nanoCAD Pro combines the nanoCAD Platform with direct and parametric modeling. It is designed to construct 3D assemblies with 3D constraints and xrefs, and to handle sheet metal modeling.
nanoCAD Platform: a comprehensive set of basic and advanced design tools for creating and editing 2D/3D objects. It offers multiple drawing and editing methods for most geometric elements. nanoCAD 21 platform is the base on which you build a more powerful CAD system to your specifications.
3D Modeling module: an advanced 3D Tool Set that offers users the rigor of parametric modeling and the freedom of direct modeling, conveniently packaged together in one environment. Parametric modeling builds 3D geometry piece by piece, with formula-based parameters that specify and change sizes of and distances between parts. Direct modeling offers a what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach in which designers edit 3D models by pushing and pulling faces and edges.
Dynamic input Dynamic input helps you set dimensions and sizes of drawing elements, without needing to access the command line. It’s heads-up drafting with pointer input, dimension input, and dynamic prompts. Dynamic input is available for creating and editing objects, which greatly simplifies working with drawings.
IFC support nanoCAD can import IFC files into a DWG document. It is possible to perform numerous operations on imported BIM objects, such as to compile reports on models created in BIM-systems. Add to this an updated tools for 3D navigation in parallel and perspective projection, adaptive zoom, camera and observer head rotation, accelerated performance in saturated 3D models - and you will get a universal IFC-viewer based on DWG and BIM-models.
Tool palettes Tool palettes give you fast, easy access to your most-used commands and blocks. Organizations can define their own sets of standard blocks, hatches, and scripts and then load them on all workstations to access them with a single click.
Drawing Comparison nanoCAD allows you to find differences between two similar-looking drawings in model space. It detects objects that have been modified, added, or removed from drawings being compared.
Powerful Excel-style table editor nanoCAD’s table editor blows away the competition with its powerful set of database-like capabilities, along with tables that embed macros and formulas in cells.
2D/3D Point Clouds nanoCAD imports point clouds into drawings from laser scanners like TerraSolid (bin), ASPRS (las), and Leica (ptx and pts), as well as generic point cloud files (pcd). The Import dialog box is powerful enough to import only the regions of clouds you need. You can create and modify clouds with sections and clips, and tune visualization parameters, such as color by elevation.
Extensive Commands for Creating and Editing 2D/3D Objects nanoCAD contains all tools necessary for design:
Create and edit 2D and 3D objects, text, and design elements
Adjust display settings and printing for technical documentation
Create and use any kind of table and specifications, based on block attributes
Set up working environments according to international standards
View, create, and edit 3D surface objects
Effectively share technical information and drawings with designers working in other CAD systems
Place raster images (scanned drawings, text, tables, photographs) in designs
Locator Function With the Locator tool, you interactively rotate the view of a model while holding down the Alt key, and then select any point on the locator circle, or choose one of the four marked points to rotate a view by 90◦.The arrow points to the new view rotation position.
Scripting Engine nanoCAD’s scripting engine allows everyday users to automate routine tasks. You can write macros using Visual Basic Script, Java Script, and other scripting languages supported by Microsoft Windows as well as use the built-in LISP interpreter.
Transparency Command The new Transparency command toggles the transparency of background pixels in raster images. Access this new command through the ribbon’s Visualization group, the Raster menu, or the Raster toolbar.
Associative Design Elements For associative dimensions and multileaders created in other CAD systems, associativity with objects is maintained in nanoCAD. Associative links with dimensions can be broken by shifting the grips of extension lines.
Saving unsaved files nanoCAD’s new save feature prevents data loss in cases where the Save option is accidentally declined, such as when many files are closed at the same time. Other scenarios include deleting objects and then saving the drawing, or when the undo/redo mechanism is turned off. In these cases, the new Save File History option restores files from a temporary storage.
Batch Plot Tools nanoCAD lets you set up multiple plot areas and plot multi-page sets, which is useful for printing large drawings on small-format printers. The Batch Plot command creates and prints drawing sets without requiring you to babysit the printing process.
Enhanced UNDO/REDO nanoCAD now moves forwards and backwards through isolated and unisolated objects, affecting the standard Undo/Redo mechanism.
Enhanced External References nanoCAD improves the External References panel so that external references can be loaded and unloaded, be bound to the current drawing, and to report updates made to xref’ed files – all without needing to reload the current drawing. The redesigned panel also completely removes external references that had been inserted in the current drawing, along with all their associated data.
