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Encore Introduces ViaCAD 10

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

We are beyond happy to announce the release of ViaCAD 10! Our team has been working hard to bring you new tools and features that will make ViaCAD better than even we imagined. Our goal has been to always deliver the best CAD experience (at any level) without forcing our users to break the bank. And with v10, we think we met that goal and we hope you’ll agree. Please keep reading to learn about all the new features, tools, and availability.

ViaCAD is a highly functional, low-cost 2D/3D design product that helps convert ideas and concepts into precise digital models suitable for prototyping, manufacturing, analysis, and visualization projects.

New Features: The new release introduces significant feature enhancements related to 3D printing, usability, 3D design and drafting, performance, and data sharing.  Specific features include:
  • 3D Print Tools (surface normals, thickness, overhang, and general print checks)
  • 3D PDF Export (share 3D files using Adobe Acrobat ™)
  • Updated support for  SketchUp™ 2016 Import/Export
  • KeyShot Live Linking
  • More Subdivision Modeling Tools
  • Performance Boosts with 64 bit, multithreaded meshing, and translators
  • Improved Bill of Materials and Pockethole feature for Woodworkers

Visit our PunchCAD resources page for videos of many of the new features.

Full Featured CAD for All: ViaCAD includes a powerful array of design tools not normally seen at this price including an innovative user interface supporting the LogiCursor™ technology. Based upon the highly precise ACIS® modeling kernel from Dassault, ViaCAD provides over 300 design tools for hobbyist and professional designers. Featured among these tools are:

  • Curve, Mesh, NURB, and precision Solid modeling tools
  • Intelligent modeling for rapid design (associativity, history edit, feature tree)
  • Industry leading blending and chamfering
  • Advanced modeling tools with twist, bend, boss, hole, and shell features
  • Local face editing tools for modifying independent of part origins
  • Extensive dimension standards and automatic 3D to 2D drawing generation
  • Area, distance, mass properties, and interference checking
  • Woodworking tools supporting Bill of Materials, rabbet, dovetail, and pocket  features
  • Architectural tools with intelligent roof, wall, door, and window
  • Access 90 minutes of training videos, plus FREE email/phone support

Visit our PunchCAD product pages for more detailed information about specific feature sets.

Industry-Standard Interoperability: ViaCAD provides an extensive set of interoperability solutions for professional industry standard data sharing through IGES, STEP, and SAT. Additional formats include SketchUp®, AutoCAD® DXF/DWG, Adobe Illustrator, Rhinoceros®, STL, 3D-PDF, 3DS Max®, KeyShot, and more.

PowerPack : PowerPack is an optional addon that provides a collection of productivity tools used to validate and repair models for 3D Printing as well as a variety of general purpose tools. New PowerPack features introduced in v10 include:

  • Unroll Surface
  • BitMap to HeightField Mesh
  • Select Same

PowerPack Pro: Converts facet based models into NURBS or analytical solids.   Great for converting STL, SketchUp, Modo, Blender, 3D Max,  or subdivision files into usable solids.  Click here for more information on PowerPack Pro.

Pricing and Availability: ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D, and ViaCAD Pro for Mac and Windows platforms are available from Encore’s Online Store at http://www.punchcad.com/c-12-consumer-cad.aspx priced from $39 to $249 . For more information visit http://www.punchcad.com/

Presentation Drawings with KeyShot Live Linking

Tip: Select Deep Tool

Friday, July 15th, 2016

In this post we cover some of the amazing features of Select Deep, one of my favorite tools in ViaCAD.  Select Deep provides a means to access nested or embedded components of a CAD object.  With this component access you can do operations such as:

  • Delete solid faces
  • Delete mesh elements
  • Delete points from polyglines or splines
  • Delete elements from a group
  • Move faces and elements in a group
  • Change colors

In the video linked below, we demonstrate some of the many features of the Select Deep tool.

 

3D Printing with ViaCAD

Friday, July 1st, 2016

At $99, ViaCAD 2D3D provides access to the exciting world of 3D printing.  ViaCAD provides a full set of precision solid modeling commands such as extrude, sweeps, blends, shells, and boolean operations based on Dassault’s (creators of SolidWorks/CATIA) ACIS modeling engine.  By using precise solids, parts are more likely to pass the watertight 3D printing requirements.  Plus ViaCAD provides a variety of formats to share your digital creations through STEP, SAT, DWG, OBJ, and STL.

While at UNC, student Ethan Smith used ViaCAD to create a functional 3D printed helicopter.  Except for the rotors, fasteners, and aluminum tubing, the 10 pound helicopter was created from ABS parts designed with ViaCAD.  Below are some videos from Ethan showing the model in ViaCAD, plus his flight tests.

One of the things I find exiting about 3D printing is that it provides a low cost path to bring an idea to reality.  Ethan’s helicopter is an inspirational example!

For more information on ViaCAD please visit this link.

For more information on additional 3D printing tools within PowerPack please visit this link.

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

 

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…