DesignCAD was originally developed by ViaGrafix, later named Upperspace and then acquired by IMSI/Design in 2003. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. This program combines a 3D solid modeler with a 2D drafting package. Download from www.UpperSpace.com. Often downloaded with. DesignCAD 3D MAX DesignCAD 3D MAX is an easy-to-use 2D/3D CAD tool, which is perfect for novice.
PRYOR, Oklahoma - June 26, 2001 - Upperspace Corp. today announced the availability of DesignCAD 3D Max and DesignCAD 3D Max Office. DesignCAD 3D Max combines 2D drafting and design with 3D solidmodeling.
Upperspace Corporation has announced the release of DesignCAD 3D Max, an upgrade to DesignCAD 3000 version 11. DesignCAD 3D Max provides complete 2D drafting and 3D modeling capability and is priced under $300. DesignCAD 3D Max is used primarily in professional engineering, drafting and architectural applications, but with its low cost and ease of use it is also used by many individuals as a personal CAD system for casual and household drawings and it is a good CAD solution for laptop users. This new version features several new and enhanced drawing commands and improved customization capabilities.
DesignCAD 3D Max version 12 celebrates 17 years as a leading CAD solution. 'DesignCAD directly satisfies the needs of our customers. That's one reason why we've always offered free technical support.' says Robert Webster, creator of DesignCAD and vice president of Upperspace. He continued, 'Listening to customers has always enabled us to build a better CAD solution.' The DesignCAD solution encompasses powerful 3D solid modeling with excellent shading and rendering features, easy-to-use 2D drafting, a wide variety of file compatibilities, Internet support, 2D and 3D symbols, a customizable interface, direct scanner support, flexible printing options, free technical support and more.
DesignCAD's 3D modeling tools include solid subtraction, union, intersection and interference checking. Complex computations such as volume, center of gravity and surface area can be performed on any solid object. In addition to several solid primitives, solids can be created using linear extrusion, circular sweep, extrusion along a curve, patches, and with surface connecting cross-sections. Solid objects and surfaces can be edited with a variety of commands including trim, scale, fillet and the 'hammer' command. Models can be viewed from any angle and with the new Aerial view a model can be viewed around any point in the design window. DesignCAD 3D Max features excellent shading and rendering, with textures, texture mapping, multiple independent light sources and 3D animation.
While DesignCAD 3D Max has extensive 3D drawing and modeling capabilities, its 2D drawing features are unsurpassed. DesignCAD has many snap modes and line angle constraints which can substantially speed up the drawing process and also offers advanced commands that can be big time-savers for many applications. For example, double lines can automatically be used for drawing floor plans and there's a command to insert a door or window that will automatically trim and label the door or window for you. The distance and bearing from a legal description can be entered directly to draw the lines describing real estate property. The Center of Gravity command can be used to find the center of gravity of any solid or the geographic center of any 2D shape. DesignCAD 3D Max has several timesaving commands such as these.
DesignCAD 3D Max has 12 different dimension commands each of which has customizable text formats, locations, etc. In addition to linear dimensions, the program also supports a full suite of diametrical and radial commands, and tools for annotations or notes.
Drawings can be imported from and exported to a variety of file formats including DWG, DXF, VRML and JPG among others. DesignCAD 3D Max supports version specific input and output of AutoCAD drawings in both DWG and DXF file formats. With DesignCAD's VRML output, users can place a DesignCAD 3D model on Web pages and allow others to view, rotate and animate the drawing with a Web browser. Users can also insert a hyperlink in the exported VRML file using the www Anchor command. This makes DesignCAD 3D Max ideal for creating 3D models for Internet marketing purposes. Direct e-mail support and JPG output provide further Internet support.
DesignCAD 3D Max comes with over 700 2D and 3D symbols. DesignCAD 3D Max's symbol handling makes it simple to create and edit symbol toolboxes. Any drawing can be used as a symbol and incorporated in a symbol toolbox. Additional symbols are included in the DesignCAD 3D Max Office package.
Custom menus, toolboxes, keyboard shortcuts and workspace templates are supported by DesignCAD 3D Max. The OLE Automation interface exposes the DesignCAD Application and document objects to the system for use with popular programming languages such as Visual Basic, Visual C++, C++ Builder and Delphi. In addition, clients written with these tools can call DesignCAD 3D Max and utilize its functions and graphics.
