ASCON is a Russian CAD/AEC/PLM software developer and supplier founded in 1989. ASCON solutions address key issues of industrial design, engineering, preparation and release of drawing documentation, and product lifecycle management. ASCON software has been successfully applied across many industries, including machinery, automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace and defense, architecture, civil engineering, and electronics. The company has over 40,000 customers around the world. The award-winning mechanical computer-aided design solution from ASCON, KOMPAS, provides professional parametric 3D modeling, full-scale 2D design, and specialized add-ons for photo rendering, motion simulation, and kinematic and dynamic analysis.
On 18 October 2011, ASCON and LEDAS jointly announced their cooperative implementation of state-of-the-art variational direct modeling technology in KOMPAS-3D. Upon the completion of the project in 2012, KOMPAS-3D users will be able to import and modify history-free 3D models in a manner almost as simple and flexible as with native models created in KOMPAS-3D. Users will be able to add geometric and dimensional constraints (parallelism, perpendicularity, distance, angle, and so on) to the model without maintaining a history, which enables them to make changes to the 3D model using only constraints. The new capabilities exploit a powerful set of component technologies, including VDM from Bricsys (based on the LGS 3D constraint solver), the solid modeling kernel developed by ASCON, and the APIs in KOMPAS-3D.
The project began three months ago at LEDAS by a team of highly-qualified software engineers who have previously implemented variational direct modeling in software products such as SketchUp, RhinoWorks, and Bricscad V12. Some first results of the project are shown in the video:
“I’m very impressed with what I have seen so far, three months after starting the project,” said Maxim Bogdanov, CEO of ASCON. “The pace of development is very good. As a result of the work done by LEDAS and Bricsys, we will provide our customers with new functions in our award-winning KOMPAS-3D MCAD software, which is widely recognized in Russia and abroad.”
“ASCON is a very important customer to us,” added Alexey Ershov, CEO of LEDAS. “Our many years of experience in working with CAD and CAM vendors as exacting as Dassault Systemes, Bricsys, Cimatron, and JETCAM helps us complete projects on time, and so bring new value to ASCON customers.”
“Transferring IP rights from LEDAS to Bricsys will not affect this project,” said Erik de Keyser, CEO of Bricsys. “We are glad to see ASCON among the many CAD vendor-licensees of the brilliant component technology we recently acquired from LEDAS.