Visual Components 4.1

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Whether you’re looking for a tool to quickly design and present production solutions, or a platform to power your offline programming applications, we’ve got you covered. Check out our family of 3D manufacturing simulation products.

Essentials Professional Premium
Layout Configuration
CAD Compability
Project Ready Deliverables
Simple Robotics
Component Modeling
Advanced Robotics

Smarter Simulation

 

The Visual Components platform was designed to support advanced 3D manufacturing simulation applications. The physics behavior, powered by the NVIDIA PhysX engine, allows you to simulate and visualize functionality affected by physical forces, such as collisions, gravity, and material properties.

 

Better Performance

 

Visual Components was developed to take full advantage of the 64-bit Windows environment. This means better graphics, faster loading times, and a much smoother user experience. Navigating large layouts is fluid. Memory management is constantly being optimized to improve simulation performance. The CAD converter has been optimized to import geometries into the Visual Components 3D world quickly.

 

Streamlined UI/UX

 

Visual Components utilizes a familiar ribbon user interface, so commands are well organized and discoverability of new features is easy. 3D navigation is always available, allowing for more flexible zooming, panning, and rotation of layouts. We’re constantly improving and streamlining user operations and workflows, to save you time in layout configuration and component design.

 

Open Architecture

 

The Visual Components architecture is open and modular, making customization of the platform easy. Visual Components is built on .NET, providing a familiar framework for many developers. We also have a Python API, which is available in all Visual Components products. The core services layer was designed to allow for easy customization of everything, from the UI to simulation behaviors.

 

Advanced Rendering

 

Visual Components includes several rendering modes, helping you see more details and features and providing a richer and more immersive viewing experience. With advanced lighting and shading models and the ability to view material textures, models in the 3D world look realistic and pictures and videos exported from the platform are marketing-grade. The x-ray mode helps with identifying root causes and issues when you’re designing new components, configuring layouts, and analyzing collisions.

Layout Configuration

 

The core application of Visual Components Essentials. Quickly build layouts by dragging components from the eCatalog directly into the 3D world, and connecting compatible components via the plug-and-play feature. Use the properties editing feature to modify pre-defined component parameters, such as dimensions, speed, and color. Take advantage of our component library with more than 1,200 pre-built industrial robots, conveyors, and other components from over 30 of the largest brands in industrial automation.

 

CAD Compability

 

Import your CAD files directly into the 3D world. Visual Components Essentials supports CAD file types from many of the leading CAD vendors, making it easy to import geometry files created with popular software applications by Autodesk, Dassault, PTC, Siemens, and others. We’re compatible with the most widely used CAD formats, so you can natively import geometry files the way they were designed. Best of all, CAD import is included in Essentials. There’s no extra costs or plug-ins.

 

Project Ready Deliverables

 

We’ve made improvements to the files and deliverables you can generate, created some new templates, and made the workflows much smoother. Easily capture and export screenshots from the 3D world directly into your presentations. Record and export video in up to 4K HD quality. Create animated and interactive 3D PDFs with embedded simulations, built-in navigation and playback options, and bill of materials. Convert 3D layouts to presentation-ready 2D drawings in seconds with the new 2D drawing template.

 

Simple Robotics

 

A simple but powerful package of features for defining and modeling robotic behavior. Simple robotics has built-in features for robot jogging, analyzing reachability and collisions, and defining robot logic and postures with control flow statements.

 

Point Cloud Support

 

Whether you’re preparing a project proposal for a customer or studying a change to your current production configuration, context is crucial. That’s why we’ve added support for 3D point clouds. With this feature, you can import point cloud models of your facilities directly into the 3D world, and configure layouts inside them. Point clouds are represented as geometric models, so you can easily include them in tasks such as layout design, distance and angle measurement, and collision analysis.

 

2D Drawings

 

We’ve added more support for 2D drawings and incorporated this format into many of the workflows, including layout design and project deliverable templates.

 

PLC Connectivity

 

The connectivity feature makes it easy to connect simulations with your control system using either the industry standard OPC UA or supported vendor specific interfaces. This enables virtual commissioning activities such as testing and verifying logic programs and control changes in the context of your production process. With PLC connectivity you can also visualize your production’s real-time activity, collect and analyze real time data, then test and simulate improvements.

Visual Components Professional is our component creation solution. Define and create your own components to simulate in our 3D world. It includes everything in Essentials and gives you the tools to model and create your own components.

 

Component Modeling

 

Bring CAD files to life with our robust component-modeling tool. Visual Components Professional lets you customize the building blocks of components: geometry, behaviors, and properties. You can add kinematic structures and functional behaviors to imported CAD models, modify feature details of existing models, and build your own personalized library of components.

 

Wizards

 

Create components for the Visual Components world easier and faster. The component-modeling wizards streamline the component development process by asking for simple inputs and automatically configuring the component behaviors. Save time modeling many common component types and activate your CAD files for the 3D world more quickly.

 

Geometry Simplification

 

Reduce file sizes and improve simulation performance by simplifying and removing unnecessary details from your models.

 

Basic CAD

 

Build new 3D geometries and modify imported CAD files using the modeling toolkit. We’ve developed a set of tools for creating, editing, and customizing geometry, solid shapes, and structures. Make quick updates to your 3D geometries, right inside the product.

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Layout Configuration

 

The core application of Visual Components Essentials. Quickly build layouts by dragging components from the eCatalog directly into the 3D world, and connecting compatible components via the plug-and-play feature. Use the properties editing feature to modify pre-defined component parameters, such as dimensions, speed, and color. Take advantage of our component library with more than 1,200 pre-built industrial robots, conveyors, and other components from over 30 of the largest brands in industrial automation.

