VariCAD 2017-1.0- Nov, 28 2016

New Methods of Creation or Editing of Solids Defined by Profile Sketching.  

A solid can be created from multiple sketching planes rotated by 360 degrees around X axis. For lofted profiles, you can select whether direction from/to base and/or top plane is tangent to these planes. By other words, surfaces are lofted perpendicularly to selected plane, at location close to the plane.

   If you create a single point at a top plane instead of a closed contour, all solid’s patches converge to this point. Then, if you select a tangent direction, a rounded tip is created.

Transient lines in 2D drawing or 3D sketching.

During drawing or dragging of objects, transient lines appear. Transient lines are two construction lines (vertical and horizontal), displayed temporarily during cursor movement. They are displayed if cursor detects a location like end-point. They are displayed if the cursor is at X or Y coordinate of a first point of created poly-line (this allows easily to create a closed contour) or if the cursor is at coordinates X=0 or Y=0. The last possibility is important in 3D sketching, because coordinates origin is also a location of solid’s insertion point.

You can configure which transient lines are displayed and if they are displayed during 2D drawing, dragging or sketching.

You can use transient lines as well as construction lines. Transient lines disappear if you move cursor away of them, for a distance which can be configured.

2D rounding, chamfering or corner creation.

Rounding, chamfering or corner creation is rebuilt and improved. There are no more limitations related to rounding of 2D NURBS curves. You can easily start rounding, chamfering or corner creation, if you press and hold Shift key and move cursor over 2D objects. Then, corners are detected. If a symbol of corner is displayed, right-click it and select a method from pop-up menu. In following steps, corners are selected and then rounded, chamfered or trimmed (according to a selected method) more easily and with less steps.

Item numbers, 2D leaders.

New version has a complex system solving item numbers and their appearance in 2D leaders. If BOM mask contains an attribute prototype of type “Item Number”, you can define item numbers of solids together with other solid attributes. Moreover, you can define item numbers in BOM. Here, you may define item numbers for a batch of objects, or for entire assembly at one step. Also, you can remove item numbers the same way.

If once defined, item numbers are exported to 2D drawings together with corresponding 2D views of 3D solids. In 2D, during leader creation the item numbers are detected automatically from 2D objects.

If you change item numbers in 3D solids and if you perform a new export of 3D views into 2D area, item numbers can be checked and updated automatically. If necessary, leaders can be easily deleted from entire 2D drawing or from a selected 2D region. Leaders can be selected as a sub-type of dimension.

Leader style in 2D can be modified as well as a style of dimensions. Leader style settings is part of dimension settings.

New features in BOMs.

In BOM, you can copy pre-defined attributes into BOM lines with one click. Optionally, you can copy these attributes into all BOM objects. For attributes like “Date”, “Designer” or similar, it saves a lot of time.

Also, you can automatically copy 2D properties like scale or format into BOM object attributes and consequently, into title blocks.

Support of 3D input devices (*), new features in display changes.

New version supports 3D input devices 3DConnexion, like Space Pilot or Space Mouse. In VariCAD, these devices allow to change view without a cursor movement. In 3D, you can rotate the view around 3 axes, and pan or zoom the view. In 2D, you can only pan or zoom the view.

Although 3D devices allow to set various properties from operating system, sensitivity and reverse movement or rotation can be also set in VariCAD. Run command “cfg” and select a section “3D Mouse”.

If you right-click an empty area in 3D or during 3D sketching, pop-up menu offers you to block/unblock view rotation or to block/unblock zoom and pan. You can optionally turn on a tool-bar with icons displaying state of blocked view rotation or pan and zoom.

There are several new commands for 3D view change. View rotations around Z axis (perpendicular to display) were added to existing view rotations around X or Y axes. You can rotate a current view around X, Y or Z axis for 90, 180 or -90 degrees.

3D view rotation by mouse is changed. Now, for large zooms and situation when the center of view rotation is “close to display”, speed of rotation is not slowed down. Moreover, you can set mouse movement sensitivity for 3D view rotation in “cfg” command.

Working with multiple files.

If you open multiple files, for each next open file the file-dialog directory (folder) is the same as directory of the active file. This feature can be optionally switched to old behavior. Run command “cfg” for settings.

(*) 3D input device is supported under Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, both 32 and 64 bit versions.