ViaCAD 2D bundled with eBook

ViaCAD 2D bundled with eBook

ViaCAD 2D/3D bundled with eBook

2D/3D top paragraph needs to have updated copy. ViaCAD 2D/3D bundled with ViaCAD Tips, Tutorials, and Techniques book to provide you, a fast and easy path to becoming a ViaCAD expert. It offers an unbeatable price to performance ratio, as well as an amazing marriage of 2D and 3D design tools to turn your ideas into reality. The eBook covers all aspects including User Interface, 2D Drafting, 3D Modeling, Data Sharing, and the PowerPack plugin with 140 new tips, four new tutorials, plus new sections on 3D Printing, Constraints, and PowerPack. With ViaCAD 2D/3D you can quickly toggle between 2D and 3D views and create files for popular 3D printers, 2D/3D architectural plans, mechanical plans, electrical schematics, furniture designs, and anything else you can dream up.

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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 CAD designers everywhere.

The power of 3D design has never been easier. ViaCAD 2D/3D offers an amazing marriage of 2D and 3D design tools to turn your ideas into reality. Quickly toggle between 2D and 3D views and create files for popular 3D printers, 2D/3D architectural plans, mechanical plans, electrical schematics, furniture designs, and anything else you can dream up. ViaCAD 2D/3D will even automatically convert imported 3D models into 2D drawings and you can then quickly create detail, section, and auxiliary views - all while working in 2D.

Top Features

  • Powerful 3D tools such as mesh, surface, and solid modeling, blending, chamfering, and shelling
  • 3D printing verification tools
  • Extensive 2D drafting tools (text, dimensions, 3D to 2D drawing generation tools, bill of materials)
  • LogiCursor™ allows drawing precisely with your mouse and cursor in both 2D and 3D. It thinks as you draw.

New in v11:

  • 2D Dimensions and Constraints
  • Tool Icon Sizing
  • Duplicate Layer Command
  • SVG Import and Export
  • Simplify Curve Tool
  • 3MF Import & Export
  • VMRL 2.0 Texture Support
  • OBJ Texture Support
  • SketchUP 2018 Import/Export
  • DXF/DWG 2018 Import/Export

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

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

Additional Features:

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.
  • 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.

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 ™ 2018 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™ 2018 DXF/DWG
  • SketchUp 2018
  • 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.

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.

Some of the types of drawings you can tackle with ViaCAD™ 2D/3D:

  • 3D models for prototyping with 3D printers (helicopter image from Tim)
  • Mechanical parts
  • DIY projects: 3D models of furniture, house plans, etc. (existing)
  • Architectural drawings for drafting documents, room layouts and 3d visualization
  • Inventions: Easily create 3D models of your concepts
  • Educational: Drawings and 3D models for science fairs
  • Objects for use in game development studios

New! ViaCAD Tips, Tutorials and Techniques eBook  2nd Edition
400+ Tips to Boast Your Productivity with ViaCAD


Better Drafting and Design

Punch!CAD creator and engineer, Timothy D. Olson wrote this ebook to show users how to do more in less time with over 400 tips, tutorials and techniques. This second edition includes an additional 140 new tips plus new video tutorials!

With ViaCAD's friendly user interface, even brand-new users can launch and begin designing immediately and pro users can increase their proficiency. Find expert 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 PowerPack

Discover insights for everything from beginning to advanced applications

  • 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 Display: 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.
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System Requirements

Windows®: Recommended Requirements: Windows® 7, Windows® 8, and Windows® 10¹, 64 Bit Intel® Pentium® or AMD® Athlon™ class processor, 8 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® 
OSX 10.11-10.14¹, x64 Intel® Mac®, 8 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.

Legal Copy

© 2019 Encore Software, LLC. All rights reserved. Punch! Software, the Punch! Software logo, AutoFraming, Cabinet Assistant, ClearView, Decorator Palette, Elevation Editor, Framing Editor, IntelliDeck, LogiCursor, Material Importer, Object Organizer, PhotoView, Plant Importer, PlantFinder, Precision Lighting Planner, QuickStart, RealModel, Roofing Assistant, and Site Planner are trademarks or registered trademarks of Encore Software, Inc. Google SketchUp is a registered trademark of Google, Inc. Mac OS, Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. RealModel technology is protected by U.S. Patent No. 6,404,424. USE OF THIS PRODUCT IS SUBJECT TO CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF WARRANTY UNDER THE LICENSE AGREEMENT CONTAINED HEREIN. YOUR USE OF THIS PRODUCT CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO ITS TERMS.

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