 

CAD Compability

 

Import your CAD files directly into the 3D world. Visual Components Essentials supports CAD file types from many of the leading CAD vendors, making it easy to import geometry files created with popular software applications by Autodesk, Dassault, PTC, Siemens, and others. We’re compatible with the most widely used CAD formats, so you can natively import geometry files the way they were designed. Best of all, CAD import is included in Essentials. There’s no extra costs or plug-ins.

 

Project Ready Deliverables

 

We’ve made improvements to the files and deliverables you can generate, created some new templates, and made the workflows much smoother. Easily capture and export screenshots from the 3D world directly into your presentations. Record and export video in up to 4K HD quality. Create animated and interactive 3D PDFs with embedded simulations, built-in navigation and playback options, and bill of materials. Convert 3D layouts to presentation-ready 2D drawings in seconds with the new 2D drawing template.

 

Simple Robotics

 

A simple but powerful package of features for defining and modeling robotic behavior. Simple robotics has built-in features for robot jogging, analyzing reachability and collisions, and defining robot logic and postures with control flow statements.

 

Point Cloud Support

 

Whether you’re preparing a project proposal for a customer or studying a change to your current production configuration, context is crucial. That’s why we’ve added support for 3D point clouds. With this feature, you can import point cloud models of your facilities directly into the 3D world, and configure layouts inside them. Point clouds are represented as geometric models, so you can easily include them in tasks such as layout design, distance and angle measurement, and collision analysis.

2D Drawings

 

We’ve added more support for 2D drawings and incorporated this format into many of the workflows, including layout design and project deliverable templates.

 

PLC Connectivity

 

The connectivity feature makes it easy to connect simulations with your control system using either the industry standard OPC UA or supported vendor specific interfaces. This enables virtual commissioning activities such as testing and verifying logic programs and control changes in the context of your production process. With PLC connectivity you can also visualize your production’s real-time activity, collect and analyze real time data, then test and simulate improvements.

Virtualize your factory with Visual Components Premium, our complete manufacturing simulation solution. It includes everything in Essentials and Professional, plus more features for advanced robotics applications.

 

Layout Configuration

 

The core application of Visual Components Essentials. Quickly build layouts by dragging components from the eCatalog directly into the 3D world, and connecting compatible components via the plug-and-play feature. Use the properties editing feature to modify pre-defined component parameters, such as dimensions, speed, and color. Take advantage of our component library with more than 1,200 pre-built industrial robots, conveyors, and other components from over 30 of the largest brands in industrial automation.

 

CAD Compability

 

Import your CAD files directly into the 3D world. Visual Components Essentials supports CAD file types from many of the leading CAD vendors, making it easy to import geometry files created with popular software applications by Autodesk, Dassault, PTC, Siemens, and others. We’re compatible with the most widely used CAD formats, so you can natively import geometry files the way they were designed. Best of all, CAD import is included in Essentials. There’s no extra costs or plug-ins.

 

Project Ready Deliverables

 

We’ve made improvements to the files and deliverables you can generate, created some new templates, and made the workflows much smoother. Easily capture and export screenshots from the 3D world directly into your presentations. Record and export video in up to 4K HD quality. Create animated and interactive 3D PDFs with embedded simulations, built-in navigation and playback options, and bill of materials. Convert 3D layouts to presentation-ready 2D drawings in seconds with the new 2D drawing template.

 

Simple Robotics

 

A simple but powerful package of features for defining and modeling robotic behavior. Simple robotics has built-in features for robot jogging, analyzing reachability and collisions, and defining robot logic and postures with control flow statements.

 

Point Cloud Support

 

Whether you’re preparing a project proposal for a customer or studying a change to your current production configuration, context is crucial. That’s why we’ve added support for 3D point clouds. With this feature, you can import point cloud models of your facilities directly into the 3D world, and configure layouts inside them. Point clouds are represented as geometric models, so you can easily include them in tasks such as layout design, distance and angle measurement, and collision analysis.

 

2D Drawings

 

We’ve added more support for 2D drawings and incorporated this format into many of the workflows, including layout design and project deliverable templates.

 

PLC Connectivity

 

The connectivity feature makes it easy to connect simulations with your control system using either the industry standard OPC UA or supported vendor specific interfaces. This enables virtual commissioning activities such as testing and verifying logic programs and control changes in the context of your production process. With PLC connectivity you can also visualize your production’s real-time activity, collect and analyze real time data, then test and simulate improvements.

 

Basic CAD

 

Build new 3D geometries and modify imported CAD files using the modeling toolkit. We’ve developed a set of tools for creating, editing, and customizing geometry, solid shapes, and structures. Make quick updates to your 3D geometries, right inside the product.

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Wizards

 

Create components for the Visual Components world easier and faster. The component-modeling wizards streamline the component development process by asking for simple inputs and automatically configuring the component behaviors. Save time modeling many common component types and activate your CAD files for the 3D world more quickly.

 

Paint Process Visualization

 

Visualize the application of paint on surfaces and measure coat thickness, thereby reducing robot teach time and improving motion planning.

 

Virtual Topology

 

Easily distinguish features of CAD files imported into the 3D world. Our 3D geometry engine analyzes any imported CAD model and provides well-structured data of geometry surfaces, curves, and curve loops. Use the topology API to develop your own robot path planning and teaching tools that take advantage of this feature.