The following help pages describe the functionality available to users of the Translator service.  It is organized by three main top level sections, GENERAL_DATA, IMPORT_DATA and EXPORT_DATA.  These correspond to the main sections of the Open Ensemble Transform: Job Configuration form.  Within those three main sections, one can find the details associated with all the methods available to them.  Use the links below for rapid access to any topic.  For a broad introduction to the overall process, read the below section.

general data

import data

export data


The Open Ensemble Transform service provides an interface to allow users to load/import one or more files and then export them into some desired format(s).  At the completion of the request, an email is sent which contains a link to the requested results..

ThThe sequence to produce a job consists of four basic steps:

  1. Enter/Fill in the requested data in the General Data form.  This includes the required fields of the email address where the results will be delivered which can be one or more valid email address(es).
  2. The Import Data options will become available once the required fields in General data are satisfied.  For each Import Data section, specify one or more files to be imported/loaded.  Files are automatically uploaded to the server in the background.  You may continue to select additional Import Data options or proceed to the next stepl.  
    1. Once the job has been submitted, all requested imported files will be loaded into the Open Ensemble Transform service.  If multiple files are specified, they do not have to be of the same file type.  For example, two package (.pkg) files could be specified along with three STEP (.step) files.  The result would be potentially 5 or more objects loaded into memory.  For convenience, a ZIP file can also be specified which may contain multiple files of the imported file type requested.  
  3. In the Export Data section, select one or more export formats that are desired to be produced.  When exporting the requested format, all objects loaded into memory will be included in the selected export format.  For example, if the STL and IGES export formats are selected, two files will be created: one STL file and one IGES file.  Both files contain all objects loaded into the translator.
  4. Submit the job.  Once all uploads have been completed, the Submit Job option will be active. 
    1. After the job has been submitted, a unique JOB-ID will be displayed.  This is your unique identifier to this job.  
    2. When the job is started, an email with a link to the job status will be mailed to the  Submitter.
    3. Once the job has finished, an email with a link to the results will be mailed as specified in the General Data forms.
    4. An invoice will be sent to the owner of the invoice token used for initiating the job with a record of the cost, and the remaining balance left on the invoice.
  5. After a job has been submitted, a confirmation page will be displayed showing the unique JOB-ID.
    1. A link is available to indicate the status of the job.  This link will indicate:
      1. If the job has started, 
      2. When it started, 
      3. If currently active, the percentage completion, and estimated completion time
      4. When the job was completed.
    2. There will be an option to save the job parameters and assign it a name.  This can be used to quickly run another job using the same job parameters.  See Saving/Using Favorites (Job presets) for more information.


Hovering over each area will cause a “help tip” on that area to appear. The “i” to the right of each area of the form allows you to get to the help page on that area. 

Once the requested job is completed, an email will be sent to the specified email address(es), which may consist of one or more addresses.  The job results will be available for a period of 30 days on the secure sever.  It is necessary to retrieve your files within this time period.  If an error occurs during the job request, an error email will be sent to the requested error email address(es) which will contain a log file indicating the error that was encountered.  Should an error occur on a specific request, there will be no charge for that request.  The Open Ensemble Transform service will continue to process all other requested actions that it can and send any results that could be successfully achieved.

Batch Mode Operation

In addition to the standard method described above, the Open Ensemble Transform service can  be further controlled via the Batch Mode option.  When this mode is selected (set to “On” in the General Data section of the form), the behavior of the Open Ensemble Transform service is set to operate to process many files in a single job request.  In Batch Mode, each imported file will produce the set of the requested export formats.  In other words, only one file is loaded into the translator at a time and the export methods then operate on the imported object.  Once the export is completed, the translator service will then process the next imported file.  For example, if Batch Mode is selected, and two package files and three STEP files are selected, the Open Ensemble Transform service will load each requested file one at a time and produce the requested exported formats.  If two export formats are selected, for example, STL and IGES, the engine will create one STL file and one IGES file for each imported file.  In this case, 10 files would be created.  As usual, one can specify one or more import formats (separately or by selecting a ZIP file) and one or more export formats.  Using Batch Mode allows for the translation of many files, each to a corresponding set of export files.

Import FIle Name –  Multiple files can be selected.  The files may be either and/or both data files or zip files.  If a zip file is supplied, this will be unpacked before processing the input files.
Export FIle Name –  Entered name will be used to derive the name of the exported file.
         import file example
exported file names