Enhancement Details

Heterogeneous Design in Context

Heterogeneous Design in Context (HDIC) helps provide companies with managed use of multi-CAD data in Pro/ENGINEER.

Product Information

Product PTC Creo Parametric
Product / Module PTC Creo Parametric
Version Wildfire 4.0
Product Functional Area Other Functional Areas
User Interface Location 
Processes, Initiatives, and Best Practices

Benefits and Description

Pro/ENGINEER users interacting with Unigraphics and CATIA V5 data sources will find HDIC streamlines the CAD interoperability process. HDIC capabilities eliminate much of the manual conversion process and redefinition of feature and placement references so you can work with the data. Windchill PDMLink maintains all the data, ensuring all enterprise users can utilize the design data regardless of their preferred CAD system.

Heterogeneous Design in Context (HDIC) addresses the CAD and data management needs of companies who must use multiple CAD systems in their product development processes. CAD interoperability, multi-CAD data management, and enterprise visualization are key components of HDIC. Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 in conjunction with PDMLink 9.1 supports heterogeneous design in context between Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0, Unigraphics NX3/NX4, and CATIA V5 R16.

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 data translators for Unigraphics NX3/NX4 and CATIA V5 R10-R16 are Associative Topology Bus (ATB) translators. If ATB source files are modified, Pro/ENGINEER visibly identifies the import geometry as out of date. Users may update the import geometry without losing placement or feature references.

PDMLink 9.1 maps, controls, and maintains the CAD data and interdependency links between Pro/ENGINEER, Unigraphics NX3/NX4, and CATIA V5 R16, tying source and translated CAD Documents to a common WT Part.

Pro/ENGINEER supports import and export of multiple visualization formats including ProductView, JT, and CGR. These formats enable enterprise users to visualize heterogeneous information in the viewer or CAD system of their choice.

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