RE: How good is Imageware Surfacer

From: Bauer Juergen (Juergen.Bauer@SPY.SIEMENS.DE)
Date: Wed Jun 09 1999 - 22:32:41 EEST

Ellis, Roger,

RE packages are a bit like CAD systems:
There are "supertankers" and "yachts".
The supertankers are those older systems that are having each and every
being tool built in over the year, but for the novice things are quite hard
to handle over the years. But once you are used to it, you would not like to
miss it.
In CAD these are Unigraphics, Catia,etc. In RE there is only Surfacer in
this category (in '93, when I used the version 2 at first, there ware simply
no competition).

The CAD-yachts are those smart little things that are intuitive to use, and
quite new. But they have a lot of limits.
Example: Solidworks.

If you like yachts rather than tankers, you must know that you end up with a
number of tools from different vendors in the end, to get the same things
done as with one "tanker".


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Spielman, Roger L []
> Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 7:13 PM
> To:; 'Ellis Mackay'
> Subject: RE: How good is Imageware Surfacer
> Hello Ellis
> We have been using Imageware for over three years now. I use RPM for
> virtually every setup and build through our DTM Sinterstations. I also
> have
> some of the other "high-end" packages, but keep reverting back to
> Imageware.
> We struggled with Imageware in the beginning and required quite a bit of
> support. To their credit, the folks at Imageware were very helpful with
> our
> requests for assistance. This is not a very intuitive package to use. If
> you
> have not attended the formal training classes at their facility, I would
> strongly recommend it. I my opinion, it is the strongest package, with
> Materialise in a very close second for the work we are doing. This of
> course
> will be different for everybody depending on their needs. In our work I
> have
> not found one package that accomplishes everything we want.
> If this all sounds too rosy, keep reading... It drives me nuts sometimes.
> I
> am using a 200 MHz Pentium Pro with 128 Mb of RAM...seriously outdated for
> this day and age...but it still works fine for the most part. The software
> will has from the beginning and still does with the latest
> revision. I have used the Unix version and the NT version (current) and
> this
> has been a way of life, especially when attempting large boolean or repair
> functions. The latest version (9.0A) seems to have gone backward with some
> of the most common functions requiring more steps than before...(are you
> listening Imageware?). By the way, I purchased Magics RP this last year,
> and
> was disappointed to find out that the package is seriously limited without
> spending the money for all the "options".
> Roger Spielman
> Rocketdyne Power & Propulsion
> The Boeing Co.
> > ----------
> > From: Ellis Mackay[]
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 5:43 AM
> > To:
> > Cc:
> > Subject: How good is Imageware Surfacer
> >
> > Hello All RP-ML people
> >
> > I was wondering if any imageware Surfacer users are having any problems
> > with
> > their product and support? We are finding that all users we have spoken
> > with
> > never get a response to their enquiries and problems. We many be looking
> > to
> > invest in the field of RE and need to know whether we are likely to find
> > Imageware to be a major problem.
> >
> > Also if you use Imageware, does it meet your requirements? It appears to
> > be
> > very comprehensive but do the functions work ok?
> >
> > Any information that helps us to make our decision would be much
> > appreciated.
> >
> > Best Regards
> >
> > Ellis Mackay
> > Mackay Design Solutions
> >
> >
> >
> >
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