Punch! PowerPack 3D Printing SoftwarePunch Power Pack superior 3D printing, mesh and modeling.

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.

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Product Information

Compatible with ViaCAD 2D/3D v9, ViaCAD Pro v9, Shark LT v9, and Shark FX v9.

Prepare and perfect your CAD designs for 3D Printing. PowerPack offers a suite of 3D Printing, verification and repair tools, plus new modeling tools that will make your existing or future designs 3D Printer or 3D Printer service ready. PowerPack includes all of the features of PowerPack LT plus additional tools to help you address common 3D Printing problems automatically.

PowerPack 3D Printing Tools For PunchCAD

Take your projects to the next level with the latest in advanced 3D printing. Punch PowerPack expands on the 3D printing capabilities in PowerPack LT with additional tools that verify and repair mesh, curves, surfaces and solids. This add-on brings over 100 new tools to the existing functionality of ViaCAD and Shark.

Ready, Set, Print 3D

Advanced printing, mesh-entity verification and repair capabilities give you more options. Perfect your projects with the advanced tools in PowerPack. Showcase your designs with advanced 3D printing.

New 3D Printing, Mesh and Modeling Tools

Everything you need to support 3D printing is here! A superior collection of tools checks and prepares your CAD projects for 3D printing. Whether you are a ViaCAD or Shark designer, these 3D printing tools are a must! Discover powerful new tools for:

  • 3D printing
  • Verification and repairing of meshes, curves, surfaces and solids
  • Creating curves and surfaces
A suite of verification and repair tools for 3D printing
Auto Repair and Close Holes
  • Auto Repair: Inspects and repairs a mesh for dangling vertices, stitch triangles, remove double faces and remove collapsed faces.
  • Close Simple Holes: Corrects simple holes by filling with triangles.
Convert to Quads
  • Convert To Quads: Examines a triangle mesh and recreates quads were possible merging two, three or four triangles into one quad, two quads into one quad, etc.
Remove Slivers
  • Remove Slivers: Examines triangles and quads for small edges. Edges below the user defined tolerance are collapsed. A triangle facet with a sliver edge removes the two facets sharing the edge. A quad facet with a sliver edge is converted into a triangle.
  • Mesh Analysis: Inspects a mesh and provides a variety of details, including number of parts, facets, triangles and quads; surface area; volume; open edges; overlaps; double, collapsed or degenerative faces; minimum and average edge length; average aspect ratio; and highest valence count.
Fix Flipped Normals
  • Fix Flipped Normals: Corrects surface normals that are not properly oriented.
Show Free Edges
  • Show Free Edges: Identifies free edges and gives an option to make permanent lines out of the edges.
Separate All Parts
  • Separate All Parts: Examines the connectivity between facets to determine individual mesh parts, separating individual meshes that come in as one mesh as a result of a file import.
Reduce Triangles
  • Reduce Triangles: Removes facets based on edge length size and curvature.
Additional tools for curve, surface and solid modeling
  • Repair Profile
  • Simplify Profile
  • Show Surface Free Edges
  • Remove Duplicate Entities
  • Remove Zero Length Curves
  • Simplify Solid
  • Feature Selections
  • Best fit line, circle, plane
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:
Requires ViaCAD v9 or Shark v9 Windows® - Recommended Requirements: Microsoft® Windows® 64-Bit versions of XP (Pro) SP3, Windows Vista® SP2, Windows® 7, Windows® 8 ¹, , Windows® 10 ¹, Intel® Pentium® IV or AMD® Athlon64™ class 64-bit processor, 3GB free hard drive space, 4GB RAM, OpenGL /DirectX9 compliant video card with 256MB of dedicated RAM, Mouse Pointing Device (wheel button recommended), DVD-ROM Drive. Macintosh® - Recommended Requirements: Macintosh® OS 10.9 or higher¹, x64 Intel® Mac®, 4GB free hard drive space, 1GB RAM or greater, 256MB VRAM, Mouse Pointing Device (wheel button recommended), DVD-ROM Drive. ¹Shark FX v9 PC & MAC requires a machine with an operating system using x64 (64-Bit) architecture.