ViaCAD 2D/3D Additional Features

ViaCAD 2D/3D – Precision 3D Design for Beginners, Experts, and Everyone In-between

Intelligent, easy-to-use design tools coupled with an unbeatable price to performance ratio makes ViaCAD 2D/3D the ideal choice for designers everywhere.

ViaCAD 2D3D • 2D Drafting • 3D Modeling • 3D Print Tools
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Additional Features

ViaCAD™ is solid modeling made easy! Creating 3D models is easy with ViaCAD™, regardless of the design's complexity. The LogiCursor™ will guide your cursor to help you create drafting documents or even align points in 3D. Editing is as easy as drag and drop with the Gripper™

  • The Gripper provides click and drag style editing for moving, copying, scaling and rotating parts of the drawing, even faces
  • Push/Pull Modeling delivers intuitive editing of your 3D models, allowing 3D surfaces to be editing with your mouse and cursor
  • Customizable Grids can be configured as rectangular, polar (circular), and even Isometric
  • 26,000 symbols are included to speed up your designing
  • The LogiCursor™ allows drawing precisely with your mouse and cursor in both 2D and 3D, aligning your cursor with existing points in your drawing
Model courtesy of Tony Gibbs

Model Courtesy of Tony Gibbs, ViaCAD user

Powerful Solid Modeling

ViaCAD™ provides solid modeling technology found in much higher end products. There is a unique tie between 2D and 3D; which means you can edit 2D profiles used to create 3D objects and the 3D shape will automatically update.

  • Feature-based History Tree for editing
  • Powerful 3D editing tools such as blending, chamfering, and shelling
  • A complete design tool with extrusions, Booleans, surface modeling for more complex smooth surfaces
  • Precise geometry suitable for ‘concept to manufacturing'
  • Tools to create 3D from 2D shapes

2D Drafting and Documentation

Documenting your ideas and thoughts is easy with ViaCAD™. A complete set of 2D drawing tools is provided for drafting documents and sketching schematics, floor plans, mechanical designs and more.

  • 26 industry-standard dimension styles
  • 275+ tools for 2D drafting and editing
  • Tools to create Section Views to highlight important drawing features
  • Automatically generate 2D drawings from 3D models
  • Bill of Materials for tracking
2D Drafting and Documentation

ViaCAD™ is built with professional level technology providing speed, precision, and compatibility.

Now a 64- bit application for both the PC and Mac, ViaCAD™ provides a smoother workflow allowing for faster drawing, manipulation and larger projects. Compatibility with AutoCAD ™ 2017 and other products means you can share your designs with others. Using ACIS™-based geometry means you are creating with the same technology used by others using software that costs thousands of dollars.

  • Includes 19 file formats to share your designs
  • Compatible with AutoCAD™ 2017 DXF/DWG
  • SketchUp 2016
  • Includes STL export for 3D Printing

3D Printing Tools

ViaCAD 2D/3D now includes 3D printing tools to prepare and validate your designs to make them 3D printer ready.

3D Print Check

This tool checks a part for print viability, displaying warnings or errors to the user.

Surface Normals Check

Facet normals define the inside and outside areas of a part. If facet normals are pointing the wrong way, the 3D printer may have problems creating the part. If you have a normals issue, there are several commands that can help you fix this problem.

Overhang Analysis

The Overhang Analysis tool provides a means to visually inspect modeling areas that may require structural support for 3D printing. Meshes, surfaces and solids facets normals are compared to the work plane direction. Angles that are less or equal to 45 degrees are highlighted as red.

Wall Thickness

The Wall Thickness Analysis tool provides a means to visually inspect modeling areas that may be too thin for 3D printing. Meshes, surfaces, and solids facets are examined using ray intersections.

3D Print Tools
Surface Normals Check

Surface Normals Check

Overhang Analysis

Overhang Analysis

3D Print Check

3D Print Check

Wall Thickness

Wall Thickness

Auto Position

Auto Position

Support Structure

Support Structure

Preview Slices

The Preview Slices tool provides a user interface to slice models given a direction and thickness. The dialog box allows for animation through the slices and single stepping. One use of the Preview Slice tool is to verify a part has closed, non-overlapping sections, a requirement for 3D printing. The Save Slices option provides several options to save slices to DXF, STL or add the results directly into your drawing.

Auto Position

The Auto Position tool translates the model to the positive x, y coordinate system at z=0.

Support Structure

Manually adds geometry to support material as it is created by the 3D printer. Support structures controls, include Attach Radius, Midpoint Radius, Base Radius, Base Thickness and Drag base and mid points to modify structure location.

Show Printer Volume

Toggles the boundary of the default 3D Printer. The volume is defined within the Printer Definitions dialog box.

Printer Definitions

Sets key parameters of the 3D printer, including length, width and height of the volume accessible by the printer. The parameters in the Printer Definitions dialog box are used for commands such as 3D Print Check and Auto Position.

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