Taken during the morning break of the Bricsys International Conference
The current speaker is from LVD, sorry didn't get his name. His company manufactures the machinery that makes stuff, like laser cutters and sheet metal benders.
LVD uses BricsCAD to clean up drawings from other CAD packages, and then use its sheet metal module to design the sheet metal version of 3D models. These are some of the problems created by other MCAD packages:
- Spline curves and advanced notches, which cannot be CAM'ed.
- MCAD software not capable of creating sheet metal files
- No radius applied to corners (sharp corners cannot be bent)
- Too much information in the model, such as taping holes, weldments, and pre- and post-processing data
The advantage is that BricsCAD is a direct modeler, and so no features need to be recognized, he tells us. Communicator is the optional, extra-cost addon that imports most 3D file formats, standards and proprietary. So they use BricsCAD to clean up drawings, and then...
BricsCAD now exports in OSM (open sheet metal), a new XML format used by LVD to read 3D data from data from drawings for use by their machinery. (It is also a plugin for Solidworks.) The demo jock imports a model into BricsCAD, makes some modifications to the sheet metal, and then imports it into his CADMAN software, which simulates the metal bending process and finds collisions.
Checking the sheet metal bending process in real time with CADMAN
Sorry, no info on what that new OSD format is.