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  • 1. What’s New in ZW3D 2013
  • 2. ContentIntroduction to ZW3D 2013 .................................................................................................................................. 11. Modern UI and simplified workflow ............................................................................................................ 1 1.1 Multi-window display ............................................................................................................................ 2 1.2 Fast user interface customization .......................................................................................................... 2 1.3 Other improvements ............................................................................................................................... 32. Better visual effects ...................................................................................................................................... 4 2.1 Upgraded the ZW3D display engine to OpenGL 3.0 ........................................................................... 4 2.2 Improved large model performance ...................................................................................................... 4 2.3 Perspective datum, dimension and triad ............................................................................................... 4 2.4 Optimized arrow display ........................................................................................................................ 5 2.5 Better display effect................................................................................................................................ 5 2.6 Texture ..................................................................................................................................................... 63. Higher quality data exchange....................................................................................................................... 6 3.1 High quality STEP, IGS and Parasolid import...................................................................................... 6 3.2 Enhanced color display for STEP.......................................................................................................... 7 3.3 New 3D Print function ........................................................................................................................... 74. Efficient and friendly sketch ......................................................................................................................... 8 4.1 New arc length dimension ..................................................................................................................... 8 4.2 New “Add constraints” feature auto deduce constraint types ............................................................. 8 4.3 More friendly constraint conflict prompts ............................................................................................ 9 4.3.1 New control options for constraint conflicts ............................................................................. 9 4.3.2 Conflicting constraints with color mark ..................................................................................... 9 4.3.3 Updated “Constraint status” feature ....................................................................................... 10 4.3.4 Prompt message for constraint conflicts ................................................................................. 10 4.4 Direct external reference ...................................................................................................................... 11 4.5 Other improvements ............................................................................................................................. 115. Modeling and assembly.............................................................................................................................. 11 5.1 Flexible and friendly history manager ................................................................................................ 11 5.1.1 Drag and drop feature editing .................................................................................................. 11 5.1.2 New management for deleting features with associated operations ................................... 12 5.1.3 Auto suppression of failed features in regeneration .............................................................. 12 5.1.4 Speeding up of feature history regeneration .......................................................................... 13 5.1.5 Independent dialog for inquiring feature dependencies ....................................................... 13 5.1.6 Customized folder management .............................................................................................. 13 5.2 More organized assembly manager ..................................................................................................... 14 5.2.1 More Organized Assembly and Component Relationships .................................................... 14 5.2.2 Synchronous highlight for components and alignments ........................................................ 14 5.2.3 Name of editing component displays in color ........................................................................ 14 5.2.4 Over-defined information marked in red color ....................................................................... 15 5.2.5 Components list supports drag and drop operation .............................................................. 15
