ZWSOFT Donated ZWCAD to Austrian School PTS Schwanenstadt

ZWSOFT has donated dozens of ZWCAD licenses to Polytechnische Schule, a polytechnic school in Schwanenstadt, Austria.

During their 2018-2019 school year, students of PTS Schwanenstadt in Austria received educational support from ZWSOFT. With ZWCAD and several professional training sessions organized by the ZWCAD tech team, young people of technical professions can become skilled at reading and drafting basic engineering drawings in the field they desire to devote to.

The Path to Professionalism

Specialized in construction, mechatronics, metallurgy, etc., PTS Schwanenstadt is unique in terms of its 4-phase training model. Students with no specific professional interests apply for a specialized field and formulate their career aspirations in respectively, phase 1 and 2. To complete the following phases, they need to grasp some necessary professional skills and execute a project, which requires professional tools to help them do so.

Polytechnic Study with Essential Tools

CAD software is one of those important tools for students studying polytechnic subjects. To help them become more skillful with CAD software and get well-prepared for their future development, as well as provide in-service programs to the teachers, the school sees ZWSOFT’s offer as their first choice. Currently, 3 teachers and 54 students are using ZWCAD in their lessons in the dual education.

During phase 3, students are guided to grasp the basic commands and the structure of CAD programs. Since it only lasts for a few weeks, what they need are a clear user interface and intuitive commands that reduce learning time while improving teaching quality.

Figure 1. The self-explanatory user interface of ZWCAD is easy for students to learn

Before the last phase, multiple abilities of students, such as drawing creation and spatial imagination are cultivated, laying the foundation for finishing their projects. Also, students are hence exposed to various industry-specific engineering drawings, enabling them to see their future career and school life more clearly.

Helpful and easy-to-use, ZWCAD has drawn constant raves from both the PTS teaching team and students. Sophie, the CAD program newbie chirped, “ZWCAD is cool! You can learn the basics quickly and the graphical interface is self-explanatory.”

Figure 2. Both students and teachers at PTS Schwanenstadt enjoy working with ZWCAD

Doing Our Bit for CAD Education

We are happy that students and faculty of PTS Schwanenstadt benefit from our product and service. ZWSOFT has been devoting more and more attention and resources to education every year. We are more than willing to help those who are relentlessly learning CAD, no matter who they are and where they live. That’s also why 3DOne, ZWSOFT’s education version, has helped over 50,000 schools create an effective learning environment.

Figure 3. Students can design with ZWCAD after a short period of learning

It’s our pleasure to keep providing software and technical training sessions to equip more students and teachers with CAD-based knowledge. We hope that the students can eventually find an ideal position in CAD-related industries with their CAD skills honed using ZWCAD and keep giving back to society by creating amazing things with what they have learned.

ZWCAD 2020 SP1 Is Now Released

We are delighted to introduce to you ZWCAD 2020 SP1, which continues to be fast, stable as well as full of new features and improvements. Let’s take a closer look at them!

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Faster and Stabler as Always

More to the greatly improved efficiency of the commonly used commands in ZWCAD 2020 Official, two useful commands in ZWCAD 2020 SP1 perform even faster and better. Hidden Shade Plotting can now run 10 times faster, accelerating especially mechanical and piping design. As for REFEDIT, a great helper for your daily work, it can be 200% faster. Meanwhile, stability has never been compromised.

Customized Settings Migration for a Consistent Working Environment

If you have particular work habits, this new feature is exactly what you need. Your preferred settings for UI, commands, graphics, plotting, etc. can be easily migrated from earlier versions (ZWCAD 2018/ZWCAD 2019) to ZWCAD 2020 SP1. Moreover, you can import or export settings of ZWCAD 2020, and reset settings to the default.

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Blockbreak: Insert Blocks into Entities without Further Trimming

Blockbreak can help you conveniently insert a block into an entity. There are two ways to do it with different effects – by Wipeout, the entity will be covered but not broken by the block; while by Break, it will be broken. This new feature particularly benefits electrical and architectural design.

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More Accurate PDF Plotting

Raster images, line weights, and line colors can now be plotted more accurately to finer but smaller PDF files, accelerating your plotting process. For example, their plotting scale totally matches the actual size of the paper. What’s more, in a PDF viewer, you can easily find, select and copy the texts in PDF files to quickly acquire the information needed.

