Tool Tips to Simplify Your Design Experience

June 26th, 2018

Beginner & Advanced Tips and Tricks

Beginner Tip
PUSH/PULL

The Push and Pull tool is a powerful feature that may just become a key tool in your arsenal. Push/Pull allows you to take a 2D profile and instantly turn it into a 3D object. The tool also gives you the power of quickly creating holes and notches, by simply pushing a profile down through your existing part. In this video you will learn the basics of using the Push/Pull feature.

Advanced Tip

STL Video
The .STL file type or a Stereolithography File is an often-used standard design format for stereolithography, a rapid prototyping technology used for producing 3D parts to be used as a master model for creating numerous prototypes. In this video you will not only see how to use the program to convert an .STL file to a 3D solid, but with the added power of the PowerPack Pro, we will show you how to convert that into a 2D vector.

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News from the Developer

January 15th, 2018

Product News, Updates and Tips from the Developer

ViaCAD/SharkCAD Service Packs:

The development team has been working on rolling out service packs for ViaCAD and Shark. The English language updates for ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D/3D, and ViaCAD Pro are ready now. This update includes 50+ corrections and minor enhancements. Some of the key changes include:

• Support for MacOS 10.13 High Sierra

• KeyShot 7 Live Linking

• DWG/DXF Updates

For a complete list of changes, visit the PunchCAD User Forum. To access the latest build for ViaCAD, launch the application and select the Current Version from the Window menu bar.

Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra Released:

Apple recently released Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra. The new release has been challenging for some users and apps including ViaCAD/Shark. The new OS unfortunately broke some of the event handling in ViaCAD and Shark. The V10 service pack corrects this issue. Be sure to get the ViaCAD/Shark update before updating your OS. If you updated the OS before updating ViaCAD/Shark, contact Encore technical support for direct download links.

Unfortunately, earlier versions including V9 no longer work with the new OS. You will need to either upgrade to V10 or hold off updating to Mac OS 10.13.

Tips, Tricks and Design Examples

Tip of the Month: Feature Array with Gripper

Feature Arrays with Gripper

Below is a tip from the ViaCAD Tips and Tricks E-Book for copying groups of faces representing features. Click the image to see a video demonstration of the tip performed with ViaCAD.

How can I copy a feature with the Gripper?

  • Use the Deep Select tool to select the faces associated with the features you want to copy.
  • Then, hold down a copy key and drag the faces to a new location. Upon release, the copied
  • faces are merged into the body.
  • After you copy faces, you can go to the Data Entry Window to do a linear or polar array. Note

you can only select faces inside a larger face. Selecting the most outside face will fail the copy operation.

For more tips like this check out the ViaCAD Tips and Tricks E-Book.

 

3D Printable Wrench with ViaCAD

We gave ViaCAD 2D/3D a spin recently and tested the direct edit features of the app using the 3D printable wrench files found on Thingiverse. Our design mission was to create a branded version of the wrench by replacing the slot and some imprinted text from the initial STEP file.

Using the white flexible plastic material option from Shapeways, we printed an eight inch version of the part for $29.

Watch the video to see the steps used to derive this version of the 3D printable wrench. Or jump to 16:50 of the video to see the final 3D printed part.

This was a fun exercise using ViaCAD 2D/3D and 3D printing of an assembly of moving parts. However, the moving pieces are tight. It took a bit of Vaseline and lots of prying to get the screw to move smoothly!

Getting Started With ViaCAD–Training Videos

September 27th, 2017

One of the best ways to get up to speed with ViaCAD is to check out the training videos that are included with the product.  For example, ViaCAD includes over 90 minutes of video training free with the product!  In this blog entry, we provide a bit of a guide into the videos that are provided.

These are excellent videos and well worth the time to review.  Check out the example below describing the text and dimension tools available in ViaCAD.

To access the videos, click on the Help menu and access the tutorial pull out. The tutorials consist of a video, step-by-step pdf, and example file to be used along with the step-by-step.

 

 

The ViaCAD User Interface

Presents the key elements of the  user interface including prompts, tool palettes, and menus.  Additionally shows how the user interface is quickly changed between 2D and 3d.

Navigating the Drawing

Demonstrates how to navigate your drawing using the pan, zoom, and rotate tools.

Understanding the Drawing Scale

Objects are drawn at full scale but prints at different scales.   This tutorial shows you how the Page Layout tool sets your drawing scale.

Setting up the Drawing Space

This tutorial demonstrates how to customize your drawing space including text and dimension size, grid size, and units.

Snaps and Logicursor

Intelligent snapping provided by LogiCursor provides a means to quickly reference existing drawing points to create and modify objects.  This demonstration shows the various snap options available with ViaCAD.

Drawing 2D Shapes

Demonstrates how to create  lines, circles, polygons, and splines.

Drawing in 3D

This tutorial reviews viewing 3D data, the work plane, and creating some simple 3D shapes.

Basic Editing

The Basic Editing tutorial reviews the trim tool and how it can be used to modify objects by extending and deleting portions of interest.

Transforms: Move, Copy, and Rotate

This tutorial demonstrates tools used to transform objects using the move, copy, and rotate tools.

Text, Dimensions, and Measuring

Annotating your drawing is accomplished by adding detail using the text and dimension tools.  This tutorial goes over these tools including  how to create vertical, horizontal, ordinate, angular, and callout dimensions.

Pen Colors and Fills

This tutorial shows you how to change the pen and fill attributes for objects.  Pen attributes include color, weight, and pattern.  Fill attributes include hatch patterns with parameters for spacing and angle.

Modifying 3D Solids

Demonstrates a variety of tools that modify 3D parts that include blending, chamfering, bosses, bending, and splitting.

Rendering the Drawing

Objects can be viewed using several different options.  This tutorial shows you how to display geometry in wireframe, phong, or hidden line modes.

Architectural Tools

Demonstrates how to create walls with ViaCAD.  Also shows how to insert doors and windows into your walls.