Whats New in ZW3D2012---- An interactive, easy to use interface with faster design                   and easier machining ...
Content1. A completely new design experience ................................................................................
2.5.4 New dimension attribute -- Inspection dimension ................................................................. 18...
Whats New in ZW3D20121. A completely new design experience1.1 New ribbon interfaceZW3D2012 offers a greatly improved user ...
Menu, tabs, toolbars and manager can all be hidden to maximize the working area.1.1.2 Right-click for a context sensitive ...
1.2 Improved workflowWorkflow and interactive operations have been improved in ZW3D2012, offering engineers a user friendl...
Furthermore, the mouse can be hovered on a feature history or over an assembly tree toautomatically highlight and identify...
1.2.3 Mouse operation optimization          Left- Mouse                         Entity selection          Left Mouse Butto...
1.3 Improved graphics1.3.1 Graphics are 2-3 times faster     By using the OpenGL VBO technique the ZW3D graphics run 2-3 t...
1.3.4 New types of light sources in modeling environment     Three different light sources can be chosen, including eye li...
Size of Step File:28MZW3D Version      ZW3D2012 (Native solution)                    ZW3D2011(Third part solution)Import T...
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2.14 Support for high resolution raster image export    It is easy to export a high-quality image in different formats (Bm...
in the new version, speeding up the design process.     The context sensitive mini-toolbar for Direct Edit functions, furt...
2.3 Frequently used modeling functions improved2.3.1 Enhanced Extrude and Revolve     New functionality has changed comple...
2.3.3 Improved Curve Mesh   The new easier to use and enhanced command creates smoother surfaces. Curves can be picked at ...
random as their orientation can be determined from the intersection with the cross curves. A new option,Extend to intersec...
2.4 Easy use and efficient sketchGood work starts with an efficient sketch. Easier to use and faster sketch in ZW3D2012 re...
2.4.3 More efficient interactive operations    Intuitive reduction in the steps required for design processes by efficient...
2.5 Improved 2D Drafting2.5.1 View linkage     This new feature allows users to change the position of views while still m...
2.5.2 Directly drag objects to be moved     Directly drag a view or dimension to move it. This replaces a right hand menu ...
2.5.5 Enhanced update function     It is now unnecessary to regenerate the view to update the part attribute information. ...
2.5.8 Other improvements    1) Optimization of default view attributes to reduce the additional operations required to mod...
3. Wider Industry ApplicationWith greatly enhanced usability and intuitive operation ZW3D2012 offers improved sheet metal ...
3.1.2 Flange along a bend-line    The new tools make it easy to create a bent flange along a line, further increasing mode...
3.1.4 New type of dimple feature    Extra sheet metal features now supported in ZW3D2012 include two types of dimple featu...
3.1.5 Optimized options     1) Support for Zero bend radius" flanges/ "mitered" flange option     2) Addition of a new con...
4.2 New Operations in CAM4.2.1. New face operation for Mill2X    The Facing Operation creates tool paths which efficiently...
4.2.3 New 3x Mill operation for multiple planar surfaces    This is a new special operation of 3X milling that lets users ...
4.3 Optimized Options in CAM4.3.1. Assign speeds/feeds automatically when a tool is assigned to anoperation    ZW3D provid...
4.3.2. CAM manager support for operation folder    The file folder can be created and deleted under the Operation section....
4.3.4. Get faster results by multi-threaded calculation in Quick Mill   Multi-threaded calculation can maximize pc capabil...
5. Third Part Applications5.1 Part Solution    A major improvement for the standard parts and components feature is the au...
5.3 Support 3D connection and LightWorks   More information will be shared in later version.Notes: This PDF File is the mo...
