December 16, 2016
solidThinking has released the latest versions of its Inspire and Evolve design suites. This release, according to the company, is focused on usability and incorporating user-requested features.
A company press release states that the following updates have been made for Inspire:
- The new Motion tool allows users to easily mechanize their models and investigate system motion to predict loads for moving parts.
- The Topography Optimization tools can be used to change shapes of shell structures by introducing stamped bead patterns for better structural performance.
- Updated Partition Tools allow users to divide a part into design and non-design regions by selecting a hole, pocket, or face to offset.
- The Bolt Pretension tool allows users to achieve more accurate results when bolts are under pretension.
- New Planar Symmetry and Radial Symmetry tools have been added to replace the Mirror and Polar Copy tools.
- All images which are rendered inside Evolve now include a Depth Channel (tiff). This Z-depth channel can now be saved in the Image Browser and used in post-processing tools such as Adobe Photoshop to simulate the natural blurring of foreground and background scene elements when viewed through a camera lens.
- New and improved import/export for SVG, PDF 2D, DWG, and DXF formats.
- New length parameter for the Line tool and Rounded Polyline tool.
- Improved Curve Offset tool to work directly on surface edges.
For more information, visit solidThinking.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.