BricsCAD Mechanical provides a range of tools and features that enable mechanical engineers to create 2D and 3D mechanical designs, including parts, assemblies, and sheet metal designs. The software supports a wide range of industry-standard file formats, such as DWG, DXF, and IFC, which makes it easy to collaborate with other designers and engineers.
In addition to its design capabilities, BricsCAD Mechanical also offers tools for simulation, rendering, and visualization. It can also integrate with other software applications, such as CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) software, to support the entire design-to-manufacturing process.
Intelligent mechanical design
BricsCAD makes advanced mechanical design accessible, intelligent, flexible, and affordable, enabling greater design freedom.
BricsCAD’s unique variational 3D modeling approach gives you the freedom to design how you want to, from concept to detail, with whatever level of parametric control you need. Quickly develop complex stand-alone components or directly within an assembly.
With BricsCAD Mechanical, the design process is simple. Start your design with a 2D sketch, then extrude, revolve or sweep it to create a 3D solid. You can also use built-in 3D primitives to specify the initial shape of your part. Move on to the details using extrusions, fillets, chamfers, Boolean operations, and edit using dynamic direct modeling. You control as much or as little of the form as you like with parameters. You can also import 3D solids and edit them as native components.
Flexible 3D modeling Our unique 3D design approach combines dynamic and interactive direct modeling with the ability to add parameters only where needed and without the complexity of a history-based approach.
3D parametrize and constraints The PARAMETRIZE AI workflow turns parts into smart, parameter-driven components in seconds. Build constraint systems, drive parts formulaically, build table-driven components, and change component parameters in the BricsCAD Properties Panel.
Copy features Model features once and use them many times with powerful tools that copy existing features in 3D solids such as holes, ribs, and pockets.
Hole feature library BricsCAD contains a library of standard hole features – you can easily insert holes into your parts via drag and drop actions.
Automatically align copied entities 3D COPYGUIDED automatically aligns copied sets of features to relevant geometry using automatically generated guide curves. You can explicitly select entities to use as guide curves or let BricsCAD determine them based on the drawing elements in your selection.
Smart piping design Create rigid pipework, then add parametric valves, flanges, and associated fastenings. All from a comprehensive library of items, which intelligently resize correctly via a one-click process.
Sheet Metal Design
Create sheet metal part designs that are resilient and deeply editable:
Import or create from scratch - BricsCAD Mechanical can create sheet metal components from scratch and allows users to automatically convert solid parts to sheet metal with just one click. This robust approach lets you spend more time evolving your design and less time worrying about redefining sheet metal features.
Rework at any time - Sheet metal parts can be edited with the full power and freedom of direct modeling, while the consistency of each feature (flanges, bends, reliefs, junctions) is automatically maintained.
Automatically unfold - Create un-folded 2D representations that are bi-directionally associated to the 3D sheet metal part. You can also use the unfolding engine to send parts to industry-standard CAM systems.
Feature-based direct modeling The flexibility of direct modeling maintains design intent, expressed as sheet metal features – flanges, bends, reliefs, and others.
Convert to sheet metal 3D models created in BricsCAD or other CAD systems can be converted to sheet metal automatically, with one click. Features can then be manually refined or changed to quickly achieve your desired form.
Unfolding Create 2D and 3D unfolded representations to drive CAM systems. The 3D unfolded representation can be edited simultaneously to fix detected conflicts, while keeping the 3D folded part in sync.
Parametric sheet metal parts Use the full power of 3D constraints, arrays, and automatic parametrization to create different design variants from your sheet metal models.
Hems The hem feature for Sheet Metal allows you to model a hemming metal-working process. BricsCAD supports open hems, teardrops, and rounds with user-adjustable parameters.
Form features BricsCAD Mechanical provides a library of parametric form features – such as louvers, bridges, embosses and others. You can also create complex ribs defined by any curve.
Lofted bends You can create lofted sheet metal parts between two arbitrary 3D curves. BricsCAD Mechanical can recognize lofted bends in imported geometry and automatically decompose them into multiple flanges.
Flanges, bends, junctions, and tabs Create flanges in multiple ways: using a base flange, an edge flange or a via a contour tool. You can always change the way adjacent flanges connect – via a bend, a junction or a tab-and-slot connection – to improve manufacturability.
Reliefs and Splits Avoid material conflicts during the bending process by leveraging the library of reliefs in BricsCAD Mechanical. Split parts in a single click, and automatically propagate the split to other corners in your model.
Build potentially complex assemblies and subassemblies using components designed in-house or by others.
BricsCAD Mechanical users can create complex hierarchies of parts and sub-assemblies using bottom-up or top-down design methods. You can import assemblies from different CAD systems using Communicator for BricsCAD, including Parametric geometry defined in those assemblies.
Powerful assembly design tools Quickly build assemblies from existing components, or design new parts within the assembly itself. Apply constraints between parts for a robust representaton of your product design.
Bill of Materials Interactively and automatically create a top-level BOM, a parts list, or a hierarchical table from your assemblies. Customize the BOM as you want, define properties for your parts, and link it to your assembly using automatically-created balloon tags.
Assembly joints, kinematic analysis, and animation Use 3D constraints to assemble joints in an assembly. Remaining degrees of freedom can be used to analyze the kinematics of the mechanism. You can create complex 3D animations controlled by these parametric relationships.
Materials and mass properties Assign materials to parts of your assemblies, and BricsCAD will compute weight, center of gravity, main inertia axes, etc.
Animated Exploded Views with trailing lines BricsCAD Mechanical can create multi-axis exploded views, automatically disassembling complex assemblies and adding trailing lines, in just one click. You can easily annotate and animate the assemblies for technical manuals and documentation.
Parametric standard parts BricsCAD Mechanical contains a library of 30,000 standard mechanical components of 800+ different types, all with customizable parameters.
Efficient 2D detailing
BricsCAD offers the best and most familiar workflow for turning your mechanical designs into production drawings.
Automatically create drawing views of your 3D parts and assemblies and detail views easily with dimensions and annotations. If your 3D model changes, generated drawing views are updated automatically.
Fast generation of draft-quality drawings Speed up drawing layout using fast, draft-quality views and use multi-core CPUs to create detailed views in record time. BricsCAD Mechanical is responsive to your inputs during background drawing generation.
Automatic drawing update Drawing views remain associated with the 3D model. Change a single part, subassembly, or the whole assembly, and all 2D drawing views are automatically updated, allowing fast design iterations and changes.
Section views You can create section views of 3D parts and assemblies. Section planes can be defined by a line drawn on a base view, or you can create more complex sections: half sections, offset sections, and aligned section views.
Detail views BricsCAD Mechanical allows you to automatically create detail views from any existing view in your drawing layout.
Bill of Materials table The BOM panel lets you manage multiple BOM tables in your drawings. You can format each column individually, set up equations, sort tables, and more.
Balloons BricsCAD Mechanical creates associative balloons for each component in an assembly and manages the display of those tags in all automatically generated 2D views.
Mechanical symbols and annotations All the 2D detailing annotations you need, from datums and geometric tolerances to surface finishes to weld symbols and representations, are available at your fingertips to quickly create 2D production drawings.
Power Dimensions The POWERDIM tool intelligently creates the right dimension for the selected geometry, including fits and tolerances, making dimensioning your drawing views effortless.
AutoCAD® Mechanical compatibility Easily open, edit, and reuse symbols and annotations in your drawings created in AutoCAD Mechanical.