New Software Helps Users Get the Most Out of 3D Data

Theorem’s new Lightweight 3D products offer direct translation of 3D data.

UK-based software company Theorem Solutions is continuing its work of helping engineering and manufacturing companies get the most out of 3D data.

3DEXPERIENCE. (Image credit: Theorem Solutions.)

3DEXPERIENCE. (Image credit: Theorem Solutions.)

CAD data is a central asset for many companies. However, communicating complicated data such as the specs of automotive parts can be a challenge. Theorem’s software products are designed to help translate, publish and visualize such CAD data. This includes rendering visualizations of product assembly structure, geometry, attributes, manufacturing information and metadata.

Theorem’s latest Lightweight 3D CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE to Creo View product was recently released, and it supports CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE R2018x up to CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE R2021x and Creo View 7.0.

The product provides direct translation of 3D data into easily understandable visualizations that help demystify the design and manufacturing process, according to a statement from the company. Theorem’s Lightweight 3D software supports lightweight data formats that take 3D CAD and product lifecycle management (PLM) data from mechanical CAD systems to produce visualizations that provide more effective communication for users of digital mock-up, desktop and tablet viewing applications.

Theorem’s Creo View product can be used to interrogate data more closely. For example, a company may have two versions of a complex product, and a customer may want to understand what changes were made from one version to the next. Harnessing the visualization power of the CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE to Creo View can then provide side-by-side visualizations of the product versions, highlighting the differences between them. It can also help reduce processing time, simplify integration, and retain model accuracy.

For 3DEXPERIENCE-managed data to be published and visualized on demand, version V24.1 of the software can be integrated into WindChill. The Creo View data output can then be synchronized with the CATIA source, providing an accurate and up-to-date version of the design that will be ready when needed, thereby reducing costly errors.

While the 3DEXPERIENCE to Creo View helps communicate complicated product data clearly, it could raise privacy and security concerns when dealing with external entities. However, Theorem’s software balances the need for securing intellectual property rights while granting suppliers all the design data intelligence information they need to conduct their roles.

Theorem has also released its CATIA V5 to Creo View Adapter, which is a direct data converter from CATIA V5 to PTC Creo View that rapidly and accurately publishes 3D part geometry, assemblies, drawings and attribute information. The product is compatible with other PTC Creo View adapters and is integrated into PTC Windchill, DIVISION graphics server, and other PDM environments.

The company’s software lines are based on tools and APIs supported by major CAD vendors that serve as partners. As a result, Theorem doesn’t reverse engineer products but offers users full control over data preparation and optimization.

Theorem partners with companies like Dassault Systèmes, Siemens, Autodesk, ProSTEP iViP, PTC and Microsoft. Its strategic partnerships provide parallel development between the latest releases of 3DEXPERIENCE and Creo View and Theorem’s complete line of Lightweight 3D products.