CADDIT Announces the Release of Geomagic Freeform 2016 in Australia
Sydney, Australia 16 May 2016 - CADDIT Australia announces the release of Geomagic Freeform and Freeform Plus 2016 version. Geomagic Freeform offers a cornerstone solution in the 3D "digital thread" of rapid manufacturing and reverse engineering suite from 3D SYSTEMS. Specifically, Geomagic Freeform is a comprehensive organic 3D engineering solution for digital sculpting, haptic-controlled VR modelling, surface design, 3D Scan processing, CAD interoperability and mould making. Geomagic Freeform offers the sensation of "virtual clay modelling" with physical model feedback to the designer - however Freeform models remain fully editable (as opposed to physical sculpting - try "undo" in real stone). Moreover, Geomagic Freeform works seamlessly with related 3D SYSTEMS technologies of 3D scanning and 3D printing.Freeform 2016 introduces a number of new features and options, including:Enhanced Sketching and Curve Tools• Improved sketching tools to capture design intent• Easily extract curve networks from a part in the object list• Improved touchscreen support for curve drawingStructureFX ™• New tools for complex lightweight lattice structures• Select existing patterns or create customs forms• Quickly create clever and complex designs with CellFx,LayeredFx, CageFx, and ShapeFXDirect Geomagic Capture Scanning• Directly capture physical objects in 3D with Geomagic® Capture™ scanner• New Dynabar tools to support the scanning, alignment, and merging of scansWrap for Freeform Plus• Freeform Plus includes cooperative application• Use the high quality Geomagic surfacing tools to CAD surfacesClay File Viewer• Stand-alone viewer for clay (.cly) files• Visualize models with zoom, pan and rotate capabilities• Analyze designs using measure and cutaway tools CADDIT also announces the availability of Geomagic® Sculpt™ - a simple, fast yet sophisticated precision voxel 3D sculpting and modelling software solution. Create organic designs and edit and transform existing 3D data with sculpting, shaping and detailing tools not found in traditional CAD software. Get the sensation of clay modelling with the benefits of digital design. Available with Geomagic Sculpt is 3D SYSTEMS' new lower-cost 3D Touch haptic stylus device.For more information, trial download (without haptic device) or even to arrange for a hands-on demonstration of digital sculpting using Geomagic Freeform in Australia, contact CADDIT in Parramatta.Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
ProgeCAD has long stood as the default "professional" low-cost AutoCAD alternative software option. progeCAD offers and affordable perpetual-license alternative for "renting" high-cost AutoCAD access, with the ability to create, read, write and edit native AutoCAD DWG and DXF files fluently using and interface very similar to what AutoCAD users are accustomed.CADDIT now announces the worldwide offer of free upgrades to progeCAD 2017 of equivalent type for all progeCAD 2016 licenses and upgrades paid for on or after 24 February 2016. This means that a purchase of progeCAD 2016 USB will also get a free upgrade to 2017 USB at no extra cost, an upgrade from progeCAD 2014 to 2016 will also get 2017 upgrade at no extra cost, and so forth. Upgrades will be distributed during the first few weeks after the global release announcement of progeCAD 2017 on the CAD Software Blog and on CADDIT.net. This free upgrade offer applies to ENGLISH language license purchase only, and will continue until the release of progeCAD 2017, on CADDIT.net.progeCAD 2017 represents the most exciting release of progeCAD to date, offering one fell swoop of general improvements, including:NATIVE 64-bit version with theoretical memory limit of 16-terabytes for x64 PC architecture, Windows tuning model (8 terabytes "User" and 8 terabytes "Kernel"). This means ability to edit vastly larger DWG drawing files than under the previous 32-bit architecture. progeCAD no longer supports 32-bit as of 2017 release. New RIBBON-BASED INTERFACE option. Users now have the choice between ribbon, toolbar, both or neither. Updated status bar, with icons and new features. Improved memory management and hardware graphics acceleration (OpenGL), again increasing stability and drawing speed. Multi-core support for opening and regenerating files, which provides 1.5 to 3 times performance improvement on multi-core computers (er.. well, we hope that is most of us by now..) Other platform improvements include: Support for "workspaces", .NET API with user drawing interaction support (AutoCAD compatible), vastly improved Microstation DGN format read support, AutoCAD .CUI menu support and many other general platform improvements.Here is our FIRST SNEAK PEAK of this new platform (in beta testing):New progeCAD 2017 64-bit multicore with ribbon UI from CADDIT.progeCAD 2017 will also deliver DOZENS of new commands and variables to be used. At this point these