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Digitally Sign and Validate DWFx Files

Digital signatures can be attached to not only DWG files, but also DWFx ones now. You can also sign them and check the validity of the signatures in batches. Once a DWFx file is digitally signed, it is protected from being copied and modified, ensuring the authenticity of files.

Digital Signature for DWFx drawing

Apart from the aforementioned new features and improvements, there are plenty more functions optimized in ZWCAD 2020 SP1 to help you work more productively. Fast, stable and innovative. That’s how we envisioned and enhanced it.

Feeling excited about them? Download ZWCAD 2020 SP1 now and try it for free!

Bentley Systems Announces New iTwin Cloud Services for Infrastructure Engineering Digital Twins

Digital twins enter the mainstream – engineering firms and owner-operators
put digital twin aspirations into action

The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference – 24 October 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced new cloud services for infrastructure engineering digital twins. Digital twins are digital representations of physical assets and their engineering information that allow users to understand and model their performance in the real world over their lifecycle. In effect, “evergreen” digital twins advance BIM and GIS through 4D.  

Keith Bentley, founder and chief technology officer, said, “Today the ‘digital twin era’ is underway, and its pace accelerates every day. The early adopters we’ve worked with are already staking out leadership positions in the new digital twin economy, towards innovations in both their business processes and their business models. The advantages gained by replacing decades-old, disconnected paper-based workflows and work products with open, live, trusted, and evergreen digital twins are immense. Coupling that with an ecosystem of innovation through open-source platforms creates an unstoppable force for change in infrastructure. I can’t remember a more exciting time for the infrastructure professions or for Bentley Systems.”

New Digital Twin Cloud Services
iTwin Services enable engineering firms to create, visualize and analyze digital twins of infrastructure projects and assets. iTwin Services federate digital engineering content from BIM design tools and multiple data sources, enable “4D visualization” of digital twins, and log engineering changes along a project/asset timeline, to provide an accountable record of who-changed-what-and-when. Engineering teams are using iTwinServices to conduct design reviews, validate design data, and generate design insights. Users of Bentley’s design applications can apply the iTwin Design Review service for ad hoc design reviews, and project teams using ProjectWise can add the iTwin Design Review service to their digital workflows to facilitate overall project digital twins.

PlantSight is an offering jointly developed by Bentley Systems and Siemens, which enables owner-operators and their engineers to create living and evergreen digital twins of operating process plants. PlantSight allows operations, maintenance, and engineering to access trusted, accurate digital twin data immersively, including P&IDs, 3D models, and IoT data. It provides a single view of truth in a validated information model that facilitates situational intelligence, line of sight, and contextual awareness. PlantSightwas jointly developed by Bentley and Siemens using iTwin Services and is commercially available from either company.

iTwin Immersive Asset Service enables owner-operators using AssetWise to align asset performance data and operational analytics in their digital twins’ context, making engineering information accessible to a wider audience of users through immersive and intuitive user experiences. iTwin Immersive Asset Service shows “hotspots” of activity and change in asset status over time which leads to faster and better-informed decision-making that ultimately helps improve asset and network performance.

Digital Twins Enter the Mainstream
The ever-evolving physical reality of an as-operated asset has previously been difficult to capture digitally and keep current. In addition, the corresponding engineering information, in its assortment of incompatible file formats and constant change, has typically been “dark data,” essentially unavailable or unusable. With digital twin cloud services, Bentley helps users to create and curate digital twins to improve the operation and maintenance of physical assets, systems, and construction processes, through immersive 4D visualization and analytics visibility.

At Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference, digital twin advancements featured in 24 finalist projects in 15 categories in project locations across 14 countries ranging from transportation, water networks and treatment plants, to power stations, steel plants, and buildings. Overall, 139 nominations in 17 categories cited digital twin objectives for the innovations used on their projects – a significant increase from 29 such nominations in 2018.

Digital Twin Ideas in Action
In the technology keynote at the conference, Keith Bentley was joined on stage by representatives from Sweco and Hatch, showcasing infrastructure digital twin ideas in action.

