CADfix for Process Plant Simplification

CADfix can quickly simplify large complex CAD assemblies and reduce file size for import into Process Plant and Ship Building software. This helps avoid multiple failed import attempts, saves precious project time and reduces non-productive CAD model rework.

Users of Process Plant and Ship Building design software frequently need to integrate models of large equipment installations and component sub-systems. These usually consist of very large CAD assemblies that can be several hundred Megabytes or even Gigabytes in size. The receiving systems are simply not designed to cope with the integration of such massive CAD assemblies.

CADfix simplifcation of process plant models
Simplification of equipment installations for process plant applications

The CADfix simplification will leave enough detail to accurately represent the equipment structure and outer envelope, whilst removing unwanted intricate detail and reducing file size. CADfix customers expect to achieve at least an order of magnitude in file size reduction by using the CADfix model simplification process.

CADfix small equipment installation reduces file sizeCADfix reduces an equipment model from a 40MB DWG file to just 1MB

The CADfix simplification tools can be run in an automated batch process or with manual user interaction. General operations can be run in the automated environment, with manual interaction when the user requires greater control of the layout. Typical CADfix model simplification operations include:

  • Automatic removal of small parts based on bounding box size
  • Automatic removal of parts of similar shape and size to a selected item
  • Automatic removal of invisible internal detail
  • Simplifying complex parts to minimum volume bounding boxes or cylinders
  • Removal of holes, protrusions and internal cavities
  • Removal of design features such as fillets, rounds and chamfers
  • Joining faces or bodies
  • Deleting user-selected entities
  • Converting geometry to simplified lightweight forms

The CADfix internal detail removal quickly removes parts that cannot be seen from the outside and that have no value to the process plant or ship design application. This offers a major file size reduction, especially for equipment installations including complex motor and generator assemblies that are effectively fully enclosed within simple outer shells.

CADfix automatic internal detail removalCADfix automatic internal detail removal

CADfix allows you to quickly identify and remove and unwanted small details such as nuts, bolts, washers and other small parts that are not required.  The ability to do this automatically and quickly offers a major saving.

CADfix plant simplificationAutomatic identification and removal of unwanted small details

Simplify process plant & shipbuilding models