new functions are to include: BCOUNT, XOPEN, XPLODE, POLYSOLID, POINTCLOUDATTACH, SETBYLAYER, PRINTTRANSPARENCY, TABLESTYLE, Layer-walking and many more. Significant changes and improvements have also been made on QSELECT, PURGE, LOFT, CUSTOMIZE, AUTOCOMPLETE and many others.To benefit from this free upgrade offer, simply buy progeCAD 2016 (English) on the CADDIT.net website. After the 2017 release, free upgrades will be sent to all progeCAD customers with orders paid on or after 24 February 2016. At a time agreeable to the user, the progeCAD 2016 serial key will be replaced with a progeCAD 2017 serial key and a new download link will be sent for the software, similar to how has been done in past years. The free upgrade will apply to all new progeCAD Professional, progeCAD USB and company Network licenses purchased on or after 24 February. New dongles will not be required for the progeCAD USB upgrade. Free upgrades will also be sent to any users now purchasing a progeCAD 2016 upgrade for an existing seat of progeCAD 2010, 2011, etc. Promotion does not apply to OEM repackaging. This promotion will last until the day that progeCAD 2017 release is announced on this website.To try progeCAD free for a month, progeCAD 2016 can be downloaded HERE. For questions about this free 2017 promotion please contact CADDIT here. Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
Alibre Upgrade No Longer Available after 30 April 2016
On 19 July, 2011 3D Systems first announced its acquisition of Alibre Inc. and its flagship 3D mechanical design software. The product was subsequently rebranded under the "Geomagic" portfolio as "Geomagic Design". This year will mark the fifth anniversary since this acquisition and new features which have subsequently been introduced. 3D Systems has thus far supported all versions of Alibre, including Alibre Design Standard, Professional and Expert with either ongoing maintenance subscriptions or upgrade opportunities. For several months a well-published opportunity for flat fee "update and upgrade" was made available in Australia through CADDIT.net. Many users took good advantage of this window of advantage to update Geomagic Design and Alibre versions that were three, four or even six years old and we wish to extend thanks to all who are participating. The flat fee promotion has now ended, as was announced, on 31 December 2015.3D Systems business channel has made it known to CADDIT of the intention to drop all upgrade support for Alibre Design PE, Alibre Design Standard, Alibre Design Professional and all similar levels of Geomagic Design Standard and Professional. Going forward, there will only be one product level available to all Geomagic Design users, as demonstrated on the CADDIT webstore. Users of lower-version products will need to buy a completely new license if they wish to update their software. The date for this change is 30 April 2016, and only affects users of the old PE, Standard and Professional product levels - Expert and Geomagic Design (full) are not affected, can continue to update their subscriptions per usual at this link. Also, any users under current active Geomagic Design maintenance are likely not affected as they will mostly likely already be migrated to the full product version.Users in Australia at any level can still order maintenance at any product level and receive a free level upgrade to the full version of Geomagic Design at this link. All indications are that this is the final opportunity lower-level users in Australia will ever have to have their package updated. Without current support, CADDIT is unable to answer user requests for licensing help, account lookups etc. After 30 April all such requests will be referred directly to 3D Systems without assurance of a response due to the outdated support.I renewed my Geomagic Design Subscription just last year. Am I affected?No. You should continue your maintenance subscription per usual.I have Alibre Design PE 2012 version. What happens if I don't upgrade?You will have no support, and likely will not even be able to run the software on newer versions of Windows. You are encouraged to maintain your investment by renewing the maintenance subscription HERE.I have two licenses. One is Alibre Design Pro 2011 and the other is Alibre Design Expert 2010. Should I upgrade both and what does it cost?A subscription will need to be purchased for each license that you wish to keep updated, using this link which shows the current AUD pricing including applicable lapse fees. It is strongly recommended not to mix versions of Alibre / Geomagic Design as this will lead to serious file compatibility problems between them. I have other questions.CADDIT Australia can be contacted the usually way via these details:https://www.caddit.net/store/index.php?main_page=contact_usCopyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
ProgeCAD 3D Performance on Windows 10, 7 and 8
