Bricsys Announces Immediate Availability of BricsCAD V13

Bricsys, a global provider of dwg engineering design software brought to market under the BricsCAD® brand, today announced the immediate availability of BricsCAD V13 for the Windows® operating system.

This release further extends the BricsCAD software with new 2D features and with assembly modeling for the mechanical CAD market. This functionality will also be externalized through APIs to support the BricsCAD partner community in the development of new value-added solutions.

“With BricsCAD we provide our customers with a single dwg-based CAD platform to take care of all their design needs from simple 2D drafting to advanced 3D direct modeling. No need to buy and learn new or companion products, no need for time consuming conversions … just one unified CAD solution,” said Erik De Keyser, Bricsys CEO. “Under today’s tough economic circumstances enterprises want to streamline their software purchases and are looking for vendors to deliver solid functionality and quality support at compelling prices, and that’s exactly where we excel.”

New functionality in BricsCAD V13 includes:

  • Assembly Modeling to model complex products, building on the 3D direct modeling and constraints functionality of V12:
  • Organization of .dwg files in hierarchical structures of mechanical components
  • Top-level or bottom-level components used in the drawing are automatically generated and updated in the Bill of Materials (BOM)
  • Assembly Constraints allow for the addition of 3D constraints between faces and edges of different mechanical components
  • Kinematic Analysis allows for moving or rotating parts of a model to solve real-time forward and inverse kinematic problems
  • A series of new commands, functions, dialogs and features for improved 2D drafting, including sheet set manager, array dialog, several printing extensions including background printing, autocomplete for the command line, support for multi-lines including snapping and grip-editing, the worksets command for working with named groups of drawings, and the use of expressions to define 2D constraint dimensions
  • The Power dimensions module to add extra functionality for dimensioning 2D Mechanical CAD drawings
  • Support for multithreaded display generation, an important step forward for actual as well as future performance improvements

Third Party Solutions

BricsCAD is not only powerful CAD software but also a full-fledged CAD development platform, which application developers can use to create value-added solutions. A worldwide network of more than 700 Application Developers is using the standard APIs of the BricsCAD platform (LISP, DCL, VBA/COM, .NET, BRX) to develop value-added solutions targeted at specific industries or disciplines. Several hundred of these solutions across some twenty categories are now available through the Store on the Bricsys website, with many more to be added over the coming months.

Available Now

The English language versions of the BricsCAD V13 software, including the no charge 30 day trial version, are available for immediate delivery, and can be downloaded from the Bricsys website or obtained from a BricsCAD sales point in one of more than 70 countries worldwide. Translated versions in more than 15 languages as well as the 64-bit version of the software will be made available over the coming weeks.
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