Sweco digitally integrated a nine-kilometer light rail system project for the city of Bergen in Norway. The extension of the existing system was managed entirely through 3D BIM models, from alternative studies into a detailed engineering design. The use of iTwin Services allowed Sweco to keep track of changes automatically and minimize errors, enabling 4D visualization.

Hatch completed pre-feasibility, feasibility, and detailed engineering for a sulfuric acid facility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bentley’s plant design software enabled the project team to design a complete, intelligent digital twin to the most granular level of detail, moving the engineering quality processes upstream as part of the 3D modeling effort compared to traditional drawing-based quality processes. Hatch was able to reduce production ramp-up after hot commissioning, from six months to one week.

Microsoft is prototyping digital twins in its Asia headquarters in Singapore and its Redmond campus. Microsoft’s Real Estate and Security group is implementing an approach for the Digital Building Lifecycle to optimize building performance, cost-effectiveness, employee satisfaction, productivity and security. Microsoft’s efforts to create digital representations of physical assets like buildings are based on Microsoft Azure Digital Twins, an IoT service that helps organizations create comprehensive digital models of physical environments. Azure Digital Twins was released for public preview in 2018 and is now being adopted by Microsoft customers and partners globally, including Bentley for its iTwin Services. The companies are working together to create a digital twin of Microsoft’s new facilities in Singapore.

Digital Twin Ecosystem
Both iTwin Services and PlantSight were developed with the iModel.js open-source platform for digital twins, which was first launched in October 2018 and reached its version 1.0 milestone in June 2019. A primary reason for open-sourcing the iModel.js library is to foster an ecosystem of innovation for owners’ and engineers’ digital twin software developers and for digital integrators.

One such ecosystem software developer is vGIS Inc. which used iModel.js to integrate a mixed reality (XR) solution within a transportation infrastructure digital twin. Their mobile mixed reality app visually merges project design models with reality, in the field, in real-time. Users in the field can view subsurface utilities, such as pipes and cables, merged within their real-world orientation. Users simply point at objects with their mobile devices to see project design elements in this context.

Alec Pestov, vGIS founder and CEO, said, “The iModel.js platform is a great resource for developing and integrating value-added tools and services, such as the advanced augmented reality and mixed reality solution offered by vGIS. We love the seamless interoperability with iTwin Services and the frictionless development path to get to that seamless integration, and we look forward to expanding our collaboration potential, through iTwin Services.”

Digital Twins Defined
Digital twins are digital representations of physical assets and systems in the context of their surrounding environment, converged with their engineering information, for understanding and modeling of their performance. Like the real-world assets they represent, digital twins are ever changing. They are continuously updated from multiple sources, including sensors and drones, to represent the right-time status or working condition of real-world, physical infrastructure assets. In effect, digital twins—by combining digital context and digital components with digital chronology—advance BIM and GIS through 4D.

Benefits of Digital Twins
Digital twins enable users to visualize the entire asset – in a web browser, on a tablet, or with a mixed reality headset – check status, perform analysis and generate insights in order to predict and optimize asset performance. Users can build digitally before they build physically and plan out and de-risk maintenance activities before they carry them out in the real-world. They now have software at their disposal to envisage hundreds of scenarios, leverage machine learning to compare design alternatives or maintenance strategies and optimize across multiple parameters. Visualization and contextualization of engineering data lead to better informed decision-making and stakeholder engagement throughout the asset lifecycle.

About Bentley’s iTwin Services
iTwin Services enable project teams and owner-operators to create, 4D-visualize, and analyze digital twins of infrastructure assets. iTwin Services enable digital information managers to incorporate engineering data created by diverse design tools into a living digital twin and align it with reality modeling and other associated data, with no disruption to their current tools or processes. Users are able to visualize and track engineering change along the timeline of the project, providing an accountable record of who-changed-what-and-when. iTwin Services facilitate actionable insights for decision makers across the organization and asset lifecycle. Users make better informed decisions, anticipate and avoid issues before they arise, and react more quickly with confidence, resulting in cost savings, improved service availability, lower environmental impact, and improved safety. 

About Bentley Systems 
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, iModel.js, iTwin, MicroStation, Open Buildings, ProjectWise, and SYNCHRO are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Sulfuric Acid Plant in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Hatch leveraged the digital twin to provide alternative procurement strategies to lower the cost of material supply and cut several months off the schedule.