  • 3. 5.2.6 Flexible show type for assembly information ......................................................................... 15 5.2.7 New option for compatibility with old assembly models....................................................... 16 5.3 Visual layer manager ............................................................................................................................ 17 5.3.1 New interface of layer manager............................................................................................... 17 5.3.2 Entities attributes by layers on 2D sheets ............................................................................... 18 5.3.3 Other improvements ................................................................................................................ 19 5.5 Added a new option “Extract history” to “Copy geometry to part” .................................................. 19 5.6 New free wrap functions ...................................................................................................................... 19 5.6.1 Wrap to faces............................................................................................................................. 20 5.6.2 Wrap to UV faces....................................................................................................................... 20 5.6.3 Wrap by refolding an “Unfold” feature.................................................................................... 21 5.6.4 Wrap pattern to face with minimal distortion ........................................................................ 22 5.6.5 Fill face with wrapped pattern ................................................................................................. 22 5.6.6 Wrap pattern to curve on face ................................................................................................. 22 5.7 Upgrade draft analysis and new thickness analysis............................................................................ 23 5.8 Enhanced unfold to plan ...................................................................................................................... 24 5.9 Other improvements ............................................................................................................................. 256. 2D Sheet ...................................................................................................................................................... 25 6.1 New sheet manager .............................................................................................................................. 25 6.1.1 Multi-sheet management ......................................................................................................... 26 6.1.2 New sheet attribute panel and simplified drawing setting panel ......................................... 26 6.1.3 Visual and easy edit sheet format............................................................................................ 26 6.1.4 Integrated table manager ......................................................................................................... 27 6.1.5 Improved view management ................................................................................................... 27 6.1.6 Powerful mouse functions........................................................................................................ 28 6.1.7 Table and view supports synchronous highlight ..................................................................... 28 6.2 New dimension style manager ............................................................................................................. 28 6.3 New annotation types ........................................................................................................................... 29 6.3.1 Center line dimension ............................................................................................................... 29 6.3.2 Arc length dimension ................................................................................................................ 29 6.3.3 Updated chamfer dimension with more types ....................................................................... 29 6.3.4 Datum target supports point, rectangle and line ................................................................... 30 6.4 New Dim Tool feature .......................................................................................................................... 30 6.5 Broken Section View ............................................................................................................................ 31 6.6 Visual and efficient Feature Control Symbol editor ........................................................................... 31 6.7 Visual surface roughness symbol panel .............................................................................................. 32 6.8 Extended dimension and annotation attribute..................................................................................... 32 6.9 Auto-update Part attributes and sheet attributes ................................................................................. 327 Mold............................................................................................................................................................. 33 7.1 More intelligent “Parting Face” and dynamic preview ...................................................................... 33 7.2 Parametric runner and gate design ...................................................................................................... 34 7.3 Upgraded “Part Library” with a full customization functionality and a large number of standard parts ............................................................................................................................................................. 34
