ZW3D 2014 New Functions Discussion（CAD)*
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Please keep focus on this subject, I will keep on updating and share what I know in this version.
1. Feature Freezing
Allow user s to freeze a portion of a model. This could be useful if users are working with complex models with many features. Freezing the features helps to (a) reduce rebuild time and (b) prevent unintentional changes to the model.
2. Feature and Part configuration
Support to define certain feature suppression states as configurations, and give users tool to manage (activate, deactivate, etc) those configurations so that they could switch very easily between different configurations. One user case of this is to display dynamically machining process through feature configuration.
Support feature/part configuration so that users could use design table to drive feature dimension changes.
3. New Selection and Filter bar
Redesign the UI and workflow for selection filter to make it more intuitive and more user-friendly. More specifically, make it easier to do geometry reference.
4. The new design for the history icons
Redesign the UI and use the significative icons to shows the operation
5. Upgraded Datum Plane Creation
"3 Point Plane" can be finished after Origin field is defined with the other 2 fields are optional.
New “View Plane” to create a plane parallel with the screen plane
New “2 Entities Plane” to create a plane by making it through 2 selected entities. Point, Edge, Face and Datum can be used to define the plane.
6. New Datum plane style
7. Auto Datum size (Need turn on the option in Visual Manager)
8. New Morph tools
5 new morph tools are provided as below, support more functions to do shape defomation
9. Grip Edit of Dimension
Elements of dimensions like dimension point, extension line, and arrow can be dragged to redefine their position or shape. Grip points are provided on these valid elements after a dimension is picked.
9.1 Dimension points can be dragged to snap another location to redefine its dimension target.
9.2 Extension lines can be dragged to extend or shorten their length.
9.3 Single click on the arrows can reverse their direction, while double click is to bring up the Modify Arrow form to change arrow style.
10. Updated Table in Drafting
11. More shape modeling command support specify Boolean shapes
12. ZW3D 2014 will not record some attribute feature in history.
Attribute-related operations are listed as following:
Show/Blank, Attribute Operations, Layer Operations, Textures
Note: Some assembled feature such as Move, Drag, Rotate, Insert component will not record in the history any more
13. Section view support use Body color or specify color to distinguish component
14. New independent Direct Edit tab and add new command "Modify Radius"
15. New Tolerance Zone and Fit Tolerance
16. Support generating Bend line for sheet metal in 2d drawing
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17.1 Merge the Print and Plot in one form
17.2 New layout preview
17.3 Print with "Black and White"
Using this option, no matter which color you use as background or line/text color. It will just print as "Black and white" color.
17.4 New stamp setting form to customize your own page header
17.5 Support Print specify sheet in 2d drafting
18. Sketch will support holding "Shift" key to control if create "auto constraint" for new created entities.
During drawing, auto constraint will provide you available constraints it can find. If you don’t want to add these constraints into entities you are creating but still want to snap to these positions, just hold down the Shift key.
19. New Background image in sketch
* Support multiple background pictures.
* Background pictures can be picked to Blank/Unblank, or Delete.
* Background pictures inserted in a sketch can be seen from outside the sketch.
* 2 point to dragging to adjust picture size is much easier than before.
* New “Angle” option helps you rotate the picture.
* New “Flip” option to change the picture by mirror with X or Y direction.
* The image can be reedit after inserting
20. Auto hide the sketch dimensions when exit the sketch.
21.1 New “Suppress Component” to temporarily erase the inserted component
21.2 New “Multi-insert”Command for Batch Insert
21.3 Upgraded “Component Pattern”
* New assembly tree node for “Component Pattern”
* New “Instanced as component” option, using this option, the array components will be inserted without history.
21.4 New Assembly Cut
The improved “Assembly Cut” command uses associative “Reference Geometry” to reference cutting shapes into the history of each component that is cut with corresponding Boolean operations.Parts instanced more than once within an assembly are duplicated before they are cut.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>(Updating on Jan. 3th)
22. Updated Style Manager
A local style file with ANSI, ISO, DIN, JIS, GB style standards is provided within user folder which allowing users to save their pre-defined styles for re-use. The old behavior, in which styles are savedin the Z3 file, is adjusted to save styles only used by its parent Z3 file. Styles saved with the Z3 file can be saved into the local style file or replaced by the one from the local style file.
23. Non-section component
A component list is provided to choose which component not to section in Section view form
24. Direct Edit View
Section View - Drag-drop section line can redefine the section plane location
o Base point will be highlighted after section line is picked and can be dragged to change.
o Corner point can be picked to change its position.
o Segments of section line can be dragged to move around and will be merged into one if they encounter one another.
o Projection arrow can be dragged to adjust its position.
o Projection direction can be changed by dragging the tail of the arrow or using“Reversion Direction” from right-click menu.
o New step can be added by “Insert Step” from right-click menu.
24. View picking
24.1 Only the bounding box is highlighted during pre-highlight.
24.2 Sub objects of a view like a hatch in a view can be picked directly even if the View on filter on filter option is enabled.
25. New “Rotate View” to Re-orientate View In-place
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cylindrical bend has an associated factor k ?
We can have the drawing on the paper 1/2 and the table on the sheet 2/2, Picked up and print or export to pdf ,together with a single command?
