March 4, 2013 - CAD-Viewer displays the dynamic display of 3D models without an expensive CAD program. The goal is that all business departments, customers and contractors are able to profit from the expressiveness of 3D models. This makes coordinating processes easier and costly mistakes can be prevented. Because not everyone involved in the process has CAD knowledge, the intuitive handling of the Viewer, in addition to the detailed display of the complex models, is an important factor of success.
3D-Tool Version 10 has a clearly arranged user interface with practical everyday functions. At the push of a button, 3D-Tool provides the dimensions, the surface area and the volume for all parts of a model. Distances, angles and radii can be measured with simple mouse clicks further simplified by an intelligent pre-selection of measurement references. The parts of a model can be exploded automatically or by dragging them with the mouse. In combination with the animation feature this illustrates the design of complex assemblies.
For coordination or presentation purposes, the model can be published together with the Viewer as a standalone 3D-Tool file and used on any PC. This way each team member can examine the design without additional license cost, complicated software installations and especially without CAD knowledge. At the same time almost all 3D-Tool tools are available including sophisticated analyses like the check of draft angles and wall thicknesses. In addition to sharing a model as executable 3D-Tool file, 3D-Tool can publish models as a 3D-PDF file for the Acrobat Reader and as well as full-scale printouts and high resolution image files.
There are three versions of 3D-Tool available that differ in the supported 3D file formats. 3D-Tool Premium has the most extensive 3D interfaces which includes the standard formats such as STEP, IGES and Parasolid and native formats: CATIA, Pro/Engineer, Creo, Inventor, Unigraphics and SolidWorks. Additionally, it includes a converter that converts the native models to standard file formats. All versions of 3D-Tool support 2D drawings in the DWG, DXF and HPGL file format.
Depending on the version, a 3D-Tool single user license costs between 150 and 600 Euros. To view STL files, 3D-Tool offers a freeware version (3D-Tool Free Viewer). The full version can be tested for free with a Trial key. All downloads and further information can be found on the 3D-Tool website www.3D-Tool.de.
3D-Tool GmbH & Co. KG is located in Weinheim, Germany and has been continuously developing their CAD-Viewer 3D-Tool for more than 10 years. The development team around owner and engineer Ingo Wulf focuses on practical relevance and intuitive handling. A professional in-house support team emphasizes the strong customer focus of the company.