  • 4. 7.4 The pocket automatic update after the component is changed .......................................................... 35 7.5 New hide or show functionality to a certain type component. .......................................................... 36 7.6 New BOM function support to export to Excel file ........................................................................... 37 7.7 Automatically create drafting of electrode in batches. ....................................................................... 378 CAM ............................................................................................................................................................. 38 8.1 More efficient CAM manger ............................................................................................................... 38 8.1.1 Easily drag and drop objects..................................................................................................... 38 8.1.2 Simultaneously display the feature associated with the operation ...................................... 39 8.1.3 New feature select manager .................................................................................................... 40 8.1.4 Flexible NC outputting mode ................................................................................................... 41 8.2 Enhancements of milling strategies ..................................................................................................... 41 8.2.1 Non-uniform Depths in Z Level operation ............................................................................... 41 8.2.2 Tangent containments .............................................................................................................. 42 8.2.3 Check surfaces ........................................................................................................................... 43 8.3 Flexible lead-in and lead-out ............................................................................................................... 43 8.4 Tool-path analysis function .................................................................................................................. 46 8.5 Optimized tool manager ....................................................................................................................... 47 8.6 Enhancements of ZWpost .................................................................................................................... 49 8.6.1 CL commands customization .................................................................................................... 49 8.6.2 Output the relationship between the work-piece coordinate system and Feature coordinate system for index machining ............................................................................................................... 50 8.6.3 Extension customization of NC files ......................................................................................... 52 8.7 Upgraded Solid verify kernel (Machineworks V7.1) ......................................................................... 53
  • 5. Introduction to ZW3D 2013ZW3D continues to work hard for a superior user interface, smooth interaction, and innovativecapabilities to improve the user experience and work efficiency. First of all, the new historymanager, assembly manager, 2D sheet manager and CAM manger make the design experiencemuch more intuitive. What’s more important is that the enhanced product features make designmore efficient. ZW3D 2013 focuses on the following themes:• Modern UI and simplified workflow• Higher quality data exchange• More efficient sketch/modeling/assembly/2D sheet capability• Accurate tool-path and quick machining1. Modern UI and simplified workflowZW3D adopts a modern user interface style to provide a friendlier, more enjoyable user experience.More widely used commands are available on ribbon interface.The workflow was reorganized to make the most frequently used commands more logical and self-intuitive, while increasing user efficiency and decreasing complexity for beginners.Updated managers are more reasonable, which enhances operation convenience and workefficiency, including history manager, assembly manager, layer manager, 2D sheet manager,dimension style manager and CAM manager.1
  • 6. 1.1 Multi-window displayZW3D 2013 supports multi-window display, so designers can very easily transfer between files. Inthe window bar, there are new icons used for creating a new file, adding a new object into thecurrent file or closing the file. So operations become more efficient.1.2 Fast user interface customizationCustomize the user interface in seconds with the drag and drop operation. The interface layout,including style, ribbon tabs, and toolbars can be customized very fast.2
  • 7. 1.3 Other improvements1) The status of Document Aware Toolbar also can be customized. (Show/Hide, Large/Small Icon)2) Easy-to-use command panelThe workflow becomes clearer with optimized parameter groups. New ‘Tip’ panel provides thefastest guide for designers to finish the command operation.3
  • 8. 2. Better visual effects2.1 Upgraded the ZW3D display engine to OpenGL 3.0Updated the ZW3D display engine to OpenGL3.0 completely, in order to achieve better displayfeatures (real time shadows, better lighting models, faster shaders, etc) and better performance.The important point is that ZW3D automatically supports old/imbedded graphic chips. ZW3D’sminimum requirement is OpenGl2.0.2.2 Improved large model performanceThe large model performance has been greatly improved, including lower memory consumption,faster model regeneration and other performances. It resulted in a more than 20% speedup inregeneration of the model.2.3 Perspective datum, dimension and triadZW3D supports the perspective datum, the dimension and coordination axis (triad) in order toprovide a more convenient working environment. It gives a more visual display and more efficientdesign. Designers can toggle the display status -- turn it on/off by the “Show Hidden” option in thevisual manager.4
  • 9. 2.4 Optimized arrow displayOn previous versions, it is often the case that too many arrows are displayed on the model.Simplifying the arrows gives a more clear display.2.5 Better display effectNew “Wire” and “Full screen” options for Anti-Alias are available. So display effect of modelsbecome better. Configuration > Display > Option & Default > Anti-Alias5
  • 10. ZW3D 2013 (Wire Anti-Alias) ZW3D 2012(Anti-Alias)2.6 TextureFive different kinds of surface treatment effects are provided for following materials:Metal, Aluminum, Bronze, Copper, Gold, Nickel, Platinum, Silver, Steel, and Titanium. Normal Brushed Cast Matte Polished3. Higher quality data exchange3.1 High quality STEP, IGS and Parasolid importMake remarkable improvements in importing geometry from other systems, which force on STEP,IGES and Parasolid formats. At the same time, the TransMagic integration has been upgraded, andexternal Parasolid translation has been removed to speed up import and reduce errors.These reduce the occurrences of open edges and open faces to a level comparable to some goodsoftware in the market. All existing 3D format importers also benefit from this.6