Twin Design Review facilitates faster design review sessions and multidiscipline coordination.

Direct Edit: Spend 6 MINS to Learn, Save 6 HOURS of Work

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#Have you ever got intimidated when trying to modify details of a complex model after finishing the whole design or based on files from third parties? With Direct Edit in ZW3D, modifying models can no longer be your trouble. Let’s see how.

Traditionally, 3D design is done with parametric modeling, which makes all the model data fully-constrained and synchronized, to meet requirements of industrial production.

However, everything has its pros and cons. In parametric modeling mode, modifying a complex model with hundreds of features and constraint relationships could be a huge challenge. For example, if you want to modify a filet of a part in a model, you need to find the part and its features in the history tree, which can be more annoying if the model is complicated with a long history.

Moreover, to modify a model, you need to have an overall understanding of how the model was built. Otherwise, you will probably break the model when doing the modifications. So it is even more challenging for those who get used to 2D CAD without experience in parametric design, and those who are not the creators of the models.

To solve these problems, the idea of history-free modeling was born, and as a type of this technology, Direct Edit function is also available in ZW3D, enabling you to directly post-edit the model data, instead of editing the features in the history tree. Now, let’s go straight to the key highlights of Direct Edit in ZW3D.

1. History-free post-editing

No matter the model is from other CAD systems or created in ZW3D, no matter it has a history or not, and no matter you want to modify or create geometry on the model, you don’t need to care about the model building process. Direct Edit supports you to directly edit existing 3D models very flexibly.

Figure 1. Directly edit models no matter they have history or not
Figure 1. Directly edit models no matter they have history or not

2. Maintain original constraint relationships

When you modify a model, ZW3D will automatically identify and maintain its existing constraint relationships regardless of whether it has a history of not. For example, the model below does not have a history. When moving the inner hole, its concentric constraint with the outer circle can be automatically identified, so that the outer circle can be moved with it together.

Figure 2. Maintain the original constraint relationships of the model when modifying
Figure 2. Maintain the original constraint relationships of the model when modifying

3. Generate new history tree

New history tree will be generated when modifications are added, offering precise engineering data to you to adjust again in parametric mode. Though some mainstream CAD solutions offer Direct Edit functions, ZW3D exclusively retain your modifying process for you. In this way, you could re-edit your modifications via Direct Edit or history tree.

Figure 3. The newly-generated history tree after Direct Edit
Figure 3. The newly-generated history tree after Direct Edit

4. Edit model dynamically and intuitively

ZW3D’s Direct Edit offers two ways to modify the features. You can input values in the dialog or directly drag the geometry to acquire the results you need. While you are editing the model, the modifications and relevant constraints will be updated in real-time so that you can preview how you are going to change the model dynamically and intuitively.

Figure 4. Dynamically and intuitively modify the model
Figure 4. Dynamically and intuitively modify the model

5. Diversified editing tools with precise control of dimensions

Direct Edit offers multiple editing tools with precise control of dimensions. You can choose different commands to modify your models, such as DE Move, Align Move Face, Dim Move Face, etc. Moreover, you can enter an exact value in each operation to control your geometric data. In this way, you can flexibly edit models and at the same time ensure the preciseness of modeling.

Figure 5. Different commands of Direct Edit
Figure 5. Different commands of Direct Edit
Figure 6. Precisely control dimensions when using Direct Edit
Figure 6. Precisely control dimensions when using Direct Edit

To summarize, Direct Edit is your ideal helper in complex product design or in team collaboration, which allows you to deal with geometric models more intuitively and flexibly under a complex history or even without a history. What’s more, the combination of parametric modeling and direct editing in ZW3D offers you more flexibilities in post-editing with the bottlenecks of parametric design settled, while at the same time keeps strictness of modeling.

EPLANT® V2019: Successfully Ported to ZWCAD 2020

One of the best combos for your plant engineering work is here! With its three modules successfully ported to the faster ZWCAD 2020EPLANT® V2019 now allows for a more consistent and efficient workflow.

EPLANT® is developed by RELSOFT S.A., a software provider specialized in plant engineering and plant model conversion. Founded in 1991, it has developed a solid foundation in software architecture and has been used in hundreds of AEC projects. Incorporating proven technologies, their solutions are powerful and easy-to-use.

