Technologies at Geometric
Geometric is a leading provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
software solutions. Its key differentiator is its proven expertise in
developing world-class technologies for leading PLM software companies. The
creation of such complex technologies requires a deep domain expertise and a
highly skilled talent pool. Geometric has over 17 years’ experience in
developing CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM technologies. About 50 per cent of its software
developers are from leading institutions like the Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
Geometric has developed technologies for CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM
(Computer Aided Manufacturing), PDM (Product Data Management) and
Collaboration — in other words, technologies across the breadth of PLM. Some
of Geometric’s leading technologies include Feature Recognition, Instant
Messenger, CollabView™ and Nestlib®.
Feature Recognition Technology: why it is critical
Feature information (such as holes, pockets, fillets, chamfers, ribs, slots)
plays a critical role in the design to manufacturing cycle. However, such
information is often lost during data transfer or is not available in the
required detail. Any change to an engineering drawing, as it passes on for
various downstream applications, could mean recreating the drawing from
Technology developed in collaboration with IIT and IISc
Realising the potential, Geometric began developing this technology in 1993,
initially in collaboration with the IISc, and later, with the IIT. At that
time, being able to create and view a solid model on the computer was itself
considered an achievement. Few could visualise that the gap between creating
a model and actually manufacturing it could be filled.
What does FR do?
By automatically identifying and interpreting feature information, FR
technology helps in the intelligent reuse of legacy and native solid models
in many downstream applications such as design modification and
manufacturing automation, thereby compressing the design-manufacturing cycle
Recognition for FR
The first sale of FR was to SolidWorks in end 1995 when Geometric customised
its FR technology to create the add-in product, CamWorks®, for users of the SolidWorks software. (CamWorks® is a machining solution, a software giving
implementation instructions to computer-controlled machinery.) CamWorks®,
which has FR at its core, helps recognise features that need to be
manufactured. This product has been widely appreciated.
is the only CAM solution to be recognised by the SolidWorks Gold Partnership
programme. CamWorks® has won several awards, including the “Most Intriguing
Product” and the “Ease of Use” Awards by American Machinist. Geometric has
developed another product for SolidWorks, once again based on FR technology,
Who uses FR?
With almost 10 licensees worldwide, Geometric is acknowledged as a global
leader in FR. Using the Feature Recognition technology at its core,
Geometric has developed products on different platforms. Products based on
Feature Recognition include FeatureWorks®, CamWorks® and the FeatureRecogniser module in Solid Edge.
Recent Success: FR has been integrated into CATIA, the world’s leading CAD
product development solution
Dassault Systemes’ 3D PLM product, CATIA, is the world’s leading CAD
product. It is used to design one in every two cars and seven in 10
airplanes worldwide. In November 2002, Dassault Systemes signed an Original
Software Development Agreement with Geometric, by which Geometric’s FR
technology will be embedded into Dassault’s 3D PLM product portfolio,