ZWSOFT, an innovative supplier of CAD solutions to the AEC and MCAD industries, introduced a free program – ZWCAD Viewer, for DWG file viewing and plotting. ZWCAD Viewer is a lighter, faster and more accurate application developed by ZWSOFT for CAD users, it provides users with a convenient way to view and plot drawings.

“ZWCAD Viewer is designed to ensure that original design intent can be properly transferred between architects, engineers and other related stakeholders.” Said Daniel Huang, Product Manager of ZWCAD. “Also, for those who have never learnt how to use CAD software before but have the need to know specifications of a model, they might need a simple gadget like ZWCAD Viewer.”

Normal ZWCAD is light and handy because it has a much smaller installation package compared to other demanding software, but ZWCAD Viewer is even much lighter as it does not include tools for editing models. As the simplified version of ZWCAD, it follows a light and simple interface, users can enjoy a pleasant and easy .dwg file viewing experience. ZWCAD Viewer runs on different operating systems such as Windows (32-bit & 64-bit), Mac OS and Linux. With ZWCAD Viewer, drawings can be viewed in all kinds of frequently used file formats like dwg, dwf, dwfx, dxf and dwt.

ZWCAD Viewer is able to measure distance between objects, area of a closed shape, mass and volume of a 3D model, regions or coordinates on the drawings. Its property palette displays all details and it allows file comparison and differences can be highlighted in different colors.

To further address requests from CAD users, ZWCAD Viewer opens both 2D and 3D models, users can view 3D models at different angles by rotating with 3D Orbit command. Also, users are allowed to plot their drawings in different file formats including DWG, DXF, JPEG, and PNG.

More importantly, ZWCAD Viewer for 2D and 3D viewing is FREE.

For more information, visit: www.zwsoft.com/zwcad/viewer

Published in ZWCAD

PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc, has launched a new, free utility called PartMaker Viewer.  PartMaker Viewer allows users to view 2D prints, 3D models and even complete 3D assemblies. One very beneficial feature of PartMaker Viewer is that allows PartMaker users to collaborate with others both in their organization as well as those outside of it who may not have access to PartMaker, free of cost.

With PartMaker Viewer anyone, be it company management, shop floor personnel or even a shop’s customer or other external partners can see the work being done in PartMaker. This can easily be done by just exporting a file from PartMaker's Simulation as an STL and bringing it into PartMaker Viewer. Contract manufacturers and job shops can encourage their customers to download PartMaker Viewer in order to work more collaboratively with them.

“PartMaker Viewer is a great addition to the PartMaker CAD/CAM software suite,” says PartMaker Inc. division President Hanan Fishman.  “With the addition of PartMaker Modeling last year and the recent introduction of the new Advanced Surface Machining module in PartMaker Version 2013, PartMaker is perhaps the most complete suite of production oriented CAD/CAM software on the market today. PartMaker provides a complete production engineering CAD/CAM solution from geometry creation, to engineering data repair and modification to tool path creation to machine simulation to NC code generation.”

PartMaker Viewer is a free utility offered by Delcam. It is not a timed evaluation that will expire.

For more information or to download, visit: www.partmaker.com/viewer

Published in Delcam

Materialise is proud to announce the launch of Magics17, the latest release of its leading STL file preparation software for Additive Manufacturing professionals.  Now multi-core, for the fastest Magics experience ever, Magics17 also offers new functionalities, as well as new and improved modules.  With Magics17, as with all Materialise software, the aim is to produce the most enjoyable user experience possible and to provide the best tools for 3D Printing and AM production environments.

First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to AM professionals for close to two decades.  Enabling users to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready for Additive Manufacturing, Magics applications include repairing and optimizing 3D models; analyzing parts; making process-related design changes on STL files; designing fixtures; documenting projects, and planning production.

