Facet control, better STL conversion, and tighter mesh control are also included in this update.
CADfix version 11, just released by International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), brings current many of the MCAD import and export formats used by CADfix, as well as adds new editing features.
CADfix is a multi-purpose tool for CAD data translation. It allows users to import CAD models, repair and adapt them before exporting to the most suitable format for downstream reuse. CADfix is especially popular for analysis and manufacturing applications, and for avoiding expensive round-tripping of models back to the design department.
Version updates include Catia v5-6 r2016; SolidWorks 2016, Inventor 2016, ACIS R26 and Parasolid 28.0. All the service pack enhancements in Version 10 are now included, such as improvements to assembly editing, body welding, surface lofting and PLM-XML support.
In addition, CADfix 11 brings numerous improvements in areas such as faceted model handling and STL generation, geometry morphing, 3D print model preparation, advanced defeaturing for CAE, and simplification tools for the process plant & shipbuilding industries.
Fillet and chamfer deletion now removes more complex networks of features with a significant speed improvement. The automatic splitting of surfaces for structured meshing has been updated to operate on more complex regions and to generate additional layers.
CADfix can use CAE analysis displacement results to accurately morph nominal CAD model geometry. CADfix generates smooth, well-defined geometry that can be exported back to CAD as a usable model, or to CAE for re-meshing and further analysis. Morphing improvements in version 11 include support for closed surfaces, split lines and mid-side nodes.
CADfix can import faceted model representations such as JT, STL, 3D PDF, Catia V5 CGR, or Catia V4 SOLM, and reverse engineer them to usable general CAD BREP models using NURBS and analytic surface geometry. CADfix 11 improves the STL export with reduced faceting failures and new options to export non-watertight models, as well as additional facet length control. A new set of faceted model diagnostics enables the rapid repair of STL files.
The popular geometry processing and model preparation utilities for Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing have also been enhanced in CADfix 11. The model slicing generates high-precision slice boundaries for a superior 3D printed part finish.