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CADporter powers Boeing Translation Website

CADporter powers Boeing Translation Website By DMN Staff Writer
To the Boeing Delta IV team, time is of the essence. The Delta IV rocket is scheduled to launch in early 2002, and smooth collaboration between several different Boeing facilities is vital in order to meet this launch date.

One such collaboration has been taking place between Boeing Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, California and the Boeing facility in Huntington Beach, California. Critical to the project is the ability to exchange CAD data between these two locations. Boeing Rocketdyne operates two different CAD systems: CATIA and Pro/ENGINEER. Huntington Beach, meanwhile, relies mostly on Unigraphics and CATIA.

Boeing coil model

Spearheading the data exchange process is Dr. Charles Chen, Associate Technical Fellow at Boeing Rocketdyne and editor of Boeings Product Data Exchange newsletter.
Typically, individual engineering groups at Boeing will use the best means available and known to them to try to move data between systems. This includes neutral formats STEP and IGES, as well as direct translators. The problems that cant be solved through these methods usually end up on the desk of Chen, a 13-year veteran of CAD data translation.

Recently colleagues at Huntington Beach sent him a large Delta IV assembly created in Unigraphics and asked him to translate it into Pro/ENGINEER. Based on earlier successes with Elysiums Pro/E to CATIA translator, Chen again chose CADporter as his tool. "The other translators they had tried either crashed or core dumped. When I used the Elysium translator, BOOM! It did it in a couple of hours, and we did not have to spend any time fixing it. I found out later that my colleague had been struggling with this problem for a couple of weeks."

"Elysiums translators are really robust. They have a much higher success rate than IGES, STEP and other direct translators," said Chen. "I feel very comfortable recommending CADporter to other users."

"We are very pleased to work with Boeing on this critical project," said Elysium vice president Ken Tashiro. ?Their experience with CADporter on the Delta IV program demonstrates Elysiums strong advantage over other translators, including a more successful translation rate and associated reduction in man hours spent on translation and file fixing."

How strong is Chens faith in the product? After using CADporter to successfully translate files from Pro/E to CATIA for another Boeing site in Seattle, Chen came up with the idea of offering CAD translation over Boeings own e-commerce site (engineeringatboeing.com). The translation service is open to anyone in any industry with CAD translation needs and is powered, of course, by Elysium. "The translation process on our site is automatic, with no human intervention unless there is a problem. That is why we chose Elysiums product, so the site will run as smoothly as possible."

Engineering at Boeing (www.engineeringatboeing.com) offers an on-line service to translate computer-aided-design (CAD) models from Pro/Engineer to CATIA v3.5 or higher. This service is useful for suppliers and contractors who use different CAD systems but need to share or deliver compatible CAD model geometry.

Elysium Inc. (www.elysiuminc.com) develops, distributes and markets data translator software. Elysium has a successful track record with several major software companies including Adobe Systems, CoCreate, Maya, Spatial Corporation and SDRC.

CADporter exhibits superior 3-D geometry handling, management of different topology representations and the automatic healing of inconsistencies that regularly occur during the conversion of surface and solid CAD models. It allows true interoperability between ACIS-based applications, CATIA, I-DEAS, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks and Unigraphics with the industrys highest translation success rate. It enables accurate conversion of original source data, which makes sharing information among several widely used CAD applications an easier process. This rapid exchange facilitates improvement in designer productivity and reduces cost associated with incompatible translation tools. CADporter features the ability to read and write true native file formats.

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