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ViaCAD Pro - designed with the professional in mind. Gives you all the features of CAD, plus increased high-end modeling power and a more robust collection of materials and textures for interactive visual realism!


 

 

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Professional

Professional CAD tools for a consumer price! ViaCAD offers you the 3D tools you need for designing prototypes, products, mechanical parts and more!

Complete Toolset

ViaCAD offers precision solid modeling and drafting toolsets, SubD, photo rendering and 3D printing tools in one application.

User Friendly

ViaCAD Pro is the next step for CAD hobbyists and professionals looking to take their skills to the next level. Because of the short learning curve, this will be possible in a short period of time!

Functions

ViaCAD is equipped with the following functionalities to offer you versatile 3D modeling.

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System Requirements

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Software:

  • Windows 7 to 10 - 64 Bit

System Requirements:

  • Intel processor or higher
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Video card 1+ GB 100% OpenGL or higher*
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function

Video card

* If you are looking for a new system or upgrade, please pay extra attention to the video card. We do recommend video cards with a nVidia Quadro or GTX chip. These cards support OpenGL very well and have qualitative drivers.

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Software:

  • macOS 10.11 - 10.13

System Requirements:

  • Intel processor or higher
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Video card 1+ GB 100% OpenGL or higher*
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function

Video card

* If you are looking for a new system or upgrade, please pay extra attention to the video card. We do recommend video cards with a nVidia Quadro or GTX chip. These cards support OpenGL very well and have qualitative drivers.

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At this moment, there's no Linux version of ViaCAD Pro available

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pricing

Commercial Licenses

ViaCAD Pro - Standalone License

€ 459,- excl. VAT

Upgrade Licenses

ViaCAD Pro History

New in ViaCAD Pro v11 (November 2018)

2D Dimensions and Constraints
Dimension and constraint tools are now available to manage the geometric relationships between 2D shapes. These relationships are used to remember design intent of 2D sketches, which typically drive 3D solids. Modifying any object within a system of constraints will update all other dependent objects accordingly.

Tool Icon Sizing
You can now modify a tool palette to use larger or smaller icons. Right click on the tool bar header to display a popup menu for “Change Icon Size”. This menu now provide options for 64,32,24 and 16 pixel sized icons. The default icon size is 32x32.

Layer Duplicate
A new command to duplicate a layer and all the objects in that layer is now available through Concept Explorer. To access this command, place your cursor over the layer you want to duplicate, right click, and select the Duplicate command. If you Duplicate a sub layer, the new duplicated layer is promoted to a first level layer.

SVG Import and Export
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation. The SVG specification is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999. V11 now supports importing and exporting to this new format. The new SVG Import/Export provides an alternative to using the Adobe Illustrator format for sharing vector based (scalable) graphics. Note: For importing SVG files from Adobe Illustrator use a unit setting of MM(or inch) and a DPI setting of 72 to get the correct scale.

LightWorks Texture Integration with OBJ, 3MF, 3DS, and SketchUp (Pro only)
Lightworks PhotoRendering now supports rendering texture images imported from OBJ, 3MF, SketchUp, and 3DS file formats.

High Resolution Printing for Objects with Textures (Pro only)
Prints involving objects with textures now internally use Lightworks to generate the image for the printer, providing a high resolution output.

Skinning with Centerline Path (Pro only)
Skinning is the process of constructing a NURB surface between sections. Skins in ViaCAD can be open resulting in a NURB Surface or closed creating a Solid. V11 introduces the ability to specify a path. The path defines the flow of the surface between the sections. Specifing a path means you may be able to define less sections which may produce a more overall smooth surfaces.

Simplify Curves
Some design tasks prefer higher order curves such as arcs, circles, and/or ellipses over lines. For example sharing data with a plasma or water jet cutting CNC system or extruding a profile into a solid and later adding edge treatments. V11 introduces the Simplify Curve tool to assist in this task.