  • 11. 3.2 Enhanced color display for STEPThere are two improvements on color display on STEP format. For STEP203 import, the default color is changed into blue from black. STEP214 export with model color is supported now.3.3 New 3D Print functionBy using 3D Print command from file menu, the connection between ZW3D and 3D printingsoftware becomes pretty simple, the CAD file in ZW3D can be silently transferred to 3D printingsoftware to plot.The following are the detailed steps to use this command:7
  • 12.  Specify which objects in the active file will be printed. The objects can be parts or assemblies. You can print All Objects or Select From Screen to pick objects. Then set Chord height tessellation tolerance and Maximum mesh size for the *.STL file, or accept the default values. Specify the executable program (*.exe) of a 3D printer, and then click OK to print.4. Efficient and friendly sketch4.1 New arc length dimensionThis new dimension constraint makes sketch definition more flexible. Combined with the angledimension, sketch design could better meet actual demands.4.2 New “Add constraints” feature auto deduce constrainttypesThe new “Add constraints” feature greatly speeds up the constraint definition. Now, users don’tneed to take time to find the suitable constraint type and define the constraint for the selectedgeometry. Designers just focus on the design work not details feature operation.With this new feature, ZW3D can automatically deduce available constraint types according to theselected geometry. Simpler operations give more efficient sketch definition.8
  • 13. 4.3 More friendly constraint conflict promptsFriendly constraint conflict prompts makes sketch design more visual and efficient. Designers don’tneed to worry about the complexity of the sketch since ZW3D gives a clear tip.4.3.1 New control options for constraint conflictsDesigners can control the conflicting constraint if it is added on the sketch with this new option.Configuration -> 2D -> 2D solver “Add constraints when dependent”4.3.2 Conflicting constraints with color markWhile adding the constraints, the conflicting constraints will be marked by a red/pink color if it isallowed to be added on the sketch.9
  • 14. 4.3.3 Updated “Constraint status” featureThere is a new feature to find all the constraint and dimension information as well as two newfeatures to quickly solve dimension conflicts. Constraint management has never been so visual andefficient.4.3.4 Prompt message for constraint conflictsThe prompt message is available when exiting a sketch with unsolved constraint conflicts. And thissketch is marked by red color in design manager.10
  • 15. 4.4 Direct external referenceDuring modeling, designers always refer to the external geometry to draw the sketch. In theprevious version, several operations are needed to do it. In ZW3D 2013, it becomes very easy.Directly use the external geometry (such as: center point, line) to draw the sketch. At the sametime, some constraint relationships are added automatically in the sketch. So the sketch will beauto-updated when the external geometry is changed.4.5 Other improvements1) Perpendicular constraints support the spline.2) X-axis and Y-axis can be worked as the constraint object.3) Optimize the rules of auto-constraints.4) Constraints are not affected by the move/rotate operation.5. Modeling and assemblyGreat improvements were made on the ZW3D manager, which is a new tool to manage featurehistory, assembly constraints and drawing sheets/views properties in a very consistent way. Thisinformation is organized into a tree control, in a very self-intuitive way.5.1 Flexible and friendly history managerThe updated history manager provides new way of interaction. Model information is more visible;operations become simpler and more efficient. Design experience has never so better.5.1.1 Drag and drop feature editingEfficient design work starts with free drag and drop feature editing. To inserting a new feature inthe modeling history, or reordering the feature history, you just need to drag and drop.11
  • 16. 5.1.2 New management for deleting features with associated operationsWhen deleting features with some associated operations, there is a prompt dialog for confirmingthem. Designers can choose to delete all operations or suppress all according to differentrequirements.5.1.3 Auto suppression of failed features in regenerationDuring the regeneration, some failed features will be suppressed automatically without moremanual process. It speeds up the model regeneration.12
  • 17. 5.1.4 Speeding up of feature history regenerationApply the new technology (auto-cache management) to speed up the part regeneration. Designerscan control the cache management with two new parameters which are “Auto-cache part statesfor faster history rollback” and “Max interval (seconds)” in the Part table of Configuration.(Configuration-> Part)Regeneration is speeded up substantially through various strategies, including dependency andrelationship analysis, and using DE strategy.5.1.5 Independent dialog for inquiring feature dependenciesFor each operation, designers can obtain the feature dependencies information from the rightmenu. Simple dialogs show the intuitive information. It is a useful query tool.5.1.6 Customized folder managementFor any complex model, all the basic geometry information is clearly displayed in this new manager,including the Solid, Surface, Wireframe, and Expression. Visual solid and surface information canhelp designers to check if the model is the solid part or open geometry.In the part table of configuration, users can set the folder display status according to demands.(Configuration-> Part)13
