ADINA Modeler

The ADINA Modeler (ADINA-M) is an add-on module to the ADINA User Interface program that provides solid modeling capabilities. With ADINA-M, solid geometry can be created directly in the ADINA User Interface program by creating ADINA-M solid primitives (e.g., blocks, cylinders, etc.) and using the ADINA-M tools to construct more complex solid geometries. ADINA-M can also be used to directly import geometry files from a wide range of CAD systems.

There are two versions of ADINA-M available, the version based on the Parasolid geometry kernel (called ADINA-M/PS) and the version based on the Open Cascade geometry kernel (called ADINA-M/OC).

ADINA-M/PS is based on the Parasolid kernel which is used by popular CAD systems such as NX, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, and Bentley Systems. Solid geometries from these and other Parasolid-based CAD systems can be directly imported through ADINA-M/PS into the ADINA User Interface. The imported Parasolid parts can be modified inside the ADINA User Interface using the tools in ADINA-M/PS.

ADINA-M/PS can also be used to import IGES files, where surfaces can be "sewn" to form solid bodies. This geometry format is commonly used by CATIA.

ADINA-M/OC is based on the Open Cascade geometry kernel. Hence, users are able to take advantage of CAD programs such as FreeCAD, CAD Exchanger and Datakit to create parts that can be directly imported into ADINA-M/OC. The Open Cascade files are boundary representation (.brep) type.

ADINA-M/OC can also be used to directly import geometry files in STEP (.stp) format and in IGES format, where surfaces can be "sewn" to form solid bodies. The IGES format is commonly used by CATIA.

ADINA-M/OC uses the same commands as ADINA-M based on Parasolid. Hence, those who are already familiar with ADINA-M/PS can also use ADINA-M/OC with minimal effort.

The capabilities of ADINA-M/OC include:

  • Importing B-Rep models created by the program or other CAD programs based on Open Cascade
  • Defining solid primitives (block, sphere, cylinder, torus, cone, pipe, prism), sheet bodies (trimmed surfaces), and transformed bodies
  • Creating solid bodies by sweeping or revolving body faces
  • Modifying bodies by merging, intersecting, or subtracting operations with other bodies
  • Modifying bodies through blending (filleting) and chamfering of body edges

The figures below show parts created in a CAD program, imported into the ADINA User Interface program with ADINA-M/OC.






As described in the web page on our IGES interface, the geometric entities in an IGES file can be imported into ADINA as wireframe entities or as solid geometry. Note that ADINA-M/OC supports additional IGES entities not supported by ADINA-M/PS, such as

  • manifold solid B-Rep object entity, type 186
  • vertex entity, type 502
  • edge entity, type 504
  • loop entity, type 508
  • face entity, type 510
  • shell entity, type 514

Below, we show two examples of solid parts created from IGES files with meshes generated in ADINA.









By licensing the ADINA-M/PS or ADINA-M/OC, the following features are available in the ADINA User Interface (AUI):

Feature Description
Import Parasolid Model* Import a Parasolid model file created by other Parasolid-based CAD programs.
Define Body Define ADINA-M solid primitives, sheet bodies (trimmed surfaces), and transformed bodies.
Body Sweep Create a solid body by sweeping the face of an existing body in a given direction or along a line.
Body Revolve Create a solid body by revolving the face of an existing body about an axis.
Define Section Sheet* Define a planar section sheet that can be used to cut a body into two or more bodies.
Boolean Operator Modify a body by merging, intersecting, or subtracting operations with other bodies.
Body Modifier Modify a body through blending (filleting), chamfering, sectioning, hollowing, or partitioning operations.
Body Defeature* Remove small features (faces) from a body.

Midsurface Extraction* Create sheet bodies from a thin-walled solid body.
Split* Split an edge or face of a body into two parts.

   * Available only in ADINA-M/PS

The screen shot below shows the ADINA-M/PS options mentioned in the table in the AUI environment.



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The screen shot below shows the ADINA-M/OC options mentioned in the table in the AUI environment.



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