Punch! ViaCAD Pro v93D cad software with the perfect blend of conceptual and production design tools

The power of ViaCAD's precision solid modeling and drafting toolsets make it perfect for designing objects and parts, manufacturing, and prototyping projects.

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PowerPack LT 3D
No more worries about 3D printing. Find common mistakes with your model before printing. Save time and materials with an overall 3D print check.

PowerPack 3D
A suite of 3D Printing, verification and repair tools, plus new modeling tools that will make your designs 3D Printer or 3D Printer service ready.

Product Information

ViaCAD Pro is 3D cad software with the perfect blend of conceptual and production design tools. Designed with professionals in mind, ViaCAD Pro delivers the flexibility of mesh-based modeling to help you go from idea to 3D concept. Additionally, ViaCAD Pro provides precision 3D solid modeling capabilities with the 2D tools to accurately document designs. The all-in-one design solution!

The power of ViaCAD's precision solid modeling and drafting toolsets make it perfect for designing objects and parts, manufacturing, and prototyping projects. The addition of mesh-based modeling coupled with subdivision technology makes creating 3d conceptual drawings a snap.

Some of the design projects for ViaCAD Pro:

  • Product and Packaging design
  • DIY manufacturing create precision models and export to CNC machines.
  • Furniture and cabinet design
  • Use more sophisticated editing to compliment rendering and animation packages.
  • Prototyping with 3D printers
  • 2D drafting, diagraming and schematic drawings
  • Marketing images for designs with photorealistic rendering

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

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 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

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. Now a 64- bit application* on the Mac, ViaCAD provides a smoother workflow allowing for faster drawing, manipulation and larger projects. Compatibility with AutoCAD® 2013 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® 2013 DXF/DWG
  • Includes STL export for 3D Printing

*64-bit processing support is enabled for the Mac operating systems only. Windows versions support both 32-bit and 64-bit processers but currently does not use 64-bit processing power if available.

PowerPack LT 3D

Print out your projects in 3D with this add-on module for ViaCAD and Shark. The 3D printing capabilities in PowerPack LT will strengthen your work and enhance your productivity. Whether you are a ViaCAD or a Shark user, PowerPack LT has everything you need to do standard 3D printing. General utilities allow you to manage CAD data and validate the parts required for 3D output. Example tools include an overall 3D print check, slice preview, overhang and wall thickness analysis, and surface normals check. See for yourself the difference Punch PowerPack LT can make in every design every time.

General Utilities

A collection of tools for manipulating entity attributes.

  • Assorted Colors: The Assorted Colors tool assigns up to 20 colors per group of entities selected. The tool is useful for visually identifying file import and other individual parts.
  • AutoLayer: AutoLayer is a tool that will automatically assign an entity to a layer based on the same shape or by entity name. Use AutoLayer to help organize files imported from other applications that do not support layering.
  • Preview Layers: The Preview Layers utility provides a user interface to rapidly step through layers. The play button will animate through the layer start and end region. The step forward and backward buttons manually provide control through the layers.
  • Change File Units: There are many file formats that do not contain unit settings that include STL, OBJ, PLY, 3DS and older DXF files. The Change File Units command allows you to quickly change a file scale based on Units or Scale Factor.
  • Show Only By Name: The Show Only by Name tool displays just the entity with the provided name. This tool changes the Show/Hide flags of the entity.
  • Rename: The Rename tool provides a way to rename large number of entities. This tool is especially useful for renaming entities imported from external applications. For example, Inventor attaches the full assembly representation to the part name.
  • Spell Check: The Spell Check examines all visible text for possible misspellings and provides suggestions.
  • Isolate Layer: The Isolate Layer command sets the display layers to objects you select.

PowerPack 3D

Improve your productivity and designs with the new Punch PowerPack. This add-on module further extends the standard functionality of ViaCAD and Shark with over 100 tools for 3D printing, verification and repair of a variety of data, plus new tools for creating data. PowerPack enhances your ability to reuse data from a variety of sources such as SketchUp, AutoCAD™, OBJ, or STL alongside precise modeling tools. Now you can create, verify and repair data for 3D printing all within one seamless application. See for yourself the difference Punch PowerPack makes in every design every time. Whether you are a ViaCAD or Shark users, these tools are a must!

Includes all features of PowerPack LT 3D plus:

3D Printing Tools

Check, repair and validate models for 3D printing

  • 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.
  • PreviewSlices: 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.
System Requirements:
Windows®: Recommended Requirements: Windows® XP or higher¹, 64 Bit Intel® Pentium® or AMD® Athlon™ class processor, 4 GB of hard disk space, 4 GB of RAM, An OpenGL/DirectX9 compliant video card with 256MB of dedicated RAM, Mouse Pointing Device (wheel button recommended), DVD-ROM Drive. Internet connection required². Macintosh®: Recommended Requirements: Macintosh® OS 10.8-10.10¹, x64 Intel® Mac®, 4 GB of hard disk space, 4 GB RAM or greater, Mouse Pointing Device (wheel button recommended), DVD-ROM Drive. Internet connection required². ¹ Program compatibility is not guaranteed for later operating systems. ²User is responsible for all Internet access fees and phone charges.