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  1. 1. Whats New in ZW3D2012---- An interactive, easy to use interface with faster design and easier machining ZW3D Technical Support Team 2012.1.12
  2. 2. Content1. A completely new design experience .............................................................................................................................. 1 1.1 New ribbon interface ................................................................................................................................................. 1 1.1.1 User interface customization ............................................................................................................... 1 1.1.2 Right-click for a context sensitive mini toolbar ........................................................................... 2 1.2 Improved workflow ................................................................................................................................................... 3 1.2.1 New selections list with highlight enhancement ........................................................................ 3 1.2.2 Windows or industry compatible function keys ............................................................................... 4 1.2.3 Mouse operation optimization ............................................................................................................ 5 1.2.4 More friendly command panel ............................................................................................................ 5 1.2.5 Visual and dynamic installation process ........................................................................................ 5 1.3 Improved graphics...................................................................................................................................................... 6 1.3.1 Graphics are 2-3 times faster............................................................................................................... 6 1.3.2 New display modes .................................................................................................................................. 6 1.3.3 Improved quality graphics.................................................................................................................... 6 1.3.4 New types of light sources in modeling environment .............................................................. 72. Faster design with extend capabilities ........................................................................................................................... 7 2.1 Highly enhanced data exchange for closer collaboration .......................................................................... 7 2.1.1 Native STEP import/export.................................................................................................................. 7 2.1.2 Support for native SAT export ............................................................................................................ 8 2.1.3 Support for PDF export .......................................................................................................................... 8 2.14 Support for high resolution raster image export ...................................................................... 10 2.2 Upgraded Direct Edit .............................................................................................................................................. 10 2.2.1 Direct Edit reliability enhanced ....................................................................................................... 10 2.2.2 New workflow ......................................................................................................................................... 10 2.2.3 Support for extruding an edge or curve ....................................................................................... 11 2.3 Frequently used modeling functions improved .......................................................................................... 12 2.3.1 Enhanced Extrude and Revolve ....................................................................................................... 12 2.3.2 More smart Rib and Rib Network commands ........................................................................... 12 2.3.3 Improved Curve Mesh.......................................................................................................................... 13 2.3.4 Enhanced Extend open shape and Trim Shape commands ................................................. 14 2.3.5 Enhanced offset command................................................................................................................. 14 2.4 Easy use and efficient sketch............................................................................................................................... 15 2.4.1 New constraint types ........................................................................................................................... 15 2.4.2 Improved constraint mark, snap, and highlight ....................................................................... 15 2.4.3 More efficient interactive operations............................................................................................ 16 2.4.4 Other improvements ............................................................................................................................ 16 2.5 Improved 2D Drafting ............................................................................................................................................ 17 2.5.1 View linkage ............................................................................................................................................. 17 2.5.2 Directly drag objects to be moved .................................................................................................. 18 2.5.3 Solid TTF text........................................................................................................................................... 18
