Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

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.

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.

 

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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.

Punch!CAD Tip: Quick Trimming

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The Trim tool is used to re-limit curves to other objects. Located in the Curve Utilities palette this tool is one of the most frequently used tools to modify curve extents. curveutils

Several useful tips related to the Trim tool are:

  • Press the Shift Key to extend the number of objects selected
  • Press the Control Key (Option Key Mac) to extend the curve to a selected boundary
  • Press the Control Key (Option Key Mac) to keep the selected curve after the trim is performed

    Another useful tip when using the Trim tool is using it in conjunction with Select All. Selected objects not only serve as a trim boundary, but can be trimmed as well depending on where you click with the mouse. Check out the video below demonstrating the Trim tool.
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  • Object Display Resolution

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

    I’m occasionally asked by new users why some smooth objects appear to have straight edges. For example, if they zoom in on a circle they may see a collection of straight line segments making up the circle. This is because internally the circle is represented as a collection of line segments for the purpose of display. In our CAD applications, all objects are displayed as vectors or facets through hardware accelerated OpenGL drivers. Note this is only for display purposes. Everywhere else the exact equation of a circle is used such as in trimming, breaking, or LogiCursor references.

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    Tip : Moving Spline Points

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

    There are several ways to modify spline points with ViaCAD and Shark. This video shows two methods using the arrow key and the gripper.

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