As of progeCAD 2016.0.8 progeCAD now supports native installation on Windows 10. Today we compared progeCAD 3D Orbit render performance on a selection of hardware and operating systems including Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 - with laptop hardware provided from Microsoft, Asus and HP to the following varied graphics specifications:System 1 - Windows 7, Asus i3 2.3 GHz 4G RAM, Graphics ATI 7470M RADEONSystem 2 - Windows 8.1, HP 2.2 GHz 16G RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750MSystem 3 - Windows 10 upgraded, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 i7 with Intel 5000 HDprogeCAD on various ATI, NVIDIA and INTEL HD graphicsOur Parramatta test focused on 3D shading and full rendering support. Although more focused on high performance 2D plan view design and detailing, progeCAD does offer several drawing and rendering tools for 3D presentation. One tool set is the full boolean direct solid modelling using the ACIS kernel compatible with AutoCAD. Another tool is the AutoCAD-compatible SHADEMODE command. Using SHADEMODE, we can change from 3D wireframe views of mesh and solid models to easy-shaded which we can "orbit" (or spin around) in real-time via the SHIFT+Middle-Mouse-Button combination. We used this mode for benchmarking our hardware FPS (frames per second) with the help of the FRAPS utility, as shown below: First, our IIS model was loaded SHADEMODE was then set to REALISTIC. Next we started RTROT from the command line. This was because we needed to set a different centre or rotation (by first hitting the "S" key while within RTROT) or else our model quickly rotated right off of the screen (this was because of the coordinates used to produce the drawing). The results were actually satisfactory for both the Microsoft Surface using INTEL 5000 graphics (very decent for on-board INTEL graphics) and the NVIDIA GPU running on the HP Envy Series. FPS ranged between 20-30 FPS (24 FPS is standard digital video speed) and our model rotated very naturally. We could not say the same for the ATI graphics on the i3 ASUS. Although still useable, the ISS model flashed between frames on our ASUS-ATI and FRAPS never reported an FPS exceeding 9 frames a second. Performance was noticeable lower than on the other two systems. Movement was "jerky" and poor quality using the ATI RADEON, despite the actually higher CPU clock speed of 2.3 GHz. In conclusion, hardware does matter. We remind users that progeCAD uses OPENGL hardware acceleration when available. Either NVIDIA or better-quality INTEL graphics prove to supply this. Also i7 CPU seems to help, especially in file loading and other command response times. We were not surprised by these results, as the performance was similar with other OPENGL-based CAD software that we work with here. Should progeCAD users upgrade to Windows 10? ONLY IF THEY HAVE THE LATEST VERSION OF PROGECAD 2016. For more information about OS and hardware compatibility for this low cost AutoCAD alternative or upgrading, contact CADDIT Australia at this link. Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
New Geomagic Design Features & How to Move a License
Geomagic Design offers the best of both worlds with robust feature-based parametric modelling side-by-side with direct editing tools for manipulating imported geometry from STEP, Parasolid, Inventor and other 3D CAD software, at a comparatively affordable price. With the release of Geomagic Design 2015.1 (17.1.0) will come several new features available to software subscribers as part of their product update. Updated MCAD file format support will help ensure ongoing model read/write interoperability with newer versions of 3rd party CAD systems like Solidworks and Siemens Solid Edge.Two new features provided in the 2015.1 update will be associative assembly mirroring and "live linking" with KeyShot rendering software. Both features will save time for designers.Assembly Mirror Component feature allows designers to create mirror-reverse instances of existing parts and subassemblies across a selected plane. This mirror feature can maintain associativity and reflect changes made to the parent instance, including motion etc. Live linking with KeyShot likewise saves design time by allowing designers to update scenes with new geometry from the Geomagic Design model while keeping all existing scene settings, material bitmaps and light positions. Below is a video released by 3D Systems demonstrating an early version of this functionality: For users of previous versions of Alibre or Geomagic Design, these new features add to the value of the excellent flat-rate upgrade-and-update amnesty offer on CADDIT.net. Questions about Geomagic Design CAD Software can be submitted to CADDIT here.Speaking of questions, several users have been asking about how it is possible to "move" a license using the new Flexnet license management for Geomagic Design. Simply stated, the software is deactivated from the "License Key Status" on one PC and activated on another. Without a license activation, Geomagic Design will ask for one each time it is started. If the license code is already activated on another PC, this license can be made free again using these steps as shown below: 1) Make sure the current system is connected to the internet. From the Home Window of Geomagic Design click "Help" -> "About Geomagic Design". 