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A New Method of Visualization and Documentation of Parametric Information of 3D CAD Models

Autoren:Marchenko, M.; Behrens, B.-A.; Wrobel, G.; Scheffler, R.; Pleßow, M.:
Kategorie:Zeitschriften/Aufsätze (reviewed)
Jahr:2011
Veröffentlichung:Computer-Aided Design & Applications, 8(3), 2011, 435-448

Abstract

The modeling process of complex assemblies with modern parametric 3D CAD systems generates a large network of various parametric dependencies and parameter information that is difficult to manage. In this paper, a new method and a software solution for extraction and visualization of all parametric information within 3D CAD models are presented. The requirements for the visualization of complex 3D CAD models are discussed and an overall solution concept is described. Based on the general structural analysis of the parametric 3D models, a CAD system-independent graphical language with two forms of visualization will be introduced. A data model to store parametric information from CAD models, as well as a method to export them has been developed. This paper also presents the implementation of the method in CATIA V5 and the validation on a number of CAD models.