Suppliers to the automotive or aerospace industry may have found a neat way out of costly investment in new CAD systems driven by demands from their major customers.
A software tool launched last week for the European market by Bristol-based firm Division Group can merge CAD design and product data from any system, to create sophisticated and interactive images for visualisation and inspection.
The product, dV/ProductView, is a data visualisation and simulation tool which integrates disparate digital design and product data to create fully-rendered, wireframe, or a range of other 3D image styles. These can be manipulated, annotated and measured, though the data itself cannot be changed.
The software allows any user with a web browser to access, visualise and inspect the integrated virtual images. It is designed to get around the problem of trying to integrate multiple proprietary data sources, and enables easy access within different departments to users not skilled in the specialist software that created the data.
‘Customers’ experience indicates that for each author of design-related data there are typically 20 to 30 consumers of that information,’ said Dr Norman Schofield, strategic development director of Division Europe.
‘We have designed this for all the people who need to access data but do not need to change it,’ he added. ‘There are thousands of them out there.’