Virtek (Waterloo, ON, Canada), a subsidiary of Gerber Technology, will feature Virtek Projection Data Creator (PDC) software to quickly and accurately visualize, generate and edit projection data from CAD models in a virtual 3D environment. Virtek says PDC supports a number of formats and quickly generates projection files in a virtual 3D environment. Virtek PDC supports CAD files in IGES, STEP, CATIA V4/5/6, Siemens NX, Solidworks, DXF, CREO, Parasolid and Autodesk Inventor file formats. It also supports Virtek LaserEdge and the Iris Spatial Positioning System, particularly in the creation of datum and verification points. Virtek PDC, which replaces the Virtek Planner software, supports documentation such as queries, labels or graphics.
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When humans do finally travel to Mars, they will have to be well protected from a less-than-hospitable environment. The suit designed to do the job is already in development at NASA, and it relies heavily on composites.