Putting the Engine into Engineer
BricsCAD V13.2 has arrived for Windows. With 20 odd new or enhanced features, and a multiude of fixes, it's well worth a look. Details below on some of the key features added with this version.
Sample CAD library for Bricscad V13. An example of a simple CAD library suitable for Bricscad. On completion of the installation process you will find shortcuts to the BricsCAD trial from the start menu, and from your desktop. This will run BricsCAD using a specific profile that is seperate from your existing BricsCAD setup. i.e. It will not affect your current BricsCAD setup.
From time to time you are going to be presented with data in a non-graphical form (spreadsheet, CSV, TXT, XML etc.) that you want to overlay on to your drawing so you can visualise it. A common example is some type of cross country pipe run, or pipe network (Geothermal steam, oil & gas, storm water). This type of information is usually provided as an export from a GIS, or a survey based CAD application. To initially view, you may use a text editor, or spreadsheet application.
Bricsys have posted a video demonstration of BricsCAD V13 Platinums Assembly Modeling capabilities. The example shows how to attach parts or sub assemblies (all of which are dwg files), editing sub assemblies, adding a bill of materials, and making use of the x-solids hardware library.
Bricsys have posted a video demonstration of the new mechanical features included with BricsCAD Platinum. The model used is the same as presented at the recent conference in October.
Having problems installing BricsCAD on your machine, or getting strange un-repeatable type errors? Rakesh Rao recently posted this suggestion to try Installing BricsCAD as Administrator. Like my previous post on entering your BricsCAD License, this isn't necessarily an issue with BricsCAD, but something that can occur with any application you are installing on a Windows 7 / Vista machine.
Looking to play with some of the BricsCAD Platinums new mechanical modelling features introduced with V13? If you take a look in your installation folder you will find a couple of models have been provided as samples. You should find them located under:
A rather subtle feature introduced with BricsCAD V13 is the ability to click and drag on objects to move and copy them. Its subtle in that it provides no prompting, or graphicical indication when you use it. In fact move has been available since V11, with the copy feature added with V13.
A new feature introduced with BricsCAD V13 is Dynamic UCS. This subtle feature will prove to be a major time saver for those working in 3D, as demonstrated in the video below. This video also shows Automatic Command Completion in action, which is another new feature with V13.
Demonstration of Inverse Kinematics in action with BricsCAD V13 Platinum at the 2012 Bricsys conference in Amsterdam on October 3rd. Presentation was made by Dmitry Ushakov, Chief Executive Officer, Bricsys Technologies Russia. With BricsCAD V13 Platinum is moving further to identify itself as the MCAD option of the three different types of BricsCAD.