Archive for the ‘3D Modeling’ Category

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

Shark FX Polish Version Available

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Shark has been localized for French, Italian, German, Japanese, Dutch and now Polish languages. Falina, Shark’s authorized reseller in Poland supports the products at www.sharkcad.pl. Check out an example tutorial from Falina that demonstrates modeling a candlestick and rendering. Additional, this tutorial shows the general interface components and using your own library of symbols.

For more tutorials and videos of Shark FX from Falina visit:

Shark FX Tutorial & Videos Poland

Importing Text From Adobe Illustrator

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

We have many ViaCAD users who also include Adobe Illustrator in their tool chest. One common use is to create text in Adobe Illustrator using their advanced text tools (kerning/tracking) and then importing into ViaCAD. Once in ViaCAD you can extrude into 3D and perform operations such as blending and chamfering. This video shows how you can share data between the two applications.