LiveLink™ for AutoCAD® Updates

For users of LiveLink™ for AutoCAD®, COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.3 includes curves and points when synchronizing and extends support to new versions of certain CAD file formats. Read more about the LiveLink™ for AutoCAD® updates below.

Support for Synchronizing Curves and Points

You can now transfer wireframe geometries when synchronizing between AutoCAD® designs and COMSOL Multiphysics® models using LiveLink™ for AutoCAD®. A wireframe approximation of the geometry is suitable for various simulations, such as when beam elements and the like can be used and when performance and memory requirements are important.

Three images from an example of synchronizing curves and points via LiveLink for AutoCAD. The wireframe geometry of oil platform supports designed with the AutoCAD® software, along with their respective sacrificial anodes, is synchronized to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software using LiveLink™ for AutoCAD®. The size and complexity of the geometry means that it is more efficient to simulate corrosion protection by using beam elements. The AutoCAD® wireframe geometry can now be directly utilized by the COMSOL Multiphysics® software for much easier simulation. The wireframe geometry of oil platform supports designed with the AutoCAD® software, along with their respective sacrificial anodes, is synchronized to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software using LiveLink™ for AutoCAD®. The size and complexity of the geometry means that it is more efficient to simulate corrosion protection by using beam elements. The AutoCAD® wireframe geometry can now be directly utilized by the COMSOL Multiphysics® software for much easier simulation.

Updated Support for New CAD File Format Versions

The CAD file import and export functionality has been extended to support new versions for the following file formats:

Read from File

  • Parasolid®: (.x_t, .xmt_txt, .x_b, .xmt_bin) up to V29.1
  • ACIS®: (.sat, .sab, .asat, .asab) up to R25, 2017 1.0
  • Inventor® assemblies: (.iam) versions 11, 2008–2017
  • Inventor® parts: (.ipt) versions 6–11, 2008–2017
  • SOLIDWORKS®: (.sldprt, .sldasm) versions 98–2017
  • NX™: (.prt) up to version 11

Write to File

  • Parasolid®: (.x_t, x_b) V29.1

You can view a complete list of supported CAD file formats in the CAD Specification Chart under the "Read from File, CAD" and "Write to File" sections.

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