IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2014 New Features

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Productivity Focused Improvements
2D DRAFT Improvements
General Improvements
Operating System and System Updates
New 3rd Party Applications


Productivity Focused Improvements Including:

Improved UI Highlight on Standard Features

The IntelliShape display has been improved to allow transparency display for better visual appearance on modifications. With the improved highlight, you can visually see the geometry of the shape to improve the visibility when making modifications to features. This is an options setting that can be disabled to revert to the traditional display.

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Quickly Duplicate Objects to Pattern/Link on Drop

This functionality allows parts and assemblies to be automatically applied to existing patterns and links that exist as features on another part. To use this, simply drag and drop a part or assembly onto an existing pattern or linked belonging to a part and the new component will automatically take on the properties of the link or pattern. This functionality can be turned on or off in the Tools/Options menu.

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Intelligent Editing of Multiple Feature Handles

Ever have the need to modify multiple features in the same direction? Now you can simply select multiple features and pull a handle displayed from any of the features, and all features will modify that can modify in the pulled direction. For example: Take a sheet metal part box with bends. Simply select the stocks and the bends and you can pull one handle to have everything maintain and adjust together. This new intelligent behavior lets you select multiple features and pull a single handle to edit all the selected features in the same direction applying the same modified distance. In many cases, you may want to modify a set of features using the same distance and this new behavior allows for this quick modification. Note that this works for Sizebox handles only (and sheet metal stock, bend handles and bend radius) and the handles only in the same orientation will be modified. To use this, simply select multiple features with the shift key, then select the a handle you wish to move.

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Set Active Handle to Enable Active on Drop

This functionality allows you to set the default handle for editing when you drag and drop a feature from the catalog onto your design or select the feature during edit. For example when you drag and drop a cylinder onto a part you can set the default handle for editing to the width handle. When you drop the cylinder onto a part the width handles value is automatically highlighted so you can quickly edit its value by simple typing in a new value.

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Ghost Part (No Selection, Hit but No Selection)

This functionality allows you to "ghost" parts. A ghosted part is transparent in the scene and cannot be selected, however a ghosted part can be used for referencing when doing such things as resizing other shapes or positioning an item with the TriBall (optional). Since the part is transparent (which is controllable setting) you can reference both the edges of the ghosted shape and also other geometry through the ghosted part that would normally be hidden by the part.

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Automatic Part/Assembly Constraint On Drop Option

This functionality gives you the ability to automatically create constraints when dropping parts onto one another. The constraints will be applied speeding up your design time. The option can be turned on and off in the Tools/Options menu.

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Snap to Radius Support on Sizebox Handles

A powerful enhancement now allows you to smart snap to one cylindrical surface to another. Previously you would have to snap to a quadrant point. This makes sizing cylinders much faster.

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Right-Click on Multiple Parts/Assemblies Menu Command for Assemble

When you have multiple parts selected you can easily assemble them by simply right clicking and choosing Assemble in the menu that appears. This reduces mouse clicks and speeds up design as you do not need to toggle to the Assembly menu to apply the Assemble command.

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Right-click Menu on Assembly to Disassemble

Similar to the functionality listed above, to disassemble an assembly simply right click on it and choose Disassemble.

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Wrap Emboss (Text Emboss for Example)

User now have the ability to wrap text objects or multiple looped sketches to be embossed on a planar or cylindrical surface. This is useful for engraving text on products for example.

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2D Sketch Center Line

This curve type is used for operations such as a spin shape to define the spin axis.

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Sheet Metal Parameter Set Thickness (and Direction)

You can now drive the thickness and direction of sheet metal shapes via a parameter in the design. This powerful functionality means you can quickly an easily change the stock thickness of multiple sheet metal parts as the same time.

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Sheet Metal Maintain Bend Length on Angle Change (Regular Bend)

You can now change the angle of a bend and the bend length will maintain its length. Previously the length would change and you would need to re-edit the length. This enhancement removes the need to have to do this extra step.

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Sheet Metal Stock Table Edit/Add in Tools/Options Dialog

You can now edit the standard sheet metal stock settings directly in the Tools/Options/Sheet metal window. Previously you would have to manually edit the Tooltbl.txt text file which was slow and cumbersome.

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Sheet Metal Tooltbl.txt Network Path Support

The Tooltbl.txt file can now be hosted on a network drive for easier management of your standard sheet metal stock shapes.

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3D Custom Hole Support Special Snap Point Locations and Multiple Holes at Once

The Custom Hole tool (in the Feature ribbon bar) now supports the ability to drop on special points on geometry such as center/end/mid points instead of only 2D Sketch defined point. In addition, during this command, you can define multiple point locations to create many holes in a single command feature reducing the need to create patterns or multiple features after the initial hole creation.

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Escape Long Command Process for TriBall Copy/Link

The ESC key can now be used to cancel the TriBall Copy/Link process when creating many copies/links that may have been accidently initiated.

