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!

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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

Creating a Woodworking Cutlist with ViaCAD 9

January 21st, 2014

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.

Creating 2D Drawings with ViaCAD 9

October 4th, 2013

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.

 

 

Concept Design with ViaCAD Pro 9 Beta

September 1st, 2013

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!

 

Subdivision with ViaCAD Pro

 

ViaCAD Pro 9 Mac WIP Update

September 1st, 2013

Download ViaCAD Pro 9 WIP

The development team has announced availability of a Work In Progress build for ViaCAD Pro 9 for Mac.  PC builds will follow shortly.  If you are interested in testing the new release, click the icon to the right.

Some of the new features of v9 include:

• 64 Bit
With V9, all Mac builds will be 64 bit compatible.  This means you can load much larger parts and models. Previously you were limited to around 2.3 GB of model data in virtual memory. I’ve tested a model using over 20 GB with V9 and find this to be one of the more exciting aspects of v9.

•Cocoa
The old Carbon framework used to interface to the Mac OS has been replaced with Cocoa.

•Printing
Printing now supports floating point coordinates for improved accuracy.
Printing now supports previews.
Printing 3D objects in rendered views now support photorendered imaging.

• ACIS R23
Updated core kernel technology from our Dassault Spatial partner.

• Interop R23
Updated core translator technology from our Dassault Spatial partner.

• DWG DXF support for AutoCAD 2013
Support for the updated 2013 DWG/DXF file format.

•Woodworking Joints
We’ve added some woodworking joints. You can now create rabbet, dado (through, stopped, blind), miters, dovetails, and tongue/groove.

• New Quad Mesh Tools
This build includes a new main palette that includes tools for creating quad mesh primitives.

• Subdivision
New tool that smooths a quad mesh.

•3D Linear Duplicate

•3D Polar Array

•Customizable Grids
You now have an option to display the workplane grid as a polar or ISO grid. You can also change the grid orientation by an angle. Use the new Grid Properties dialog box under the Workplane menu to explore the different options.

*OpenGL

We draw our 3D data to the screen using OpenGL. In the past, we composited objects that did not have a 3D opengl equivalent using 2D. The result was a small frame delay for compositing the 2D frame into the 3D frame. With V9, those draw elements that do not have a 3D opengl equivalent are drawn into an overlay window on top of OpenGL. End result, frame rates have the potential to be faster in v9, more testing and benchmarking needed.

•General Performance Improvements
Large file performance much improved as a result of improvements to ACIS R24 kernel and Interop, 64 bit, and OpenGL performance.

Shark Designer Wins Rendering Contest

June 2nd, 2012

Congratulations to Antoine Dayer who recently won the Best Student & Faculty Rendering of a recent KeyShot rendering contest.  Antoine used Shark to model components of a wristwatch which he then exported  using OBJ to KeyShot for final renderings.  Check out some of Antoine’s stunning designs.  Be sure to click on the images for  high resolution views.

 For those of you interested in a video showing the work flow from Shark to KeyShot see Antoine’s video.

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I’m Just Having Fun

May 31st, 2012

The Punch!CAD User forum is always full of diverse discussions as well as design projects.  I enjoy seeing how people are using the software and the kinds of projects they are working on.  I found this week’s gallery post from forum user “Amsterdam” quite enjoyable.

Amsterdam is a new user of ViaCAD Pro and learning the ins and outs of the software.  His first project is a Dalek from the early Doctor Who television series.  For those of you who recall, Daleks are cyborgs from the planet Skaro.  Their primary function is to exterminate all beings inferior to themselves.  Amsterdam created an impressive detailed representation of the 1960′s MK2 Dalek featured in the movie The Dalek Invasion of Earth.   I particularly like his explanation for using ViaCAD and his choice of design projects:  I’m  Just Having Fun.

 

Another forum user posted this follow up image regarding certain Dalek design limitations and their grand objective…

 

 

Customer Success Story: BrightLine Bags

May 9th, 2012

Ross Bishop is the founder of BrightLine Bags which specializes in the design and sales of pilot flight bags.  This June, BrightLine Bags takes another step forward introducing their next generation of bags based on the  FLEX System. The FLEX System provides many options that not only appeal to pilots but anyone needing a professional utility or field bag.  In support of their design activities, BrightLine Bags uses Shark FX from concept to production design.

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