With Magics17, Materialise’s software developers have taken innovation to a new level.  In addition to a drastically optimized speed, the latest release of Magics provides exciting new functionalities, which allow users to:

  • Generate quality measurement reports,
  • Detect trapped volumes (for stereolithography),
  • Verify nest densities (for laser sintering),
  • Integrate Magics with other Materialise software including, Streamics and e-Stage 6.1,
  • and much more…

In addition to the new functionalities, Magics17 is also introducing new and improved modules.  Sintermodule features a multi-core 3D-Nester that automatically nests parts in 3D, in real time.  And by analyzing part geometry, 3D-Nester can maximize the number of parts in a build envelope while simultaneously minimizing build height and powder consumption.  And to ensure users get the most out of the powerful Magics software, Magics17 provides improved Support Generation modules.  Interactive angled supports reduce finishing time and create the best part quality possible.  And for metal customers, a new support type designed specifically for metal sintering is now available.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/magics-17-now-multi-core-fastest-magics-experience-ever

Published in Materialise

Lattice Technology® Inc., the standard for technical communication and digital mock up software in the manufacturing enterprise, today released the latest version of XVL Player and XVL Player Pro.

The free XVL Player enables full viewing, measurement, markup, cross-section and animation playback. Lattice Technology’s XVL format is the industry’s most compressed 3D format with no loss of accuracy of the data. This lightweight footprint for 3D allows complex 3D data and assemblies to be viewed on lower-specification PCs and easily shared across a network or the internet. XVL Player enables access to the additional data, such as annotation, metadata, animations, assembly tree and more, embedded within the XVL format.

XVL Player v12.0 enables users to rapidly and easily access 3D models using Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. In addition, the new version includes new features to support the latest process animation authoring and mBom enhancements in XVL Studio.

The latest version of XVL Player is recommended for anyone needing to view XVL data and it can be downloaded free of charge at the Lattice Technology, Inc. website. XVL is used extensively at global manufactures to share information across departments, suppliers and customers.

XVL Player Pro customers with current maintenance can download the updated version free of charge.

Lattice Technology sets the standard for technical communication and digital mock up in the manufacturing enterprise. With Lattice Technology Solutions, engineers can seamlessly and accurately perform design review, design processes, simulate assembly processes, create print-ready and digital work instructions, technical illustrations and mBOMs/sBOMs direct from 3D data. Lattice's standards-based XVL (eXtensible Virtual world description Language) technology provides secure, highly accurate and compressed 3D files that can be used, shared and easily supported by partners, suppliers, and internal departments in a lightweight browser-based solution. XVL is unmatched in performance, compression and accuracy. Lattice Technology Inc. was founded in 1997 with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, USA.

For more information, visit: www.lattice3d.com

Published in Lattice Technology

DeskArtes Expert Series 10 offers a modular software suite targeted for Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Simulation professionals and hobbyist alike. Free 3D model viewing and verification module is accompanied with more advanced modules allowing the repair and preparation of models for any AM process. New 64 bit implementation enables the handling of largest 3D data files with confidence.

Expert Series 10 includes View Expert, Dimensions Expert, 3Data Expert Lite, Sim Expert and 3Data Expert modules with increasing set of effective and robust tools for 3D model preparation 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing and Simulation applications.

3Data Expert is DeskArtes’ flagship solution for manufacturing engineers to efficiently create and manipulate faceted models. Continuous development on 3D repair and manipulation tools and the introduction of 64 bit solution give the users unparalleled capability to handle complex models for Additive Manufacturing processes.

Dimensions Expert and new 3Data Expert Lite modules include the most frequently needed tools for everyday data processing, like 3D model splitting, connecting and 3D Text tagging for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.

New DeskArtes Sim Expert 3D geometry processing solution is targeted to the users of Simulation software products, allowing an effective triangle count reduction as well as triangle aspect ratio improvements for faster and more accurate simulation results with metal and plastic molding simulation.

Free View Expert is a no cost solution for CAD/CAM professionals and hobbyist to check and repair 3D models for error free production with 3D Printing systems.