  • 18. 5.2 More organized assembly manager5.2.1 More Organized Assembly and Component RelationshipsThe new assembly manager shows clearer information of the assembly model. The historymanager and assembly manager have been strictly separated.  Components alignments display in the assembly manager. Alignment and corresponding components names are displayed together. It is a very visual way.  Some unnecessary information that does not need to be recorded in the history manager and assembly manager, include: (1) Move relevant commands (2) Change component commands (3) Alternate component relevant commands (4) Assembly configuration relevant commands (5) Interference check command5.2.2 Synchronous highlight for components and alignmentsPick the component or the alignment in the assembly manager, and the related object will besynchronous highlighted in the working area. On the big assembly model, designers can easydistinguish the selected component and alignments.5.2.3 Name of editing component displays in colorIn the ZW3D assembly environment, it is very convenient for designers to edit any component. The14
  • 19. updated assembly manager provides clearer hints for designers: the names of editing componentsdisplay in blue color in the assembly manager.Each small improvement can give a better design feeling.5.2.4 Over-defined information marked in red colorThe conflicting constraints and over-defined components are marked in red color. It helps designersto solve the alignment problems fast and improves the work efficiency.5.2.5 Components list supports drag and drop operationIt’s possible to drag and drop any component to change the assembly relation. It makes assemblydefinition more flexible. At the same time, some alignments are auto changed. To get the rightassembly, it is needed to redefine the changed alignments after reordering components.5.2.6 Flexible show type for assembly informationTo conveniently get the most effective information, there are three different show types: show all,show components and show alignments.15
  • 20. The most important point is that alignments can be listed in two different methods: Alignmentpreference and Component preference.5.2.7 New option for compatibility with old assembly modelsThe new assembly manager is more reasonable. At the same time, there is a new option fordesigners to create an assembly file with or without a new assembly mode.16
  • 21. 5.3 Visual layer managerMore visual layer manager is available in ZW3D 2013. All layer operations become simple andefficient.5.3.1 New interface of layer managerLayer manager is embedded into Document Aware toolbar. There are two ways to access it: The“Layer manager” icon in the Document aware toolbar; Or “Tools->Layer Manager”.Except for the common items of layers (name, display & frozen statue, object count anddescription), there are three more attributes (color, line type and line width) in the draftingenvironment. All layers information display more visual.17
  • 22. On new layer manager, more operations have become easier and more convenient, includingactivate/new/delete operation, editing layer attribute. Double-click: activate the layer; modify the name Singl-click: change display status or frozen statusFor selection operations, it has the same habits of select operation with windows: Ctrl+A ---SelectAll, Ctrl-Select--- Multi-pick and unpick Shift-Select--- Pick a range of layer by clicking the first one and the last one5.3.2 Entities attributes by layers on 2D sheetsIn the 2D sheet environment, ZW3D supports entities attributes by layers. The entities displaychanges with the layer attributes without regeneration. Supported entity types are following: Entity Object Attribute by layer Linear geometry, dimensions and views Color, Line type and Line width Hatch and text Color and Line width Point and table ColorTake dimension attribute for example:18
  • 23. 5.3.3 Other improvements1) Click the attribute column (Name/Color/Object Count…) to order all layers.2) Assign the layer for the object: Pick the object first, and then select the layer from the list.3) Number of layers is no more than 256. Length of name is 32 characters at most and the lengthof description is less than 512 characters.4) Function optimization: Some unneeded features have been removed.5.5 Added a new option “Extract history” to “Copygeometry to part”Updated the “Copy geometry to part” feature, it extends functionality and makes geometryreference within parts becomes clearer. New option “Extract history” provides the geometryextract/copy with related modeling history.Since integrated function, some features are simplified. “Extract geometry”&“Copy geometry”located in component toolbar of assembly module has been moved. Edit-> Copy ->”Assemblygeometry” also has been deleted.5.6 New free wrap functionsPowerful and flexible morph functions make product design more efficient and interesting.ZW3D19
  • 24. 2013 provides two new features to speed up design and extend function.The new feature is wrap shapes to faces, which includes four different types: wrap to faces, wrapto UV face, wrap by refolding an “Unfold” feature, wrap to curve on face.Another one is wrap pattern to faces, which provides three types: wrap pattern to face withminimal distortion, fill face with wrapped pattern, wrap pattern to curve on face.They make creative design more flexible.5.6.1 Wrap to facesThis new feature allows designers to directly wrap shapes, curves and STL data to target faces fromthe datum. Such as: it is useful for placing a 3D logo onto a set of face.5.6.2 Wrap to UV facesThis feature is wrapping the geometry according to the UV isolines on datum face and target face.Also shapes, curves and STL data could be wrapped onto the target face. It is the suggested thatdatum face should be a planar face.20
  • 25. 5.6.3 Wrap by refolding an “Unfold” featureWhen there are wrapped geometry and an unfold plane/profile of target surface, designers caneasy wrap the geometry onto target face with this feature.Design work will more flexible and more interesting.21
