German-French software manufacturer CoreTechnologie (CT) is taking data conversion to the next level with the further development of its 3D_Evolution software. The current software version 4.7 simplifies complex bodies in large assemblies with new filter functions. For example, the Simplifier tool’s functions in all 3D programs enable rapid processing and display of large and detailed assemblies.
Complex mechanical parts and assemblies that still have complex details and parts with too many surfaces after the first simplification step of the Simplifier for automatic generation of the envelope geometry are specifically identified with the new filter function and replaced by an approximated geometry. In this way, complex models with many surfaces or a certain number of surfaces are filtered and simplified by simple substitute bodies.
In particular, plastic injection-molded parts, gears or detailed threads are unnecessarily complex in machine and plant assemblies and result in excessive file sizes. These models are found with the new “Advanced Selection” function and replaced with a simple envelope geometry at the click of a mouse.
Standard parts such as screws that are not identified by a specific designation can be quickly located and deleted or replaced with a cylindrical envelope using the new filter function. Typical hexagonal bolts and Allen screws, for example, have 20 to 24 faces as a detailed CAD model. Complex parts can be simplified automatically with the new function, even in batch mode. In practice, the tool can reduce the file size of typical assemblies in mechanical and plant engineering by 75 to 95 percent. The generation of highly simplified solid models enables rapid work as well as the drawing derivation of very large 3D/CAD scopes.