11 Dec 2023

Intelligent visualisation

New analysis methods by intelligent visualization using false-color displays

Kisters has announced that its 3DViewStation has two new enhancements added with 3D Heatmaps and Curvature Analysis.

The company says now it’s even easier to detect problems at an early stage by means of intelligent visualisation. Within manufacturing companies, multiple departments are responsible for product design, and it is critical that the final product will be manufactured without any defects that will lead to higher profitability.

The company says 3DViewStation now supports these benefits with advanced analysis methods that present a vivid visual graphic of critical part areas. Without a visually conducive representation of the analysis results, it is much more difficult to make decisions or to assess what consequences may arise downstream. Problematic areas in particular must be visible to all departments at a glance. This can be achieved, for example, with extended heat maps, which display a kind of heat image or false colour representation via individually adjustable parameters. This helps even inexperienced users to quickly record, evaluate results, and correct product design flaws.

KISTERS says its 3DViewStation therefore now offers new and extended heat map analysis functions, which are visualised in the style of a thermal image. These are individually customisable colour codes, which are already known from the wall thickness analysis. Setting min and max values, reversing colours, or changing from continuous colours to bands gives many more options to display results. Designers of cast or injection-moulded plastic parts have a need to achieve the perfect balance of high strength with the lowest possible weight, 3D Heatmaps now enable a quick analysis for plastic moulded parts. The 3DViewStation enhancements can also be used in quoting, sales, or project management. It is important to identify difficult areas quickly and clearly.

According to Craig Impastato, U.S. Sales Director for KISTERS: “That’s why the heat map is now available as part of collision detection for planning where minimum distances play a central role, such as in vehicle, machine or plant construction. With just one click, this function enables the user to identify critical distances between individual components or assemblies by clearly colouring the components according to user-defined distance values.”

As a third option, the heat map is used in combination with the new curvature analysis. The results of this are not only of interest to colleagues from the design department, but also provide support in the calculation of sheet metal parts, where the production effort must be planned as realistically as possible in advance. In mould costing, the new curvature analysis in combination with the undercut calculation can provide accurate analysis in identifying critical points in order to reliably calculate the manufacturing build of the mould accordingly.

Intelligent 3D viewers such as KISTERS 3DViewStation are reported to now play a major role in the manufacturing industry for pre-production feasibility analyses and quality assurance at the end of the manufacturing process. Heatmaps help viewers intuitively understand extensive and complicated data sets. This saves time because the interpretation of relevant hotspots is possible at a glance and decisions are made much faster. With the goal of avoiding errors early on, facilitating collaboration and reducing costs in the process, the return on investment is quickly achieved.

Known for its modern user-interface, high performance viewing, advanced analysis and integration capabilities into leading systems, 3DViewStation ships with current and mature importers for a broad range of 3D and 2D formats including Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, Revit, JT, 3D-PDF, STEP, DWG, DXF, DWF, MS Office and many more.

Company info: Kisters