  • 26. 5.6.4 Wrap pattern to face with minimal distortionThis wrap pattern method allows designers to wrap the geometry to the target face along twoorthogonal directions. Origin matches with datum origin; and horizontal direction matches withone direction of datum.5.6.5 Fill face with wrapped patternWhen the geometry is needed to be wrapped to the whole face with a pattern, “Fill face withwrapped pattern” can do it. See the below image. In the product design industry, with this feature,we can achieve more attractive product modeling. Design work becomes easier and moreinteresting.5.6.6 Wrap pattern to curve on face“Wrap pattern to curve on face” can help designers to realize some work with specific requirements.Along the curve on the target face, wrap the geometry with the pattern to get the final modeling.22
  • 27. Do anything just you want.5.7 Upgrade draft analysis and new thickness analysisImprove existing draft analysis functions to satisfy more requirements: Use different colors to mark out different draft status areas: positive, negative, neutral; Allow users to inquire about the draft status through mouse hovering; Analyze drafts according to global geometry instead of local information of specified faces.(Inquire-> Analyze faces -> Draft checking)The new thickness analysis feature provides visual thickness information. The model is displayedin a different color. Except for min and max thickness values, designers can get detailed thicknessinformation of any position by mouse hovering.(Inquire->Thickness analysis)23
  • 28. 5.8 Enhanced unfold to planHere are the enhancements done for “Unfold to Plane”: Two modes: “Unfold with natural boundary” and “Unfold with natural boundary”. Original shape Unfold with natural boundary Unfold with natural boundary Preview is supported Better unfold result, especially for cases with a seam; Original shape Unfolded in 2013 Unfolded in 2012 Half sphere with no seam Half sphere with a seam Distortion of unfolding for a single untrimmed face to unfold can be control by “Minimize” option.24
  • 29. Original shape Total distortion U distortion5.9 Other improvements1) New options (Interior D and Fillet corner) are added into “Swept Rod” feature to present a quickway to build a pipe.2) Optimized “Fillet”, “Draft”, and “Hole “features provide the better results.6. 2D Sheet6.1 New sheet managerNew sheet manager has a rich functionality for managing sheets, sheet attributes, sheet formats,views and integrated table manager functions. All operations have never been so easy.25
  • 30. 6.1.1 Multi-sheet managementIt is possible to create several sheets with different standard in one single file in ZW3D 2013. Fordesigners, sheet management becomes easier.In the manager, the non-activated sheet is dimmed. It’s very convenient to new / activate/ deletea sheet withthe manager or the new bar.6.1.2 New sheet attribute panel and simplified drawing setting panelIn order to define fast or edit sheet attributes, ZW3D 2013 provides a new panel. From the rightmenu of the sheet, designer can define the sheet name, scale,background and otherinformation.(2D Sheet Manager -> Sheet name-> Attribute from the right menu)At the same time,the drawing setting panel is simplied since the scale parameter is moved into thesheet attribute panel and the sheet size parameter is added in the sheet format attributedialog.(Edit->Preference)6.1.3 Visual and easy edit sheet formatAll sheet format information is visually displayed in the new sheet manager, including drawingborder, title block and so on. By the right menu, it is very fast to add side blocks and top blocks. Double click each item to edit it. Also the right menu provides editing, eras and blank/unblank functions. In sheet format attribute table, designers can easily change the sheet template, or customize the sheet format and sheet size.(2D Sheet Manager-> Sheet Format ->Sheet Format Attribute from thr right menu)26
  • 31. 6.1.4 Integrated table managerThe new integrated table is simpler compared with the old one. It involves the BOMtable,Holetable, Electrode table and user table.All the table functions areavaliable in the right menu. At thesame time, the uninserted table is displayed in gray for a clear distinction.6.1.5 Improved view managementModel information associated with the view also is displayed in the manager, which is the subitemof the view.It includes modeling history and assembly information. It is possible to hide anycomponent. View definition becomes more flexibile.27
  • 32. 6.1.6 Powerful mouse functionsIn the new sheet environment,ZW3D provides more abundant mouse actions. Double-left click : Expand/collapse subitems;Edit attribute or edit selected item (Drawing border, BOMtable…) Right click: Many features are moved into the right menu. Designers can quickly get the needed command. The convenient right menu replaces the old table manager. Sheet format customization is simpler.6.1.7 Table and view supports synchronous highlightA friendly user experience and high work efficiency is ZW3D’s target. In the 2013 version, there areimproved sheet supports synchronous highlight for the tabe and view.6.2 New dimension style managerIt is easy to define or modify sheet standards with the new style manager. It provides five differentannotation styles, centerline/center mark and seven different dimension styles.There are five default standards: ANSI,DIN,GB,ISO,and JIS, which couldn’t be changed. Butdesigners can modify any style to save as a new style, and then flexibly configure styles to customizea new standard according to different requirements.Another important thing is that new style manager supports real-time preview, which reflects mostparameter changes.Two access methods:Attribute->Style manager; Right menu of top item in sheet manager.28
  • 33. 6.3 New annotation types6.3.1 Center line dimensionThis new feature supports lines, curves and points. And centerline style attribute could becustomized by designers.6.3.2 Arc length dimensionExcept for the arc radius and arc angle, it‘s possible to dimension the arc length. Dimensioningbecomes more flexible.6.3.3 Updated chamfer dimension with more typesThe updated chamfer dimension function supports a new format (<DIST1> X <ANGL>) and severaldifferent text position types. It can help designers to get a better 2D sheet, which meets thestandard.29