"DeskArtes Expert Series 64 bit implementation takes the 3D data processing to new level with practically no limit to the model complexity and data size", notes Mr. Ismo Mäkelä, CEO of DeskArtes. "Also, free View Expert product helps the beginners with 3D Printing applications to print their products in confidence".

Other DeskArtes products include Design Expert, easy-to-use free-form 3D CAD modeling and photorealistic rendering, and Industrial Design System, IDS, for professional conceptual and tableware design and visualization.

Privately owned DeskArtes Oy develops and commercializes world-class software products for Additive Manufacturing professionals, designers, engineers, model makers, marketing and others involved in new product development. Customers and distributors include major companies in Design, 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing and Simulation around the World. The company is based in Helsinki, Finland, selling its products through the Internet and authorized resellers.

For more information, visit: www.deskartes.com/products.html

Published in DeskArtes

SolidView, a supplier of 3D CAD communication and collaboration software, recently released SolidView 2012 software. The software family of products includes SolidView, SolidView/Pro, SolidView/Pro RP, and SolidView/Lite a free viewer.

SolidView software is a low-cost solution that allows non-CAD users to easily open, measure, and review CAD data. SolidView 2012 improves quality and reliability while incorporating a number of new elements. Some new features to SolidView 2012 include faster file loading and support, a quick measure tool, ability to save as Polygon File Format (PLY), and updated CAD interface support.

4 different versions of our SolidView Software are currently offered and supported. Each version enables users to perform some very basic functions with STL and SVD (SolidView) file formats. While our free Lite version can get your design to basic production, our base version gives you the ability to Measure, Translate, Scale, Rotate, Mirror and Combine your 3D files. Just one step up with our Pro Version will let you add compatibility with so many more file types. For the ultimate control over your 3D files, get SolidView/Pro RP. It empowers you with advanced editing like Cut, Shell and Repair.

For more information, visit: www.solidview.com

Published in Solid Concepts

IMSI®/Design, the developer of TurboCAD®, the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, and DoubleCAD™, one of the most downloaded alternatives to AutoCAD® LT, today announced the debut of its popular free TurboViewer™ v1 app on the Android™ platform.

"It's no secret that Android’s momentum has been astounding,” stated Royal Farros, chairman and CEO of IMSI/Design. “Just as we did in the iPad and iPhone world, we’re the first to bring native 3D DWG™ viewing to the exploding Android platform."

Named one of the Top 5 apps in the iOS world by Macworld/iWorld, free TurboViewer for Android includes:

Fast native 2D and 3D .DWG (Autodesk® AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT®) and .DXF viewing
Unique time-savers: Able to navigate full-screen preview during file load; Cancel errant file load
Smooth Multi-Touch navigation while panning, zooming, and orbiting
Restore saved AutoCAD views to quickly display the best vision of your design
Supports AutoCAD linetypes to maintain visual fidelity as intended
Autosense 2D or 3D drawings to automatically set appropriate gesture navigation of a drawing or mode
Doesn’t require Internet connection for remote field work

"We built TurboViewer from the ground up for mobile devices... but what we’ve found is TurboViewer may be the fastest 2D and 3D drawing viewer on any platform," added Farros.

Availability and Pricing

TurboViewer v1 for Android is free and available now from the Android Marketplace at: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.imsi.TurboViewer.Free

For more information, visit: www.IMSIdesign.com/TurboViewer

Published in IMSI Design

CCE, a leading engineering software and services provider announces the release of EnSuite 2012 with support for latest versions of NX, SolidWorks and Parasolid files.

The new release enhances the Viewers and Translators in EnSuite to support NX8, SolidWorks 2012 and Parasolid 24 version files without requiring a license of the respective CAD systems. With CATIA V5 R21 support added in the previous release, EnSuite meets all major translation requirements of the industry.