2) Click the "License Key Status" button. 3) Select "Virtual Dongle":4) Click "Deactivation" from the Virtual Dongle functions. Select your license and click the grey arrow (lower right of box) to proceed. Once the license is deactivated online, it can be activated on the new target PC/Laptop/etc:Geomagic Design users wishing to move their license offline, without use of an internet connection, may consider purchase of a hardware USB dongle available from CADDIT here.Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
Affordable AutoCAD Upgarde Alternative for Windows 10
Sydney, Australia 08 September 2015 - CADDIT announces the release of progeCAD 184.108.40.206 for Windows 7, 8 and now Windows 10. progeCAD has long been regarded as the leading fully-compatible alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD software in Australia. This latest upgrade is available free of charge to all existing progeCAD 2016 registered users and may be downloaded as a full trial version from CADDIT.net. A significant new feature of the new progeCAD 2016 update is full support for Microsoft Windows 10 operating system as demonstrated on this Surface Pro 3:progeCAD 2016 running on Windows 10 / Surface Pro 3Users of previous versions of progeCAD, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT and similar software products are encouraged to download the free progeCAD trial version, which will run full-feature and obligation free for 30 days from CADDIT Australia. progeCAD includes critical features like AutoCAD-like drawing commands for DWG file reading and writing, PDF printing and conversion back to CAD, iCADlib block library, dynamic block and cursor and fast OpenGL graphics engine. Collectively packaged at a price still under AUD$600 with USB and floating network license options, progeCAD 2016 delivers unprecedented value. These features have all been now tested and upgraded to work with Windows 10.Previous versions of various CAD programs may not be compatible with Windows 10. Users are encouraged to take this opportunity to take advantage of the affordable pricing when considering their upgrade options. For further information about how progeCAD, contact CADDIT in Parramatta.Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
Upgrade Alibre or Geomagic Design Any Version to V17, Special Offer
CADDIT announces a limited, one-time maintenance fee which will allow CAD users to upgrade to the most current version of Geomagic Design from any previous version of either Alibre- or Geomagic Design. Any customer in Australia who bought Alibre Personal, Alibre Professional, Alibre Design Expert and Geomagic Design Elements, and who are not on current maintenance can subscribe now for one flat fee on the CADDIT.net website until December 31, 2015. Maintenance subscribers receive all updates and support from 3D Systems for a one-year period after booking, so for outdated / lapsed users this represents an excellent return on the original investment and an opportunity to migrate over to the new license system. Note that the exact AUD price is subject to change. Offer applies only to each seat of purchased software. Multiple installed seats on one license will be charged separately. Dongle and network fees may apply seperately. This offer does not apply to the AlibreCAM, Mfiles/Vault or Dynamics add-ons.For one flat fee, any user of previous versions of Alibre or Geomagic Design can now update - includes hobby users.As previously announced, newer versions of Geomagic Design now use a new serial-key based floating license which requires occasional connection to the internet for verification purposes. Users with problematic internet, or having no internet, may wish to take advantage of the new Geomagic Design USB license dongle instead. The USB dongle can be ordered on the same page as CADDIT Geomagic Subscription Renewals. These offers are only valid for online purchases placed using the following web link:https://www.caddit.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=74&language=enAt a highly affordable price point, Geomagic Design delivers top-end tools at lower cost, including comprehensive assembly, parametric and direct editing tools, 2D documentation, sheet metal design, motion analysis and integrated CAD data sharing tools. For more information about 3D Systems Australia, Geomagic Design or this promotion, contact CADDIT HERE.Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
Important Free Update for All progeCAD 2016 Users
