Symbolic Image CAD
PMI data incorporated in the CAD file can be automatically transferred onto the CT data

CAD Import and CAD Import with Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI)*

CAD Import

The CAD Import Module can directly import native CAD files such as CATIA V5 and Creo/Pro/ENGINEER and use them for nominal/actual comparisons, segmentation, and other tasks.

The module:

  • loads CAD models in formats such as CATIA V5, Creo, Pro/ENGINEER – in addition to the import of STEP and IGES formats in the basic version of VGStudio MAX 3.0; **
  • now supports line and surface profiles;
  • offers enhanced auto-completion modes;
  • replaces CAD geometries with fitting geometry elements; and
  • automatically translates CAD views into bookmarks.

CAD Import with PMI

The CAD Import with PMI Module also understands so-called Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI). PMI data provides additional part information, e. g., dimensioning, GD & T, layers, annotations, or captions – information that is extremely useful as long as it can be easily referenced to a CT data set. This is where the built-in intelligence of the CAD Import with PMI Module comes into play: It automatically identifies and assigns geometrical correlations of the part in question wherever possible. Sophisticated correction functions can be used to manually compensate geometries and ultimately to validate the measurement plan.

The module:

  • automatically translates and intelligently evaluates PMI (Product and Manufacturing Information) data generated in many current CAD systems; *** and
  • saves you a considerable amount of time preparing your measurement plans and thus increases the efficiency of your quality control.

* CAD Translation Technology supplied by Tech Soft 3D

** Supported CAD formats are: CATIA V5 (R4 to V5-6R2016), Creo (Elements/Pro 5.0, Parametric 3.0), in beta: CATIA V4 (up to 4.2.5), JT (up to 10.0), Pro/Engineer (up to Wildfire 5), Siemens PLM Software NX (Unigraphics V11.0 to NX 10.0), Solid Edge (V19 - 20, ST – ST8), SolidWorks (up to 2016).

*** PMI import is supported for CATIA V5 and Creo. In beta status also for Pro/ENGINEER and Siemens PLM Software NX.