Data Translators

One of the challenging aspects of mechanical analysis is the lack of communication among different geometry formats and various analysis software packages. Many analysis packages use their own proprietary geometry formats, and common formats such as CAD and tessellated surface data are not compatible with many pre-processors.

Convergent Mechanical provides a set of tools that translate geometry data into different formats utilized by common engineering software. These tools allow engineers to quickly and easily move between different data formats which facilitates the management, integration and communication of analysis data.

The translators can be used via the command line, a wizard or by exporting from the geometry viewer.

Currently VDA to FBD and ACIS to FBD translators are bundled with the standard version of CalculiX for Windows. These plus additional translators are included with the Open Engineering Suite or available as a stand-alone application.

The following tables show some of the translators that are currently available. Additional translators are under development. Please inquire if you do not see a file formats you need. Many of the current features have been developed in response to user requests and numerous point solutions are available but not listed.

Geometry

The VDA/FS and ACIS to FBD translators are bundled with CalculiX for Windows and the Open Engineering Suite. The others are only bundled with the Open Engineering Suite.

Export
Import BREP FBD IGES STEP STL VRML
ACIS - X - - - - V4
BREP same X X X X X -
IGES X X same X X X 5.3
STEP X X X same X X AP203 & AP214
STL X X X X same X ASCII & binary
VDA - X - - - - FS
- CGX 5.3 AP214 ASCII V1 & V2

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CAE Input Data

All of the CAE input data translators are bundled with the Open Engineering Suite.

Export
Import ABQ CCX Gmsh
ABQ Same X X -
CCX X Same X -
Gmsh X X Same V1, 2 & 2.1 ASCII
- - V2/2.1
ASCII

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CAE Results Data

All of the CAE results data translators are bundled with the Open Engineering Suite. To see our latest results translation project, check out Femap processing CalculiX results.

Export
Import ABQ CCX VTK
FRD X X X CCX/CGX
mesh
only
mesh
only
ASCII

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