EPLANT®-Piping

Material data management can be overwhelming when your project involves thousands of piping lines. To simplify your work, EPLANT®-Piping has been designed to minimize data input using a parametric component catalog, customizable dimensional standards and automatically enforcing piping specifications. Integration with P&ID data is assured not only with those produced with EPLANT-P&ID, but also with any third-party application.

All traditional engineering documents, such as plant layouts, 2D orthographic drawings, piping isometric drawings, MTO (material take-offs) and material requisitions can be automatically generated from the 3D models that are the source of all construction documents. This ensures a high degree of consistency throughout the project. Furthermore, all drawing files generated by EPLANT®-Piping are 100% compatible with the native DWG format. This assures easy interaction when sharing drawings with clients and providers alike.

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EPLANT®-P&ID

This module can produce detailed P&IDs (Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams) using any symbology standard. Piping Lines, Equipment, Valves, Instruments, Tie-Ins and Fitting Lists are automatically generated from projects including P&IDs. Data sheets based on customizable templates can also be automatically generated. A simple mapping schema allows the constant linking of P&ID data with the EPLANT®-Piping module, assuring great consistency despite project changes.

Depending on the data format, existing P&IDs can be semi-automatically converted to the EPLANT®-P&ID format. This feature can be used in new projects or to convert existing documentation.

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EPLANT®-STH

This module is used as a complement to EPLANT®-Piping for building structures, cable trays, and HVAC. Each component has a parametric definition that allows easy dimensional changes at any moment simply by modifying the parameters.

With its clever compressed structure, even big and complex models will fit in very small 100% native DWG drawing files. The data structure is compatible with the native COPY, MOVE, ERASE and MIRROR commands in ZWCAD 2020.

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If your team plans to improve efficiency with professional and affordable software, definitely give EPLANT® V2019 running on ZWCAD 2020 a try! You will be amazed at how fast a 3D model loads in ZWCAD 2020, compared with other solutions currently available.

ZW3D 2020 is open for you to have a try!


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Tons of new features and enhancements have been realised to improve CAD and manufacturing capabilities, helping you tackle more complex design and manufacture high-quality products.

CAD Module

Flange with Profile

The shape of flanges can be customized freely in one sketch environment, significantly simplifying and accelerating the modeling process.

Enhanced Assembly

The logic of constraint status is more reasonable, allowing the well-defined components to be moved within a specific range.

Auto Drafting

2D drafts for multiple components or assemblies can be generated in batches. What’s more, the sheet, view layout, dimension and table can also be customized.

ZWCAD 2020: Faster And Faster

We are pleased to bring  ZWCAD 2020 in front of you! What’s different this time? Charles Zhao, ZWCAD R&D Leader can tell you the answer:

“Performance is always an important standard for CAD users to judge the quality of a CAD product. Therefore, to improve the performance of ZWCAD is always our top priority.”

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It’s fast. Unprecedentedly.

Thanks to multi-core processing technology, the performance of ZWCAD 2020 will not let you down. How fast actually? Some figures in comparison with ZWCAD 2019 may tell:

  • Most commonly-used commands and operations: 150% faster on average
  • Opening drawings: 32.4% faster
  • Loading drawings: 73.5% faster
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The speed of opening a drawing of 180MB in ZWCAD 2019 SP2 and ZWCAD 2020

At the same time, we didn’t forget the stability, to bring you fast but stable experience.

All data you need in one table, at a time.

Now with Data Extraction, you can extract various properties and data of an object, and insert them to the current drawing as a table, or export them to an external file in .csv / .xls format. If you need some data in your project for measuring or purchasing, you can acquire them from the drawing conveniently.

Watch the video to see how to use Data Extraction

Manage all your PDF underlays in one dialog box.

In ZWCAD 2019, already, you can insert PDF underlays into .dwg drawings. Now with PDF Underlay Manager in ZWCAD 2020, not only can you check the basic information of each referenced PDF files clearly, but you can also directly open one in PDF reader, easily find where they are located, detach them to make the drawing lighter, etc.

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The PDF Underlay Manager

Too many Annotation Scales? Reset at once!

If you’ve stored too many annotation scales in a drawing, the performance will be degraded. Now, when opening such kind of drawings, a prompt will pop out to let you reset the Annotation Scale List to its default state by deleting the unneeded ones, ensuring your smooth and efficient design work.

