Darwin Vue Customization Overview

Basic Description

Customized Darwin Vue is a 3D CAD viewer and collaboration tool with an ability to handle large scale data. Due to its special internal representation of the model is able to handle large amount of data, and also to store data in an efficient way. It makes much easier the communication between designers and manufacturers.

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Functionality Highlights

Designed for large assemblies

One of the main aspects in the design of this customization was a capability to work with large data. The result is an efficient memory management, the memory consumption is kept as low as possible. Even when working with large assemblies gives prompt responses.

DMU functionalities

This solution offers various ways of investigating large assemblies.

  • Section plane: The section plane allows to reveal the inside of the objects by cutting away some of its parts. More planes can be used simultaneously.
  • Disassembly/Exploded View: 
  • Hide parts
  • Align objects


The customized Darwin Vue offers several measurements, such distance, angle by three points, inclination, curvature, angle of two planes, radius. Area, volume, and centroid of objects also can be computed. The results of these computations are added as annotations to the model.



An animation based on key frames is supported, a standard key frame editor is provided also. That can animate the position, color and visibility attributes of objects. Camera position animation is included also.

Web system integration

Note: The ActiveX technology is supported only with Internet Explorer browser.

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Input/Output Fomat

In order to maintain small file size the customized Darwin Vue uses a special format .ddd. To generate .ddd file from CAD data the Data Conversion Module is needed, which supports large number of different CAD formats. The output format of the viewer can be a .ddd file, or an XML file, which contains the information about the created annotations, measurements. That XML file contains only the user created objects without geometry. This XML file can be exchanged by the users without the need to transfer the geometry.