I’ll tell you who put the “dumb” in “dumb geometry”: It was someone who only used history-based CAD, that’s who. It must be frustrating to lose ALL of your power to edit parts when you exchange CAD files with someone who uses a different CAD system, isn’t it? Even if another user of your software saves out in a neutral format, and you read it in, you’ve got nothing. No features. No dimensions. No intelligence. No ability to make changes. You can’t even delete individual features. And that is a painful place to be. How many lost nights and weekends, how much money has your company literally flushed because you had to recreate data transferred data, or use “hack and whack” editing to cut away and rebuild areas of parts instead of just editing them?
And the worst part is when you get files from someone who does use the same software, they just have version W, and you have version S. Ooooh, that one burns more than the rest. You can’t even share files with someone who has the same software. All they have to do is make a change and save, and instantly that data has lost all value to someone with an older version of the software.
Let me tell you a little secret. It’s not the geometry that’s dumb. And I know what you’re thinking, it’s not the user. It’s the software.
What if I told you there is a CAD package that can read translated files, and change sizes, move faces with fillets, edit fillets, move holes, delete features, change patterns and other stuff, just as if it were a native file? Its true. It’s not your geometry that’s dumb, my friend. It’s your software.
Here’s a 6 minute video that will show you how CAD software should deal with imported geometry: