EnSuite Adds Ability to Create Heterogeneous Multi-CAD Assemblies

14 Sep, 2008

New feature enables users to work in a single CAD environment.

CCE, a provider of engineering software and services, announced last week that a new feature has been added to EnSuite v2, its multi-CAD viewing, translation, and productivity software. This new feature enables users to build an assembly by inserting components from different proprietary and neutral CAD formats, such as Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA V4 or V5, SolidWorks, Unigraphics, IGES, STEP, and Parasolid.

This new feature makes it possible for individuals or companies involved in a collaborative product development project to create and modify components in their own CAD systems, while the entire assembly can be viewed, evaluated, and marked up in a single environment. According to CCE, the new software eliminates the need to invest in multiple CAD systems to perform design reviews that involve collaborators working in multiple systems.

"This new upgrade recognizes today's collaborative, heterogeneous design environment where internal designers and engineers, suppliers, consultants and customers all work together to create the best possible design," said Vinay Wagle, vice-president of sales and marketing at CCE. "EnSuite 2.0 greatly simplifies the collaboration process in this environment by enabling the entire assembly to be evaluated for form-fit-function while allowing everyone involved to work in their own preferred environment without having to translate their data."

Users who are viewing the multiple CAD assembly model can rotate, transform, move, and delete components in the assembly model. They can add redlining, mark-up callouts, and standard shapes and text. EnSuite identifies the bill of materials for the assembly as well.

The latest EnSuite update will be available to all active subscription license customers, as well as to new customers.