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Direct Face Modification "Apply to Intellishape" New Intelligence to Modify Feature instead of Combining Feature to Brep

When using the Direct Face Modification commands, using the option "Apply to Intellishape" has new intelligent capabilities to maintain the edited features original definition (sketch) if the modification is possible by altering its definition. This provides the user with more control in modification and maintains design intent when it may be unnecessarily lost in Direct Modifications.

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Drag from Scene Browser to Catalog

Did you ever find it hard to locate a shape within an assembly in the scene to add to a catalog? Now you can simply select the shape in the scene browser and drag it directly to the catalog without the need to locate it in the scene.

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TriBall Both Directions

When Translating and Rotating with the TriBall using the Right-Click, a new option is available to repeat in both directions (bi-directional). This allows for quick copies of geometry about a midpoint location.

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TriBall Rotational Copy

Rotate an object by To Point and Right-click to get Link/Copy menu. Similar to drag but using an orientation handle. Refer to center-point copy behavior as an example.

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To Midpoint on Sizebox Handles

On the Sizebox IntelliShape handles, a new option has been added to access the middle point (similar to TriBall to Middle Point). Note behavior has changed to allow plane and point instead of Plane-Plane.

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2D Technical Drawing Improvements in Integrated CAXA DRAFT and IRONCAD Drawing:

Large Assembly Projection Performance Speed

General improvements in the creation of view in CAXA DRAFT for large assemblies. You will see speed improvements of approximately 15% in general cases. If your model contains parts all set to the Parasolid Kernel, the improvement in speeds can be up to 80% in projection and sectioning. 

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Update View Performance Improvement

We have fixed an issue where the update may be slower than the projection speed.

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3D Interface Default Tab for Integrated Draft in IRONCAD

This reduces the number of clicks needed to get to the 3D Interface Tab and speeds up drawing creation.

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Edit Scene Links in DRAFT

This allows a user to view and change the scene file associated with a particular drawing file. For example: Users could create a general layout template and update the scene link to update the views with new projected geometry.

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View Tree Enabled by Default

The view tree has been made the default instead of the mechanical libraries. This was due to feedback from customers that they spent more time in the tree view.

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BOM Improvements

Minor enhancements that include Rename Whole to All Parts, Default Setting for Default Configuration, Drop Down for Configuration Name Expands for Full Length of Name.

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Detail View Support for Broken-out Section Views

Detail views now are supported on Broken-out section views.

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Improved Detail View Association

Detail view association has been improved when modification to the original geometry is performed. The detail views in this case will attempt to maintain association to the geometry modification.

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View Type in Property Browser Drawing

In the IRONCAD Drawing (ICD), select a view and the Property Browser will show setting for the View Display Type to allow quick change from Quick, Draft, and Precise.

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General Improvements Including:

Disabled Sketch Finish Command On Active Command

When you are in a sketch using a command like Move, the Sketch Finish command will be disabled to prevent the accidental completion of the sketch which exits the current active command.

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Handle Snap to Match Attachment Point

With the growing usage of the intelligent parts for configuration, more capabilities are being added to improve the usability. In 2014, users can snap handles on features/parts to matching attachment points on other parts for quick alignment needs. For example: An extrusion part can use a handle to snap to a mating part with a defined offset stored in the attachment point locations.

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Select and Box Selection Toolbar Added to Status Bar

Quick access to the select and box select commands have been added to the status bar.

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Unsuppress All

New options to quickly unsuppress all parts/assemblies under the selected level (filtering down into the sub levels as well) has been added. This reduces the time needed to manually unsuppress components and sub-components of assemblies.

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Part Regeneration Speed Improvements (Cancel Edit Avoid Regeneration)

Improvements have been made to the Feature Modification commands when Cancel has been selected to reduce unnecessary regenerations.

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Selection Tool (Curve/Edge) Improvements

The Selection Tool (for certain surfacing commands) has been improved for additional loop detections. Also, the command has been enabled for the following additional commands: Blend/Chamfer, Draft, 3D Curve Projection, and Extend Surface. This command is access using the Alt-A keyboard accelerator.

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Import Speed Improvements

Improvements have been made to the general 3D solid/surface import command.

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Measurement Command Support to Datum Planes (Structured Parts)

The Measurement command has been improved to allow selection to Datum Planes on Structured Parts. This allows users to get dimension measurements to these reference planes for improved communication.

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Split Body Support for Structured Parts

Support has been added to structured parts to support the split command using multiple bodies. Similar to the Trim Command, users can select the source body and the splitting element/body. The final result will create additional bodies that represent the split regions. Users can use these bodies to perform additional operations and modifications while maintaining association to the original feature design intent.

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Point Cloud Data Import and Reference

Leverage your scanned data by importing into the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite! Using an optimized drawing display, you can import and display large data sets that can be used as reference to recreate or build geometry. Currently supported formats are .pts, .ptx, and .xyz.

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Quick Creation Tools

With the growing usage of scanned data whether point cloud data or facet data, you need improved tools to recreate or construct geometry from reference locations quickly. Even though our drag & drop catalog interface is far better than the traditional applications of the sketch driven process, we believe there are faster methods not fully available in the market today. Check out the new Quick Creation Tools that allow users to pick reference points (these can be point cloud points and/or existing solid data points) to define the shapes. We have started off with the basics supporting blocks, cylinders, cones, and partial cones.

