Avoiding Costly Collisions: 3D_Evolution Software with new Collision Detection Tool

Avoiding Costly Collisions: 3D_Evolution Software with new Collision Detection Tool

The software determines precise 3D collisions and avoids high costs in the event of errors in the commissioning of machines and systems.

The 3D_Evolution analysis software accurately identifies collisions between components and helps avoid costly changes and delays in machine and system commissioning. In addition, the latest version of the integrated DMU Inspector tool has an optimized web interface. As a result, it enables fast analysis of extensive 3D CAD data and efficient collaboration between development teams.

The new software version of the 3D_Evolution DMU Inspector for collision detection has been launched. The software was specially developed for the needs of mechanical and plant engineering. With the new tool, it is possible to ensure before assembly that there are no collisions, i.e., penetrations, between the components. This reliably avoids expensive changes and delays in commissioning. Especially when assembling complex machines and systems abroad, defective components and the resulting modifications represent a high-cost factor, which the DMU Inspector effectively avoids.

Precise Collision Detection

Especially for mechanical and plant engineering, the distinction between contacts and an actual collision is crucial for a meaningful collision analysis to succeed. Inaccurate, tesselated models often display thousands of non-existent collisions, making collision analysis impractical. To address this challenge, DMU Inspector was developed as the world's first tool to generate collision analysis on the exact CAD models rather than on a triangulated approximation. This allows precise differentiation between contact and penetration to display only true collisions.

High Performance and Ease of Use

For collision investigation of large amounts of data, the multiprocessor calculation of the DMU Inspector software offers enormous performance advantages. The software, which can be installed on a web server, enables calculation on any number of processors. The documentation of the results and the collaboration of the development teams of the data centrally hosted on a server thus becomes more efficient. Designers log into a project, view the stored collisions in a web browser and perform a detailed analysis in the integrated 3D viewer. In contrast to static reports, for example in PDF format, project progress is documented dynamically in the DMU Inspector. When the assemblies are recalculated, only the modified and corrected components as well as directly adjacent components are re-examined for collisions.

The tool is characterized by an enormously fast display of large scopes, simple operation as well as clarity. Collisions between components or subassemblies are clearly displayed in list form and by the 3D Viewer. Clever filter functions help with cross-team collaboration.

The calculation is performed on all common CAD formats such as Catia, Nx, Creo, as well as STEP, JT, PLMXML, Solidworks as well as Inventor assemblies. Due to the uncomplicated structure and the numerous interface formats, the software is flexible and immediately ready for use in any PLM environment without complex integration.