STEP Tools' translator will use the Parasolid open XT data format to import non-Parasolid data via STEP into market leading Parasolid-based products such as Solid Edge (Unigraphics Solutions), SolidWorks 98 (Dassault Systemes), DesignWave (Parametric Technology Corporation), MicroStation Modeler (Bentley Systems), Solid Builder (Andor), SolidMAN (Altea), VISI-CAD (Vero International), Topcad (Missler) and Unigraphics (Unigraphics Solutions). These users will also be able to export Parasolid data via STEP to non-Parasolid systems. The translator will be available as an executable and as an extensible library.
"As the design market necessitates more translators, STEP Tools is responding with a line of products ensuring direct and efficient translation," said Ken Sears, director of the Parasolid Business Unit, Unigraphics Solutions. "By establishing a link between Parasolid and STEP Tools' translators, users of MCAD solutions can now more easily read, share and transport design data."
The new translator joins a growing library of "Direct to STEP" translators developed by STEP Tools, Inc. All of the STEP Tools, Inc. translators are direct because they translate directly to STEP and not another internal format. STEP Tools, Inc. implements direct translators because the STEP ISO 10303 International Standard translators are more efficient and less error prone than indirect ones because they do not require an additional translation into an intermediate form. The principle market will be those wishing to import designs into the ever-growing midrange MCAD market.