Specific simulation import, a couple of additional reader translators, and client viewer measurements all feature in a number of enhancements in the latest release of WorkXplore — the high-speed CAD viewer and analyser from Hexagon’s Production Software portfolio (www.workxplore.com
This software was originally created to efficiently import and analyse all file types and sizes at high speed (Hexagon says it often takes less than half the time to open a file, compared to the original CAD application).
Among the new and enhanced two-way work-flow functions in WorkXplore 2020.1 is the ability to import and export the IGP file format for the Hexagon I++ Simulator, which is a server-based software for the multi-kinematic simulation of process-oriented inspections designed to automate production metrology.
The latest version can export either opened or closed solids, and mesh models as meshes; it can also import meshes.
Additional reader translators include Solid Edge 2D Importer and the IGES Reader Translator.
The ability to read drawings has been added to the Solid Edge interface; currently, 2-D supported versions (to 2019) are ST1.
Meanwhile, the IGES translator allows users to choose between the in-house integrated import library and the Datakit Advanced Import, giving them a choice for the setting best suited to their specific needs.
A Print Option enhancement gives more interactive printing functionality in the single-view layout, by manipulating entities over the printing. The company says: “The printing zone in WorkXplore 2020.1 can be defined through an interactive rectangle, with the ability to move the camera in the 3-D screen.
"When the command is launched, a mask corresponding to the paper ratio — for example, A4 landscape — appears on the screen. It is then possible to move the model to precisely define the printing area.
"Another interactive rectangle provides an optional crop facility, while a toolbar with the print options is now available on the right side of the screen, making it easier to select the target printer and define its properties, select the paper size and add headers and footers.”
Another new function enables measurements done in WorkXplore to be exported to the Client Viewer.
Translators in the software also support a number of main formats, including: ACIS, several Catia products, Creo, DXF/DWG, IGES, EDGECAM, I++ Simulator, Inventor, Parasolid, STEP, Solid Edge and SolidWorks.