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COMPOSE allows user to configure product data using catalogs which protects IP by using only graphical representation data. Now you can collaborate more effectively by taking COMPOSE configured data and converting it into real solid data using IRONCAD for more advance communication, modifications, and design negotiations. Once modifications are complete in IRONCAD, send the final representation back to COMPOSE for extended communication. This works for IRONCAD/INOVATE created Catalog content shared with COMPOSE.

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Trial Activation Support for Try 5 Times without Activation (Give it a try)

This will be a new option in the dialog prior to activating a license.

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Export Image (WYSIWYG) Large Scale Support

When exporting an image based on the current scene display, the export command has been update to support larger scales which were previously limited in size.

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Improved Export Behavior

You can now select export when nothing is selected to export into solid formats. In the past, you would have needed to understand to select a part first or you would only have access to graphical formats. Now we will handle this case by selecting the top-level assembly in the scene or automatically create the assembly on export.

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2D Sketch Curve Dimension Enabled by Default

The sketch environment has been updated to enable the 2D Curve Dimension by default allowing user the ability to directly see the dimensional information on selected curves immediately.

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TriBall Move Here Working in Position TriBall Only Mode

When in the Position TriBall Only Mode (spacebar), the right-click action for move here is enabled for translation and rotation for consistent operations of the TriBall.

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TriBall Rotation Modification

During rotation of the TriBall, the display has been improved to only show positive values from the start directions (either direction) to reduce confusion. The value will always be 0-360 from the starting location (not 360-0 and 0-360).

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Sketch Unlock Dimensions

Create 2D Sketch SmartDimensions but unlocked. Simple new option in Property Browser when creating a SmartDimension to create an unlocked dimension.

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Default Kernel Setting in PB

When nothing is selected in the scene, a default kernel type option has been added to the Property Browser to allow quick change for new parts or imported geometry.

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Quality Improvements

Heavy focus has been added to the quality and stability of the products. Users should experience an improvement in reliability using the new 2014 version.

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Operating System And System Updates

Windows© 8 & 8.1 Support

IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite has been tested and certified to support Windows 8 and 8.1.

Parasolid™ Modeling Kernel Updates

Updates to the Parasolid kernel have been implemented. These updates include various improvements to the modeling geometry as well as support for new versions. Files up to version 25.1 can be imported and exported.

ACIS™ Modeling Kernel Updates

Updates to the ACIS kernel have be implemented. These updates include various improvements to the modeling geometry. The current version support is version 23 SP2

TechSoft 3D HOOPS™ Toolkit Updates

Updates to the latest version of the HOOPS toolkit allows users to export and share IRONCAD scene files in the latest HSF format (19.34). This allows users to share data with other applications such as a viewer while taking advantage of the latest visual and performance improvements.

Spatial 3D Interop Translators

Many import/export options available in IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (including IGES and STEP) have been updated to the latest versions offered from Spatial's InterOp version 23 SP 2. This update improves the reliability of the import/export interoperability between CAD systems. In addition, the Native Translator versions supported in the Translator Bundle have been updated to support the following new versions: Inventor 2013, Creo 2.0, SolidWorks 2013, Unigraphics NX versions 11 to 18 and version NX1-NX8.5, and CATIA V5-V6 supports Read versions R6 through R23 and Write versions R6 through R23.

Dimensional Solving Engine Improvements

Constraint Solver upgrade for improved reliability and improved performance.

License Activation Wizard Improvements

To improve customer experience in downloading and using our applications, we have made improvements in the License Activation Wizard to clearly guide you to register license, see current licenses, and other processes.

New and Updated 3rd Party Applications:

Rhino-IRONCAD Integration Updated to support Rhino 5

The Rhino-IRONCAD integration has been upgrade to support Rhino 5 which also allows 64-bit support. You will be able to connect directly to Rhino to transfer feature data between IRONCAD/INOVATE to edit directly within Rhino. Once editing is complete, updates can be sent back to IRONCAD/INOVATE to reflect the changes while maintaining associative references. 

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GrabCAD Upload Integration

Using the latest version of the IronCAD Design Collaboration suite, you will be able to share your design work to the GrabCAD community. Simply select the upload command and the IronCAD data, preview image, and a Parasolid X_T file (when solid data is present) will be uploaded to your community folder or project in GrabCAD. This allows you to extend your collaboration with others within an community of designers.

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TraceParts Connection

You will now be able to connect freely to the TraceParts product community directly from within the IronCAD Design Collaboration suite. Browse, download, and import back into the suite to enhance your design process.

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KeyShot Integration

The IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite includes both real-time and realistic rendering options, but we see that some users prefer the KeyShot rendering capabilities to complete their product representations. Therefore, we have add the KeyShot Integration to allow you to transfer your designs to KeyShot (needs to be installed on your machine). Materials and renderings can be performed in KeyShot and when changes to the geometry occurs in the IronCAD solutions, the data can be updated in KeyShot using the Live Linking capability. 

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