or 3-D models from VOSS FLUID's partner site, and
can request quotes before purchasing. Beyond hose
fittings, VOSS Fluid also offers couplings, valves,
flanges, cutting rings and other products.
IMSI DESIGN, NOVATO, CALIF.
The popular DesignCAD 3D Max software, which is
used for 3-D and 2-D modeling and drafting, has
many upgrades. It is friendlier with 3-D printers,
and can check if 3-D designs are watertight before
printing. There are also enhancements in rendering,
allowing more realistic graphics in 3-D and 2-D
mode so users get better visuals of designs. An
interesting feature is "Icon Scaling" so users can
scale the size of icons up to 64 pixels, giving a better
preview of designs. There are also better shaping
tools, dynamic scaling of text and support for the
OpenGL graphics driver. There are also improvements
in the user interface, and support for export and
import of files from AutoCAD 2018.
DP TECHNOLOGY, CAMARILLO, CALIF.
DP Technology's Esprit CAM software is designed for
digitization of additive manufacturing, or what the
company calls "Industry 4.0 smart manufacturing."
The software helps design and simulate tools and
create digital twins critical to the automation of
factory tasks. The virtual machining results will be a
duplicate of what's deployed on the factory floor, the
company promises. ESPRIT integrates into existing
workflows and data can passed on easily into other
management and analytics tools already being used
on factory floors. A piece of accompanying software,
called ESPRIT Additive Suite, is for digitization
of additive manufacturing, and focuses on direct
metal deposition, 3-D powder bed, and subtractive
Shapr3D is a popular 3-D CAD tool for Apple's iPad.
This software brings the desktop CAD engines used
in Solid Works, Siemens NX and SolidEdge to a
device like the iPad Pro, which has pen capabilities
for modeling and design. The software is designed
to be easy to use and has more 2-D and 3-D
modeling features. Models in the XT, STEP, IGES,
SHAPR formats can be loaded and manipulated. The
software is also designed to fit more effectively into
workflows. It has all the major tools of manipulating
designs, including revolving, lofting and sweeping.
And this all can be done while sitting in a park or
traveling on a plane. The software is available for
download at Apple's App Store.
PROTOTECH SOLUTIONS, PUNE, INDIA
Voice commands in Autodesk's BIM 360 cloud
platform are now possible with Voice 360, a new
app released by Proto Tech Solutions. The app brings
voice command interaction, similar to Apple's
Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa. The
interaction is targeted specifically at the Forge
Viewer API, which allows the integration of 2-D and
3-D viewing and access of 3-D models into browsers,
without the need for CAD software. Mouse and pen
remain critical to design and simulation, but the
app's goal is to bring voice into the mix. The Forge
Viewer was scripted with WebGL, an API used for
ZWSOFT, GUANGZHOU, CHINA
Every year, CAD/CAM software makers release updated
software with new features. ZWSoft recently released
ZW3D 2018, an updated CAD/CAM application aimed at
product and manufacturing design. ZW3D 2018 offers
improved flexibility for creating different layers in the
design process, which helps keep tabs on components
and shapes. It also has a new Category attribute to
group layers. The application also features annotation
and design enhancements, and it also integrates the
MISUMI 3-D CAD library, which has more than 10,000
types of part models. Relevant models can be found
by search. The application also integrates five-axis
strategies capability that makes it easier to create
complex machine designs in fewer steps.
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