Enhancements Speed Software’s Modelling Capability

Autodesk will showcase enhancements to its PowerShape modelling and reverse engineering software that are designed to help users complete complex designs more quickly and more easily.

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Autodesk will showcase enhancements to its PowerShape modelling and reverse engineering software that are designed to help users complete complex designs more quickly and more easily.  In addition, a combination of new, more efficient code and the extension of multi-threaded calculations to many commonly used tasks has made the software significantly faster than previous versions, the company says.

By offering a combination of solid, surface and direct modelling, together with reverse engineering, PowerShape provides a comprehensive range of design techniques in a single CAD program. This reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and thus streamlines any modelling-for-manufacture projects that require both reverse-engineering and CAD functionality, the company says. 

The software can connect directly to most scanning hardware to capture and display scan data in real time.  In the 2016 release, it is possible to switch between measuring modes when using devices that offer data collection by both laser scanning and point probing. A split-screen alignment option eases combining of multiple scans, taken, for example, from the opposite sides of a part.  The method allows accurate snapping of alignment points, ensuring that the resultant single CAD model is a good representation of the scanned object.

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