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ViaCAD v11 New Features

Overview

2D Dimension and Constraints

Dimension
and constraint tools are now available to manage the geometric
relationships between 2D shapes. These relationships are used to
remember design intent of 2D sketches, which typically drive 3D solids.
Modifying any object within a system of constraints will update all
other dependent objects accordingly.

Feature Highlights:
—Thirteen Geometric Constraints 
—Dimension Constraints 
—Variable and Equations 
—Constraint Animation
—Auto Constrain
—Animate Dimension and Constraints

Videos:
Introduction to Constraints
Constraining and Animating 2D Engine & Connecting Rod
Using Dimensions in a Constraint System

Example Files: 
—engine_constraint_example : 2D engine cross section with connecting rod
—feature_constraint_example : 2D profile driving a 3D part with features
—hatch_constraint_example : 2D profile driving an associative hatch & BOM

Example files are loaded in the File : Examples folder. 

Products : 
—ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D/3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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Constraint Tool Palette and Variables Dialog

Example Animation of a Simple Constrained System

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Left Figure : Constrained Profile with Dimensions 
Right Figure : Extruded Part From Constrained Profile with Shell Features
Arc Radius Animated between 3 and 5 inches preserving design constraints such as tangency, concentricity, and length
CLICK IMAGE TO ANIMATE

Tool Icon Sizing

You
can now modify a tool palette to use larger or smaller icons. Right
click on the tool bar header to display a popup menu for “Change Icon
Size”. This menu now provide options for 64,32,24 and 16 pixel sized
icons. The default icon size is 32x32.

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D/3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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Layer Duplicate

A new
command to duplicate a layer and all the objects in that layer is now
available through Concept Explorer. To access this command, place your
cursor over the layer you want to duplicate, right click, and select the
Duplicate command.

If you Duplicate a sub layer, the new duplicated layer is promoted to a first level layer.

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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SVG Import and Export

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation. The SVG specification is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999. V11 now supports importing and exporting to this new format.

The
new SVG Import/Export provides an alternative to using the Adobe
Illustrator format for sharing vector based (scalable) graphics. 

Note:
For importing SVG files from Adobe Illustrator use a unit setting of
MM(or inch) and a DPI setting of 72 to get the correct scale.

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D/3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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SVG Import & Export

LightWorks Texture Integration with OBJ, 3MF, 3DS, and SketchUp

Lightworks PhotoRendering now supports rendering texture images imported from OBJ, 3MF, SketchUP, and 3DS file formats.

Products : ViaCAD Pro 

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Lightworks Rendering of a 3MF File

High Resolution Printing for Objects with Textures

Prints
involving objects with textures now internally use Lightworks to
generate the image for the printer, providing a high resolution output.

Products : ViaCAD Pro 

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Print to 2D PDF of a Four View with Textures

Skinning with Centerline Path

Skinning is
the process of constructing a NURB surface between sections. Skins in
ViaCAD can be open resulting in a NURB Surface or closed creating a
Solid.

V11 introduces the ability to specify a path. The path
defines the flow of the surface between the sections. Specifing a path
means you may be able to define less sections which may produce a more
overall smooth surfaces.

Restrictions
—Path must be one G2 smooth curve
—Path must be perpendicular at a section intersection

Products : ViaCAD Pro

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Example Skin
Rectangle to Circle along a Path

Simplify Curves

Some design
tasks prefer higher order curves such as arcs, circles, and/or ellipses
over lines. For example sharing data with a plasma or water jet cutting
CNC system or extruding a profile into a solid and later adding edge
treatments. V11 introduces the Simplify Curve tool to assist in this
task.

Covert Lines or Polylines into:
—Arcs
—Circles
—Ellipses
—Splines

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D/3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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Edge Features

Furniture
or counter top designers often need to add an edge to their designs for
either decorative or functional purposes. Adding these edges can be time
consuming especially if the underlying length, width, or height is
changed.

Edge features introduced in V11 provide a means to rapidly define parametric edges used in wood, marble, or granite designs.

Some predefined edge treatments include:
—Cove
—Rounds
—Rounds with Beaded Offset
—Full, Half, and Beaded Ogee
—Waves
—Bullnose, Half Bullnose
—Custom Edge

Products : ViaCAD Pro

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Example Edge Features

Stopped Chamfer

Stopped
Chamfers are a new solid modeling feature in V11. A Stopped Chamfer
replaces an edge with a bevel, typically for decorative purpose. The
bevel starts and ends by a user specified value.

Parameters used to define a Stopped Chamfer are;
—Chamfer Length
—Distance from Start
—Distances from End

The transition rolls off using a smooth arc simulating the path of a router bit.

As
with other features, the user can modify any of these parameters during
the design process to explore alternative shapes quickly. 

Products : ViaCAD Pro

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Railing with Four Stopped Chamfers

Threads (Precise & Cosmetic)

Threads are a common feature used in fasteners.

Threads in ViaCAD are defined with the following parameters.

—Inner Thread
—Outer Thread
—Pitch
—Length
—Starting location

Presise Threads
Accurately modeled threads via helix on ACIS models. 

Cosmetic Threads
Lightweight visual threads using OpenGL Textures.

