UM CAD Interfaces

UM CAD Interfaces

 The CAD Interfaces Module (UM CAD Interfaces)

 

Импорт данных из CAD программ. Modern approach to design of machines and mechanisms assumes creating 3D models with the help of one of the computer-aided design (CAD) software with parallel strength and dynamics analysis. To simplify importing such models from CAD software to Universal Mechanism we developed tools for direct data import from CAD software to Universal Mechanism. Such import tools are collected within the UM CAD Interfaces module. The current UM version supports data import from: KOMPAS 3D, Autodesk InventorUnigraphics NXSolidWorksCreoPro/ENGINEER and conversion of data from STEP, IGES, Parasolid, SAT format files.

Universal Mechanism imports data directly from a kernel of CAD software. This provides possibility to read all file formats that are supported by used CAD software, but on other hand demand that Universal Mechanism and a CAD software should be installed in the same computer. To overcome such a situation some utilities that export data from CAD software and save it in intermediate text *.ucf format (UM CAD file format) that then could be loaded by Universal Mechanism.

After importing data from CAD software Universal Mechanism creates corresponding graphical objects, bodies with loaded inertia parameters and joints that correspond to mates of a loaded assembly. 

Workflow

 

Method 1

 - This method is assumes that UM and CAD software are installed on the same computer.
 - Run one of the supported CAD software and load a model to export to Universal Mechanism.
 - Run UM Input program and select import menu command. Import data wizard appears. With the help of Import data wizard you can select the model to import (if several models are loaded in CAD software) and add imported data to the current or new UM object.

Method 2

Plug-ins for data export from CAD programs in the intermediate UM CAD format (plug-ins for Autodesk Inventor and Unigraphics NX) are free. These plug-ins do not require any license or Universal mechanism to be installed on a computer. You can install them on any computer with Autodesk Inventor and Unigraphics NX, export any assembly or part to UM CAD format, and then copy the resulting files to the computer with installed Universal mechanism and then open them in UM Input program via the menu Tools | Import from CAD | UM CAD file.

 - Run one of the supported CAD software and load model to export to Universal Mechanism.
 - Export data from the CAD software to *.ucf file format (supported by export utilities that are delivered along with Universal mechanism)
 - Copy exported *.ucf file to a computer with installed Universal Mechanism
 - Run UM Input program and import the *.ucf file using Tools/Import from CAD/UM CAD file menu command.

 KOMPAS 3D

 

Universal Mechanism supports data import from KOMPAS 3D starting with version 7+.

Models imported from KOMPAS 3D. Click to play animation. Models imported from KOMPAS 3D. Click to play animation. Models imported from KOMPAS 3D. Click to play animation.
Models imported from KOMPAS 3D
 Autodesk Inventor

 

Data import is supported starting from version Autodesk Inventor 2013. Export in the interim UM CAD files (*.ucf) is supported for 32- and 64-bit versions of Autodesk Inventor. Free utility for data export from Autodesk Inventor in the UM CAD file is available on the following link: www.universalmechanism.com/download/inventortoumaddin.exe.

UM Converter panel in Autodesk Inventor

 

 SolidWorks

 

Data import is supported starting from version SolidWorks 2014. Export in the interim UM CAD files (*.ucf) is supported for 32- and 64-bit versions of SolidWorks. Free utility for data export from SolidWorks in the UM CAD file is available on the following link:  www.universalmechanism.com/download/swtoumaddin.exe.

UM Converter panel in SolidWorks

 UM Converter menu in SolidWorks

 

 Unigraphics NX

 

Data import is supported starting from version Unigraphics NX 9.0. Export in the interim UM CAD files (*.ucf) is supported for 32- and 64-bit versions of Unigraphics. Free utility for data export from Unigraphics in the UM CAD file is available on the following link: www.universalmechanism.com/download/ugtoumaddin.exe.

UM Converter panel in Unigraphics NX

 

 Creo

 

Data import is supported starting from version Creo 1.0. Export in the interim UM CAD files (*.ucf) is supported for 32- and 64-bit versions of Creo. A utility for data export from Creo in the UM CAD file is available on the following link: www.universalmechanism.com/download/creotoumaddin.exe

UM Converter panel in Creo

 

 Pro/ENGINEER

 

Data import is supported in versions Pro/ENGINEER WildFire 4 and 5. Export in the interim UM CAD files (*.ucf) is supported for 32- and 64-bit versions of Pro/ENGINEER. A utility for data export from Pro/ENGINEER in the UM CAD file is available on the following link:  www.universalmechanism.com/download/proetoumaddin.exe.

UM Converter panel in Pro/ENGINEER

 

 Conversion of STEP, IGES, X_T, SAT formats

 

An intermediate external converter is used for reading 3D CAD models in STEP (both AP203 and AP214), IGES, X_T (Parasolid), SAT formats. This program is commercial software CADlook (www.cadlook.com). The user purchasing UM with the ability data conversion from the formats listed above, must purchase CADLook software additionally. On request CADlook license can be delivered along with UM (according to the current CADlook price list) or purchased by user separately (directly or via third-party software distributors). In the case of delivering CADlook along with UM means that the price of the CADlook license must be added to the price of UM module 'CAD interfaces: STEP, IGES'.

The user working with UM trial might get access to the 15-day CADlook trial. The following steps are necessary for this purpose on site www.cadlook.com.