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TurboCAD 2016 enhances 3D mechanical design feature set

Other updates include rendering, architectural and user interface enhancements.

The 2016 update to TurboCAD from IMSI/Design includes enhancements to its 3D mechanical design feature set, including the ability to generate a variety of 3D shapes by using “law-based” design. Other new features include updates to its visualization rendering engine, new features for architectural design, and tweaks to the user interface.

A update to the RedSDK rendering engine gives TurboCAD 2016 an affordable high-quality photorealistic rendering solution. (Source: IMSI/Design)

A update to the RedSDK rendering engine gives TurboCAD 2016 an affordable high-quality photorealistic rendering solution. (Source: IMSI/Design)

TurboCAD is one of the oldest CAD software products on the market; its first release came out in 1986. Unlike the other CAD survivors from the 1980s, TurboCAD and other products from IMSI/Design are sold primarily through retail channels as well as online.

New advanced blending functionality includes 3D Fillet Blending options, which allow for more organic and realistic object creation, and a new Holdline Blend, which uses 2D elements to control limits of a fillet. A related new feature, Variable Blend, uses points to specify the radii at various locations on the fillet.

A set of new what IMSI/Design calls law-based features provide new ways to generate shape using formulas:

  • Curve from Law creates a parametrically defined 2D, 3D curve; the resulting curve can be used by the Graphic on Path tool, in Sweeps, etc.;
  • Surface from Laws generates an new parametric surface object by formula;
  • Warp Entity by Law can warp an existing 3D solid based on a formula;
  • Offset with Laws reshapes the resulting offset object based on a formula.  
3D editing improvements include new features for blending and controlling the limits of a fillet. (Source: IMSI/Design)

3D editing improvements include new features for blending and controlling the limits of a fillet. (Source: IMSI/Design)

TurboCAD Pro Platinum now offers support 3D point cloud data:

  • Point Cloud Import/Export uses .PCD and .XYZ formats to transfer data;
  • Point Cloud Triangulation can extract a surface from a point cloud data set;
  • Subset Point Cloud selects a subset of an existing point cloud to create a separate entity.

Both the Pro and Pro Platinum versions of TurboCAD 2016 now use the ACIS R26 Kernel for the 3D modeling engine.

New features of architectural interest include:

  • Convert Roof Slabs takes a classic TurboCAD roof and converts it to a set of roof slabs;
  • Trim Roof Slab by Plane trims a Roof Slab by the plane of other roof slabs, standard roofs, or walls;
  • Improved IFC object support includes the IFC file filter, used for building information management (BIM), supporting the Import and Export of beam and column object types;  
  • Create multi-landing stairs from a 2D polyline;
  • Edit Roof Slab tool includes an input field.

TurboCAD uses the RedSDK rendering engine, updated with features including:

  • Portals to designate objects as transparent to sky luminances;
  • Tone Mapping controls that are both interactive and graphical;
  • Improved Render Manager workflow of rendering components including materials, luminances, environments, and advanced render styles.  
  • Improved Transparent fill support  

User interface improvements in TurboCAD 2016 include highlighting of 3D objects and parts while copying in RedSDK mode, reference point relocation, and a new Show Normals to help estimate the smoothness and orientation of 3D objects.

TurboCAD uses the latest edition of the Teigha engine for import/export conversion of .dwg and .dxf files.

 

About the Author:

Randall S. Newton is the former Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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