CAD Import Module

CAD Import Module

For Effective Simulation and CAD Integration

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CAD Import Module

CAD Import Module Supports Both Import and Export of CAD Files

The CAD Import Module supports the import of a variety of different file formats including the Parasolid® and ACIS® formats, and standard formats like STEP and IGES. These file formats are supported by basically all CAD packages, and you can readily import your files into COMSOL Multiphysics by saving in any of these formats. On top of that, the CAD Import Module allows you to import the native file formats of a number of CAD systems, such as Inventor®, PTC® Creo® Parametric™, and SOLIDWORKS®. The optional File Import for CATIA® V5 provides support for importing the native file format for this system.

When you have installed the CAD Import Module, all CAD files are automatically converted to a Parasolid geometry, using the Parasolid geometry engine that is included with the module. These geometries can subsequently be changed by a number of tools within COMSOL Multiphysics and the CAD Import Module. This can include geometry repair or defeaturing (both explained below), or a conscious change to the geometry. An example of this is creating a model domain around a CAD design. Most CAD models are geometries of the objects to be manufactured, and simulation may be used to model the phenomena around this object, such as the flow of air. When these changes have been made, the CAD Import Module can export them in the Parasolid or ACIS file formats for import into other tools.

Simulation and CAD Integration for Successful Product Development

The first step of product development often involves the creation of a CAD or simulation model. The simulation model provides the understanding and optimization of the desired part, component, or device, while the CAD model provides the detailed information required for accurate manufacturing. In order to have a complete understanding, both models must be created. It then becomes essential to integrate the simulation and CAD modeling processes because information and data from one model affects the other and can often be directly passed between them. To facilitate this integration, COMSOL provides you with a robust tool: the CAD Import Module.

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