Enhanced Groups nanoCAD’s object grouping tool has been reworked. Its functions are added to the context menu (right-click in the drawing), shown as individual commands in the ribbon’s Group section (found in the Main tab), and to the Group toolbar.
Relocating Base Points of Blocks nanoCAD can change the position of base points in block definitions. The base point corresponds to the location of grips at the insertion points of block references.
New ways to create and modify geometric objects nanoCAD now draws arcs (including elliptical ones) in the direction that the cursor moves. Circles can be drawn tangent to three other objects. Ellipses and closed polylines can be broken by picking two points. Open objects can be lengthened in both directions. Spline fit points can now be edited by holding down the Ctrl key.
3D Modeling Module
nanoCAD’s 3D constraints impose dependencies on geometry, mostly commonly to assemble parts into a single model. Using these tools, engineers create complex 3D assemblies by linking 3D objects. There are five 3D constraints available: Mate, Insert, Angle, Tangent, Symmetry. Constraints for every part are displayed by the 3D History Tree.
Parametric 3D solid modeling nanoCAD’s parametric modeling mode allows engineers to build up 3D geometry, piece by piece. This approach to design is common among most MCAD applications, including SolidWorks and Inventor. As 2D sketches are turned into 3D features, engineers document their design intent through constraints and geometric relationships. As each step must follow the series of preceding steps, the parametric approach tends to require careful pre-planning. The history of the model’s construction is recorded by the history tree, which, in nanoCAD, is an Inspector panel with its own set of tools.
Direct 3D modeling nanoCAD’s direct modeling offers a what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach, in which designers edit 3D models by pushing and pulling faces and edges. The primary benefit to direct modeling is the ease with which designs are altered, allowing rapid iteration and prototyping.
Natural 3D modeling UI nanoCAD displays commands in groups for each type of modeling it offers: parametric, direct, sheet metal, and meshing. For example, while in parametric modeling mode, commands for creating 3D geometry based on parametric sketches are displayed; upon switching to mesh modeling, commands for creating 3D surfaces become available. Commands that apply to all forms of modeling are always displayed on the ribbon, such as chamfers and rounds, Boolean operations, and construction geometry.
Associativity of 3D models and drawings The associative relationship of models and their projections allows users to concentrate on designing in a 3D environment, paying attention to 2D graphics mainly for drawing design. All changes to the 3D model at any time will be displayed in the drawings, and the design elements made in 2D graphics will also correspond to these changes.
Model exchange via Import/Export Models created using 3D Module can be exchanged with most CAD systems, exported to 3D printers, CNC machines and web-based viewers. Supported formats are:
STL for stereolithography;
Parasolid X_T, X_B for NX, Solid Edge, SolidWorks;
JT, IGES, STEP - standard engineering data exchange formats;
SAT, C3D - ACIS and C3D modellers' formats;
VRML for 3D graphics on the web;
COLLADA for interactive 3D applications.
Bounding prisms nanoCAD uses 3D clipping to show the insides of models and to isolate parts. Each model space viewport can hold a bounding prism, a volume in 3D space outside of which drawing elements are not displayed. Prisms can be edited, deleted, and disabled. When disabled, elements outside the prism again become visible; disabled prisms are stored in the drawing so that they can be switched on again later.
External references nanoCAD links external references inside assembly drawings to parts stored in external drawing files. Changes made by other design programs to external references are tracked and reported by bubble notifications.
3D navigation tools nanoCAD provides interactive 3D navigation tools with which to display and navigate around 3D objects. Users have access to on-screen controls to change shading modes and rotate viewpoints in real-time. The controls operate quickly, even with large BIM models, massive point clouds, and complex 3D solids in a single drawing.
More great features
Semi-transparency for edited 3D objects nanoCAD makes 3D objects semi-transparent during editing to make it easier to see and position them in space. The visual effect is available during the Move and 3dMove, Rotate and 3dRotate, Scale, Stretch, and Mirror commands, as well as while editing 3D objects with grips, and during commands that involve dragging and dropping.
Light sources In model space with visual styles that support shading, the model is illuminated with one or two light sources behind the viewer and moves with the viewpoint, so that objects are always clearly highlighted. In addition, users can define custom light sources based on the properties of point lights, spot lights, web lights, and a distant light.
Point cloud formats nanoCAD opens, displays, and edits 3D point cloud files captured by laser scanners in LAS, BIN, PTS, PTX, PCD, and XYZ formats.
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