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In the world of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), data migration is an essential process to ensure compatibility and interoperability among different applications and file formats. Specifically, the migration of 3D CAD data is a major concern for companies looking to optimize their workflows and maintain model quality. Read on to explore the challenges of 3D CAD data migration and how CAD Interop can help in simplifying this complex process.

Challenges in 3D CAD Data Migration

Migrating 2D drawings is generally simpler, primarily focusing on translating files into modern formats. However, transitioning 3D models is complex due to various factors such as:

  • Representation Conventions: Different CAD applications have unique methods to describe 3D geometries.
  • Geometric Tolerances: CAD systems have varying geometric tolerances, leading to errors during conversion.
  • Modeling Practices: Each designer has unique modeling methods, complicating data migration across platforms.

These challenges often require reworking CAD models, remastering them, and in some cases, completely redesigning the product to ensure successful migration.

CAD Interop Solutions for 3D CAD Data Migration

To surmount these challenges, CAD Interop has chosen a complete suite of software for optimal interoperability between neutral, geometric, and recent native CAD formats. This technology integrates into the interfaces of leading CAD/CAM/CAE editors such as Siemens, Dassault Systèmes, PTC, AutoDesk, MSC, Mentor Graphics, and many more.

Thanks to partnerships with these editors and over 20 years of experience in CAD interoperability, CAD Interop can offer effective and reliable 3D model migration solutions. Among its clients are key players like Alstom, Safran, LIEBHERR Aero, and Renault, who rely on our expertise for tailored 3D CAD data migration strategies. Migration solutions range from geometry conversion to history-based conversion, 3D data validation, and 2D to PMI migration.

Besides general data conversion solutions, CAD Interop also offers specific solutions for different CAD data migration needs:

  • CADfix: Used for conversion and 3D geometry repair, CADfix addresses compatibility issues and allows file exports in multiple CAD formats.
  • Proficiency: Designed for conversions that require maintaining the model's construction history, Proficiency allows for smooth migration while preserving essential CAD model data.

3D CAD data migration is a crucial undertaking for companies aiming to maximize their investment in CAD technologies. The process is complicated by various factors like representation conventions, geometric tolerances, and modeling practices. However, with solutions provided by CAD Interop, companies can simplify and optimize 3D CAD data migration. Adopting these technologies allows businesses to ensure efficient interoperability across different platforms while preserving model quality.