ITI Releases CADfix PPS v12
CAMBRIDGE, UK, Dec 24, 2018 – Global interoperability solution leader International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) is pleased to announce the release of CADfix PPS (Plant & Process Simplification) version 12.0. The enhancements in this new release are the result of valuable feedback received from ITI’s EPC, OEM, and Owner-Operator customers in the Power, Chemical, and Food & Beverage verticals.
New Enhancements in CADfix PPS 12.0 includes:
Automated batch/server processing and reduced processing times
An important addition to the new release of CADfix PPS, especially for EPC customers, is the ability to script model simplification processes for running in batch environments. One can now select multiple files and launch a simplification job from within CADfix PPS. Alternatively, it’s possible to initiate a CADfix PPS batch run from the command line. This means the powerful CADfix PPS automatic simplification Wizard can now be integrated with fully automated server processes for equipment model exchange and collaboration.
CADfix PPS 12 can automate CAD simplification in a batch process
The processing of very large assemblies is faster. Options are now accessible and functional directly on the model via the assembly tree. And, now you can choose to simplify parts directly off the assembly tree without having to go into the interactive simplification tools.
Enhanced feature deletion functions
A new interactive “delete features” tool allows you to select groups of faces that make up complex CAD features on a solid for removal. The “protrusion removal” tool has been extended. So, rather than removing protrusions on complex solid parts, you now have the option to split them off into separate entities. Each can then be simplified or removed as necessary. This is especially useful in helping to simplify parts that have already been through BREP shrink-wrap or similar simplification process in a CAD system before export.
The protrusion removal tool in CADfix PPS 12 offers easier simplification.
Faster methods for selecting small fixings
CADfix PPS has always allowed you to select and filter entities for interactive processing based on size, color, or layer attribute. In assembly mode, it’s also possible to select parts based on the assigned component labels. The latest version of CADfix PPS extends the ability to select and group entities based on the assigned text label within the interactive model processing tools. This offers a fast, alternative method for selecting small fixings with names such as *hex*, *bolt*, *nut*, *ansi* before removing from the model.
Small entities can be selected and grouped based on text labels within the CADfix PPS 12 interactive model processing tools
Expanded format support
Some customers wanted to export the models to lightweight faceted representations, in addition to existing CADfix PPS exports to solid modeling formats (e.g. STEP, DWG, SAT, Parasolid). In response, ITI CADfix now offers export interfaces to the FBX, OBJ, and STL faceted model formats. You now have access to extended options for greater choice and control of the entities imported or exported.
Faceted-model support for CAD & BIM applications
In addition to importing faceted model representations, CADfix PPS can now import faceted models that have been exported from standard facet file formats in CAD design or BIM systems. Typically, these models comprise an excessive number of triangles and can cause problems when processing in different receiving systems. New tools in the latest release enable you to simplify faceted models by decimating (reducing triangle count) within a defined tolerance, deleting small faceted solids, or boxing faceted solids.
CADfix PPS 12 simplified this model by decimating 40,154 facets in seconds
An interesting new development is the ability to convert faceted cylindrical structures back to primitive CAD solids. This allows you to convert large faceted offshore structures, often comprising hundreds of thousands of triangles, into simple CAD solids that can be more effectively used in plant design systems. Going a step further to reduce data, CADfix PPS can convert the primitive cylindrical solids to their centreline representation. An example where this is helpful is when you need to reduce handrails to a basic centreline representation.
Streamlined evaluation process
In addition to its 3-minute CADfix PPS Overview and ROI Calculator, ITI continues to provide free trials of CADfix PPS. As part of your trial and to make your technical evaluation easy, ITI is also offering complimentary training and technical support.
For more info on how to begin your evaluation, please register on the website at https://info.iti-global.com/cadfix-pps-evaluation.
About International TechneGroup (ITI)
International TechneGroup Inc. began in 1983 with a mission to help manufacturers drive innovation and time to market by applying computer-aided product development to engineering problems. Today, ITI is the global leader providing reliable interoperability, validation and migration solutions for product data and related systems. Our customers recognize the value in having a trusted solution partner that provides more than just software. ITI solves complex product data interoperability problems so that the world’s leading manufacturers can focus on making great products. For more information, visit www.iti-global.com.