Archive for the ‘3D Modeling’ Category

Encore Releases Shark FX 9

Thursday, 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

Friday, 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.

 

ViaCAD Pro 9 Introduces New Woodworking Joints

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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

Sunday, 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

 

Shark Designer Wins Rendering Contest

Saturday, 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

Thursday, 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…

 

 

Tip: Tracing an Image with ViaCAD

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Here is a tip that shows how to set up the scale relationship between an imported image and your drawing.  Some key points:

1.  Find a known distance in the image.

2.  Create  a line along the known distance.

3.  Create a second line that represents the actual model distance.

4.  Use the scale command to scale the image to the desired model scale.

 

Trace