Punch! ViaCAD Tips, Tutorials, and Techniques eBookMaster ViaCAD with 280 Tips

Do more with ViaCAD. The new Tips, Tutorials and Techniques eBook guides the way with 280 useful tips for new users and seasoned pros alike.

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Do your best work, use ViaCAD in the best way possible. The New ViaCAD Tips, Tutorials and Techniques eBook guides the way to success.

Better Drafting and Design

Punch!CAD expert, CAD developer and engineer, Timothy D. Olson shows how to do more in less time with 280 fully-illustrated tips. Discover insights for everything from beginning to advanced applications.

Handy Tips for Beginners and Advanced Users

With ViaCAD's friendly user interface, even brand new users can launch and begin designing immediately. Even pro users can increase their proficiency. Find handy tips, tutorials, and technical notes for the entire ViaCAD family of consumer CAD products:

  • ViaCAD 2D
  • ViaCAD 2D/3D
  • ViaCAD Pro
  • Plus helpful tips for Shark users

Easy-to-understand tips give you a new awareness of ViaCAD -- no technical manual required! Tutorials walk you through processes with easy to follow steps.

  • User Interface: Learn how to use the start-up screen, the Gripper, work planes, snaps, tool palettes, preferences, layers and concept explorer. Also, manage performance, select objects and modify objects. PLUS - Top 10 tips for new users.
  • Drafting: Master a collection of essential tools used to create and manipulate 2D objects, including curves, text and annotations. Add symbols, apply BOMs and draw views.
  • Surface Modeling: Use surface construction utility tools for skinning and lofting, covering, nets, and sweeps. Apply surface utility tools to cut, intersect, project, trim or rebuild surfaces.
  • Solid Modeling: Build objects that are closed bodies with well-defined mass properties. Make primitives for truncated cones and elliptical cylinders, and access primitive control points. Control gaps, overlaps and more.
  • Rendering and Displaying: Create and manipulate CAD shapes for curves and surfaces. Define resolution angles and defaults. Explore options for viewing data.
  • Photo Realistic Rendering: Generate an image from a scene that contains CAD shapes combined with texture, lighting and shading information. Use photo-rendering to produce impressive visual realism. Adjust angles to applied materials.
  • Data Sharing: Share your designs with other applications in a variety of data formats, including surface and solid model, and facet based. Explore exporting options, extensions and other data sharing methods.

Example Tips:

  • Consolidated Getting Started Tips for new users
  • Is it possible to toggle LogiCursor(™) on and off using a key?
  • Can I override the value shown in a dimension?
  • How can I import a set of points from a text file as a spline?
  • Where are my backup files saved?
  • How do I create a STL file for 3D Printing?
  • Ten tips specific for subdivision modeling introduced in v9

With over 280 fully illustrated tips, ViaCAD Tips, Tutorials, and Techniques is the go to book for quickly answering the most frequently asked questions about ViaCAD.

System Requirements:
Windows: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, 30MB Free Hard Drive Space, Internet connection required¹, PDF reader software required², keyboard, and mouse. Macintosh: Macintosh® OS X 10.7 or higher, 30MB Free Hard Drive Space, Internet connection required¹, PDF reader software required², keyboard, and mouse. Mobile: Apple® iOS Phone and Tablet Devices, Android™ Phone and Tablet Devices, and Windows® Phone and Tablet Devices with 30MB of available storage space and PDF reader support. ¹User is responsible for all Internet access fees and phone charges. ²Supports most common PDF reader software.