updated 11:40 am EST, Mon January 14, 2008
Punch! ships ViaCAD Pro
Punch! Software has released ViaCAD Pro for Mac and PC. The news CAD software expands the ViaCAD family and delivers highly functional, low-cost 2D/3D design product for sophisticated, precise, general-purpose design. Positioned as a step up from its $100 entry-level solution, the Pro version gives designers the power to push beyond the boundaries of traditional curve, surface, and solid modeling by including deformation and warping technology which can bend, stretch, twist, and deform NURB bodies independent of design history. Additionally, ViaCAD provides sophisticated modeling features such as: associative NURBS-based surface creation and editing; history & feature based solid modeling, and constant and variable radius blending and chamfering.
In addition, the software supports bending surface and solids along curve and offers local face editing tools for working with foreign parts. ViaCAD also supports G1/G2 surface edge matching as well as N-sided covers, tangent covers, and surface fills.
ViaCAD Pro supports an integrated collection of 2D, 3D, surface, and solid modeling tools with a variety of interoperability functions for IGES, STEP, and SAT. Other supported formats include OBJ, SketchUp, AutoCAD 2008 DXF/DWG, Adobe Illustrator, Rhinoceros, STL, and 3DS Max.
ViaCAD first came to the market in January 2007 with its $100 ViaCAD 2D and 3D design software. ViaCAD Pro delivers all the functions found in ViaCAD, along with greater functionality with its highly versatile advanced 3D modeling tools. According to the company, the advanced tools enable high-end, rapid 3D modeling.
ViaCAD Pro, a Universal Binary, is available for $500. A 14-day demo is available as well.