Convert Lines or Polylines into:

  • Arcs
  • Circles
  • Ellipses
  • Splines

Edge Features (Pro only)
Furniture or counter top designers often need to add an edge to their designs for either decorative or functional purposes. Adding these edges can be time consuming especially if the underlying length, width, or height is changed. Edge features introduced in V11 provide a means to rapidly define parametric edges used in wood, marble, or granite designs. Some predefined edge treatments include:

  • Cove
  • Rounds
  • Rounds with Beaded Offset
  • Full, Half, and Beaded Ogee
  • Waves
  • Bullnose, Half Bullnose
  • Custom Edge

Stopped Chamfer (Pro only)
Stopped Chamfers are a new solid modeling feature in V11. A Stopped Chamfer replaces an edge with a bevel, typically for decorative purpose. The bevel starts and ends by a user specified value. Parameters used to define a Stopped Chamfer are:

  • Chamfer Length
  • Distance from Start
  • Distances from End

The transition rolls off using a smooth arc simulating the path of a router bit. As with other features, the user can modify any of these parameters during the design process to explore alternative shapes quickly.

Surface From Laws (Pro only)
Regenerative design or algorithmic modeling is a method in which designers use and tweak formulas to create complex shapes that would otherwise be very difficult to design. V11 introduces the ability to use parametric formulas to design NURB shapes.

Formulas are defined by users specifying how x, y, and z relate to a parameterized equation (UV). For example a simple Paraboloid NURB surface is defined by U and V through the three parametric formulas:
f(x) = U*cos(V)
f(y) = U*sin(V)
f(z) = 0.2*U^2

Some predefined formulas available from a drop down for the designer include:

  • Sine Wave
  • Parabolids
  • Moebius strip
  • Klien Bottle
  • Double Spring
  • Barrel Spring
  • Hour Glass Spring
  • Sine or Twisted Tubes

3MF Import & Export
The 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) is a 3D printing format that allows design applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to other applications, platforms, services, and printers. The long term goal of the 3MF consortium is to replace STL as the industry standard format for 3D printing.

Highlights of the ViaCAD implementation are listed below:

  • Supports UNIT description flag
  • Color Attributes
  • Textures (PNG, JPG) & UV Coordinates
  • Support for full color 3D Printing

The 3MF consortium founding members include Microsoft, AutoDesk, Dassault Systems, 3D Systems, Siemens, PTC, HP, and ShapeWays. Check out the thousands of MicroSoft Paint 3D 3MF models in Windows 10 imported into ViaCAD 11!

VRML 2.0 Texture Support
VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) is a file format used to describe 3D interactive graphics for the world wide web. Although replaced by other file formats, VRML is still popular in some circles. In fact VRML is one of the few formats that can be used to define a fully colored 3D print model*. The image to the right is a VRML 2.0 file with textures uploaded to Shapeways. Shape ways has the ability to print this type of a model using SandStone suitable for figurines and sculptures. *3MF will replace this feature at some point but many print bureaus such as Shapeways do not yet support 3MF.

OBJ Texture Support
The OBJ file format was updated to supporting reading and displaying textures.

SketchUp 2018 Import/Export
SketchUp(TM) has introduced a new file format starting with their 2018 products. V11 has been updated to support the new format as well as supporting textures.

DXF/DWG 2018 Import/Export
AutoDesk(TM) has updated the DXF/DWG format with the release of AutoCAD 2018. V11 has been updated to support the new format. Note: AutoCAD 2019 uses the same format as AutoCAD 2018.

New in ViaCAD Pro v10 (October 2016)
New in ViaCAD Pro v9 (January 2014)

Resources

Video's, tutorials and more. Everything you need to get you started with ViaCAD.

VIACAD VIDEO'S

The newest ViaCAD video tutorials to get you started.

Getting Started

Push/Pull

Surface Skinning

3D Printable Wrench

Section Cuts

Draw View

More Info?

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