The viewers have also been enhanced to Show/Hide components in assembly files, an option has been added to select or define a default standard view orientation that is more suitable for the user & the usability of Draft and Undercut analysis features has been simplified.

EnSuite provides quick access to critical engineering information residing in CAD data, no matter which CAD system was used to author it. It’s extremely user-friendly interface is designed for users who may not be trained in using CAD systems, but need to access CAD data for their day-to-day work. EnSuite supports all major 3D CAD formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, Parasolid, JT, CGR, STL, Solid Edge, 3D PDF, IGES and STEP.

For more information, visit: www.cadcam-e.com/products/ensuite2

Published in CCE

Lattice Technology® Inc., the standard for technical communication and digital mock up software in the manufacturing enterprise, today released the latest version of XVL Player - Ver. 11.1. The free version, XVL Player, and XVL Player Pro are included in the update. At the same time the company also released updates for Lattice3D Reporter to Ver. 5.0 and XVL Web Master to Ver. 9.0.

Lattice Technology’s XVL format is the industry’s most compressed 3D format with no loss of accuracy of the data. This lightweight footprint for 3D allows complex 3D data and assemblies to be viewed on lower-specification PCs and easily shared across a network or the internet.

XVL Player can be downloaded for free and enables full viewing, measurement, markup, cross-section and animation playback of a 3D model in the XVL format. XVL Player Pro adds the ability to import multiple files, save changes made to the XVL files and export images. The latest XVL Player Pro supports Windows Internet Explorer 9 and enhances viewer options allowing the addition of background images to models.

Lattice3D Reporter enables 3D data, with related BOM, assembly, animation and annotation data, to be embedded in an Excel spreadsheet. Version 5.0 brings a number of new features and enhancements to reports, work instructions and parts lists. Improvements have been made across the product including support for Windows Server 2008 32bit / Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit (WOW64) and Microsoft excel 2010. Additional enhancements include support for multiple workbooks, better support for optimized XVL files and more options for tailoring the product to meet individual publishing requirements.

XVL Web Master automates the creation of intelligent HTML documents combining 3D graphics, BOM and other information. Version 9.0 adds support for Windows Server 2008 32bit / Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit (WOW64). Enhanced viewing and improved illustration views are also included in this version.

The latest version of XVL Player can be downloaded from the company’s web site. Customers with current maintenance can download the updated version of XVL Player Pro, XVL Web Master and Lattice3D Reporter free of charge.

To find out more about these products and register for a free product trial download, visit: www.lattice3d.com

Published in Lattice Technology

NCG CAM Solutions Ltd, UK officially released NCG CAM V10 on 23rd July 2010. This major release includes multi-tasking capability enhancements, a new feature for roughing with solid carbide cutters, a new optimised algorithm for rest roughing and faster rest finishing. Machine tool simulation has also been added to the 5-axis module. NCG CAM V10 is available as 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

The NCG CAM kernel was first written 14 years ago and was one of the first CAM systems to utilise multi-threading capabilities. Parallel processing in NCG CAM V10 improves the use of CPU's further still, by significantly speeding up the calculation time, enhancing the multi-threading capabilities.

Almost all PC’s today will be dual core, if not quad core and so support parallel processing. Basically, this means that your PC could typically support between 2 and 8 CPU’s in one form or another, although you could have 16 or more CPU's on a high end PC.

NCG CAM now utilises this parallel processing facility. For example, when calculating rest finishing passes, rather than using a single processor, NCG CAM will spread the calculation among all the available processors. Benchmarks have shown rest finishing to be up to 300% faster with 4 processor PC’s and up to 400% faster with 8 processor PC’s!! These improvements are especially beneficial for large parts, such as large automotive components.

Adaptive area clearance is a new feature added to the basic module of NCG CAM V10. Adaptive area clearance eliminates full width cuts using a concept similar to trochoidal milling.