In the example have all diameter equal if we take away references x,y,z, we can have output id type 5 hole diameter 29.5 no. 6 ?
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1. In fact, all those function in point 6 are not sheet metal functions, they are Morphing command use to do shape deformation, so there is not any K factor to control the shape.
2. If I understand your question correctly, I think ZW3D 2014 will support it, we will support print and export multi sheet in ZW3D.
3. I don't understand your question very well，could you give more information about the final quesiton.
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Hi William nice point 16 but incomplete so not serves, It is used for indicating if the crease is up or down and how many degrees,It is not clear if the panel explained shows iterno or external box.
The sheet is a world very complex ,before a calculator may do functions should be assessed very carefully or you risk to make useless things users
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good news from ZWSOFT.
Let's talk about tolerace.
Can i apply tolerance in sketch ? Can i apply work measure ?
P.E. usually in mech part you can have some parameters with measure like 100 mm ( + 0.100 + 0.200 ), i'd like if i can apply both draft measure like the example above and work measure P.E 100.150 mm for machining.
Can you export tolerance data to common CMM machine like Zeiss or mitutoyo systems.
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Hi Mirko, good question, in fact, we already thinking about that, but we will add blend line in 2014 version firstly, then add the blend information (Blend angle and Blend Radius) in SP version. We need a little more time to achieve that.
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Hi Stefan, thank you for your feedback, 2014 will just consider the tolerance table in drafting firstly, what you report can be considered in further version. We will consider add this as new project in 2015.
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Dear sir, thank you for your feedback, ZW3D 2014 version will support use Center mark to create dimension. Regarding anther two questions, we will try to fix it soon, probably in 2014 official version.
Please focus on the new version and we hope that you can try the Beta version and give us more suggestions.
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I'm trying the 2014 Beta Version. I noticed a lot of improvements in this version compared to the previous version. So far I noticed that issue: the roughneess and the welding symbol are not exported in the DWG exporting process, they are not present in DWG got after drawing translation. I keep trying.
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Dear domeni9580, you are right, I can reproduce this problem, we will report to R&D, hope that we can fix it in 2014 official version.
Thank you for your feedback and keep going.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Update on 9th. Jan.
Dear Domeni9580 users. The problem has been fixed in 2014, it will be achieved in 2014 official version. Thanks again.
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non trovo il link per scaricare Zw3D 2014
Quando sara' diponibile una versione Zw3D per iPad come ZWcad ??
I can not find the download link for ZW3D 2014
When will 'available to crew a version for the iPad as ZW3D ZWCAD?
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Hi Lucky, thank you for your attention, please click the link below so that you can enter the web page to download ZW3D 2014 Beta.
Regarding the touch version of ZW3D, I think it's not so hard to achieve that because our another produce ZWCAD has experience in this area, but it depends on the market request. We will do some researches and consider this seriously. But we will not so hurry to do that.
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I installed the relay in 2014 but now I have found a problem,
creating a solid with holes and then wanting to do the 2D shows an 'error (see attached image)
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Hi Lucky, because you turn on the option "One object per file" in configuration, so one object will be saved as one .z3 file. When you working on this mode, you can't go to 2d sheet from Part environment directly. That's why you get this error.
You can create a new "Drawing sheet" so that you can go to 2d sheet environment.
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In the 2D table, 'cause in dimension in the sections of the holes or threads are not automatically recognized by the symbol Ø or M but you have to use the Dim Tool.
In the dimension of a die you lose a lot of time.
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In fact, if you understand Style manager well in ZW3D, even without above function, you can easily do that.
1. define two new style using M and Ø as prefix.
2. Choose which style you like to add M or Ø symbol, or you can choose one of them as activate that you can keeping it all the time.
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Hi William, as I told you in the other thread, to have Arial Narrow font everywhere, in 2013 Vesion (1st picture) it just needed to chose Arial Narrow in Text attributes and welding and roughness symbols was ok, in 2014 version (2nd picture), it does not work.
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Probably there are some parameters to modify, but i still think that ZW needs a new user manual.
I hope you are working on it.
I know that an user guide is an hard and very expensive job but i think that we all use a little bit of ZW potentiality .
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Sheet metal is the universal requirement for almost everyone at some time. It looks like a simple task for the Overdrive Kernel.
Having just done some very small sheet metal I conclude it desperately needs fixing NOW.
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Hi Domeni, there are not so many Sheet metal improvments in 2014. One is Blend line what I introduced in 2014 version, another one is unfold the the Full Flange which create for circle edges.
We have some plans in SP or 2015 version, if you have some good suggestions how we can improve Sheet metal in ZW3D, please sent me your emails, we will be very grateful for your jobs and consider your suggestion seriously.
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I think the improvements in 2D are fantastic. Some are quite amazing and it seems faster than before. I expect that with the heritage ZWSoft has in 2D, the Z3 2D to be world class - I think we are on that pathway finally - thank you.
Still plenty to do, but definitely much much better than ever before.
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Reply 27# William_ZW3D
Hi William, yes that is cool.Can flatten any other shape with the same type of upset?
To me it is vitally important that the commands that are Easy to use and totally Reliable.
My recent experience have highlighted that Partial Flange & Fold by Line both need attention urgently in one or the other aspects.
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