IGES, the Initial Graphics Exchange Specification, is designed to exchange geometry between CAD systems. The standard is developed and maintained by the ANSI-accredited IGES/PDES Organization. The first version of IGES was adopted as American National Standard ANS Y14.26M-1981. Versions 3, 4 and the most recent version 5.2 were approved by ANSI as well.

IGES support 2D and 3D geometry but STEP has replaced IGES as a standard for CAD interoperability, especially to exchange solid, PMI and assembly structure.

CAD Interop distributes several solutions to view, exchange and validate IGES files. We offer custom solution to meet every unique need:

  • Associative Drawing Translation

    Proficiency also supports the migration of native associative drawings. The translation of associative drawings allows for the migration of linked 2D and 3D data in one automated procedure.

    Supported CAD systems include:

    • CATIA V4 (from)
    • Inventor (from)
    • Solid Edge (from)
    • SolidWorks (from)
    • CATIA V5 (from and to)
    • NX (from and to)

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  • Spinfire CADtoCAD translator

    SpinFire CAD2CAD Translator enables multi-CAD data exchange support. With CAD2CAD, you can work more efficiently by smoothly and accurately converting multiple 3D formats. Your team will benefit from the richness of the data that is translated, including visualization (tessellations), product structure, precise B-rep, Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) as well as attributes and metadata. CAD2CAD enables you to share and integrate your product data into a varietyof workflows by accurately converting it into common CAD formats.

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  • CAD Translation, Healing and Repair

    CAD Translation, Healing and Repair with CADfix

    CADfix offers numerous translation, healing & repair advantages:

    • A range of tools to repair automatically or interactively a model to get a sewn solid.
    • Multiple CAD imports
    • Batch processing
    • Intelligent model quality diagnostics and repair
    • Automatic processing Wizards
    • User-controlled model defeaturing
    • Interactive fixing tools
    • Multiple CAD/CAE exports

    The CADfix workflow accommodates novice, occasional and experienced users. Translations and repairs requiring manual intervention can be completed with minimal effort:

    • Diagnostic results are explained and illustrated in clear, accessible language
    • Problems are color-coded according to severity
    • Users are guided through a choice of solutions
    • Model diagnostics are automatically updated after each repair

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  • CAD Reuse for CAE

    CAD Reuse for CAE

    CADfix offers CAE analysts the ability to automatically and interactively repair and transform CAD geometries prior to analysis. CADfix ensures that solid or surface models are robustly translated effectively into target systems. CADfix offers a full range of import and export functionality for pre-processing CAD data from native and neutral formats.

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  • Guided completion with Completion Wizard

    Proficiency completion wizard

    The Completion Wizard plugin is embedded in the target CAD system, helping designer to adapt design intent in the target CAD system and thus eliminate the unavoidable conflicts between the two CAD systems. This semi-automatic process greatly accelerates the removal of the residual defects which can not be solved by an automatic process. It builds on the remastering information created during the automatic process that is stored in the UPR file:

    • Features parameters from the source CAD system (tree position, type, settings, values,...)
    • The origine of the failure (incompatibility, deviation,...)
    • References (planes, sketches,...)
    • The substitute BREP geometry
    • The cloud of points for validation


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  • Spinfire CAD import

    Spinfire Professional

    SpinFire provides the capability to read data from the popular CAD formats listed below:

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  • Free Spinfire Reader

    SpinFire Reader enables viewing of CAD models in Actify's compressed and secure .3D format. Spinfire Reader is free of charge and do not require a CAD system. Reader is perfect for those users who mainly need to view and share design data.

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  • Spinfire for Microsoft Office

    Consider the applications you and your staff use daily in communicating; a majority of the information workers use Microsoft Office applications at work and at home. Workers on the shop floor commonly create process sheets and work instructions with Microsoft Word; procurement and quality control personnel perform calculations using Microsoft Excel. In meetings—both internal and external—the tool of choice is Microsoft PowerPoint.

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  • Secure File Transfer with DEXcenter

    Corporate product data is your most valuable asset yet frequently it is put at risk via unsecure email and ftp exchanges. DEXcenter provides a secure, web environment for managed exchange of sensitive proprietary data. Data exchanged through DEXcenter is encrypted while in transit across the internet to prevent interception by others. Additionally records of every exchange are maintained to validate what each partner was sent, when it was sent, and when they received it. Since DEXcenter is a web solution, it is extremely easy to learn and use.

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  • DEXcenter's Smart Process Automation Engine

    DEXcenter provides a robust CAD processing environment that can be utilized with the Global Collaboration Portal as a complete standalone solution or the Process Automation Engine can be integrated with PLM or other business applications to provide translation and/or secure managed file transfer. The result for customers is an automated solution that reduces more than 80% of wasted labor and resource costs associated with data exchange, delivering critical data to partners faster.