Sydney, Australia 24 April 2015 - An important update has been released free for all English version progeCAD 2016 Professional Single, USB and Network installations. progeCAD 2016 is a general-purpose 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native CAD, the optimum cost-effective alternative to AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT®. progeCAD 2016 Professional reads and writes AutoCAD® DWG versions 2.5 - 2016. progeCAD 16.0.6 has been released as both an automatic update and as a fully downloadable package on the CADDIT website. The following is a non-exhaustive list of important improvements have been delivered in progeCAD 2016.0.6.6:Fixed COPYCLIP between progeCAD and other software productsFixed EXTRUDE of not closed polylines but with equal end and start pointsDynamic Input: Fixed SPACEBAR to change grip functionLayer Manager: Fixed creation of layer group filtersRemoved wrong ortho glyph used with ETRACK on NWUCSDynamic Input: Fixed not allowed charsAnnotative Dimension: Added regeneration of annotative dimensions to avoid disappearanceFixed BOX command starting from not 0 ZFixed update of angle with rotation in Z axis in VIEWCTL dialogFixed ROTATE3D X/Y/Z options in NWUCSFixed CONE/CYILINDER specify radius with Z pointFixed creation of BOX by length in NWUCSFixed command WEDGE length optionDynamic UCS: Fixed exception in some casesDisabled OSMODE for command LOFTAnnotative blocks: Fixed assign of annotative scale after SAVE and re-OPENAnnotative blocks: Added BLOCKSCACHE variable to disable cache of blocksAnnotative blocks: Fixed BLOCKSCACHE change removing automatic reload of current drawing to avoid hangAnnotative blocks: Added check to annotative blocks changing active annotative scale, if found pcad asks the user to disable blocks cache and reload drawingAdded check to avoid useless and slow set of pdf printer marginFixed JPEG printerFixed LOFT command. Now it accepts parameters from LISPFixed crash/exception saving (also autosave) drawing with thumbnailFixed save of last used path to allow to set it by external IRXFixed lisp PRINT and PRIN1 with "\\"Fixed FILLET command of a closed polylineFixed FLATSHOT and implemented dragging of created blocksFixed error when autosaving a 2013 drawingDynamic Input: Fixed CONE, SPHERE, CYLINDER commands typing diameter instead of radiusAdded new contextual menu items for viewports. "Viewport Clip", "Display Viewport Objects" and "Display Locked".Command VPORTS : Fixed ON/OFF for option LockFixed ESNAP on ACIS with NWUCSDynamic UCS: Added dynamic UCS to CONE command and direction of extrusionDynamic UCS: Added Dynamic Ucs to WEDGE commandDynamic Input: Fixed NNx and NNxp annotation in ZOOM commandFixed extrude command with mouse direction and esnapFixed a wrong option in the ucs menuTBSIZE variable set to readonlyQLEADER position error (with modified ucs)Fixed specify of height of CILYNDER depending from mouse direction, ESNAP or ORTHO 3dFixed specify of height of BOX depending from mouse direction, ESNAP or ORTHO 3dDynamic UCS: Fixed Cylinder command with dynamic UCSChanged the saving version parameter for command lineFixed freeze with files with OLE objectsRemoved colon at the end of EasyArch object's attributes in the edit object maskCloud: Fixed save to cloud without fontsFixed INSERT command setting angle with keyboard and POLARFixed Missing Arc Aligned Text label in QSelectFixed ROTATE command setting angle with keyboard and POLARAdded some check to avoid exception in NCOPYFixed DWGPREFIX and DWGNAME variable for files in 2013 formatDynamic Input: Fixed dimension pointed lines scale in imperial/metrics drawingDynamic Input: Fixed height of text in dynamic dimension in drawing if current text style has fixed height Dynamic Input: Fixed FLATTEN prompt for optionsDynamic Input: Moved dynamic controls away from cursor positionDynamic Input: Fixed prompt text of command TEXTMASK and MOCORO and various messages in expressDynamic Input: Fixed display of unselected text in dynamic controlDynamic Input: Fixed draw of caret in active edit controlFixed Hatch of dynamic blocksFixed BREAKLINE command in NWUCSDynamic Input: Fixed PAN and ZOOM during selection in localized versionDynamic Input: Fixed cursor on mandatory option list after select (PEDIT, IMAGECLIP,...)Removed grips from solid face perpendicular to view directionFixed position of tooltip of ESNAP/ETRACK/POLARDynamic Input: Fixed RAY and XLINE inputDynamic Input: Fixed reset of value in GetString modeDynamic UCS: Fixed dynamic UCS during RTPAN/RTZOOMFixed the "File" menu when closed all documentsDynamic Input: Fixed display of dynamic input controls after RTPAN in REVCLOUD commandDynamic Input: Fixed display of selection set coordinate controls after RTPANDynamic Input: Fixed options in RASTER commandsDynamic Input: Fixed update of controls and dimensions using only keyboard Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
ProgeCAD 2016 Released with New "Dynamic" Features