This unique cutting technique is aimed towards high speed machining with solid carbide cutters. It provides the ability to safely cut using the full length of the flute at the optimum cutting speed for the material and part. Tool wear is spread evenly, cutting more on the flute than the bottom of the cutter, reducing deflection and the potential for vibration by maintaining a constant load on the cutter. The technique is particularly suitable for cutting hard materials and also some electrode manufacturing. The cycle automatically adjusts the toolpath for efficient and safe machining, improving cutting conditions and allowing more consistent and possibly higher machining speeds to be maintained.

As well as significantly improving tooling life, adaptive area clearance can reduce machining time by an average of 25% over conventional roughing as the machine uses the full flute length of the cutting tool, and the machine runs at the optimum speed without exceeding its limits at an isolated point.

The linking order is very important, so the linking is done at the same time as the passes are calculated. After each level has been cleared using all the flute length, additional passes can be made to reduce the size of the terraces on the 3D form.

These additional passes will be either profile or clearance passes as required, depending on the material remaining or the shape of the part.

A new, highly optimised algorithm for calculating the rest roughing is now included in the basic module of NCG CAM V10. This new algorithm gives a speed improvement of more than 4 times across a wide range of example parts. Speed improvements are greater still on some larger jobs.

Recent improvements to NCG CAM have made the rest finishing complete in 50% of the time, when supporting tool-holders. Combined with the use of parallel processing, the speed increase is even greater. Benchmarks show a speed increase by up to 10 times can be seen, when comparing with NCG CAM V9 running on a 8 processor PC.

Machine tool simulation has been added to the 5-axis add-on module and is now included as standard. The machine tool simulation allows the user to simulate the machine movement. This is generally very important for 5-axis toolpaths, where it is often difficult to visualise the real position of the machine when animating the toolpath. By running the toolpath through the machine simulation, you can be sure there will be no collision between the machine head and the bed/table of the machine.

Like the toolpath animator the user can control the simulation speed, zoom in/out. Should there be a collision, it will be highlighted graphically and a dialogue is displayed to inform the user.

First of all, the basic machine needs to be modelled up. The simulation will then check that the head of the machine will not collide with the work piece or bed of the machine tool. The machine tool simulation is also able to simulate the stock being removed pass by pass.

About NCG CAM Standalone 3D HSM CAM Software:
•NCG CAM HSM CAM software is an easy to use stand-alone CAM system that integrates with existing CAD and CAM systems.
•NCG CAM boasts many innovative features. It is suitable for all types of forms, creating an optimised, smooth cutter motion for 3D HSM machining, while helping to extend tool life, minimising wear on the machine tool and producing parts with excellent surface finish.
•NCG CAM has a very user-friendly interface, with a typical learning curve of just 1 day is required to machine a live job. It is perfect for the high-speed machining of moulds, dies, prototypes and precision surface machining.

Features:
•Very user friendly interface – making it suitable for even occasional users
•NCG CAM offers many advanced 3D machining routines, rest roughing & 3 + 2 capabilities for all toolpaths, simultaneous 5-axis add-on module available
•Fast and efficient roughing strategies, including core roughing
•Advanced drilling routines – includes automatic hole detection and / or user defined holes
•All machining routines are fully gouge protected for both the cutter and the tool holder
•Rest area option for finishing strategies to minimise any air cutting
•Available as both 32-bit & 64-bit versions

Key Benefits:
•Stand alone CAM software that is compatible with ANY other CAD package
•Extremely easy to use with just 1 day's training required to machine a live job
•Ideal for shop-floor programming
•All post-processors are written in-house
•Powerful 3D machining
•Toolpaths optimised for HSM machining
•Increased efficiency
•Reduced wear on machine
•Extended tooling life
•Saves time and money!

A demonstration version of the NCG CAM software, is available to download at: www.ncgcam.com/demorequest.html. The demonstration version of NCG CAM has unlimited usage and while there are restrictions to the machining output, it can also be used in its basic form as a FREE .iges viewer.

Published in NCG CAM Solutions

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