Precision 3D Design for Beginners, Experts, and Everyone In-between
Intelligent, easy-to-use design tools coupled with an unbeatable price to performance ratio makes ViaCAD 2D/3D™ the ideal choice for CAD designers everywhere.
The power of 3D design has never been easier. ViaCAD 2D/3D offers an amazing marriage of 2D and 3D design tools to turn your ideas into reality. Quickly toggle between 2D and 3D views and create files for popular 3D printers, 2D/3D architectural plans, mechanical plans, electrical schematics, furniture designs, and anything else you can dream up. ViaCAD 2D/3D will even automatically convert imported 3D models into 2D drawings and you can then quickly create detail, section, and auxiliary views – all while working in 2D.
Powerful 3D tools such as mesh, surface, and solid modelling, blending, chamfering, and shelling
3D printing verification tools
Extensive 2D drafting tools (text, dimensions, 3D to 2D drawing generation tools, bill of materials)
LogiCursor™ allows drawing precisely with your mouse and cursor in both 2D and 3D. It thinks as you draw.
New in v11:
2D Dimensions and Constraints
Tool Icon Sizing
Duplicate Layer Command
SVG Import and Export
Simplify Curve Tool
3MF Import & Export
VMRL 2.0 Texture Support
OBJ Texture Support
SketchUP 2018 Import/Export
DXF/DWG 2018 Import/Export
Powerful Solid Modelling
ViaCAD provides solid modelling technology found in much higher end products. There is a unique tie between 2D and 3D; which means you can edit 2D profiles used to create 3D objects and the 3D shape will automatically update.
Feature-based History Tree for editing
Powerful 3D editing tools such as blending, chamfering, and shelling
A complete design tool with extrusions, Booleans, surface modelling for more complex smooth surfaces
Precise geometry suitable for ‘concept to manufacturing’
Tools to create 3D from 2D shapes
2D Drafting and Documentation
A complete set of 2D drawing tools is provided for drafting documents and sketching schematics, floor plans, mechanical designs and more.
26 industry-standard dimension styles
275+ tools for 2D drafting and editing
Tools to create Section Views to highlight important drawing features
Automatically generate 2D drawings from 3D models
Bill of Materials for tracking
Creating 3D models is easy with ViaCAD™, regardless of the design’s complexity. The LogiCursor™ will guide your cursor to help you create drafting documents or even align points in 3D. Editing is as easy as drag and drop with the Gripper™.
The Gripper provides click and drag style editing for moving, copying, scaling and rotating parts of the drawing, even faces.
Customisable Grids can be configured as rectangular, polar (circular), and even Isometric.
26,000 symbols are included to speed up your designing!
The LogiCursor™ allows drawing precisely with your mouse and cursor in both 2D and 3D, aligning your cursor with existing points in your drawing.
ViaCAD™ is built with professional level technology providing speed, precision, and compatibility.
Now a 64- bit application for both the PC and Mac, ViaCAD™ provides a smoother workflow allowing for faster drawing, manipulation and larger projects. Compatibility with AutoCAD ™ 2018 and other products means you can share your designs with others. Using ACIS™-based geometry means you are creating with the same technology used by others using software that costs thousands of dollars.
Includes 19 file formats to share your designs.
Compatible with AutoCAD™ 2018 DXF/DWG
Includes STL export for 3D Printing
3D Printing Tools
ViaCAD 2D/3D now includes 3D printing tools to prepare and validate your designs to make them 3D printer ready.
3D Print Check
This tool checks a part for print viability, displaying warnings or errors to the user.
Surface Normals Check
Facet normals define the inside and outside areas of a part. If facet normals are pointing the wrong way, the 3D printer may have problems creating the part. If you have a normals issue, there are several commands that can help you fix this problem.
The Overhang Analysis tool provides a means to visually inspect modeling areas that may require structural support for 3D printing. Meshes, surfaces and solids facets normals are compared to the work plane direction. Angles that are less or equal to 45 degrees are highlighted as red.
The Wall Thickness Analysis tool provides a means to visually inspect modelling areas that may be too thin for 3D printing. Meshes, surfaces, and solids facets are examined using ray intersections.
The Preview Slices tool provides a user interface to slice models given a direction and thickness. The dialog box allows for animation through the slices and single stepping. One use of the Preview Slice tool is to verify a part has closed, non-overlapping sections, a requirement for 3D printing. The Save Slices option provides several options to save slices to DXF, STL or add the results directly into your drawing.
The Auto Position tool translates the model to the positive x, y coordinate system at z=0.
Manually adds geometry to support material as it is created by the 3D printer. Support structures controls, include Attach Radius, Midpoint Radius, Base Radius, Base Thickness and Drag base and mid points to modify structure location.
Show Printer Volume
Toggles the boundary of the default 3D Printer. The volume is defined within the Printer Definitions dialog box.
Sets key parameters of the 3D printer, including length, width and height of the volume accessible by the printer. The parameters in the Printer Definitions dialog box are used for commands such as 3D Print Check and Auto Position.
Some of the types of drawings you can tackle with ViaCAD™ 2D/3D:
3D models for prototyping with 3D printers (helicopter image from Tim)
DIY projects: 3D models of furniture, house plans, etc. (existing)
Architectural drawings for drafting documents, room layouts and 3d visualisation
Inventions: Easily create 3D models of your concepts
Educational: Drawings and 3D models for science fairs
Objects for use in game development studios
Windows®: Recommended Requirements: Windows® 7, Windows® 8, and Windows® 10, 64 Bit Intel® Pentium® or AMD® Athlon™ class processor, 8 GB of hard disk space, 4 GB of RAM, An OpenGL/DirectX9 compliant video card with 256MB of dedicated RAM, Mouse Pointing Device (wheel button recommended), DVD-ROM Drive. Internet connection required. Macintosh®: Recommended Requirements: Macintosh® OSX 10.11-10.14, x64 Intel® Mac®, 8 GB of hard disk space, 4 GB RAM or greater, Mouse Pointing Device (wheel button recommended), DVD-ROM Drive. Internet connection required.