  • 34. 6.3.4 Datum target supports point, rectangle and lineThe datum target feature is greatly extended. Two old features (Datum target point, Datum targetarea) have been merged into a new one –Datum target features. At the same time, it supports twonew types: rectangle and line.6.4 New Dim Tool featureThis new feature can help designers add some special symbols fast (such as: R, Ø , M) or modifydimension formats (such as: tolerance type, text box, reference flag).30
  • 35. 6.5 Broken Section ViewBroken section view cuts off partial material of the part on specific spot to view the inside structureof that location. Three types of boundary are provided including Circular, Rectangular and Polylineboundary. And three different ways to define the location of the section plane: Point, Section planeand 3D named.6.6 Visual and efficient Feature Control Symbol editorThe optimized feature control symbol editor becomes more visual.FCS definition is so easy in theZW3D 2013 version. It’s very convenient to insert special characters and symbols. The mostimportant point is that designers can get a real-time preview to check definition results. Workefficiency is greatly improved.31
  • 36. 6.7 Visual surface roughness symbol panelVisual interface makes surface roughness symbol definition easier. And the real-time preview isavailable in the sheet area.6.8 Extended dimension and annotation attributeMany new options are added in the attribute function to meet more different standards. Such as: Bold text, underline text Alignment method of multi-lines text: Left, Center, Right Circle and rectangle datum target with target area and hatch Customized datum symbol size Feature control symbol adds the second tolerance option. New display ways for zero tolerance ……For convenience, to modify dimensions or annotation attributes, the corresponding attributeparameters are added into command panel. 2D sheet work is more efficient.6.9 Auto-update Part attributes and sheet attributesExcept for default part attributes, user attributes also are available in the variable browser. Sodesigners can easily insert the needed attributes into the sheet.All part attributes, including user attributes could be updated automatically in the sheet when they32
  • 37. have been defined in sheet the template.ZW3D 2013 not only provides auto-update of part attributes, but some new sheet attributes canbe updated automatically together, including sheet scale, sheet sequence/sheet amount, sheetname and sheet projection.7 MoldIn ZW3D 2013, mold module has a big upgrade in parametric design. Each step of the whole molddesign procedure that starts from parting design to the end drafting is parameterized, giving usersa big freedom to finish their design in their way.7.1 More intelligent “Parting Face” and dynamic preview“Parting Face” functionality is upgraded to give a more intelligent performance. Valid entities forthe input of “Outer” option can be detected and selected automatically, and gap that lies on theseentities also can be detected. New “Check all parting lines on surface” option can build the partingface with one surface after analysis. Dynamic preview is newly added.33
  • 38. 7.2 Parametric runner and gate designHigh work efficiency can be gained by this new parametric runner and gate design. Since the profile of the runner is pre-defined and parametric, a new runner can be quickly build after curves for runner path are picked. A point and a direction are all you need to do to build a gate. To redefine a runner or gate, simply change their parameters.7.3 Upgraded “Part Library” with a full customizationfunctionality and a large number of standard partsThe new customization functionality gives full support for users to build up their own customizedstandard parts library. Besides this, the standard parts library provides a large number of pre-defined parts from different suppliers of different nations, for instance, MISUMI, FUTABA, HASCO,and DME. With the new given commands for common standard parts, ZW3D mold automatically pick the insert face and calculate length intelligently.34
  • 39.  The “Customize” tool is a tool for user easily to input data, when customize your own component.7.4 The pocket automatic update after the component ischangedThe new powerful editing tools are mainly used in readjusting the component. You can dowhatever you wills by moved and copy between components. The pocket refresh in real time.35
  • 40.  Modify - the tool will display the parameter of the target component, to make change with apparent ease. Copy – create a new component or component assembly, based on the father component, you don’t need to reset parameter again. Move – if there is interference between components, we mean unexpected results eventuated from your amendment, taking this tool to settle it. Erase – remove components from the assembly, we will also remove the relevant pocket, everything is back to normal.7.5 New hide or show functionality to a certain typecomponent.To hide or display a certain standard components, the new tool is extremely efficient. You justcheck the target type.36
  • 41. 7.6 New BOM function support to export to Excel fileZW3D will create the bill of materials by searching all over the current assembly. BOM is editable foruser can change the attribute of the part, and export to XLS Document or CSV file.7.7 Automatically create drafting of electrode in batches.ZWMold3.0 can automatically create drawing of electrodes in batches. In ZW3D environment, wenot only make electrodes quickly, but also, taking this tool can export the model to drawing one by37
  • 42. one.8 CAM8.1 More efficient CAM manger8.1.1 Easily drag and drop objectsThe ZW3D 2013 CAM manager has been improved greatly. It also provides drag and drop functionsto help users conveniently manage objects. It can be executed under those nodes:Geometry,Component, Frames, Operations, Output and so on. It provides folders for feature management.Folders can also be moved with drag and drop. In the folder, drag and drop also is available. Alloperations become more flexible.38
