CAD sports intelligent dimensioning

In December, CADKEY is to release GraphX Version 20 mechanical drawing software for drafters, mechanical design engineers and manufacturing engineers.

Built on an all-new architecture, the product allows users to create drawings from scratch or generate drawings from solid, surface and polygon models that are imported from other systems, including ACIS and Parasolid models.

It uses ‘intelligent’ dimensioning on native or imported drawings to help prevent manufacturing errors by prohibiting the creation of dimensions that do not match geometry or are not properly constructed.

CADKEY GraphX also uses a flexible file referencing system that allows referenced geometry to be stored in separate files or grouped in one file for optimum data organisation. For maximum interoperability with other CAD/CAM/CAE systems, industry-standard data translators (DWG, DXF, ACIS-SAT, Parasolid XT, STEP, IGES, STL, VRML) are included.

The product is optimised to run in Windows XP, 2000, NT 4 and will run in Windows 98. It is priced at $1,800 USD and includes a one-year annual update contract.

CADKEY GraphX is claimed to be the first commercial application released using the GeMS++ object-oriented database and memory management tools from Honeywell (Kansas City, MO). GeMS++ was developed as part of an advanced manufacturing initiative sponsored by the US Department of Energy. This technology offers an unlimited undo/redo system, optimised file saving for smaller file size, faster file loading and advanced data protection.

Another key component in CADKEY GraphX is a unified graphics system based on the HOOPS Application Framework from Techsoft America (Oakland, CA). HOOPS provides optimised graphic processing critical to large assemblies as well as output of next-generation compressed graphical files (Open HSF) for sharing of data over the web. The GraphX Version 20 Technology architecture also uses ACIS components from Spatial Corporation (Boulder, CO) that enables the generation of sectional views and the healing of surfaces into solid models.

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