Encore Introduces ViaCAD 10

October 20th, 2016

We are beyond happy to announce the release of ViaCAD 10! Our team has been working hard to bring you new tools and features that will make ViaCAD better than even we imagined. Our goal has been to always deliver the best CAD experience (at any level) without forcing our users to break the bank. And with v10, we think we met that goal and we hope you’ll agree. Please keep reading to learn about all the new features, tools, and availability.

ViaCAD is a highly functional, low-cost 2D/3D design product that helps convert ideas and concepts into precise digital models suitable for prototyping, manufacturing, analysis, and visualization projects.

New Features: The new release introduces significant feature enhancements related to 3D printing, usability, 3D design and drafting, performance, and data sharing.  Specific features include:
  • 3D Print Tools (surface normals, thickness, overhang, and general print checks)
  • 3D PDF Export (share 3D files using Adobe Acrobat ™)
  • Updated support for  SketchUp™ 2016 Import/Export
  • KeyShot Live Linking
  • More Subdivision Modeling Tools
  • Performance Boosts with 64 bit, multithreaded meshing, and translators
  • Improved Bill of Materials and Pockethole feature for Woodworkers

Visit our PunchCAD resources page for videos of many of the new features.

Full Featured CAD for All: ViaCAD includes a powerful array of design tools not normally seen at this price including an innovative user interface supporting the LogiCursor™ technology. Based upon the highly precise ACIS® modeling kernel from Dassault, ViaCAD provides over 300 design tools for hobbyist and professional designers. Featured among these tools are:

  • Curve, Mesh, NURB, and precision Solid modeling tools
  • Intelligent modeling for rapid design (associativity, history edit, feature tree)
  • Industry leading blending and chamfering
  • Advanced modeling tools with twist, bend, boss, hole, and shell features
  • Local face editing tools for modifying independent of part origins
  • Extensive dimension standards and automatic 3D to 2D drawing generation
  • Area, distance, mass properties, and interference checking
  • Woodworking tools supporting Bill of Materials, rabbet, dovetail, and pocket  features
  • Architectural tools with intelligent roof, wall, door, and window
  • Access 90 minutes of training videos, plus FREE email/phone support

Visit our PunchCAD product pages for more detailed information about specific feature sets.

Industry-Standard Interoperability: ViaCAD provides an extensive set of interoperability solutions for professional industry standard data sharing through IGES, STEP, and SAT. Additional formats include SketchUp®, AutoCAD® DXF/DWG, Adobe Illustrator, Rhinoceros®, STL, 3D-PDF, 3DS Max®, KeyShot, and more.

PowerPack : PowerPack is an optional addon that provides a collection of productivity tools used to validate and repair models for 3D Printing as well as a variety of general purpose tools. New PowerPack features introduced in v10 include:

  • Unroll Surface
  • BitMap to HeightField Mesh
  • Select Same

PowerPack Pro: Converts facet based models into NURBS or analytical solids.   Great for converting STL, SketchUp, Modo, Blender, 3D Max,  or subdivision files into usable solids.  Click here for more information on PowerPack Pro.

Pricing and Availability: ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D, and ViaCAD Pro for Mac and Windows platforms are available from Encore’s Online Store at http://www.punchcad.com/c-12-consumer-cad.aspx priced from $39 to $249 . For more information visit http://www.punchcad.com/

Presentation Drawings with KeyShot Live Linking

Tip: Select Deep Tool

July 15th, 2016

In this post we cover some of the amazing features of Select Deep, one of my favorite tools in ViaCAD.  Select Deep provides a means to access nested or embedded components of a CAD object.  With this component access you can do operations such as:

  • Delete solid faces
  • Delete mesh elements
  • Delete points from polyglines or splines
  • Delete elements from a group
  • Move faces and elements in a group
  • Change colors

In the video linked below, we demonstrate some of the many features of the Select Deep tool.

 

3D Printing with ViaCAD

July 1st, 2016

At $99, ViaCAD 2D3D provides access to the exciting world of 3D printing.  ViaCAD provides a full set of precision solid modeling commands such as extrude, sweeps, blends, shells, and boolean operations based on Dassault’s (creators of SolidWorks/CATIA) ACIS modeling engine.  By using precise solids, parts are more likely to pass the watertight 3D printing requirements.  Plus ViaCAD provides a variety of formats to share your digital creations through STEP, SAT, DWG, OBJ, and STL.

While at UNC, student Ethan Smith used ViaCAD to create a functional 3D printed helicopter.  Except for the rotors, fasteners, and aluminum tubing, the 10 pound helicopter was created from ABS parts designed with ViaCAD.  Below are some videos from Ethan showing the model in ViaCAD, plus his flight tests.

One of the things I find exiting about 3D printing is that it provides a low cost path to bring an idea to reality.  Ethan’s helicopter is an inspirational example!

For more information on ViaCAD please visit this link.

For more information on additional 3D printing tools within PowerPack please visit this link.

Image to 3D with ViaCAD and Abobe Illustrator

October 20th, 2015

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.

SubD to NURBs with Shark FX 9

June 13th, 2015

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 Releases Shark FX 9

December 11th, 2014

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.

Associate Subdivision & Features Video

Tip : Calculating Section Properties

November 28th, 2014

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 Releases ViaCAD 9

March 6th, 2014

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.

Availability

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.

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ViaCAD Pro 9 Introduces New Woodworking Joints

March 5th, 2014

Five new woodworking tools were introduced in ViaCAD Pro 9.  These tools create parametric joints on your solid parts.   Joints supported include:

  • Dado
  • Rabbet
  • Tongue and Groove
  • Dovetail
  • Miter

Click on the image below to see a demonstration of these five new solid modeling features in action on drawers and shelves!

Click to view woodworking video

Removing Features with ViaCAD 2D3D 9

March 4th, 2014

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!

Remove Face Video