November 4, 2013
ASCON Group has released an update of its CAD system for mechanical engineers, KOMPAS-3D V14.
According to the company, the new release of KOMPAS-3D features more than 100 enhancements to increase the productivity of users. New features include designs and edits using direct variation modeling; the solution displays and directly edits dimension values of selected elements; users can store revisions in models; the system recalculates models based on tolerances; and it includes enhanced 3D arrays and an improved hole wizard.
The new release allows users to directly edit models in variation mode using geometrical and dimensional constraints. Direct variation modeling makes it possible to modify 3D models without construction history, including ones imported from other CAD systems.
The system displays linear and angular values of numeric parameters on the screen as users create and edit elements. To change the value of a parameter, users simply edit the value of the dimension. It also adds the ability to store all revisions in the model. This means users can now work with all versions the model underwent. Revisions are stored in the new Versions tab of the Design Tree and in the Document Manager.
R14 enhances arrays with linked tables to make them more flexible. In all arrays, users can now create tables of editable variables that change values in array instances. The values in the table create different sizes of elements in an array.
New add-ons include a materials library, which applies physical and mechanical properties to 3D models; Cable 3D, which designs electric harnesses and cables in KOMPAS-3D; KOMPAS-VDM, which directly edits models parametrically using geometric and dimensional constraints; and a CAD Conversion Tool that supports native data formats of all primary MCAD systems, including Dassault Systemes CATIA and SolidWorks, Siemens PLM NX, PTC Pro/Engineer, and Autodesk Inventor. This library is based on technology from CT CoreTechnologie and requires a license to be purchased separately.
For more information, visit ASCON.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.