Archive for March, 2014

Encore Releases ViaCAD 9

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Encore is pleased to announce the next major release of the ViaCAD™ family of products consisting of ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D and ViaCAD Pro.  ViaCAD is a highly functional, low-cost 2D/3D design product that revolutionizes 3D digital ideation and do it yourself manufacturing.  ViaCAD 9 is immediately available  for  Mac OS X and Windows platforms.

New for Version  9:  The release extends existing precision solid modeling methods with the introduction of easy to use conceptual design mesh tools including  subdivision modeling.  Additionally ViaCAD introduces new woodworking specific features for creating dado, tongue and groove, rabbet, miter, and dovetail  joints.

  • Customizable Grids
  • Updated modeling and interoperability kernel
  • Quad mesh tools
  • Improved STL Output
  • 3D Arrays
  • Subdivision (ViaCAD Pro)
  • Woodworking joints (ViaCAD Pro)
  • 64-bit computing (Mac Only)

A Full Array of Features:  Key features to ViaCAD comprise a powerful array of tools not normally seen in consumer products:

  • LogiCursor™ that anticipates your moves
  • NURB Surface Modeling
  • Feature Based Solid Modeling
  • Automated 3D to 2D Drawing Generation
  • 2D and 3D Architectural Tools
  • Over ninety minutes of training videos

Advanced CAD tools: Both the 2D and 3D design functions provide a complete set of tools for professional and precision designers that include:

  • Precise NURBS and Analytic kernel from Dassault Systèmes(™)
  • IGES & STEP import/export for precise data sharing
  • The ability to create  fillets, chamfers, bosses, shells, and variable radius blends
  • Boolean operations in solids, extrusions, healing and repair, parametric features and associativity at high precision.

Parts Libraries as a standard:  A 26,000-plus parts library enables the rapid creation of 2D and 3D designs with existing parts, using drag-and-drop functions and dynamic positioning.  Ready-to-use models include HVAC networks, kitchen elements, posed figures, office furniture, mechanical parts, home elements and more. These parts libraries are delivered as a standard part of the product.

Industry-Standard Interoperability:  ViaCAD has been developed to include professional industry standard interoperability including format support for: SketchUp (PC Only), AutoCAD® 2014, Adobe Illustrator, DXF/DWG, ACIS SAT, IGES,   STEP, STL, OBJ, VRML, 3DS Max®,  and more.

Availability

ViaCAD is available now from Punch! Software’s web site at: http://www.punchcad.com/.

Upgrades are available to existing customers starting at $59.99.

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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!

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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