  3. 3. 2.5.4 New dimension attribute -- Inspection dimension ................................................................. 18 2.5.5 Enhanced update function ................................................................................................................. 19 2.5.6 New workflow of standard view creation ................................................................................... 19 2.5.7 Enhanced Hole table ............................................................................................................................. 19 2.5.8 Other improvements ............................................................................................................................ 203. Wider Industry Application ............................................................................................................................................. 21 3.1 Enhanced Sheet Metal ............................................................................................................................................ 21 3.1.1 Lofted flange ............................................................................................................................................ 21 3.1.2 Flange along a bend-line ..................................................................................................................... 22 3.1.3 Non-90 degree flange support for a "closed corner" .............................................................. 22 3.1.4 New type of dimple feature ............................................................................................................... 23 3.1.5 Optimized options ................................................................................................................................. 24 3.2 New Mold & Die Solution ...................................................................................................................................... 244. Easier machining .................................................................................................................................................................. 24 4.1 New 2X turning ......................................................................................................................................................... 24 4.2 New Operations in CAM ........................................................................................................................................ 25 4.2.1. New face operation for Mill2X......................................................................................................... 25 4.2.2 Undercut operation added to Quick Mill ..................................................................................... 25 4.2.3 New 3x Mill operation for multiple planar surfaces ............................................................... 26 4.2.4 New 5X Helical cut................................................................................................................................. 26 4.3 Optimized Options in CAM ................................................................................................................................... 27 4.3.1. Assign speeds/feeds automatically when a tool is assigned to an operation ............. 27 4.3.2. CAM manager support for operation folder .................................................................................. 28 4.3.4. Get faster results by multi-threaded calculation in Quick Mill.......................................... 295. Third Part Applications...................................................................................................................................................... 30 5.1 Part Solution............................................................................................................................................................... 30 5.2 TransMagic 9.0 .......................................................................................................................................................... 30 5.3 Support 3D connection and LightWorks ........................................................................................................ 31
  4. 4. Whats New in ZW3D20121. A completely new design experience1.1 New ribbon interfaceZW3D2012 offers a greatly improved user experience. Intuitive access to common commands through thenew ribbon interface speeds up and simplifies the design process. Hovering the mouse over an icon givesa pop up, context sensitive, help box to make operation even easier.1.1.1 User interface customization Users can easily customize the new ribbon interface to suit their own way of working. Skin, menutabs, panels and toolbars can all be changed from quick access menu commands located on the right handtoolbar. 1
