VariCAD 2018 2.0 Released for Linux, Windows

VariCAD 2018 2.0 Released for Linux, Windows
0 comments, 13/07/2018, by , in MCAD, News

LIBEREC, Czech Republic, Jul 13, 2018 – VariCAD announces the release of a new version of its flagship product, VariCAD 2018-2.0. The new version contains following features and enhancements:

  1. Substantial changes in updates of 2D drawing after changes of 3D solids.
  2. A new method of creation of 2D axes.
  3. New options in batch printing.
  4. Improved methods of selection of view perpendicularly to a plane.
  5. A better method of definition and editing of tools of 3D sections (section planes).
  6. A new method of definition of cutting solid.
  7. New option in sketching, allowing to remove original outlines at one step (sketching at an existing planar surface).

Updates of 2D Drawing after Changes of 3D Solids

If 2D objects are created as exported views from 3D space and if you dimension them, these dimensions are automatically updated after 3D solid is changed. During dimensioning, updatable locations are marked in tool-tip near the cursor. So, you can easily distinguish if the created dimension will be updatable. Dimensioning of objects created by 2D drawing is not updatable, of course.

Rotation axes or axes of circles of objects exported from 3D are automatically updatable, too. Similarly, if you export a section from 3D and if you create the section boundary as the boundary of hatches, these hatches are also updatable.

If you create dimensions constrained at 2D objects and if you delete or cut off corresponding 3D edges or surfaces, after 2D update the affected dimensions are obviously not updated and they are highlighted.

For checking of 2D updated after changes of 3D, you have a lot of tools. You can highlight objects not updated, or opposite to this objects correctly updated (you may need to edit the shape of updated dimension to ensure better legibility), you can highlight updated dimensions containing tolerances (you may consider tolerance values after the change of dimension) and can highlight 2D objects whose dimensioning is updatable.

Highlight can be temporary – displayed at one step, or permanent until you select feature “highlight off”. You can zoom in on highlighted objects, so you cannot miss them at large drawing. Features related to checking of updated 2D drawings are available from tool-bar as well as from pop-up menu invoked by right-click of empty area.

Once a 2D view is created, you can select all corresponding objects by a special selecting mode. The objects belonging to a view exported from 3D are 2D lines, arcs or splines as well as updatable dimensions, axes or hatches. As a new feature, you can select entire 3D view in 2D drawing area if you press and hold Ctrl and move the cursor over any object belonging to the view.

If you edit or transform 2D objects exported from 3D view, or if you stretch an updatable dimension, connections to 3D are lost. Consequently, dimensions of objects further edited in 2D are not updatable. Stretched dimensions are not updatable, too. On the other side, connections between 2D and 3D are not lost, if you edit dimension shape or text. You can transform (move, rotate or rescale) an entire 3D view – connections are preserved.

New Method of Creation of 2D Axes

2D axes – axes of rotation surfaces or axes of circles are a new type of 2D object. Creation of axes checks possible existing axes at the same location. Otherwise, axes updatable after 3D changes and located at same points would cause a misbehavior. For created axes, you can optionally change excess of axes lines.

New Option of Batch Printing

Apart from existing possibilities, you can filter the list of printed files according to 2D drawing formats. You can select to print only selected formats or to exclude printing of selected formats. This is option useful for printing at various printers of various sizes.

Improved Methods of Selection of View Perpendicularly to a Plane

In addition to the existing method, you can select exactly how the result of view transformation rotates the new view. Select two points at a plane the view will be perpendicular to and select whether this direction will be aligned with the X or Y axis of the display.

Option related to creation or editing of 2D blocks

For created or edited 2D blocks, you may select if the block is ignored during automatic detection of 2D hatch area. We recommend ignoring blocks as hatch area if these blocks are sheet borders or title-blocks.

New Method of Definition and Editing of Tools of 3D Sections (Section Planes)

Sectioning tools are solids created by extrusion of closed contour containing only lines. The new method allows you to select a sketching plane and to sketch the sectioning lines directly at a background of sectioned solid. Also, there is an option of automatic determination of extrusion height and base plane shift, according to sectioned solids dimensions. After the sketching is finished, the sectioning tool is created automatically and incorporated into the section. Editing of the tool similarly switch VariCAD to sketching mode and you can redraw the existing contours.

New Method of Definition of Cutting Solid

This feature is similar as the above-described creation or editing of a sectioning tool, except that after finishing of sketching, the tool is used as a cut solid and Boolean cut is performed for previously selected solid.

New Option in Sketching, Allowing to Remove Original Outlines at One Step

Often, you need to select a sketching plane at an existing solid and to keep the original plane outlines for sketching of new contours. These original outlines can be removed at one step.

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Release notes for users working with previous versions.

There are new default settings of 2D created as exported 3D views. You can change settings in command “cfg”, section 2D. Automatic updates of dimensions, axes or hatches desire a lot of new data connected both to 3D objects and 2D objects. Consequently, if 2D objects were created previously, they do not contain connections to 3D and their dimensions cannot be automatically updated.

About VariCAD

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