Cost Estimating Software Adds 3D CAD Feature Recognition

MTI Systems offers an automated feature recognition (AFR) function for its Costimator cost estimating software that recognizes CAD features and their parameters from solid models, and then allows estimators to control which features they “extract” and import for estimating.

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MTI Systems offers an automated feature recognition (AFR) function for its Costimator cost estimating software that recognizes CAD features and their parameters from solid models, and then allows estimators to control which features they “extract” and import for estimating. Such 3D CAD features include holes, slots, pockets, bends and forms, and their parameters.

According to the company, Costimator with 3DFX, a fully integrated add-on, increases cost estimating speed and quoting throughput by as much as 90 percent, while dramatically improving estimating accuracy and consistency from part to part and estimator to estimator. It enables estimators to instantly collect accurate measurements, cut dynamic sections, play animation and more.

In addition, the V12.1 update of Costimator includes 24 additional cost models, which are custom, easy-to-use, formula-based methods for estimating manufacturing processes. They include inputs or drop-down lists, as well as formulas that quickly calculate manufacturing time and/or cost. An embedded cost model editor allows estimators to add or modify any of the 300+ models included in the system after implementation. This provides the flexibility to mimic estimates based on specific manufacturing processes, the company says.