  5. 5. Menu, tabs, toolbars and manager can all be hidden to maximize the working area.1.1.2 Right-click for a context sensitive mini toolbar Get to your commands quicker with the mini toolbar. The mouse can be hovered over any icon for 2seconds to automatically get context sensitive help. New users of ZW3D can use this to help them achievecompetency faster. 2
  6. 6. 1.2 Improved workflowWorkflow and interactive operations have been improved in ZW3D2012, offering engineers a user friendlyfeel and high efficiency workflow.1.2.1 New selections list with highlight enhancement The new selection set provides users with the flexibility to interactively add entities to, or removethem from a selection list. Selected entities are dynamically highlighted on the model for ease ofoperation. 3
  7. 7. Furthermore, the mouse can be hovered on a feature history or over an assembly tree toautomatically highlight and identify the selected items. Objects can be easily distinguished by highlightingin up to two different colors.1.2.2 Windows or industry compatible function keys Standard and commonly used Microsoft Windows or industry function keys are supported by ZW3D.These include:- Esc Cancel the opening of a dialog box Delete Erasing the selected objects F1 Context-sensitive help Arrow keys View rotate operation Ctrl+Home Automatically switch to the closest view direction (24 types = 6 Standard views * 4 orientations) 4
  8. 8. 1.2.3 Mouse operation optimization Left- Mouse Entity selection Left Mouse Button + CTRL Append/Un-append an object to current selection Roll Middle-Mouse Zoom Hold Middle Mouse Button & Move Pan Right Mouse Button Rotate1.2.4 More friendly command panel The command icon and name are visually displayed on command panel when you completecommand operation. It is the very friendly user experience.1.2.5 Visual and dynamic installation process Good user experiences start with simple and easy software installation. ZW3D2012 is dynamic andvisual offering users useful information in a simplified and clear process. (It will be added in later version) 5
  9. 9. 1.3 Improved graphics1.3.1 Graphics are 2-3 times faster By using the OpenGL VBO technique the ZW3D graphics run 2-3 times quicker. As well as the increasein the display speed for large assembly files and individual parts and drawings, the speed of face analysisdisplay modes and print quality rendered scenes will be enhanced dramatically. In addition, the fastgraphics has allowed the faceting of surfaces using an absolute model tolerance instead of aview-extent-dependent pixel tolerance, improving the quality of NURBS display.1.3.2 New display modes Shaded views without edges are now available in ZW3D2012. Users can easily apply the additionaldisplay modes through the intuitive interface. A new function allows users to turn on/off drop shadowdisplay.1.3.3 Improved quality graphics An enhanced Anti-Alias option improves the display quality of parts. However, for some largeassemblies of parts, this feature could adversely affect graphics speed. 6
  10. 10. 1.3.4 New types of light sources in modeling environment Three different light sources can be chosen, including eye light source, 2 direction light sources and 3direction light sources. More real display of parts is available.2. Faster design with extend capabilities2.1 Highly enhanced data exchange for closer collaborationZW3D2012 supports more file types and offers better quality translation through enhanced data exchangefunctionality, allowing users to work collaboratively with other 3D CAD/CAM systems.2.1.1 Native STEP import/export A native STEP translator, instead of third party integrated solution, produces better quality modeldata and is at least twice as fast as the old system. For example, a 28Mb STEP file will take about 30minutes to import into ZW3D2011. It will take just 2 minutes to import into ZW3D2012. Additionally, thesize of Z3 file is smaller in ZW3D2012, while the quality is maintained at the same high level. Extrafunctionality for export allows the selection of target objects to be included in the export process. 7
  11. 11. Size of Step File:28MZW3D Version ZW3D2012 (Native solution) ZW3D2011(Third part solution)Import Time 2 minutes About 30minutesSize of Z3 File 179M 209M Result2.1.2 Support for native SAT export Geometry can be exported to a SAT file without a Transmagic license in ZW3D2012. Selection ofobjects to be exported further simplifies data exchange.2.1.3 Support for PDF export Three different PDF formats are available in ZW3D2012. These include 3D PDF, 2D bitmap PDF and2D vector PDF. The Paper setting, PDF information, and passwords can all be customized by users. ColorPDF is also available, while the 3D PDF file offers zoom, rotate and various other basic operations. PDF Format Work Environment 3D PDF Part, Assembly 2D Bitmap PDF Sketch, Part, Assembly, CAM 2D Vector PDF 2D DraftAcrobat 7.0, PDF Reader7.0 or a higher version is required to read these PDF files. 8
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  13. 13. 2.14 Support for high resolution raster image export It is easy to export a high-quality image in different formats (Bmp, Tiff, Jpeg, Gif and Png), colors,backgrounds and papers in ZW3D2012. What you see is what you get!2.2 Upgraded Direct Edit2.2.1 Direct Edit reliability enhanced Enhanced Direct Edit reliability allows it to work robustly with more cases, particularly face offsettingand filleting.2.2.2 New workflow By directly selecting the target edge or surface, and dragging the arrow handle on the target’s objectsin the view, user can easily create or modify their relative features. The number of mouse clicks is reduced 10
