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ZW3D 2021 Beta is Now Available for You to Try

July 15, 2020

GUANGZHOU, CHINA: July 15th, 2020 –ZWSOFT today unveiled ZW3D 2021 Beta for testing. The new version brings extended functions for CAD design and CAM programming as well as better user experience, helping you tackle more complex tasks. 


Here are the highlights of ZW3D 2021, and a surprise is waiting for you at the end!

Friendlier Interaction

In ZW3D 2021, user experience has been further improved with some small yet considerate new functions. For example, Command Search helps you quickly search commands by keywords, which is useful for unfamiliar functions. And for repetitive work, Script Record can help by recording the commands as a script, which can be set as a map key to quickly conduct the operation by one click next time. Moreover, the Cartesian Coordinate System is now fully supported, including 2D/3D Datum Axis, Datum Plane, and Datum CSYS, helping with sketch design, modeling, PMI dimensions and assembly constraint setting.


Figure 1. Search needed commands by Command Search


Figure 2. Datum Axis is supported

Extended CAD Capabilities

Except for friendlier user experience, CAD functions have been extended for higher-quality design. For sketch design, new functions like Offset Constraint to add constraints to offset entities, Equal Curvature Constraint to realize smoother curves and surfaces, Cosmetic Sketch to provide references for modeling process, etc., are ready for you.

As for modeling, G2 Blend is supported to get filets and blend faces of higher precision, especially benefiting streamlined design. The new Cross Trim function can trim multiple surfaces and sew them at a time.

Assembly has also been remarkably improved with new functions like Include Unplaced Component to insert virtual components in the assembly tree and the 3D BOM, Clearance Check to detect the minimum distance between components, and Batch Attribute Edit to apply attributes to multiple objects simultaneously.


Figure 3. Streamlined design of higher precision by Equal Curvature Constraint


Figure 4. The G2 Blend option is supported to get a higher-quality fillet or blend face

Optimized CAM Programming

Enhancements in CAM module are also worth expecting. For instance, more types of cutting tools are supported in turning, including the pentagon, hexagon and octagon ones. What’s more, Full Machine Simulation has been upgraded with Machine Builder, CNC Controller, Machine Register, new measuring tools, etc. It helps you simulate the actual machining process more easily and accurately. Besides, the CAM operation list now can be exported to Excel, where you can also show or hide a specific coordinate. Finally, Arc Fitting is supported in 2X Milling, 5X Milling, and Surface Engraving to help generate higher-quality toolpaths.


Figure 5. The newly-supported cutting tools for turning


Figure 6. The upgraded Full Machine Simulation

To summarize, ZW3D 2021 brings a lot of new functions and optimizations for better user experience and stronger CAD/CAM capabilities. Now the beta package with a 30-day free trial is available. Welcome to try and share your comments with us in the ZW3D user group. Your voices are valuable to help us deliver a better ZW3D.

One surprise:

From July 15th, 2020 to the official launch of ZW3D 2021, if you buy or upgrade to ZW3D 2020, you can get a free upgrade to ZW3D 2021. 



ZWSOFT CO., LTD. (Guangzhou) is a reliable and innovative engineering software provider with its flagship products ZWCAD and ZW3D. Committed to providing complete and seamless user experience to worldwide users with its all-in-one CAx solutions, ZWSOFT has continuously satisfied diverse needs of various industries such as AEC and MFG. With over 20 years' experience in the industry, its products and service have been proven by over 900,000 clients across 90 countries.

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