Why in the world would you need a product like this?
MBE is the biggest fraud ever played on Industrial/Mechanical
This basically brings MBE full circle. TransMagic has seen a need to offer a
product to dimension the 3D model that is delivered in a minimized PMI
format for quoting. There would hardly be a need for this software if a
complete AID (drawing) as a PDF was delivered with the 3D model. I am not sure
if they include the 3D model translation.
You know I never even considered quoting as I rail against MBE. Now I can
see that manufacturing has to do the drawing to see the size of the part. Take
a look at the minimized data in the PMI example below.
When Boeing introduce PMI I had a great business creating AIDs (drawings) for the
suppliers. Looks like they still are having that problem.
AID (Associated Information Document) looks like
a drawing but is generated from the 3D model in the documentation modules of
the 3D CAD system. A drawing is generated with an electronic drafting
package like Autocad or manually on a drafting board.
Every 3D CAD system can detail parts!! Why not
just do an AID?
Why is engineering being made to jump through so many hoops trying to make MBE work? It
is costing the industry a fortune.
How many 3rd party programs will it take to make to make your expensive 3D
CAD system with MBE effective?
If you are a supplier this is just another piece of software you may need to
make MBE (Model Based Enterprise) and the PMI (Product Manufacturing
What do need to read the Native PMI file?
A native seat of the software, a native viewer or a 3rd party viewer. These
are not free. You also have to have maintenance contractor or upgrade
periodically to stay current with the native software.
What do you need with a model in the native or a neutral 3D format with an
fully detailed AID (drawing) as a PDF?
A compatible 3d CAD system and an Adobe Reader.
Free No need for a 3D CAD Dimensioning
TECH-NET offers a much more viable solution as compared to TransMagic's
Here are some image that show how you can import a Catia 5 part with PMI and
create any level of detailed documentation. Even do you tooling design and
drawings or move to your own CAD system. You can see the complete article
You can detail (add dimensions) in a 3D or PMI format or just make a
conventional AID (drawing).
An integrated conventional AID (drawing) is just so much more of a reviewable
You can then print it for others to review, especially for quoting.
You can create a 3D PDF with the PMI.
Take a look at the following video and you can see that ZW3D Lite is a much
more powerful solution.
So you do not need a myriad of CAD
solutions to be compatible with PMI. All ZW3D products come with PMI
importers for Catia, Solidworks, Creo and NX. Plus import for Solid
Edge and Inventor.
You can also
modify the model with robust direct edit functionality and export it
in all the standard neutral formats plus Catia 4 and 5.
Multi-Object Environment You can bring complete assemblies into ZW3D multi-object
environment. No need to populate your hard drive with hundreds of
AID (drawing) The AID (drawing) is also
integrated into the part file. Imagine how easy that would be if you
are a supplier and creating tooling AID (drawing)? One file for the
Now I can't
find the pricing for Transmagic or if the PMI importer is included
in the CAD Dimensioning program.
ZW3D Lite is just $2,000.00
perpetual and $600.00 annual rental and offers a complete
Professional 3D CAD
ZW3D Standard $3,000.00 perpetual and $900.00 annual
rental Adds full free form class A surfacing, precision
morphing, hybrid modeling, reverse engineering and sheet metal design,
If you are interested in adding professional hybrid modeling capabilities or looking for a new solution to increase your productivity, give me a call and I will send you a link to download a fully functional 30 day evaluation and a starters guide. Play with these packages awhile, then give me a call if you have any questions or would like an on-line presentation.