ViaCAD Pro Additional Features

ViaCAD Pro – Advanced 3D Modeling & Production Design

Insane power at an extraordinary price, ViaCAD Pro’s precision solid modeling and drafting toolsets enable advanced 3D prototyping, photorealistic rendering, and product and packaging design.

ViaCAD Pro • Advanced 3D Modeling • Photorealistic Rendering • 3D Print Tools
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Additional Features

ViaCAD Pro makes it easy to go from idea to design!

The wide selection of tools provided in ViaCAD Pro means the right tool for the task is just a mouse click away.

  • Multiple Viewports provide 2, 3 even 4 views of the same design and allows drawing between them. Watch how your editing affects the overall project by viewing at different angles all at once
  • Customizable Grids make drawing patterns of objects quick and easy
  • The LogiCursor and Gripper provide precision drawing and editing with your mouse
  • Unlimited Undo
  • 80 minutes of training videos included
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Conceptual Designs with ViaCAD Pro

Use the complete set of mesh design tools to create organic shapes easily. ViaCAD Pro includes subdivision technology to refine meshes and go from course to smooth surfaces. Push/Pull Modeling provides a tactile method of editing meshes one small surface at a time if needed.

  • Mesh primitives to start your designs
  • Subdivision technology to refine mesh surfaces
  • Push/Pull Modeling to edit mesh shapes organically

ViaCAD Pro provides robust 3D modeling Tools

ViaCAD provides powerful solid modeling technology found in much higher end products. Additionally, ViaCAD Pro delivers surface modeling tools to expand design capabilities.

  • 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'
  • Associative surface modeling
Advanced 3D Modeling Tools

Advanced 3D Modeling Tools

Wood Joints
New Pocket Hole Feature

New Rapid Render
Wood Material

New Pocket
Hole Feature

New Rapid Render Wood Material

Woodworking and Architectural Tools

ViaCAD Pro includes tools to speed up woodworking designs. You can quickly create otherwise tedious joints such as Dado joints and miter joints. The furniture that you design might just be for your new house or office. The plans for those buildings can be created with ViaCAD Pro as well as 3D views.

  • Woodworking Joints: rabbet, miter joints, and Dovetails
  • Woodworking Dado joints including options for Through, Stopped or Blind
  • Woodworking Tongue & Groove
  • Architectural Wall tools
  • Composite walls to show materials
  • Parametric doors and windows
  • Instant 3D walls, roofs, and floor slabs

Prototyping and Collaborating

ViaCAD Pro is a precise 3D modeling tool that can be used for manufacturing designs as well as 3D Printer prototypes.

ViaCAD is built with professional level technology providing speed, precision, and compatibility. 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 costing thousands of dollars.

  • Includes 19 file formats to share your designs
  • Compatible with AutoCAD® 2017 DXF/DWG
  • Includes STL export for 3D Printing
  • KeyShot Live Linking
  • SketchUp 2016
Keyshot Live Link

Photo Realistic Rendering

3D Printing Tools

ViaCAD Pro now includes 3D printing tools to repair your designs and make then 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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