nPower Software announces native
translation of Catia V5 files for 3ds Max / VIZ
The Premier Solution for
San Diego, November 1, 2004 - nPower Software
(a division of IntegrityWare) announces
native translation of Catia V5 files into 3ds Max / Viz. Power CatiaToMax greatly improves the work flow efficiency for design
visualization; Catia V5 users no longer have to spend days or weeks
translating their high quality surface models into imprecise polygonal
models or intermediate formats, and then struggling to generate high
quality renderings. Now with Power CatiaToMax, Catia V5 users can import their high quality
models directly into 3ds
Max / VIZ for high quality rendering, animation, etc. without intermediate
formats, and without loss of precision. Instead of importing imprecise polygonal
approximations, our native Catia V5 translator leverages IntegrityWare's precise
geometric representation to
generate extraordinarily smooth, crack free renderings without polygonal
artifacts. Power CatiaToMax opens a streamlined portal to the advanced 3D modeling and
rendering environment of 3ds Max. Power
CatiaToMax combined with the
powerful 3D modeling and rendering environment of 3ds Max / VIZ is the premiere
solution for Design Visualization of
native Catia models. Dealing with large data is very important, and
Power CatiaToMax is designed to handle the large data
sets typical of CAD models. Power CatiaToMax also contains all the necessary tools to
cleanup, prepare and render Catia V5 models.
Power CatiaToMax leverages a state of the art precise CAD geometric modeling
kernel (SOLIDS++) that has been integrated into 3ds Max. It performs dynamic tessellation at render time
to generate a render mesh with the appropriate level of detail based on
the size of the object in the view, eliminating the need for multiple
levels of detail. Power CatiaToMax is powered by Datakit's
outstanding translation tools for reading native Catia V5 models, and by
IntegrityWare's SOLIDS++ geometric modeling kernel.
- Native Translation of Catia V4 & V5 Models
- Multi-threaded Tessellation
- Import Precise Trimmed NURBS
- High Quality Mesh Generation
- Automatic and Manual Sewing Tools
- Tools to quickly orient surfaces
- Trim / Un-trim Surfaces
- Snapping to Imported Catia V5 Objects
Native Translation of Catia Files
You can now directly import native Catia
V5 model files (V4 models were supported with the initial Power CatiaToMax
release) for optimum
Design Visualization throughput. Maximize your rendering
efficiency and quality using the native translation directly into the
excellent 3ds Max rendering environment.
Speed is an important aspect of data
translation, and tessellation can be a performance bottleneck for other
translation systems. The Power CatiaToMax / Power UGSToMax tessellation
engine takes advantage of multiple processors by dividing up the work
into separate processes. Tessellation performance will scale with
the number of processors available for optimal performance results.
The result is a performance improvement of about 2x for dual processors,
and about 4x for quad processors.
High Quality Mesh Generation
The user has detailed control over the
tessellation quality; he/she can control the level of detail, the maximum
edge length, arc length, etc. The resulting images are therefore of
the highest possible quality.
Automatic and Manual Sewing Tools
intelligently imports the CAD data, and will automatically sew disconnected
surfaces that belong sewn together. Manual sewing is also supported
for interactive cleanup.
Editable Brep Object
Like the Max Editable Mesh and Editable Poly commands, the
Editable Brep command allows the user to easily manipulate sub-objects of
the BREP. For example, you can sew together faces, unify face
normals, flip face normals,
trim and un-trim, project curves, apply materials to faces, and other editing options.
You can trim surfaces by curve projections or surface intersections.
One of the great things about Power CatiaToMax is that even when your
CAD data is not correct, you can use the powerful Power CatiaToMax editing tools to cleanup the models before rendering or
Snapping to BREPs
Users can intelligently snap to imported BREP objects for editing
and cleanup operations. You
can snap to edges, faces, vertices, edge midpoint and end points, greatly
facilitating associative construction techniques.
How to Get Power CatiaToMax for 3ds Max / Viz
Streamline your CAD visualization workflow with Power CatiaToMax, and
unleash the power of your creativity. Power CatiaToMax sells for
$2995. It is available for purchase at the
nPower Software on-line store (www.nPowerSoftware.com/store.html),
from Datakit (www.datakit.com), and through various resellers throughout the world. A free 30 day
evaluation copy can be downloaded from the nPower Software web site at www.nPowerSoftware.com.
Imported IGES file from Peter Neceda (who told us "I can hardly
express my gratitude") using Power Translators. View
high resolution image
animation of this
STEP robotics model imported by Mario Rothenbühler
Power Translators. View
high resolution image
Power Translators Customer Quotes
"I would like to say that you have an awesome product. It's a great feeling to be able to open 3dm files directly from
3ds / Viz, after a couple of years of exporting meshed 3ds objects, and failing
IGES geometries from Catia to Viz. The Brep wireframe looks a lot better than the default Viz wireframe, and for some reason I feel it's easier to pick the right objects with the Brep
"Your plug-in is fantastic and I use it all the time, importing from
Catia... Thanks for providing such a useful tool!"
can I say?...........................It is incredible, you're making us
look good out here in the 3d world with minimal effort, I love the new
stuff!; there is nothing I can throw at this that it can't handle."
About nPower Software
nPower Software LLC is a company founded by IntegrityWare, Inc. (www.IntegrityWare.com)
employees to market the superior technology developed by IntegrityWare
over the past 7 years into the end-user graphics plug-in market.
nPower Software Contact
David Gill, VP of Product Development
Datakit just celebrated its 10 years of
experience in developing Data Translators. (http://www.datakit.com)
Its strategy is based upon
its capability to provide and support powerful libraries to the major
It perfectly matches 2D, 3D,
Wireframe, Solid, Surface, FD&T, Machining Features, History Tree,
Piping, Harness …
With more than 120 data converters or plug ins, it succeeds to meet the
needs of the most demanding companies.
Francis Cadin, Datakit Manager