ZW3D 2021: Continues to Tackle More Complex Design and Manufacturing Tasks
September 15, 2020
GUANGZHOU, CHINA: September 15th, 2020 – ZW3D 2021 has been officially released today. Continuing to focus on tackling more complex design, this fire-new version brings forth a great deal of new functions and enhancements for friendlier user experience, as well as more efficient and higher-quality product design and manufacturing.
Friendlier User Experience
Except for supporting the latest versions of most mainstream formats, when importing files, ZW3D 2021 can also read their part attributes, such as Hidden/Suppressed Components and Material.
With the new Coordinate System, you can now create multiple Local Coordinate Systems (LCS), each of which can be activated as a Work Coordinate System (WCS) according to your needs.
Figure 1. Design with multiple Work Coordinate Systems
Moreover, the new Datum Axis, which can be generated from a geometric object, can act as the rotation center or help add concentric constraints. The CSYS and Datum Axis greatly increase your design flexibility.
Friendlier User Experience
Sketch & Modeling
G2 continuity between curves is supported, to help you get smoother curves and surfaces by Equal Curvature Constraint. Cosmetic Sketch with abundant symbols and shape marks is ready to provide references for the modeling process.
Figure 2. Get smoother curves and surfaces by Equal Curvature Constraint
For modelling, G2 Blend is now available for higher-quality fillets and blend faces. And previously, you may find trimming multiple crossed faces troublesome. Now, it can be done all at once with Cross Trim. So convenient and efficient.
Figure 3. Trim multiple faces simultaneously by Cross Trim
Sometimes you need to insert virtual components which don’t need to be geometric, like spare parts. In this case, Include Unplaced Component can help.
In addition, Clearance Check can help you guarantee the minimum distance between parts. What’s more, you can edit the attributes and constraints of multiple components at one time by Batch Attribute Edit and Edit Constraint respectively, greatly saving your time.
Figure 4. Edit the constraints of multiple components at one time
For some industries, flanges of zero-radius are needed. The good news is that they are well supported in ZW3D 2021. Another important function for Sheet Metal design, Punch, has also been upgraded, enabling you to set fillets, open faces, and even a shape from an external z3prt file.
Figure 5. Zero-radius Flange
There are still many new CAD features you don’t want to miss, like Point Table and Dimension Table for inspection by measuring instruments, and the new ECAD module for the design of electronic circuit layout.
Upgraded CAM Capabilities
In ZW3D 2021, you can specify a customized part as a stock. More excitingly, pentagon, hexagon and octagon cutting tools are here to help with your turning work.
The time spent on “Rapid to end” for Solid Verify has been significantly cut down from several minutes to a few seconds compared with the last version.
Machine Builder for importing and customizing external machines, Machine Register for setting the Work Coordinate System and defining the tool compensation, CNC Controller for specifying the controller of simulation, etc. make Full Machine Simulation more powerful.
Figure 6. Upgraded Full Machine Simulation
Many ZW3D users have been asking for exporting CAM Operation List to Excel. In ZW3D 2021, it’s ready. You can also customize the template, and show or hide the coordinate. What’s more, Post Editor can now be activated right in ZW3D instead of opening a new browser.
Figure 7. The built-in Post Editor
With improved user experience, extended CAD functions and upgraded CAM capabilities, ZW3D 2021 takes a further step to help you tackle more complex design and manufacturing tasks. Why not explore tons of new features yourselves? Or welcome to leave your voice in our ZW3D User Group.
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