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Interfacing with CAD.

The tried-and-tested 6SigmaCAD plug-in module Provides a simple integration route for CAD data. The original XML import of CAD drawings, while still available for backwards compatibility, has been superseded by import and export using the more generally available DXF and DWG formats in the AutoCAD RealDWG environment. This means that CAD drawings can be imported from – and exported to – many more CAD tools without the need for any plug-ins for the CAD tool in question. Plus line-drawings and solid definitions of complex parts can now be imported using the STL format.

The data can be used in 6SigmaET, 6SigmaRack, 6SigmaRoom and 6SigmaFM, to provide a view of the CAD model while creating the Virtual Model.

The objects representing the CAD data are called CAD planes. The CAD planes are drawn in the background of the Graphical View to enhance data transfer by using it as electronic “tracing paper” providing lines to snap walls of the room or object in the room to. The link between the CAD data and 6SigmaDC software is dynamic in nature. The DWG file can be updated over time with all viewing options for the CAD planes being maintained. (Contrary to what the term “CAD plane” might suggest, CAD data supports 3D as well as 2D.)

As well as importing the CAD model to aid in the creation of the VF, the VF can be exported as an AutoCAD DWG file to form the basis of a CAD model or to provide additional layers of data to be included in the CAD model.

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Import / Export 2D / 3D line files

Utilise to start a virtual model or export to provide drawings to others.


Import STL for complex elements

Any complicated structures, be them infrastructural or chip level components can be brought in through this interface as solid models to maintain important detail.

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 Easy to use .

  Forms an integral part of primary applications 6SigmaET, 6SigmaRack, 6SigmaRoom & 6SigmaFM

 CAD outlines from any file type can be used for tracing/model generation including “snap”

  Supports layer, block, polyline, line, text, mtext, solid, 3dsolid, arc and circle symbols.

 STL format can be used to directly create triangulated representations of complex solid shapes.

 6SigmaDC objects can be exported to an AutoCAD DWG file for import to other applications.

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Registration is open for 2011 6SigmaDC Conference & User Training!
Future Facilties at DataCentre Convergence 2011 - October 4!
Webinar - How to Kill Your Data Center: Ignore Airflow!! - 20th October 2011
PWB Expo, Japan 18-20 January 2012
Webinar - Data Center Modeling MUST DOs! Tuesday 28th Feb, 8am & 11am PST
Webinar - Can You Afford Lost Capacity? Tuesday 6th March, 8am & 11am PST
Webinar - Introduction to 6SigmaRoomLite - 15 May
Webinar - Release 7 - 14 June
Webinar - Introduction to 6SigmaRoom - 22 May
Webinar - Can You Afford Lost Capacity? - 5 June
We'll be there... will you? Uptime Symposium 14 - 17 May
Webinar - Electronics Cooling Design using 6SigmaET - 12 June
Webinar - Data Center Modeling MUST DOs! - 19 June
Webinar - CFD Modeling of Efficiency Solutions - 26 June
6SigmaDC Training Class - 27 to 29 June
Webinar - Using 6SigmaET in the Design of Outdoor Electronics - 10 July
6SigmaET Webinar - 7 August
6SigmaET Webinar - 21 August
6SigmaET Webinar - 23 August
6SigmaET Webinar - 20 September
6SigmaET Webinar - 4 October
6SigmaET Webinar - 18 October
6SigmaET Webinar - 11 December
6SigmaET Webinar - 20 December
DCD Dubai, 4th May
DCD London, 18-19 Nov

White Papers / Case Studies

Future Facilities Presentation: "Welcome to the Model Data Center" - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
Presentation - Stulz & 6SigmaDC user Panduit present the benefits of CFD simulation!
FFL Experts answer the big question: "Is CFD a must?" Read the white paper now!
White Paper: Electronics Cooling CFD Trends
White Paper: Thinking Outside the Box


CFD Simulation - The Future of DCIM and DC Health

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Hardware Recommendations

6SigmaDC is a program suite that will require different levels of hardware resource depending on the size and complexity of the models it is used to create and run.
For the sake of basic training and other small models (< 500sqft), it will run on a standard laptop with 1GB RAM and integrated graphics.
Any other modelling use is likely to require more powerful hardware.
The license server component, which can be installed separately on a remote machine, requires very little resource and should run on any supported Windows PC.
Supported Operating Systems. 32 and 64bit: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003,Windows Server 2008, Windows HPC Server 2008.
Virtual machines are not recommended.

Example configurations for mid-range systems:
Laptop - Mobile Core i7, 4-8GB RAM, Discrete graphics, 500GB HDD
Desktop - Core i7 or Xeon UP, 12GB RAM, nVidia Quadro FX 580, 1TB HDD
Server - Xeon DP or MP, 32GB+ RAM, nVidia Quadro FX 1800, 1TB HDD



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