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The prompt asking whether you need to reset the Annotation Scale List

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The Annotation Scale List before (left) and after (right) resetting

Here is good news for developers.

If you are lisp-writers or developers working on ZWCAD Lisp, try this! Developed based on Visual Studio Code from Microsoft™, Lisp Debugger helps check and debug your codes one by one or step by step, to ensure the accuracy of your lisp programs.

Watch the video to see how to use Lisp Debugger

What’s more, several useful interfaces have been added to ZRXSDK, like ZTIL library for creating and editing raster images, zcreEntityToFaces for correctly extracting the face data from entities, and Amodeler library for 3D modeling.

Clear selection for unclear overlapped objects.

If objects are overlapped with each other, it will be hard to correctly select the one you want. Now it is no longer a trouble – by inputting SELECTIONCYCLING and clicking those overlapped objects, a dialog box called Selection Set will appear, in which they will be listed for you to choose the one you really want.

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Use Cycle Selection to select the overlapped objects easily

“Invisible friends” to locate an end point.

Do you still draw a number of auxiliary lines before locating an end point? With the easy-to-use TK Tracking, you can directly get to the point you want with the help of some “virtual” lines, which don’t need to be deleted afterwards. Thus, your drawing efficiency can be greatly improved.

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Use TK Tracking to locate the center of a circle

As a productivity tool, ZWCAD spares no efforts to work on improving its performance, which means a lot to our users. We’ve reached a milestone in ZWCAD 2020, and welcome to witness it with us! Take a 30-day trial for free>>

Small CAD/CAM Functions, Big Surprise!

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There are countless useful CAD/CAM functions which greatly accelerate our design and manufacturing process. However, many of them are too small to be noticed. In this article, I have concluded some of them for you. Let’s check it out!

Foreword: Surprise at the end!

2D CAD Functions

File Compare

There are always different versions for one drawing, which can be confusing. File Compare can quickly compare and locate the differences between two similar drawings by highlighting them with different colors. Even the most minor differences can be spotted. You can also check the details of modifications in the output file.

File Compare

Smart Mouse

For those of you who don’t like keyboards, this function will make you WOW. You can trigger commands by moving your mouse on a certain track, and customize mouse gestures for different commands. It’s especially convenient for your frequently-used commands, notably accelerating your design process.

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Smart Select

Do you always expect to select all of a specific kind of objects instantly? It’s not a daydream. With Smart Select, you are able to quickly find similar objects with simple properties selection including object type, color, layer, linetype, etc. For example, all “Green” objects in “Wall” layer can be selected in a second.

Smart Select

Match Property

Sometimes you may want two different entities to share the same properties. You know what, it can be done so easily by Match Property, which helps copy specific properties of one entity to another by a few clicks. More handily, the properties can even be applied to an entity in a different drawing.

Match Properties

Z-Tracking

Do you still draw a number of auxiliary lines before locating an end point? With the easy-to-use TK Tracking, you can directly get to the point you want with the help of some “virtual” lines, which don’t need to be deleted afterwards, to greatly improve your drawing efficiency.

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3D CAD/CAM Functions

Customizable Mouse Control

You may have already cultivated your habits of mouse operation. Keep those habits by customizing the mouse settings! Through selecting function key and mouse button, you can choose how to conduct pan/rotation/zoom. For example, you can slide mouse wheel forward to zoom in and backward to zoom out, and reverse the zoom direction.

Flexible Mouse Control

Multi-Export

When there is frequent interaction with up-and-downstream suppliers who use different software, Multi-Export can help a lot. You can export multiple objects to multiple formats at the same time, accelerating your exporting process and making your collaboration more efficient.

Multi-Export

Auto Drafting

Creating 2D drafts can be very time-consuming. In the upcoming ZW3D 2020, Auto Drafting will be available to support creating 2D drawings to demonstrate the three views of an assembly as well as of every part of it in seconds, largely saving your time.

Auto Drafting

Smart Region Analysis in Mold

When handling region analysis, the regions which are not connected with each other can be detected intelligently, helping you repair the non-adjacent region quickly and thus bringing correct region analysis result.

