Hexagon has been granted a patent for a computer-implemented method for feature replication in a CAD model. The technology involves user drawing boundaries in a GUI to replicate entities within a region, based on spatial compatibility with intersecting entities. The method aims to streamline design processes in a two-dimensional CAD environment. GlobalData’s report on Hexagon gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Hexagon, AI assisted CAD was a key innovation area identified from patents. Hexagon's grant share as of April 2024 was 58%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Feature replication in computer-aided design model

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hexagon AB

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11960796B2) discloses a computer-implemented method for feature replication in a computer-aided design model. The method involves obtaining a region of a reference model, determining reference points and directions, searching for compatible entities in a target model, computing spatial transformations, and replicating or suggesting the replication of entities based on the determined spatial transformations. The method allows for the replacement of inner parts of candidate entities with inner parts of intersecting entities, enhancing the efficiency of design replication processes.

Furthermore, the patent includes additional claims related to the dimensions and shapes of the regions, the positioning of reference points, the types of entities involved, and the various transformations applied during the replication process. The method also accounts for multiple intersections, offset distances, and angles between reference points, and the selection of candidate sets based on proximity. Additionally, the patent covers a computer system and a computer program product configured to carry out the steps of the method, providing a comprehensive solution for feature replication in computer-aided design models. Overall, the patented technology offers a systematic and automated approach to replicating design features, streamlining the design process and improving overall productivity in the field of computer-aided design.

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