  • 43. At the same time, the work flow is changed with the manager: Double click the icon of operation to show the tool path. Double click the text of operation to show the parameter form. Support to copy selected objects with Ctrl +Drag Support to select multiple objects with Shift or Ctrl key8.1.2 Simultaneously display the feature associated with the operationIn order to quickly get clear information about the exactly location of each feature in the part, userscan click any geometry on the manager tree, and then it will be highlighted in the graphical area.39
  • 44. 8.1.3 New feature select managerA uniform table for feature management is available when you define the machining feature of theoperation.40
  • 45. 8.1.4 Flexible NC outputting modeProgrammers can output the NC code selectively by outputting “all the operation” and outputting“individual operation”. The parameter settings will be recorded in the CAM tree automatically. Thenprogrammer can recheck the NCs conveniently and output the right operations for machining withconfidence. It will save much time for re-selecting operations and re-setting parameters, when theoperation is updated.8.2 Enhancements of milling strategies8.2.1 Non-uniform Depths in Z Level operationIn order to get an uniform surface finish, it should decrease the step-down value in shallow regionsand enlarge the step-down value in steep regions according to the characters of Z Level tool-path.For this reason, Z-level operation enables users to define multiple step-down in one operation.Programmers machine the part with different step values in terms of different situations to ensurethe uniform surface quality with one operation which will be achieved by several, in order toimprove the work efficiency.41
  • 46. 8.2.2 Tangent containmentsZW3D’s existing containment functionality supports limiting the whole tool movement or thecutter location inside or outside the containment boundary. To get better machining surfaces, moreapplications of containment are added, including tangent to open edges, tangent to silhouettes,and tangent to face curves.For “the tangent to face curves” option, it needs to create the ‘parting-lines’ in CAD module, since theparting lines involve not only the boundary information but also the surfaces relation data. If you use“the tangent to face curves” option, the tool will “roll over” the edge as there are no unselected surfacesto stop it.42
  • 47. 8.2.3 Check surfaces Surfaces in containment features are used by Quick Mill as checked surfaces. When surfaces are provided to Quick Mill in containment features, the cutting pattern will be modified to ensure that cutting does not take place on those surfaces. In Quick Mill Roughing operation, the thick applied to the containing “check surface” is the same as the one applied to the part geometry. The Quick Mill Finishing operations allow a separated thick to be applied to check surfaces on the operation menu. “Check all of part” option will be able to define the remaining surfaces from those components as the check surfaces or not.8.3 Flexible lead-in and lead-outTo enhance tool-path flexibility, five new types of lead-in and lead-out are added, including Line,Arc, Ramp_Line, Ramp_Arc and Along tool-path. These new features are applied to all 2X millingoperations (except for the Helical operation) and 3X Quick mill finishing operations (except for theBulge strategy).43
  • 48. This new lead in/out module provides several lead types as following: 1) LINE:44
  • 49. 2) ARC: 3) RAMP_LINE:45
  • 50. 4) RAMP_ARC: 5) Along tool-path:8.4 Tool-path analysis functionThe new gouging checks detect function was added into ZW3D2013, which helps user detectcollisions and gouges between tools, stocks and tables clamps and so on.Also it helps to quickly check the rest material for each operation.46
  • 51. 8.5 Optimized tool managerClear workflow can make work easy and increase efficiency. So many improvements are made onthe tool manager. There are four tables: Shape (cutter profile data), More parameters, Holder, and Speed and Feed, which help users understand and define it quickly.47
  • 52.  Visible and dynamic tool holder definition supports the multi-layer tool holder. Definition is very convenient. Available to associate the speed and feed rate with tools in the Speed and Feed Tab48
  • 53. 8.6 Enhancements of ZWpost8.6.1 CL commands customizationIn ZW3D 2013, it enables users to insert customized CL commands before or after any operation, andthen translate them in to NC codes with functions. So programmers can output specific NC codes tofulfill different requirements, such as the paperless work. Type the commands or comments before or after operations with the dialog menu.49
  • 54.  Add functions for translating the commands and comments.8.6.2 Output the relationship between the work-piece coordinate system and Featurecoordinate system for index machiningThe new Relation-frame option helps user create the relationship between the work-piececoordinate system and the feature coordinate system. It will output the relationship data from thework-piece coordinate system to feature coordinate system. And the tool-path motions data willbe generated in terms of the feature coordinate system. Those data can be used for indexmachining in 5 axes machining via outputting the proper titled working plane command codes. Relation-frame means the work-piece coordinate system. It will be able to be defined when the “Local” was selected on Toolpath-Space option.50
  • 55.  Write the relationship data in CL file. Output the titled working plane commands for index machining via customizing functions to51
  • 56. translate the relationship data in the post processor.8.6.3 Extension customization of NC filesDifferent kinds of CNC machines will receive different extension of the NC files. In ZW3D 2013, itwill enable users to specify the extension of the NC file via the configuration menu easily andconveniently.52
  • 57. 8.7 Upgraded Solid verify kernel (Machineworks V7.1)Solid verify kernel is updated to the latest version (Machineworks V7.1). It gives a better verificationperformance. The simulating process is smoother, precise for keeping safe tool-paths.53