Smart Region Analysis in Mold

Hole Tactic

It’s always complicated when doing CAM programming for models with many holes. I have to recommend the Hole Tactic to you, which can automatically recognize hole features of 2-5 axis and generate drilling tool paths, saving programming time by 70%-90%.

Hole Tactic

The above is just a very small part of those tiny but useful functions. So what are your favorite ZWCAD/ZW3D functions? Tell us in the comment area and win a 20% discount for ZWCAD 2020(upgrade) & ZW3D 2019 Professional/Premium!

ZW3D 2020 Beta: Welcome to Have A Try!

ZW3D, an all-in-one CAD/CAM solution, now stands before you with its brand-new 2020 Beta version, which makes steady progress in tackling more complex design, to help customers design and manufacture high-quality products.

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Usability and stability are the priorities as always, based on which tons of new features and improvements are provided to bring you friendlier and more efficient 3D CAD/CAM experience. Let’s take a quick look at the latest updates of ZW3D 2020 Beta:

In CAD module, the product design capabilities have been further improved, bringing forth new functions such as Rough Offset, Flange with Profile, Auto Drafting, etc. Assembly design is also more efficient.

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Figure 1. Rough Offset in CAD module of ZW3D 2020 Beta

In Mold module, enhanced industry solutions for mold and electrode are available, enabling more flexible design of cooling systems, runners, gates, grooves, standard parts, electrodes, etc.

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Figure 2. More new tools have been added for mold design in ZW3D 2020 Beta

In CAM module, more efficient turning, 2X and 3X milling are ready for you, offering Groove Round Tool, Surface Engraving, 3D equidistant step size for Z level operation, faster Batch Calculation, etc.

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Figure 3. Groove Round Tool has been added for roughing and finishing

If you want to have a try for free, please click here.

Last but not least, just as Joh Li, ZW3D R&D Leader said, “ZW3D is packed with enhancements based on insights and feedback from our community”, your opinions matter. So if you have any ideas about this new Beta release, welcome to share with us in our Facebook!

ZW3D 2020 Beta – Mold Module: Enhanced Mold & Electrode Application

“The future of ZWSOFT lays in combining closely with the industry. We will focus on helping different industries solve their practical problems, and grow together with them”, said Truman, CEO of ZWSOFT. While keeping enhancing the capabilities of ZW3D platform, we never forget industry applications. So what about ZW3D 2020 Beta for mold and electrode industries?

New Mold Features Facilitate Detailed Design

Now you can create the cooling systems much faster. Various parameters can be adjusted with a dynamic real-time preview. Groove, taper lock, runner, gate etc. can also be created quickly and intuitively, delivering more powerful mold design.

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Figure 1. Create a cooling loop and preview it in real-time

More Abundant Mold Library Commands

Many tools for standard parts have been added, such as Positive Screw, Locating Rings, Wedge Lock, Spring and so on, enabling you to insert and modify positive screws, locating rings, sprue bush, wedge locks, springs, etc. with ease, and thus speeding up your mold design.

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Auto Mold Drafting

Similar to Auto Drafting mentioned in CAD module, Auto Mold Drafting allows you to create mold drafts in batches. Mold types can be recognized automatically for you to filter and select easily, and various drafting templates can be applied to different mold types. In this way, your time spent in creating 2D drawings for multiple mold components can be greatly saved.

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Figure 3. Generate 2D drawings in batches for multiple mold components

Updated Electrode Module

The Electrode module of ZW3D 2020 has also been updated, making the EDM (Electrode Discharge Machining) design a much easier job. For example, you can create multiple Electrode Blanks in Batches, use Dynamic Circle to help you quickly judge whether to insert an electrode at a specific location, generate a Bill of Electrodes, assign Electrode Attribute to non-electrode objects, engrave text on electrodes, etc.

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Figure 4. Add one Electrode Blank for multiple electrodes (left)
Add multiple Electrode Blanks for multiple electrodes in batches (right)
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About ZW3D

Developed by ZWSOFT CO., LTD.(Guangzhou)., ZW3D, an integrated CAD/CAM solution designed for the whole process of product development, features the fastest kernel for Solid-Surface Hybrid Modeling, non-solid mold parting and smart CNC machining strategy from 2-axis to 5-axis. It brings customers multiple benefits such as reduced costs, optimized design workflow and improved efficiency.