TFTLabs SAS, OPEN MIND Develop CAD Conversion Interface

OPENMIND_logoWESSLING, Germany, July 6, 2015 – Working in cooperation with the French company, TFTLabs SAS, OPEN MIND Technologies AG has developed a CAD conversion interface that converts CATIA V5 data to hyperCAD-S data both quickly and flexibly.

070615_hyperCAD-SThe new CAD conversion portal is especially designed for users who only need to transfer models occasionally and companies that are not yet in a position to assess their future conversion volume. The interface is a ‘Service-on-Demand’ that is called only when it is actually required. Costs are therefore only incurred when the service is used and users are charged on an appealing pay-per-use basis.


Hagen Rühlich

The conversion portal is fast and simple to use. Clicking the ‘CAD Conversion Portal’ tab in hyperCAD-S opens a menu window for selecting the CATIA V5 models. Before the model data is converted the user is shown a 3D preview. If everything is correct, the conversion can start. The data is immediately available for processing in hyperCAD-S. The interface is a cloud service that downloads the conversion software. This means that the actual transfer of data always takes place on the user’s local computer. The user can be certain that no CAD models are transferred. In addition, the web-based ‘Transfer-on-Demand’ always ensures that the latest conversion software is used.


François Chrétien

“There is always enormous pressure to adapt CAD data conversion software. Our new on-demand interface allows us to offer hyperCAD-S users, who only need to convert CATIA V5 models occasionally, a flexible solution with no up-front licensing costs,” explains Hagen Rühlich, technical director at OPEN MIND. And François Chrétien, chief scientist at TFTLabs SAS, adds: “We are pleased to have been able to convince OPEN MIND – one of the world’s leading CAM/CAD manufacturers – of the benefits of our ‘Open 3D solution for the Web’. OPEN MIND can rely on our over 20 years of experience in the area of interoperability.”

The partners’ plan for the future is to expand their offering and support other CAD formats in addition to CATIA V5.

About TFTLabs

TFTLabs is a privately owned company that develops 3D software solutions for the Web and mobile end devices. The employees of the company have more than 20 years of experience in the areas of importing and the processing of models from different areas without licences for the respective authoring systems, such as those of CAD systems.

TFTLabs provides users with innovative applications for importing, visualising and converting 3D data via the Web and mobile end devices. The company’s product portfolio includes solutions for the Web (TFTWeb), mobile end devices (TFTPad) and OEM partners (TFT4iT). All the solutions are developed entirely by TFTLabs.

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About OPEN MIND Technologies AG

OPEN MIND is one of the world’s most sought-after developers of powerful CAM solutions for machine and controller-independent programming.

OPEN MIND designs optimized CAM solutions that include a high number of innovative features not available elsewhere to deliver significantly higher performance in both programming and machining. Strategies such as 2D, 3D as well as 5axis milling/mill turning, and machining operations like HSC and HPC are efficiently built into the hyperMILL® CAM system. hyperMILL® provides the maximum possible benefits to customers thanks to its full compatibility with all current CAD solutions and extensive programming automation.

OPEN MIND strives to be the best and most innovative CAM/CAD manufacturer in the world, helping it become one of the top five in the CAM/CAD industry according to the NC Market Analysis Report 2015 compiled by CIMdata. The CAM/CAD solutions of OPEN MIND fulfil the highest demands in the automotive, tool and mould manufacturing, production machining, medical, job shops, energy and aerospace industries. OPEN MIND is represented in all key markets in Asia, Europe and America, and is a Mensch und Maschine company.

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