Sydney, Australia 24 February 2015 - CADDIT Announces the release of progeCAD 2016 Professional CAD software. Since 2007 progeCAD has delivered the leading low-cost AutoCAD-alternative product for Australia and many other regions. progeCAD offers an affordable way to read and write AutoCAD files, using similar commands and toolbars as used in previous releases of AutoCAD itself. Many choose progeCAD over AutoCAD LT because of it's low cost (currently a little over AUD $500) and features like 3D modelling and AutoLISP which are blocked in AutoCAD LT. progeCAD is commonly used in a wide variety of industry domains, including building design, electrical and plumbing, telecommunications and fibre-optic diagrams, civil land survey, engineering, fabrication, joinery and much more. With progeCAD Professional 2016, a CAD drafter can create very large complex drawings and save directly to AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT without data loss or conversion, as shown: Left, AutoCAD 2015 DWG, Right same file read in new progeCAD 2016Existing users who upgrade to progeCAD 2016 version will enjoy a host of new features, including dynamic input at the screen cursor, dynamic UCS for selecting 2D drawing planes on-the-fly, solid grips for editing 3D solids dynamically and support for annotative objects.Dynamic input allows the user to enter options and values for drawing commands via context-sensitive "tooltip" boxes and menus which appear near the graphics cursor. progeCAD dynamic input works with geometry, text and dimensions. For some users, this graphical input system seems more "user-friendly" than the traditional command prompt and use of relative polar notation.Dynamic UCS allow users to choose a 2D planar coordinate system (UCS) merely by starting a drawing command like LINE and "hovering" over supported entities which will temporarily appear 'dashed' indicating a temporary UCS is selected. Both Dynamic Input and Dynamic UCS can be switched off at any time via their buttons on the bottom status bar.Annotative Objects were introduced in AutoCAD 2008. Using Annotative Objects in progeCAD allows the user to create dimensions, text and even hatches which scale automatically scale according to the viewport or plot scale they are presented with. With more flexible detailing, drafters will not need to create as many text and dimension styles. Those which are created can be more flexible. In progeCAD, to make any supported detailing style or hatch "annotative" simply by clicking the new "Annotative" option provided.progeCAD 2016 also offers a new ARCTEXT command with a very similar interface to the one provided by AutoCAD Express Tools. You can define text justified to an arc (not a full circle) with options on spacing, height etc. as shown here.New commands also include support for saving drawings and configurations to and from supported Cloud Storage accounts including Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. Since we now live in a time where cloud storage is more common, this new feature may prove very convenient for some users. Other new features include a new BREAKLINE command, updated icons and a larger selection of interface skins to choose from.progeCAD 2016 Professional is available for immediate download form CADDIT. The new version will run for 30 days with all features enabled, thereafter a license must be purchased. Existing users can purchase an upgrade to progeCAD 2016 Professional from their current version. Any other questions about the new progeCAD 2016 release can be submitted on the CADDIT Contact Page.Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.
Block Data Extraction in progeCAD 2016 for Simple Bill of Materials Reporting
Wikipedia defined a Bill Of Materials, BOM or product structure as "a list of the raw materials, sub-assemblies, intermediate assemblies, sub-components, parts and the quantities of each needed to manufacture an end product". Most BOMs are expected to report intelligence about materials, suppliers, part numbers and other attributes of a design's components in a way that is already specific to a certain domain, such as building or machine design or electronics, etc. AutoCAD or progeCAD, on the other hand, are seen as more general-use design standards. These programs are potentially suitable for any of those specific domains when given little extra thought from the user.To begin with, both progeCAD and AutoCAD support the use of external and internal blocks in a drawing file. Blocks are drawings which can be re-used multiple times in another larger drawing. For example, say we use the same fastener several times in a drawing. Rather than actually drawing the same fastener detail from scratch every time it is needed in a view, our fastener block can be inserted as a reference entity everywhere we want the fastener to appear, saving both data space and drawing time. And if we have a 3D block of the fastener, we can also re-use that block again in all of different views of our drawing. Changes to the