Orca3D News

Monday, May 3, 2010

TerraFlat 3D, new patterning plug-in for Rhino

Tri-D Technologies has introduced a new plug-in for Rhino, TerraFlat 3D. TerraFlat3D will analyze and flatten 3D shapes for 2D patterning and manufacturing. Terraflat is used for: 
  • composite boats
  • automobile parts
  • shoe prototyping
  • awnings
  • glass applications
  • furniture patterning

Specific functions include: 
  • Ability to read all popular 3D CAD formats (including high-end NURBS files from CATIA, Unigraphics, IDEAS, Pro-E, SolidWorks, Inventor)
  • Color-coded strain analysis where relief cuts are required
  • Automatic cut lines generated by “understanding” the seams
  • Free-flow manual cuts anywhere along a complex NURBS surface (unique to the industry)
  • Based on Tri-Ds AccuCut technology
Terraflat has been tested against other programs for developing metal plate, and the results are good. The developers are looking for input from the marine industry as they continue to develop this plug-in. An evaluation version is available on their website, at http://www.terraflat.com/.