Capvidia makes Model-Based Definition a practical reality for Creo users

23 May 2017

New technologies help CAD users create MBD-ready models that are fully usable in downstream processes.

May 23, 2017 – Boston, MA – Today, at LiveWorx ’17, the PTC global technology conference, Capvidia’s Daniel Campbell participated in a panel discussion titled Leading Experts Share Their Model-Based Definition Journeys: Where They Are, How Things Are Working, and the Challenges Encountered. In a panel otherwise comprised of experts from Raytheon and TE Connectivity, Campbell brought a unique perspective: that of an industry vendor dedicated to making Model-Based Definition (“MBD”) a practical reality for Creo users.

MBD is a technology based on creating CAD models incorporating 3D annotations (e.g., Product and Manufacturing Information, or “PMI”), as the authority dataset for defining manufactured product components and assemblies (as opposed to 2D drawings.)

Capvidia, known for broad support of MBD across its product line, has developed a product to help serious Creo users more effectively make MBD-ready models: MBDVidia for PTC Creo.

While Creo 4.0, the most current version of PTC’s enterprise CAD application, includes powerful tools for creating 3D PMI annotations, the process can still be time consuming and tedious. MBDVidia for PTC Creo provides tools to help:

  • 2D-3D Synchronization does what seems impossible: it automatically transforms 2D annotations from a Creo drawing into 3D annotations and combined states in the associated Creo model. Beyond this, it provides bi-directional synchronization with consistency checks, to ensure full associativity of annotations between the 3D model and the 2D drawing. These checks identify annotation errors and potential issues with outdated design practices commonly found in legacy 2D drawings.
  • MBD Schema applies a template of predefined combined states, model layers, and global model parameters to any 3D annotated model. This enables companies to apply their own MBD standards to their models.
  • MBD Ready Check is like a spell-checker for PMI. It insures that the 3D annotated models are semantically correct, so they are “machine readable” by downstream applications (such as inspection programs.)
  • Export to ANSI QIF or ISO STEP AP242 transforms the model, and its annotations, into a neutral industry-standard MBD-compatible format, for use in downstream processes. Uses best in class translation technology, to create well-structured semantically correct data files.
  • Revision Control keeps track of Creo internal object IDs, including those that are new, modified, deleted, and unchanged for each revision of the model. When the model is exported (currently, QIF format only), this data is included. This makes it easy for downstream processes to compare revisions, and work with just the changes, without the need to start entirely from scratch.

In addition to MBDVidia for PTC Creo, Capvidia offers a number of applications as well as a software development kit for working with QIF and STEP AP242 format data.

About Capvidia:

Capvidia is the leading software developer for Model Based Enterprise interoperability. Since 1994, Capvidia has developed integrated, standalone applications and components (SDK) for CAD, PLM, CAE, and Quality processes.


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3D model with annotations derived from a Creo drawing.


New methodology for simulating the human heart

16 May 2017

A new methodology for simulating the human heart gives researchers a powerful tool for advancing cardiovascular science.

Leuven, Belgium, May 16, 2017 – The Living Heart Project is a research initiative to develop and validate highly accurate digital simulation models of the human heart, for use by researchers, educators, medical device developers, regulatory agencies, and practicing cardiologists. One of the initiative’s first, and most valuable, products is the SIMULIA Living Heart Human Model, a dynamic, anatomically detailed, finite-element (FE) model, representing the electrical and physical behavior of a four-chamber heart, with a simplified fluid (blood) model capable of representing dynamic pressure/volume changes in intra- and extra-cardiac circulation.
To fully understand cardiac function, it’s necessary to go beyond modeling the structure of the heart, and look at the detailed behavior of blood (i.e., cardiac hemodynamics) as it interacts with that structure. This can be accomplished by using a technology borrowed from aerospace and automotive engineering: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation. Though not without some significant challenges:


Capvidia to present at NIST 2017 Model Based Enterprise Summit

24 March 2017

Leuven, Belgium, March 27, 2017 -- Capvidia will be a featured participant in the 2017 Model Based Enterprise (MBE) Summit, hosted by the National Institute of Standards, on April 3-7 in Gaithersburg, MD. The Summit's purpose is to identify challenges, research, implementation issues, and lessons learned in manufacturing and quality assurance where a 3D model of the product serves as the authoritative information source for all activities in the product's lifecycle.
This year, Capvidia will demonstrate an array of technologies supporting MBE, including:

  • MBDVidia for PTC Creo, a tool which can use 2D Creo drawings to add fully semantic PMI (MBD) annotations to 3D Creo models.
  • MBDVidia, a tool that enables users to access and share Model Based Definition (MBD) data without the need for an expensive CAD license. MBDVidia opens any 3D MBD model enabling clients and coworkers to visualize, perform detailed investigation or create quotes and reports.
  • 3DTransVidia, an application to translate and repair 3D models created in different CAD systems, with full support for MBD annotations.
  • CompareVidia, a specialized application to validate and compare CAD models for translation or design changes. With full support for MBD annotations.
  • Capvidia SDK, a software development kit supporting development of applications using QIF (Quality Information Framework.)
  • Pundit CMM, an inspection simulation software package that can calculate task-specific measurement uncertainties for CMM measurements, identifying measurement issues to better control CMM processes.

Capvidia adds Pundit inspection simulation software to its product family

03 April 2017

Extending its competence in digital metrology and Model Based Enterprise

Leuven, Belgium, April 3, 2017 -- Capvidia today announced it has acquired Pundit CMM, an inspection simulation software package used by manufacturers to reduce measurement uncertainty, and streamline their measurement planning processes.
Based in part on NIST-developed technology, and originally commercialized by MetroSage LLC, Pundit brought simulation to metrology, enabling quality engineers to identify and assess tolerance and measurement issues early in the product development process, before a design is committed to tooling or production.
The benefits of using Pundit include:


Power combined with speed!

26 January 2017

We proudly announce release of new version 3.09.05 of the FlowVision CFD software. FlowVision 3.09.05 has already been successfully tested by FlowVision experts in our team and also by some of valuable key users on various tasks. Finally, it is accessible for all existing maintenance subscribers and expecting to meet new users!

We constantly work to improve quality and performance of FlowVision for more efficient solutions that serve the industry. The new version is coming with new features allowing a wider spectrum of advanced physics cases to be resolved and many important improvements for even better accuracy and stability of FlowVision for solution of various industrial tasks.


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