block will be reflected everywhere it is used in the drawing. Blocks also offer a great way to represent design components that we want reflected later in a bill of materials. In progeCAD 2016, internal blocks can be made "annotative" so that they scale automatically according to the annotation scale of the viewport. Custom attribute information can be inserted using the ATTDEF command while in the block's "local editing" workspace. A block's custom attributes can be viewed and edited using the BATTMAN command (for ATTEXT they need to be checked with DDATTE - see reason below).Above is an example of using a simple three-line block defined and inserted in progeCAD, and some additional attributes which we defined using ATTDEF. NOTE: if we are inserting a lot of blocks with a lot of attributes, we can prevent progeCAD from asking us every time to confirm each attribute by setting ATTREQ to OFF. Below see the block attributes listed in BATTMAN: Once we have our blocks inserted and block-attributes defined, we can generate our BOM list. There are several ways we can do this. The easiest way is to use the EATTEXT command (menu "Tools -> Data Extraction.."), choose the default settings offered and select the block attributes desired from the window that follows. progeCAD will display an export preview similar to this one: Once we click next, we are offered a variety of output formats, including tab- or comma- separated CSV file which we can then import into a spreadsheet for final touches or incorporation into a larger existing product structure list. We can also output the attribute data to a drawing table. progeCAD has supported TABLES in DWG since version 2014. Another way to generate a basic BOM in progeCAD is using the older ATTEXT command (menu "Tools -> Extract Attributes.."). Note that ATTEXT will only recognize block attributes if they were defined BEFORE the block was inserted into the drawing. EATTEXT does not have this limitation. Using this command allows you to export entity attributes using a pre-defined template file which must be created first. According to progeCAD documentation, the format for this template file is ASCII text series of single line records made of name-format pairs. Each record pair specifies a single attribute to be exported, in the order you wish the attributes to be exported. Here is a list of standard attributes:BL:LEVEL NFFF000 (Block nesting level)BL:NAME CFFF000 (Block name)BL:X NFFFPPP (X coordinate of block insertion point)BL:Y NFFFPPP (Y coordinate)BL:Z NFFFPPP (Z coordinate)BL:NUMBER NFFF000 (Block counter; same for MINSERT)BL:HANDLE CFFF000 (Block handle; same for MINSERT)BL:LAYER CFFF000 (Block insertion layer name)BL:ORIENT NFFFPPP (Block rotation angle)BL:XSCALE NFFFPPP (X scale factor)BL:YSCALE NFFFPPP (Y scale factor)BL:ZSCALE NFFFPPP (Z scale factor)BL:XEXTRUDE NFFFPPP (X component of block extrusion direction)BL:YEXTRUDE NFFFPPP (Y component)BL:ZEXTRUDE NFFFPPP (Z component)...and this syntax is used to extract custom attribute data'C' literal 'C' indicating character format -or-'N' literal 'N' indicating numeric fieldsFFF Width of field (000 - 999)PPP Decimal places (.0 - .999)0 Literal zeros - i.e. character fields have no decimals see below.for records in the format of: CFFF000 NFFFPPPFor example, to export the "DEMO-MATERIAL" attribute from our example above we would add the following record pair to our template file: DEMO-MATERIAL C060000Which means "character field, maximum length 60, no decimal places"So, to export, say, block numbers, block names, our material attribute, our cost attribute and lastly our supplier attribute for the drawing of triangle blocks used above we would write this actual template file in notepad and save as, say, "mytemplate.txt":BL:NUMBER N010000BL:NAME C060000DEMO-SUPPLIER C060000DEMO-COST C010000DEMO-MATERIAL C060000NOTE: Creating old ATTEXT templates is evidently a bit tricky. A faulty template file will result in 0 records extracted. It is also reported that these templates have a couple of obscure rules when used in AutoCAD. Each record must be followed by a full DOS carriage return, including the final record (so, no blank lines in between records - but a final blank line with no spaces in it). At least one custom attribute must be in the template otherwise it will silently fail. Because of these problems we recommend using EATTEXT instead of ATTEXT.We select Comma Delimited Format option for output (this is the same as Excel's CSV file format). The results of ATTEXT in our case came out like this: 1,'test','Demo Building Supply Pty Ltd','60','Treated Pine' 2,'test','Demo Building Supply Pty Ltd','60','Treated Pine' 3,'test','Demo Building Supply Pty Ltd','60','Treated Pine'These value can be inserted into a spreadsheet or other software for processing into the final Bill Of Material.Copyright CADDIT. AutoCAD compatible IntelliCAD, CAD software and Design software service company based in Sydney Australia.