Products : SharkCAD

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Outer and Inner Thread Examples

Surface From Laws

Regenerative
design or algorithmic modeling is a method in which designers use and
tweak formulas to create complex shapes that would otherwise be very
difficult to design. V11 introduces the ability to use parametric
formulas to design NURB shapes.

Formulas are defined by users
specifying how x, y, and z relate to a parameterized equation (UV). For
example a simple Paraboloid NURB surface is defined by U and V through
the three parametric formulas:

f(x) = U*cos(V)
f(y) = U*sin(V)
f(z) = 0.2*U^2

Some predefined formulas available from a drop down for the designer include:
—Sine Wave
—Parabolids
—Moebius strip
—Klien Bottle
—Double Spring
—Barrel Spring
—Hour Glass Spring
—Sine or Twisted Tubes

Products : ViaCAD Pro 

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Example Surfaces from Laws

SPUR Gear Creation

A spur gear
is one of the simplest and most common gears types. A spur gear
consists of a cylinder or disk with teeth projecting radially. Spur
gears are typically mounted in series to achieve large gear reductions
and found in washing machines, alarm clocks and other devices.

The
spur gear teeth in ViaCAD use an involute curve. The involute curve is
the curve traced by a point on a straight line with rolls without
slipping.

Spur Gears in ViaCAD are defined with the following parameters.

—Number of Teeth
—Module
—Pressure Angle
—Cone Angle
—Clearance
—Involute Samples

—Inner Hole Diameter
—Thickness

Products : PowerPack

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Spur Gear Profile Extruded into a 3D Part

3MF Import & Export

The 3D
Manufacturing Format (3MF) is a 3D printing format that allows design
applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to other applications,
platforms, services, and printers. The long term goal of the 3MF
consortium is to replace STL as the industry standard format for 3D
printing. 

Highlights of the ViaCAD implementation are listed below:
—Supports UNIT description flag
—Color Attributes 
—Textures (PNG, JPG) & UV Coordinates
—Support for full color 3D Printing

The
3MF consortium founding members include Microsoft, AutoDesk, Dassault
Systems, 3D Systems, Siemens, PTC, HP, and ShapeWays. Check out the
thousands of MicroSoft Paint 3D 3MF models in Windows 10 imported into
ViaCAD 11!

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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Variety of 3MF Imports from Paint 3D

VRML 2.0 Texture Support

VRML
(Virtual Reality Modeling Language) is a file format used to describe 3D
interactive graphics for the world wide web. Although replaced by other
file formats, VRML is still popular in some circles. In fact VRML is
one of the few formats that can be used to define a fully colored 3D
print model*.

The image to the right is a VRML 2.0 file with
textures uploaded to Shapeways. Shape ways has the ability to print this
type of a model using SandStone suitable for figurines and sculptures.

*3MF will replace this feature at some point but many print bureaus such as Shapeways do not yet support 3MF.

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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ViaCAD VRML with Textures Exported to Shapeways
Full Color Print Cost Estimate (~$22 for 3 inch model)

OBJ Texture Support

THE OBJ file format was updated to supporting reading and displaying textures.

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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OBJ Import with Textures

SketchUp 2018 Import/Export

SketchUp(TM)
has introduced a new file format starting with their 2018 products. V11
has been updated to support the new format as well as supporting
textures.

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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DXF/DWG 2018 Import/Export

AutoDesk(TM) has updated the DXF/DWG format with the release of AutoCAD 2018. V11 has been updated to support the new format. 

Note: AutoCAD 2019 uses the same format as AutoCAD 2018.

Products : ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D, ViaCAD Pro 

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PowerPack V11

PowerPack 
PowerPack
extends the feature set of ViaCAD/Shark with 70+ additional tools for
Entity Management, 3D Printing Editing/Repair, and Advanced Modeling.
V11 adds the Mesh to Analytic tool to convert mesh data (STL, SketchUP)
into precise solids.

Videos:

SketchUP to Solid
STL to Solid

Products : ViaCAD Pro 

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SketchUp to Solid

V11 Work In Progress Testing

Work in Progress testing is available for the v11 products by filling out the Beta form.
Please keep in mind this is a alpha/beta work in progress build that
may crash, lockup, or corrupt files. Use at your own risk. The V11 Work
In Progress builds install as a separate application and/or folder and
should not disrupt your earlier builds.

The WIP build includes PowerPack which is a separately priced add-on to ViaCAD. PowerPack is activated in the WIP for testing.

Submit WIP form for Download
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Application Details:

Version: V11
License: Retail
URL: http://www.punchcad.com
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.12

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Overall works everything out of box, also the registration could be done without any problems

What does not

- 3d Element design shows graphical errors (non disappearing lines)

- 3d Element movement is a bit slow and stuttering a bit

Overall the most issues was regarding the 3d display and GUI Interface, which does not allow a satisfying

fast design

Workarounds

What was not tested

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Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

If the trouble with the graphic and operating with mouse solves we could rank it to gold.

Actually no setup or tweak found to improve the behaviour under Wine.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 18 20205.12Yes Yes NoBronzeDaniel Göhring 

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