Number 132326 Type TPI Created Date 03-Mar-2006 Last Updated 29-Aug-2006 Title Description of and Instructions for the Use of the Granite-Based Cross-Release Interoperability (GCRI) Functionality Implemented in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0. Details Description
Granite-based Cross-Release Interoperability (referred to hereafter as GCRI) was developed based on PTC's Granite Interoperability Kernel. The Granite Kernel, the fundamental cornerstone of Pro/ENGINEER's geometry model, is a software library that has the ability to read (or write) geometry, geometry attributes, layer information, user-defined parameters, and assembly structure from (or to) a Pro/ENGINEER part (.prt) or assembly (.asm) file without Pro/ENGINEER being present.
PTC has created a Granite plug-in module to replace the neutral file approach to cross-release interoperability in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0. This plug-in module can be provided to a Wildfire 2.0 user and, when installed in the Wildfire 2.0 loadpoint, will allow that Wildfire 2.0 user to read the Wildfire 3.0 model directly via Granite. This is without the need for the Wildfire 3.0 user to create an intermediate neutral file. All of the information that can be read from the Pro/ENGINEER model by the Granite kernel can now be leveraged by the Wildfire 2.0 user.
A unique feature of GCRI is the ability of Wildfire 3.0 users to take new features that have been added to the image model by the Wildfire 2.0 user and graft those features onto the original, fully-featured master model. This is very similar to how a UDF works, except references need not be selected for the UDF to be placed; GCRI functions handle this placement automatically. Additional Information