I’m a big enthusiast for creating photo rendered images from 3D models. However, when it comes to creating 2D images without a 3D model it’s tough to beat Adobe PhotoShop(TM) and Illustrator(TM). In this tip we show how you can use Adobe Illustrator to convert a 2D image into something ViaCAD can convert into 3D solids. Our example will convert the Shark FX logo created with PhotoShop into a 3D model suitable for rendering or 3D printing. Click the image below to watch a video demonstration of this interesting workflow.
One of the new features introduced in Shark FX 9 is the ability to convert quads to precise NURB models suitable for solid modeling operations such as booleans. Not only can you convert models created from within Shark, but you can also use one of the many translators to bring quad models created from Modo, Cinema 4D, Blender, or 3D Studio Max. Or use a remesh application such as 3D-Coat, to convert a STL file into a quad dominate mesh suitable for Shark to convert into a solid.
Encore Software is pleased to announce the next major release of Shark FX™ 9. Shark FX is a highly versatile design product that revolutionizes the ease of 3D content creation suitable for 3D printing, rendering, animation, and precise manufacturing. The product is immediately available for Mac OS X and Windows platforms.
Shark FX 9 introduces a powerful new way of designing that combines the features of subdivision modeling along with those of precision NURB modeling. The gap between these traditionally separate modeling methods is bridged by state of the art technology that converts meshes into optimized smooth NURB models suitable for solid modeling operations such as blending, chamfering, and shelling as well and exporting to .dwg, IGES and STEP file formats. Unique to Shark is the ability to retain the control mesh as part of a feature tree for rapid design iterations that involve the mesh and precise feature operations.
New for Version 9
Shark FX 9 adds a variety of new features that improve performance, productivity, and versatility that include:
- 64 Bit Modeling for improved handling of large files
- Updated Dassault Systèmes™ ACIS Modeling Kernel
- Quad Mesh, Add Loop, Extrude Loop, Bridge, Subdivision Tools
- Mesh to NURBs based on IntegrityWare™ patent pending technology
- SolidWorks™, SolidEdge™, NX™, and Parasolids™ translators*
- 3D PDF Export*
- Woodworking features (dado, miter, dovetail, tongue/groove)
- Boolean Edge Treatments
- 100+ program updates/changes
A Full Array of Features
The new features build upon an already strong set of design tools integrated through a friendly user interface.
- Curve, Surface, and Solid Modeling
- Direct Face and Feature Based Editing
- Chamfer, Blend, Shell, Bend, Twist, Holes, and Boss Features
- NURB surface tools and Stitch to Solid
- Associative and History Based Intelligence for Rapid Iterations
- Automatic 3D to 2D Drawing Generation
- Rendering and Animation
- IGES, STEP, VDA, ProE, CATIA, ProE, OBJ, STL Formats
*Feature available on Windows only
For more information please visit the Shark FX 9 product page.
ViaCAD has the ability to calculate the 2D section properties for a closed collection of curves using the Verify : Properties tool. The specific properties include:
- Center of Area
- Moment of Inertia about A axis
- Moment of Inertia about B axis
- A axis vector components
- B axis vector components
To calculate the section properties from a 3D shape, you will first need to generate a 2D slice through the shape. The video below demonstrates how to create a section cut through a 3D part which is then used to calculate the section properties.
Encore is pleased to announce the next major release of the ViaCAD™ family of products consisting of ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D and ViaCAD Pro. ViaCAD is a highly functional, low-cost 2D/3D design product that revolutionizes 3D digital ideation and do it yourself manufacturing. ViaCAD 9 is immediately available for Mac OS X and Windows platforms.
New for Version 9: The release extends existing precision solid modeling methods with the introduction of easy to use conceptual design mesh tools including subdivision modeling. Additionally ViaCAD introduces new woodworking specific features for creating dado, tongue and groove, rabbet, miter, and dovetail joints.
