ZWSOFT, a leading supplier of 2D and 3D CAD/CAM solutions to the AEC and MCAD industries, today unveiled the beta program for its forthcoming ZW3D 2012, the flexible CAD/CAM software for all types of 3D modeling and machining. This new release promises significant improvements in many areas, with a special focus on increased modeling efficiency and advanced CAM operations as well as the new ribbon interface. More enhanced functions will come with the official release of ZW3D 2012 by the end of February this year.
Better User Experience
The user interface of ZW3D 2012 features the ribbon interface, along with a new in-context mini-bar and in-context help files. The integrated PARTSolutions library allows users to quickly access the entire feature history of each part. The Lightworks add-on renderer generates professional-looking images.
Amazingly new user interface
Increased Modeling Efficiency, Better Direct Editing
ZW3D 2012 offers users numerous improvements in creating and editing 3D models. The replace face, extrude, rib, curve mesh, and extend face operations are all improved. Direct Edit 2.0 makes it more intuitive for users to modify parts through direct editing functions.
Faster Sketching, Assemblies, and Drawings
Sketching is now 50% faster due to the optimized work flow. With the more interactive interface, it takes fewer steps for users to arrive at the result they want. In assemblies, it's easier to move them with the new Assembly Move command.
In 2D drawing mode, layout views are now associative, and users can apply solid-filled TTF fonts for text.
Advanced CAM Operations
The new 2X Turning Module gives users turning and milling in the same interface, with support for OD and ID roughing, finishing, threading, and grooving operations -- along with an improved hole-making process.
Quick Mill gets a new undercut feature for creating 3x tool paths with wheel and T-slot milling tools for removing material beneath, thereby creating overhanging shapes. Together with the new CAM user interface, customers will appreciate the improved work flow.
Expanded Translation Capabilities
ZW3D 2012 now exports models in native STEP and ACIS SAT format, and the PDF exporter is beefed up with the new 3D mode. Images can be saved in a variety of high resolution raster files, and the STEP importer is now three times faster than before.
ZWSOFT looks forward to having users test ZW3D 2012 beta and providing valuable feedback. Users are encouraged to download the beta program at: http://www.zwsoft.com/en/zw3d-2012-beta-test/ ,
and then complete a survey on the ZW3D 2012 beta at: http://www.zwsoft.com/en/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=lists&catid=459