With $20B and 4,000 companies that employ more than 106,000 sheet metal workers in the US alone, sheet metal is a big focus for CADD/MCAD for anything from electronic enclosures, roof drainage and air conditioning ducts to precision engineered aerospace parts.
Recognizing the market need, Bricsys last week announced major new functionality for sheet metal design at its BIC2014 conference in Barcelona, Spain. Details are forthcoming, but what’s expected for sheet metal design in BricsCAD V15?
Designers will be able to convert any imported 3D model into sheet metal, with automatic recognition of flanges and reliefs. Unlike other design tools, the geometry in BricsCAD V15 will be history-free which allows for further direct modeling and parametric design. BricsCAD V15 will also feature functionality for sheet metal model healing, as well as an advanced unfolding algorithm to facilitate optimized sheet nesting.
Although BricsCAD enjoys the many benefits of native .DWG, models can be imported from CATIA V4/V5, IAM/IPT (Inventor), PAR/PSM (Solid Edge), ASM/PRT (Pro Engineer), SLDASM/SLDPRT (Solidworks), SDL, STE, STP, STEP, IGS, and exported back out to STE, STP, STEP, IGS, IGES, CATIA V4/V5, VDA/VDA-FS3D, using the BricsCAD Communicator. For optimized and error-free output of NC data, BricsCAD V15 will feature direct output to JetCAM and LVD’s direct .OSM (Open Sheet Metal) format.
BricsCAD is a powerful CAD software platform unifying the familiar feature set of native dwg with advanced 2D tools and intelligent 3D direct modeling.
BricsCAD V15 will be available from inQUBI – Tensei LLC. For more information call Serge Jonnaert at 949.289.9623 Ext. 111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.