Direct scanner support enables users to scan documents and place them into drawings as bitmaps. DesignCAD's Auto Trace command can be used to convert the bitmaps into vectors for direct incorporation into a drawing. For example, a design can be scanned in and applied as texture mapping.
DesignCAD drawings can be output to any Windows printer or plotter as line drawings or shaded models. DesignCAD's Paper Space Mode enables more than one view of a drawing to be output on a single page, making it easy to print detail insets or 3-view drawings. Quick printing tools allow users to print the current view instantly.
DesignCAD 3D Max supports multiple views of multiple files. In addition, files can be inserted as OLE objects into other applications. For example, a user can insert a link to a DesignCAD drawing into a Microsoft Word document and edit the drawing later by double-clicking it.
New features of DesignCAD 3D Max include a new Aerial View, a Layer toolbar, Isometric Drawing mode, a new Parallelogram drawing tool, new Working Plane options, custom line types, dynamic dimension text placement, new vector fonts, custom hatch patterns, 70 new hatch patterns and four point move and copy. New printing options have been included such as the ability to print the grid with the drawing or print layers in any order you want. Plus, users can rotate a view around the center of the screen or the origin.
In addition to the new 2D and 3D features, DesignCAD 3D Max includes many improved features. Improved features include 1000 drawing layers instead of the 256 layers offered in previous versions of DesignCAD, improved layer support and a new dockable layer toolbar. Other enhanced features include Slice by Plane, improved point control, quicker double lines, more flexible dimensions and notes, better text editing, an improved status bar, improved symbol library dialog box, improved Info Box, paper space improvements, improved smooth line, better WMF import and export, improved workspace configuration features and those writing third party programs for DesignCAD 3D Max will be pleased to see longer BasicCAD variables.
DesignCAD 3D Max supports Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and will also support Windows XP which is expected to release from Microsoft Corp. in November of 2001. It is available through computer and software dealers worldwide, or directly from Upperspace. Pkhex for mac 2019. DesignCAD 3D Max has a street price of under $300. Current DesignCAD users can purchase an upgrade through Upperspace for $79.95.
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A few weeks ago, I got a message from a faithful reader about CAD(computer-aided design) programs. He wanted to know if we knew of any he could try out to see if it would be of any use to him. There were probably trial versions of CAD programs out on the Net, but I was too busy that day to go fishing for one. So I went over to associate editor Joanna Take’s desk and “borrowed” one of the two she had there. I mailed it off to Tommy Reep, the woodworker who contacted me, with the agreement that he would try out the software if he agreed to tell me how it worked for him.
Tommy was very diligent about sending me progress reports. I caught up with him a few days ago to find out how the CAD software worked for him. The program I sent him was called DesignCAD from Upperspace Technology and he wanted to try out a drawing program on his next project because, as he explained it, he was having some accuracy problems with his woodworking projects. “Everything I’d done so far had been in my head,” says Tommy.
So he wanted to try his hand at drawing up his next project, which was a TV stand for the new big screen TV he had purchased. It was currently sitting atop the old broken TV and he wanted a proper entertainment center for it, including some shelves for his wife’s collection of movies. But the best laid plans of woodworkers, even with a CAD program, gang aft agley (oft go astray for you non-Scott’s).
Somewhere along the way, his wife redirected the project and it became a bookshelf for her cookbooks. Though the drawing below doesn’t show it, glass doors were added to the final project.
Tommy spent about 2 weeks learning the ins and outs of the CAD program as he finished his design. There were, he admits, some very frustrating evenings working through the program with the reference manual and the software. But in the end, Tommy says, “it helped me tremendously.”
At first, he says, it was a little tricky getting used to the decimal measurements instead of fractions, but in the end it was a real boon. He was working with about 110 board feet of cherry his brother had cut up for him. It hadn’t been dried or stacked correctly, so he had to trim it down. It was cut 4/4 and by the time he had straightened the stock it was 11/16″ instead of ¾”. The decimals helped him keep the project more accurate with the oddly dimensioned stock. He said he never got more than 5 thousandths of an inch off on any part of the bookshelf.
This particular program runs about $129 and Tommy says it’s worth quite a bit more than that in his opinion. He’s going to keep working with it, because, as he puts it, “I haven’t accessed nearly all of the capabilities of this.”
– Bob Filipczak