With Software Made by Lino® a more lively web
The Lino team demonstrated two complementary innovations in the area of web configuration, presentation and quotation creation: The first was Lino® Viewer, the online solution for virtual reality and the product design tool Lino® 3D web. Lino® Viewer can not only control VR glasses fluidly, but also output via a PC screen is now possible – active or in viewer mode. In order to make the VR experience and especially performant and usable, the second innovation works in the background: Lino® MR Exporter, an add-in for Solidworks®. The software prepares Solidworks® data in such a way that – depending on requirements – an optimal ratio between performance and richness of detail is offered. And with Lino® Exporter, configuration changes can also be implemented in real time.
The conference topics received even more news about Lino® 3D web. The recently released version Lino® 3D web 2.5 now also supports the use of Solidworks® Parts; it allows to describe material properties and surfaces more variably or to export and edit information about decals from the Solidworks® model. Behind this is the new ability to perform administrative functions via Tacton Design Automation connections. In the Viewer, users can also use the revised plug-in to take screenshots of the visualization and integrate them into the product documentation.
With the launch of Lino® Extended Pack&Go, DSAK 2019 responded to the challenges of sharing Tacton models. Creating them is a complex process that requires access to numerous references: Solidworks® models, sub-models (includes), exchange models or even external files. With erroneous references or moved or renamed files, it could be complicated or even impossible to collect and share the associated data with the previous means. The new Lino® Extended Pack&Go helps to repair references, collect and organize all required files and thus export independent, functioning models.
Automated in product and plant planning
The Tacton Configurator is a powerful tool for customizing complex products and machines. However, it is not always possible to think ahead and map all possible combinations in the set of rules. In addition, there are often separately defined sets of rules for different assemblies or systems and a distributed dependency on them. The Lino® System Configuration, presented at the DSAK, solves such configuration problems in interdisciplinary product and system planning: individually defined sets of rules can be transferred and controlled into a dynamic overall set of rules via the plug-in. As a result, the user receives an overall model called a joined model, in which the configuration takes place – and with each saving, any states are transferred to the individual models.
Tacton Design Automation provides rule-based automation of design processes in Solidworks®. The add-in is now available in version 4.11 and includes functional and administrative changes: Users can now read in file properties in order to adapt the set of rules via the configuration in the event of user-defined changes. The handling of Included Context has also been optimized by being able to adopt the part tree and mappings. And finally: It is now possible to switch between absolute and relative file paths during mapping.
With Lino® 3D layout, the tool for rule-based 3D layout planning, users can expect a leaner software design in the future that works even better with very complex layouts and offers responsive flexibility on different devices. In addition, an additional layouting client was announced, which maps the digital twin to Solidworks® and is much more powerful than Solidworks®.
Try out and open your eyes for the VR show
DSAK is known for the fact that its participants can not only listen to lectures, presentations and panel discussions, but also try out many solutions themselves. The opportunity was offered by the much-visited hands-on workshops, where the interaction of Solidworks® and Tacton Design Automation could be experienced, or the intuitive and automated project planning of plants with Lino® 3D layout. The VR show certainly provided a special experience: visitors could bring their own CAD model – a real assembly, machine or production line – and view it in virtual, three-dimensional reality. For some visitors, it was a surprising highlight to see the self-created models “in action”.
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