- Customizable Grids
- Updated modeling and interoperability kernel
- Quad mesh tools
- Improved STL Output
- 3D Arrays
- Subdivision (ViaCAD Pro)
- Woodworking joints (ViaCAD Pro)
- 64-bit computing (Mac Only)
A Full Array of Features: Key features to ViaCAD comprise a powerful array of tools not normally seen in consumer products:
- LogiCursor™ that anticipates your moves
- NURB Surface Modeling
- Feature Based Solid Modeling
- Automated 3D to 2D Drawing Generation
- 2D and 3D Architectural Tools
- Over ninety minutes of training videos
Advanced CAD tools: Both the 2D and 3D design functions provide a complete set of tools for professional and precision designers that include:
- Precise NURBS and Analytic kernel from Dassault Systèmes(™)
- IGES & STEP import/export for precise data sharing
- The ability to create fillets, chamfers, bosses, shells, and variable radius blends
- Boolean operations in solids, extrusions, healing and repair, parametric features and associativity at high precision.
Parts Libraries as a standard: A 26,000-plus parts library enables the rapid creation of 2D and 3D designs with existing parts, using drag-and-drop functions and dynamic positioning. Ready-to-use models include HVAC networks, kitchen elements, posed figures, office furniture, mechanical parts, home elements and more. These parts libraries are delivered as a standard part of the product.
Industry-Standard Interoperability: ViaCAD has been developed to include professional industry standard interoperability including format support for: SketchUp (PC Only), AutoCAD® 2014, Adobe Illustrator, DXF/DWG, ACIS SAT, IGES, STEP, STL, OBJ, VRML, 3DS Max®, and more.
ViaCAD is available now from Punch! Software’s web site at: http://www.punchcad.com/.
Upgrades are available to existing customers starting at $59.99.
Five new woodworking tools were introduced in ViaCAD Pro 9. These tools create parametric joints on your solid parts. Joints supported include:
- Tongue and Groove
Click on the image below to see a demonstration of these five new solid modeling features in action on drawers and shelves!
Many ViaCAD users are unaware of a powerful set of direct modeling tools within the application. These direct modeling tools (delete, move, match, draft, and offset) allow a designer to modify a part that does not have a history tree such as one imported from STEP or IGES.
In version 9, the remove face tool was made easier to use by just selecting the feature and hitting the “delete” key. The video below demonstrates this feature by removing a large number of slots and holes in a part using ViaCAD 2D3D 9. At $99, ViaCAD is unique in the industry to provide designers a choice of modeling methods that include direct modeling, feature tree, and surface associativity!
With ViaCAD 9 you can now create a cutlist. Creating a good cutlist for a woodworking project can take some time, but will ultimately save you more time and money when it comes to purchasing your material. In this demonstration, we explain how to make a cultist using the Bill of Material feature and CutList attribute. The cutlist attribute will help identify parts of the same length, width, and thickness. After you add your cutlist attributes, ViaCAD will generate a Bill of Material listing all the common parts. With cutlist in hand, you can now go to the lumberyard confident that you get the correct amount of material for your project. Click the image below to view the demonstration.
The ViaCAD products have the ability to create 2D drawings from 3D models. Once you have a drawing, you can quickly create detail and section views.
This demonstration goes over some of the features of model to sheet including creating a collection of drawings from an assembly model.
Draw views can also be used to create scaled regions within a sheet. The last part of the demo shows how a large floor plan can be placed inside a scaled sheet for printing.
3D printing is shaking up the do it yourself manufacturing communities. Driven by the lower cost cost of 3D printers as well as easy to use service bureaus, makers can now go from concept to part with little expense.
One of the features we’ve introduced in ViaCAD Pro 9 is subdivision. Subdivsion can lower the bar to 3D modeling with simple push/pull modeling methods. Subdivision also provides a complimentary alternative to ViaCAD’s feature based solid modeling tools that allow the user to pick the best method for a given design.
Check out this video where I use the ViaCAD Pro 9 WIP to create a baby spoon. You may be in for a surprise at how simple and inexpensive creating plastic or silver plated versions of this spoon!