veoCAST: check 3D part-geometry for effective manufacturing

In early October, Teraport GmbH in Munich introduced its latest product with veoCAST. The workbench allows 3D parts to be checked to see whether they meet the requirements of casting processes in the final stages of development. Driven by the idea of customers who were not able to find what they wanted on the market, Teraport developed a workbench that above all offers a comprehensive range of functions. Simple interfaces and easy and fast operation. “We want to speed up hedging cycles. A CAE casting analysis provides comprehensive insight into the process, but it also takes time and requires specialists. We have taken on the task of creating a tool for designers that does not require a lot of training and delivers results directly in the shortest time. A “rapid check”, so to speak. According to the feedback from our pilot customers, we were very successful,” says project leader Dr. Stefan Wittmann. The first opportunity to introduce the achievements of the new software to a critical professional audience presented itself at the symposium Design for X 2005 on 7 and 8 October in Herrsching. At the event held by the Institute for Technical Product Development of the Bundeswehr University Munich and the Chair of Engineering Design at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen, Nuremberg Dr. Wittmann and Dr. Alexander Koch from the Knorr Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH jointly presented how the theoretical principles of the discipline “Design for Manufacturing” are used in a practical software tool as a joint project. This ability to customise the product development process more efficiently is now available on the broad market with veoCAST.

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DMU.View 6.0: Performance Visualisation

With DMU.View version 6.0, Teraport is introducing significant improvements in its visualisation tool. In addition to another optimisation of the visualisation performance, the Munich software manufacturer has given its module for displaying 3D components several new features. In the current release, it is now possible for the first time to manipulate possible assembly structures and then export them. As an example, the workflow “Read CATProduct & CATParts > Modify the assembly structure > Reposition individual components > Export to PLMXML & JT” is mapped. “This move reflects the desire of our customers to rework and prepare calculations in manageable tool assemblies and then export them for forwarding to an interface partner in a third format,” says CEO Raphael Heilig. In addition, the sections function has been improved. This means a much improved display is available in the volume section in the 3D view. Likewise, bidirectional measuring in the 2D section has been added. This means that measurements in the section from the 2D window can also be visualised in the 3D view. Overall, the DMU.View is also presented more structured than before. The increasing number of functions and thus buttons has made it necessary to introduce perspectives on the graphical user interface. In the visualisation view, beginners and casual users are not inundated with functions, however, there is also a place for expert functions in the analysis perspective. The great: It is also possible to create user-specific perspectives. Another new feature is the property editor. Central information and manipulation functions have been merged into each component here, which results in simple and quick usability.


The DMU.View is available in version 6.0 from 1/08/2015, as usual including interfaces for all common CAD formats.


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Researches under the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM)

The Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) is a nationwide funding program, open to all technologies and sectors, of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Teraport GmbH has been engaged in developing the framework since 2014 with the implementation of an innovative development project.
At that time, computer-aided design (CAD) systems were used to create detailed models of complex assemblies. However, this is often only the outer shell of the important assemblies, for example, for visualization or construction followed by supply of parts for many other process steps. For the sake of performance, for example, in the design of complete systems (cars, trucks, airplanes, ships, etc.) and it is the process of removing internal structures in terms of confidentiality in the transfer of CAD data to customers and suppliers. To automate the so-called pitting process, Teraport has released tenders for the DMU SurfaceFIlter module on the basis of so-called triangles approximated by CAD data. Tessellated surfaces are surfaces where all invisible triangles are removed and only the visible triangles are inserted into the pitted model edition.
Under the current ZIM project, Teraport wants to expand its offering to include an additional module. At the heart of the development of software stands a program called “DMU.SurfaceFilterXT”. This is a reliable and simplified CAD Model created based on exact area dimensions. In addition to the automation process which has to be carried out manually, at present, it is also important, in certain places, to simplify the outer shell (e.g. clogging) and retain the same number of interfaces (connections/flanges). Even Marcus Trommen, head of software development, is extremely pleased with the current development of the project:
“We are confident that we can bring a powerful product in the market to expand our presently diverse portfolio in the future.”
This project is included in the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM), following a decision of the German Bundestag supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.

Teraport’s ADV is among the best medium-sized-enterprise-solutions 2015

ADV – Automated Design Verification – thats Teraport’s software suite for quality assurance of geometrical fit and function of virtual products. The specialty: A complex process, which was so far only applicable as a individual software solution at large OEM’s is now – as ADV – available as a easy-to-use out-of-the-box software. This concept was honored by the Initiative Mittelstand (initiative for medium sized enterprises). A jury consisting of more then 100 experts selected ADV to be part of the best IT-solutions for medium sized enterprises 2015 in the category Industry & Logistics.

Manufacturers are increasingly facing challenges with the geometric integration of increasingly complex products. Product quality and value should not become the victims of the conflict between time and costs. OEMs in various industries have therefore implemented complex software processes to maintain an overview of the geometric relationships with the continued increase in the number of possible product configurations and variants. Complete virtual products are analysed for collisions, compliance function intervals and against infringement of the maximum allowed duplications of soft component parts. The results are managed, evaluated, communicated and archived in a results management system. With ADV, Teraport presents a software for the full geometric validation process as an out-of-the-box solution. This is the ideal way for SMEs and suppliers to benefit from processes that have proven their worth to automotive manufacturers or air and space companies, without high investment costs.

“We are proud of this award. ADV is able to use its potential at OEM’s and tier-1 suppliers because of its high performance, but it is also suitable for SMEs due to its easy application and roll-out. Being considered by the Initiative Mittelstand shows us that our easy-to-use solution has hit a nerve,” states managing director Raphael Heilig.