  14. 14. in the new version, speeding up the design process. The context sensitive mini-toolbar for Direct Edit functions, further adds to ease of use. After anobject has been selected a context sensitive mini-toolbar automatically pops up to allow users to selectthe appropriate function. If the mini toolbar is not used it automatically disappears if the mouse is movedaway to allow the user to continue selecting other commands without interruption. The operation issimilar to the context sensitive toolbars found in Microsoft Word or SolidWorks.2.2.3 Support for extruding an edge or curve ZW3D2012 allows easier creation a surface by directly dragging an edge or curve in a specifieddirection. The axis of rotation can also be dragged to define the angle value of the surface. 11
  15. 15. 2.3 Frequently used modeling functions improved2.3.1 Enhanced Extrude and Revolve New functionality has changed complex geometric operations into a series of simple steps to makethese popular and commonly used commands easier and faster.Improvements are as follows: 1) Support single surface as profile 2) Smart region recognition to define a profile from a complex sketch 3) Addition of a new a control method --- symmetrical extrude/ revolve 4) Specification of target shapes for Boolean operations 5) New option for easily changing the direction of a face 6) Improved "Boundary Face" option2.3.2 More smart Rib and Rib Network commands The new Rib and Rib network commands are more powerful than before, with highly flexible controlmethods for rib direction and thickness. Additionally, rib boundaries can now be created by intelligentfeature recognition increasing efficiency when combined with manual method. 12
  16. 16. 2.3.3 Improved Curve Mesh The new easier to use and enhanced command creates smoother surfaces. Curves can be picked at 13
  17. 17. random as their orientation can be determined from the intersection with the cross curves. A new option,Extend to intersection point allows a mesh of curves to terminate smoothly at a pole on the surface.2.3.4 Enhanced Extend open shape and Trim Shape commands Extend open shape command with the new option ‘Create new faces’ allows users to create newfaces while maintaining tangency. Trim Shape now supports shape being trimmed by its own face. These improvements furtherincrease modeling flexibility.2.3.5 Enhanced offset command Offset command enhances the design freedom that allows the user to define variable values to offsetthe surface. Easy to create more amazing shapes. 14
  18. 18. 2.4 Easy use and efficient sketchGood work starts with an efficient sketch. Easier to use and faster sketch in ZW3D2012 reducespreparation times by 30%.2.4.1 New constraint types Lines coincident and points coincident constraints are available in ZW3D2012. They are veryconvenient for users to create well defined sketch.( Lines coincident Not added into yet )2.4.2 Improved constraint mark, snap, and highlight Constraint, snap, and highlight, have had some significant improvements in the new software. Theseinclude: 1) Optimization of constraint mark layout to increase clarity. 2) Highlighting of related geometry when the cursor is hovered over the constraint mark. 3) Improved clarity and efficiency for Snap. 15
  19. 19. 2.4.3 More efficient interactive operations Intuitive reduction in the steps required for design processes by efficient interactive operations. 1) Repeat command without OK Removal of redundant mouse operations between two consecutive and repeating sketchingcommands 2) Directly drag objects to edit Keep all constraints when geometry is being dragged.2.4.4 Other improvements Further improvements for powerful and fast sketching include: 1) Support for the X/Y axis as the reference axis in mirror commands for intuitive operation. 2) The virtual origin point cannot be deleted by user. It also can be snapped, and used as referencegeometry. 3) Keep the sketch always visible and editable in sketching context. The sketch is still visible and editable even if it’s underneath a 3D shape, as long as the user isworking in sketching context. 4) Add a new type of sketch background Easy to change dotted grid lines or solid lines in the sketch background to suit the user’s preferences. 16
  20. 20. 2.5 Improved 2D Drafting2.5.1 View linkage This new feature allows users to change the position of views while still maintaining their originalgeometric relationship. Dynamic previewing of each view change makes it easier to optimize the drawinglayout. Basic View Types of View Linkage All views Linked View Types Projection view, Auxiliary view , Section view Unlinked View Types Detail View, Broken View 17
  21. 21. 2.5.2 Directly drag objects to be moved Directly drag a view or dimension to move it. This replaces a right hand menu operation simplifyingthe process and making it more intuitive.2.5.3 Solid TTF text Better quality of 2D draft is supported with the Solid Windows true type font support in ZW3D2012.See above image.2.5.4 New dimension attribute -- Inspection dimension New easy to define inspection dimension with an enhanced dimension attribute. This improvedfunction increases the range of sheet standards supported. 18
