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05Dec2017

Thickness Analysis of Parts

The ability to determine the material distribution and the corresponding thickness or thinness of a casting part is crucial for its design and manufacturing. Non optimal values of the part leads to issues in its performance during use. Thin wall sections may be structurally weak causing the component to fail while over compensated thick portions lead to an increase in the weight of the component and hence the subsequent cost to manufacture.

In Glovius you can quickly identify the material distribution using the Thickness Analysis tool. The tool calculates the thickness using the Ray method or the Sphere method. You can choose either method from the Glovius Settings Dialog. Each of the method is suitable for a specific use case.

  • Ray method is typically suitable for finding thin wall sections and helps detect edges
  • Sphere method is useful for identifying thick sections that may warp or deform during casting process
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    Calculate the thickness of a part

    Download Glovius today and use Thickness Analysis on your casting parts and identify probable design issues.

    Sridhar Oruganti,
    Product Manager.

    02Nov2017

    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.

    06Jan2017

    2016 – Year in Review

    We hold our mission “3D for Everyone, Everywhere” steadfast and plan to make your workflows simpler with Glovius as we start the New Year.

    Some tidbits from 2016 –

    • Product – We have added support for many new CAD versions, Contextual Collaboration, Explosion, Improvements in Measure and Assembly analysis tools. There are significant performance improvements so that you can load components faster. In line with companies adopting cloud solutions as their repositories, we have integrated Glovius with Dropbox and Box.net. We have also shipped a free Glovius 2D Viewer for all our Glovius customers.
    • Users – Thousands of users have used Glovius to access and Visualize their 3D data. Some of our best product ideas implemented in Glovius have been suggested by our users. If you have any feedback or suggestions for us, please email us at support@glovius.com
    • Development – With more than a thousand code checkins and hundreds of resolved tickets, our Development and Quality team have made numerous enhancements and bug fixes to Glovius.
    • Support – Our support team is always ready to help you. Our typical response time this year has been under 8 hours. In addition, we created a dedicated Support portal with Product Documentation, FAQs and Video Tutorials.

    Happy 2017!

    Sridhar Oruganti,
    Product Manager, Glovius

    25Apr2016

    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.

    09Dec2015

    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 7-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 to cancel@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.

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