplifies license configuration for subscription customers. Now, instead of copying the license key every month, all you need to do is type in the email with which you subscribed. Glovius will get the license key and configure it automatically, saving you precious time.

Got questions? Write to me at sid@glovius.com.
Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Glovius

25 Feb 2014

Bill of Materials (BOM)

A bill of materials (bill of material or BOM) is a list of sub-assemblies, parts and the quantities of each needed to manufacture an end product. All manufacturers start by creating a bill of materials (BOM).

Several departments (engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, and more) add to and consume the data contained within the BOM. Typical additions to the BOM include stock/non-stock categorization, supplier information, costing information, materials information, inventory tracking and many more.

Export BOM to CSV
With Glovius, you can export BOM data and save as a CSV file. BOM exported from Glovius defines the product as designed (engineering bill of materials). The following options are available while exporting BOM to CSV

  • Top – This lists the top or the first level of components in the assembly. It displays the components directly needed to make the assembly or sub-assembly.
  • Part – This option lists all the parts and the quantities required for each part.
  • Assembly – This option lists the sub-assemblies in the assembly.

The exported BOM CSV from Glovius contains the part/sub-assembly names and quantity. In the next release, we will add attributes like part number, unit of measure, description etc.

BOM export feature is available with all Glovius CAD viewers including CATIA V5, STEP, IGES and JT. For a free 7-day trial, please visit the downloads page.

Free 7-day trial

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Glovius
Write to me at sid@glovius.com with your feedback and suggestions!

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 all Annual Subscription Plans. Compare feature is also included in Glovius CAD Viewer for CATIA V4/V5NXPro/ENGINEERSolidWorksSTEP/IGES.

Posted by Sridhar Oruganti, Product Manager for Glovius

04 Jun 2012

View SketchUp models on iPad, iPhone & Android Devices!

[Update : We have updated a few things. Glovius iOS & Android apps are now free. You can register for a free 7-day trial on Babel3D.com (requires a credit card). Thereafter it’s $9/month, and works for 48 file formats.]

 

SketchUp is one of the most intuitive and fun to use 3D modeling software in the market today. And free. Millions of people are using SketchUp to model anything and everything. SketchUp is being used in many diverse industries including Architecture & Design, Engineering, Construction, Digital Entertainment, Education & Gaming.

And now you can bring your SketchUp models to your favorite smartphone and tablet, using Glovius apps + Babel3D.com. Carry your entire SketchUp portfolio in your pocket and showcase your designs on the go.

With Glovius, you can Zoom, Pan, Rotate your models using the intuitive touch gestures. View the product structure and hide/show components. Save & Email snapshots from within the app. Take simple sections across standard planes. The full functionality Glovius app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for $9.99 free. A free version, Glovius Lite, is also available.

Here is how you can get your models on your iPad, iPhone & Android devices :-

  1. Visit Babel3D.com and register for the Mobile plan. A free 7-day trial is available. (requires a credit card)
  2. Upload your SketchUp models (*.skp) and select Mobile as the output format.
  3. Download Glovius app on your device, login to your Babel3D account from within the app to download your models.

That’s it!

Get Glovius for iPad & iPhone
Get Glovius for Android

With these simple steps, you can now carry your entire SketchUp portfolio with you all the time. We provide 10 free translations to each new user who registers with us. Subsequent translations are charged at $0.99. A monthly subscription plan is coming soon. You can register for a free 7-day trial. The service is $9/month thereafter. 48 popular 3D file formats are supported. You can change plans or cancel online anytime.

Do write to me at sid@glovius.com with your feedback and suggestions!

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3d & Glovius
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(Cross posted from the Babel3D blog)

03 Apr 2012

View SolidWorks files on iPad, iPhone & Android devices!

[Update : We have updated a few things. Glovius for iOS & Glovius for Android apps are now free. You can register an account on Glovius Cloud]

 

SolidWorks is one of the most popular 3D CAD software in the market today. Using Glovius for iOS & Android, you can now showcase SolidWorks models on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices. Here’s how :-

Transfer models using Glovius Cloud

  1. Get the Glovius app from the App Store or Google Play market.
  2. Create an account at Glovius Cloud and translate your models to the mobile optimized format
  3. Login to your account from within the Glovius app, and download your models.

That’s it! With these simple steps, you can now showcase SolidWorks models on the go. Zoom/Pan/Rotate using the intuitive touch interface. Take sections, save & email snapshots. For assemblies, view the product structure and hide/show components using the component tree.

The full feature Glovius app is available for $9.99. Glovius apps are now available for free.

Both SolidWorks parts (*.sldprt) and assemblies (*.sldasm) are supported. Glovius Cloud supports other popular formats that can be easily exported from SolidWorks, including STEP, IGES, 3DS, OBJ & STL.

To upload SolidWorks assemblies, zip all the files, and name the zip file as the main assembly file. For example, if your main assembly file’s name is car.sldasm, create a zip file containing all the parts and assemblies, and name the zip file as car.sldasm.zip.

Transfer models using Glovius for Windows

You can also transfer models using Glovius for Windows & iTunes.

  1. Download Glovius for Windows.
  2. Open SolidWorks models in Glovius and click on Export on the ribbon bar. Save the .glovius file.
  3. Connect your iPad/iPhone/Android device and transfer .glovius files using iTunes. Please refer https://support.apple.com/kb/HT4094 support article for more details.

A free 15-day trial can be downloaded from https://www.glovius.com/downloads/. To purchase Glovius, please visit the online store.

Feedback

For any queries/suggestions, drop me an email at sid@glovius.com

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Glovius

13 Dec 2011

Glovius for Android!

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Glovius for Android is now available in the Android Market!

Introduction

Glovius is a high performance 3D viewer for Android. With Glovius, showcase your 3D models on the go. Interact with your 3D models using the intuitive touch interface. Pinch to zoom, single finger drag to rotate, two finger drag to pan and double tap on the screen to reset the model.

To download models on your device, create a free account on Babel3D.com. Upload your SketchUp/3DS/OBJ/STEP/IGES/JT/STL files and select “glovius” as output format. Now login from within the Glovius app to download.

You can also download glovius files from Babel3D.com on your desktop and transfer to your device using a USB cable (copy them to the “GloviusAppData” folder on the device).

SketchUp, 3DS, OBJ, STEP, IGES, JT & STL file formats are supported. Support for more formats coming soon.

Coming Soon

We plan to add a host of new features in the coming weeks. Here is a short list :-

  1. Save & Email Snapshots from within the application
  2. Take sections using the standard XY, YZ & XZ section planes. Dynamically move the section plane by dragging it. See section profile and cap. Flip the plane.
  3. Toggle PMI visibility On/Off.
  4. See product structure and Hide/Show various components. (for JT & STEP/IGES assemblies only)

If you would like to see any specific feature, do write to me at sid@glovius.com and let me know.

Feedback

The application has been extensively tested on Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S, Google Nexus S, Google Nexus One, Motorola Droid and the Motorola Xoom tablet. However, due to the variety of hardware and software options on the Android platform, if you do see any issues with regards to the Glovius for Android app, do write to me at sid@glovius.com and let me know. I will look into it immediately.

Thats it for today!