What’s Inside the Upcoming BricsCAD V17 Release?

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BRICSYS previews new 2D/3D DWG functionality in BricsCAD® V17, BIM for BricsCAD® (Building Information Modeling), and industry leading Sheet Metal for BricsCAD®  at its BIC Conference in Munich, Germany.

With the BMW Welt grand auditorium in Munich filled to the walls with BricsCAD synergy partners, application developers, and strategic customers, BRICSYS highlighted what’s coming in the November V17 release of BricsCAD.


New and improved 2D and 3D features in BricsCAD V17

  • Whereas before the Layer explorer had to be dismissed, now layer names and their settings are always available to you while drawing and editing through the Layer panel. When you have more than one panel docked to the side of the screen, they now share the same space, with each panel getting its own tab.
  • Dimension style families consist of a parent style with one or more child styles. This is a handy way to make subtle modifications to just part of a dimension style. You can compare dimension styles you’ve selected in the in the Detail View list in the Dimension Styles explorer.
  • 3D compare opens two drawing files and then reports the differences in 3D solids and 3D surfaces using color coding. This lets you quickly see the changes made to otherwise identical-looking drawings. The differences  in 3D solids and 3D surfaces are represented as separate entities displayed in two viewports – red entities for additions, green for subtractions.
  • Create engineering objects like drills or augers by twisting 3D solids, surfaces, and regions around an axis by an angle that you specify. Use the thicken tool not only on surfaces, but also on wire objects such as lines, circles and curves to create tube-like objects with just couple of clicks.
  • Parametric components now define 3D solid features to be created on insertion. This lets you place user-defined features, such as parametric holes, form features, and ribs.
  • Use Match Perspective to define how a background photograph and a digital model are related, and obtain a view in which your model is rotated and scaled to nicely fit in the background image.
  • Control and adjust how rendering textures are wrapped around shapes by changing their mapping or alignment.
  • Create movies by rendering views from a point or along a path using AniPath. These movies can be uses to show collaborators and clients your designs.
  • Get rid of obliterating geometry by activating one or more clip planes to get optimal access to the part of interest. Move clip planes in real-time. Intersections are hatched according to material patterns.


What’s New in BIM for BricsCAD

With BIM for BricsCAD you can create and manage building and infrastructure projects faster and more economically.

With BricsCAD BIM you can go through all stages without leaving the .dwg platform, no extra software needed! Starting with the BricsCAD V17 release, BIM for BricsCAD will be offered as a separate add-on module for BricsCAD Platinum for $300.

  • To give you greater flexibility in developing BIM designs, a single drawing file now contains a “site,” which can have multiple “buildings,” with each building holding one or more “stories.”
  • To specify a room, click a point in the drawing, from which BricsCAD finds the area enclosed by walls. Once a room is specified, a marker is placed.
  • The Structure panel allows you to examine BIM models organized by spatial containment.
  • The types of section views are expanded to generate full, half, offset, and aligned sections. Create a detail section using the option named “Detail” of the bimSection command.
  • Use BIM Patch to specify a rectangular area on a previously generated section. When you regenerate the section, BricsCAD checks if the geometry bounded by the patch has changed. If it is unchanged, then the patch is preserved; if changes occurred, then BricsCAD outlines the patch in red.

What’s New in Sheet Metal for BricsCAD

With Sheet Metal for BricsCAD you can import, create, unfold, rework and export sheet metal parts using the most intuitive 3D direct modeling techniques. It is free of conceptual mistakes of history-based MCAD software.

BricsCAD V17 adds parametric form features to the sheet metal module. “Form features” mimic the process when a forming tool deforms a piece of sheet metal. After the form is applied, you can edit it directly and parametrically through the Properties bar. The library contains most commonly used form features, such as bridge, louver, and emboss. You will never need to restart your design from scratch, because we guarantee maximum flexibility for changing your models.

  • You can import form features from other systems, and define your own custom forms. When you import geometry from other CAD systems, you can search for similar form features, and then replaced them with ones from your libraries.
  • Flange bend lets you bend an existing flange along a line, obeying the k-factor for given bend radius. The “k-factor” determines how much of the material’s thickness compresses and how much stretches during the bending process.
  • Wrong Bend features can be recognized in imported geometry and automatically repaired. Lofted bends gain a feature validation function, which lets you ensure that the bend will work correctly.

A detailed list of the new features in BricsCAD V17 can be found in the release notes: athttps://www.bricsys.com/common/releasenotes.jsp?i=4471

BricsCAD V17 will be available in November 2016.

When you purchase a new BricsCAD license today, you will already receive a BricsCAD V17 activation key in anticipation of the upcoming release.


If interested in participating to the final beta or if you have any questions, please call 949.259.3807 or email info@cadrebel.com.

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