Kisters Automation Server (KAS)
Batch tool for automated file translation, without user interaction
The Kisters Automation Server KAS is the ideal complement for all members of the 3DViewStation product family when it comes to automating repetitive procedures. Mostly it is about the conversion of native 3D CAD data into the lightweight 3DVS data format. For example, a 5 GB Catia board, which takes 5 minutes to load in native load mode, can be loaded in just 1 second after conversion to the 3DVS format. All information can be retained or, depending on the settings, reduced. The conversion can be monolithic or fully shattered, i.e. one 3DVS file per geometry file. This considerably reduces the conversion effort after changing a single part that may be used several times. The KAS can also be used to automatically generate thumbnails for PLM systems or to export all views that have been created for an assembly in a 3D or 2D format or to export the entire assembly in a standard 3D format.
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The following project examples are from our KAS batch tool customers:
A helicopter manufacturer converts all his native CAD data into the 3DVS format before visualization. The visualization of the configured helicopter is thus extremely accelerated. As a monolith the loading time is now less than 10 seconds for 2-3 million parts. The CAD system was never even remotely able to load the complete helicopter.
A truck manufacturer uses the KAS to convert his native CAD data in batch to the lightweight 3DVS format. Certain files are controlled by metadata, and are also alienated in BREP. After the truck has been configured, it is converted into partially alienated STEP data via the KAS according to the customer's requirements, 2D drawings are generated automatically.
A plant engineering company uses KAS to reduce its approx. 5 TB (!) converted CAD data into the 3DVS format. Thus he is able to load a plant with approx. 200 million components with the 3DViewStation WebViewer.
A shipyard uses KAS to convert a complete ship into the 3DVS format. The subsequent loading time for the approximately 10 million components is about 15 seconds for the VR edition, but also for the desktop and WebViewer version.
Our collaboration solution: VisShare uses KAS in the background to convert the native data into the 3DVS format and to generate preview images.
3D file format support
3D import of native & neutral CAD, i.e.:
Catia, NX, Creo, Solidworks, SolidEdge, Inventor, SAT, Parasolid, JT, STEP, 3D PDF, Revit, GLTF, 3DXML, VRML...
STEP, JT, 3D PDF, 3MF, Parasolid, VRML...
2D file format support
2D import of drawings, office, pictures:
Catia CatDrawing, NX 2D, Creo DRW, Solidworks slddrw, DWG, DXF, HPGL, 2D PDF, TIFF, JPEG...
DXF, PDF, CGM, PNG, SVG, BMP...