    DEXcenter Quality Driven Automation

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  • Technical Data Packaging with DEXcenter

    DEXcenter can automatically generate 2D and 3D Technical Data Packages (TDP) in both neutral and native formats for exchange with collaboration partners. 3D Technical Data Packages including PMI can be automatically validated. DEXcenter can be used as a standalone web application or as a complimentary tool with PLM.

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  • ITAR Compliance with DEXcenter

    DEXcenter facilitates compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which restricts the dissemination of specified high technology or classified military information. DEXcenter prevents dissemination without proper classification and notification and provides convenient reports for auditing compliance.

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  • Intellectual Property Protection with DEXcenter

    Protecting valuable product data is a critical business function. Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) or Proprietary Information Agreements (PIA) between yourself and partners are frequently used to help ensure critical business data is not disclosed inappropriately. But often these agreements are managed differently throughout an organization or allowed to lapse. Both situations expose your business to losses.

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  • How does CADIQ work?

    CADIQ validates part and assembly models from all major CAD systems and neutral formats. It identifies problems in an interactive, side-by-side 3D display environment and highlights geometry, features and product structure that has been added, omitted or modified. It identifies changes that can greatly affect reuse in downstream applications such as analysis, manufacturing and data archival. All differences are quickly highlighted with the help of graphic region and mouse controls that can be configured to mimic the user interface of most major CAD systems and thus provide quick productivity to users.

    Compare model PMI

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  • CADIQ Native System Interface Validation

    The purest application of product data validation requires an installation of the CAD system because native CAD system programming interfaces are used to analyze the model data "in place" without conversion of the underlying CAD part or assembly. The CADIQ Analyzer can be launched from within an active CAD system session or in standalone mode as managed by the CADIQ Controller. The analysis process can either run locally or on a distributed network of workstations. It has a command line interface to enable integration into an automated workflow or PLM process. The CADIQ Analyzer is available for most major CAD systems on UNIX or Windows.

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  • CADIQ Native File Interfaces

    While CADIQ has always promoted Native System Interfaces as the most robust approach for validation, not all scenarios allow access to native CAD systems. This is especially the case with smaller suppliers that must adhere to typical OEM partner mandates or quality specifications. These procedures often specify that converted forms of original CAD Master Models be properly validated to confirm that the original product design intent was not altered. To support these evolving scenarios, ITI TranscenData announces support for Native File Interfaces. This enables the CADIQ Analyzer to work with a mixture of either Native System Interfaces or Native File Interfaces. The validation and business requirements can now drive the type of solution that makes the most sense for customers. CADIQ can also be more simply packaged for customers that need to quickly validate and document standalone Native CAD files without needing the original CAD system.

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  • Validation results as you need them

    There are an assortment of ways to exploit the knowledge from a CADIQ validation process.

    The validation results can be summarized in Excel spreadsheet with charts, text reports, internal company data formats or integrated directly within your PLM or Six Sigma system. The diagnostic graphics are captured for visualization in the CADIQ Viewer from which annotated side-by-side view differences can be saved into graphic image files.

    Diagnostic results can also be marked up and stored as a series of custom views which contain the stored diagnostics, CAD model viewpoints, user notes and user configurations. These custom views are stored within the CADIQ file and can optionally be published to the CADIQ Adobe 3D PDF Report to allow non-CADIQ users access to important validation knowledge.

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  • Who should use CADIQ?

    Any organization that designs or manufactures complex discrete mechanical products using 3D CAD models can benefit. CADIQ is especially valuable when data is moved between internal/external analysis and manufacturing systems or between different organizations. A robust validation process assures that quality issues and unknown changes are not propagated. This will allow customer to better control design, manufacturing and product release schedules and costs.

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  • Enforce Best Practices with Proficiency

    Proficiency provide a large range of configuration to ensure your delivery will be accepted in your own environment or in the customer environment :

    Project: Define projects in Proficiency to set dedicate CAD release, CAD environment settings; Using CADfix integration, define quality diagnostics according to SASIG criteria provided by your OEM.
    Start models: Insert customer templates for drawing, Part and Assembly.
    Validation: Control exchange by compairing source and target mass properties. Check quality rules and repair geometry using CADfix.
    Quality: Control/improve quality and maintain it through multiple iterations - Get a usable model in compliance with quality rules.

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  • Cost and Time savings with Proficiency

    Proficiency provide a large range of functionality to optimize CAD Data exchange for BREP or feature translation:

    Automate: Drastically reduce manual work – simplify end user tasks.
    Multi-Task: Distribute tasks to optimize license and CPU usage. All Proficiency licenses are World Wide license
    ReUse: Avoid redundante exchange based on UID and release ID detection.
    Support: Centralized support & portable agent installation - No redundante local installation.

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