Upgraded 3D Software

Alibre's latest flagship 3D CAD application, Alibre Design 10. 0 (V10) includes improvements in 3D modeling, parametric sketching and 2D detailing. A CAM add-on, Alibre CAM, supporting 2.

Alibre's latest flagship 3D CAD application, Alibre Design 10.0 (V10) includes improvements in 3D modeling, parametric sketching and 2D detailing. A CAM add-on, Alibre CAM, supporting 2.5 and three-axis NC machining, is also available as a component in the company's Design Expert. Compared to Design 9.2, equivalent operations are completed in half the time with 35 percent less memory consumption. The new Fast Views feature projects 2D views of large or complex models 4 to 10 times faster. In addition, a variety of detailing features are more responsive, including inserting dimensions and annotations such as BOM callouts, creating and editing Views and generating hidden lines and centerlines. Associative updates of drawing views after a corresponding change to the 3D model have also been improved.

The new software include the Direct Editing toolset, which is especially useful for early-stage conceptual design and working with models imported from other CAD systems. This toolset provides intuitive push-pull modeling as well as the ability to quickly move, add and remove design elements.

According to the company, because the tools are easy to use, people who are not CAD experts can complete previously complex tasks.

The CAM addition to the software is fully associative, so when a part is edited, a previously defined toolpath will update automatically. In addition, Alibre CAM supports a selection of post-processors for popular machine tools as well as the ability to write custom post-processors for any machine.