Archive for May, 2012

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…

 

 

Customer Success Story: BrightLine Bags

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Ross Bishop is the founder of BrightLine Bags which specializes in the design and sales of pilot flight bags.  This June, BrightLine Bags takes another step forward introducing their next generation of bags based on the  FLEX System. The FLEX System provides many options that not only appeal to pilots but anyone needing a professional utility or field bag.  In support of their design activities, BrightLine Bags uses Shark FX from concept to production design.

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ViaCAD Pro v8 Beta

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Encore is pleased to announce open beta testing of ViaCAD Pro v8 for Mac and PC platforms. Most notably, v8 introduces Push/Pull Modeling tools with intelligent face snapping via LogiCursor for intuitive positioning.  Come visit our lab site to access the beta and join in on the discussion of this exciting upcoming release.

V8 New Features Videos
Check out the new Push/Pull modeling videos.

Download ViaCAD Pro v8
Download a fully functional beta.

ViaCAD Pro Product Overview

Feature overview of ViaCAD Pro that includes photorealistic rendering, modeling, and drafting.

PunchCAD Labs
News and activity regarding PunchCAD development.

 

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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