  22. 22. 2.5.5 Enhanced update function It is now unnecessary to regenerate the view to update the part attribute information. Allinformation on the 2D sheet is automatically updated.2.5.6 New workflow of standard view creation ZW3D2012 offer a successive workflow to create standard view and projection views. Designers canquickly layout views with one step. This optimization highly raise work efficiency and give a good userexperience.2.5.7 Enhanced Hole table New options allow hole table command support backfacing holes and hidden holes display. The userwith more freedom to define hole tables. 19
  23. 23. 2.5.8 Other improvements 1) Optimization of default view attributes to reduce the additional operations required to modifyviews, including options for turning off dimensions, and ignoring hidden lines and tangent hidden lines. 2) Support for the direct insertion of a variable from variable browser in the dimension editor. 20
  24. 24. 3. Wider Industry ApplicationWith greatly enhanced usability and intuitive operation ZW3D2012 offers improved sheet metal designand mold design tools which will benefit and improve productivity in a wide range of industries.3.1 Enhanced Sheet MetalMany new features have been added to the sheet metal module. Highly complex shapes can besuccessfully manipulated in ZW3D2012 adding to its flexibility and capability.3.1.1 Lofted flange New powerful lofted flange functions, can be widely used in duct work, ventilation exhaust hoods,and an extensive range of container shapes. This feature defines shapes by using two profile sketches,consisting of lines or curves. The sketch geometry can represent the inside or outside face of the sheetmetal material. 21
  25. 25. 3.1.2 Flange along a bend-line The new tools make it easy to create a bent flange along a line, further increasing modeling flexibility.3.1.3 Non-90 degree flange support for a "closed corner" New functionality makes it possible to create a closed corner for non-90 degree flanges, increasingthe sheet metal capabilities available to the user. 22
  26. 26. 3.1.4 New type of dimple feature Extra sheet metal features now supported in ZW3D2012 include two types of dimple feature, PlainDimple and Flared Hole. 23
  27. 27. 3.1.5 Optimized options 1) Support for Zero bend radius" flanges/ "mitered" flange option 2) Addition of a new control way for the creation of a flange3.2 New Mold & Die SolutionIt will be integrated in Beta2 version.4. Easier machining4.1 New 2X turningThe new turning function supports OD and ID roughing, finishing, threading, and grooving operations.Hole making operations are also included. The standard functionalities of tool library, operationmanagement, verification and simulation are also supported. The CL output is augmented to include thenecessary commands needed for Phase I Turning as provided in the ISO 4343 specification. 24
  28. 28. 4.2 New Operations in CAM4.2.1. New face operation for Mill2X The Facing Operation creates tool paths which efficiently machine large planar regions with arbitraryboundaries or more complex planar regions with many holes and voids.4.2.2 Undercut operation added to Quick Mill This Operation provides the capability for creating 3x tool paths which remove material beneathoverhanging shapes. This Operation will allow the use of Wheel and T-Slot milling tools. 25
  29. 29. 4.2.3 New 3x Mill operation for multiple planar surfaces This is a new special operation of 3X milling that lets users specify the milling of surfaces in the sameplane or surfaces in different levels of a plane in one operation.4.2.4 New 5X Helical cut This will be a significant improvement when added to Hole Making and other Tactics. 26
  30. 30. 4.3 Optimized Options in CAM4.3.1. Assign speeds/feeds automatically when a tool is assigned to anoperation ZW3D provides the ability to associate speed and feed tables with materials, tools and evenoperation types. The user will be able to set a mode causing ZW3D to automatically assign the speeds andfeeds which are the best match for the user’s settings when the tool is assigned to each operation. 27
  31. 31. 4.3.2. CAM manager support for operation folder The file folder can be created and deleted under the Operation section. A right-click popup menu onthis folder has similar options when right-click is on Operation and specific operation including a newoutput option. Operations can be inserted or deleted in this file folder and dragged into or out of thefolder. 28
  32. 32. 4.3.4. Get faster results by multi-threaded calculation in Quick Mill Multi-threaded calculation can maximize pc capability and raise work efficiency. 29
  33. 33. 5. Third Part Applications5.1 Part Solution A major improvement for the standard parts and components feature is the automatic recognition ofimported geometry, making the modification of imported geometries easier. Interface commands have also been simplified to simplify operation.5.2 TransMagic 9.0 TransMagic has been upgrade from 8.53 to version 9.0. However, TM9.0 can only run on Zw3D2012and higher versions. More file formats of higher versions are supported in TM9.0, including CATIA V5 R21, Inventor 2012,ACIS R22 and Parasolid V24.0. For detailed information see the table below. 30
  34. 34. 5.3 Support 3D connection and LightWorks More information will be shared in later version.Notes: This PDF File is the modified first version. Some information will beupdated in later ZW3D venison. 31

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