3D-Tool Version History

This list shows you the most important improvements of the different 3D-Tool program versions.

 Latest Version 11.00 -- Published: April 2014

  • Increased usability by revision of many functions based on customer feedback
  • New tool to compare 3D-models
  • Calculation of part weights by assigning material and density
  • Export of detailed part lists containing the volume, surface area, and weight of all parts
  • Improved Tooling Analysis featuring undercuts
  • Saving the results of Tooling Analysis and Wall Thickness Analysis
  • New intuitive functions to explode assemblies automatically
  • Easier adjustment of the display of cross sections
  • Increased performance by complete 64bit support
  • Improved 3D-mode featuring the display of 3D-curves and face boundaries
  • Extended batch mode to create 3D-PDF, STL, VRML, 3DS, PLY, and U3D files
  • Support for touchscreens starting from Windows 7
  • 3D-NativeCAD Converter:
    - Conversion of SolidEdge files
    - Support of SolidWorks Configurations
    - Support of Simplified Representations of Pro/E and Creo
    - Interface update supporting Inventor 2014, SolidWorks 2014 and NX 9
  • Premium-Version:
    - Import of SolidEdge files
    - Support of SolidWorks Configurations
    - Support of Simplified Representations of Pro/E and Creo
    - Premium interface update supporting Inventor 2014, SolidWorks 2014 and NX 9

  New in Version 10.05

  • Updated Advanced interfaces
  • Minor bug fixes

  New in Version 10.04

  • 3D-NativeCAD Converter - Interface update:
    - Support of Inventor 2013, CATIA V5R23, SolidWorks 2013 and UG NX 8.5
  • Premium-Version - Interface update:
    - Support of Inventor 2013, CATIA V5R23, SolidWorks 2013 and UG NX 8.5
  • Minor bug fixes

  New in Version 10.03

  • Fixed missing display of File Info when printing and creating pictures
  • Improved import of OBJ, VRML and PLY files
  • Fixed program crashes when using the Auto Explosion function from the Explode tool
  • 3D-NativeCAD Converter: Updated interfaces with support of Creo 2.0
  • Premium-Version: Updated Premium interfaces with support of Creo 2.0

  New in Version 10.02

  • Fixed incidental program crashes while highlighting parts, assemblies, or models
  • Accelerated saving of STL, VRML, and DXF-section files
  • Accelerated loading of STL files
  • Improved display of 3DS files
  • Updated Premium interfaces with support of CATIA V5R22 and UG NX 8

  New in Version 10.01

  • Improved import and smooth display of VRML files
  • Improved DXF export of cross sections
  • Fixed problems when loading the short message in "Publish EXE/DDD"
  • Minor bug fixes.

  New in Version 10.00

  • Simplified operation due to new Ribbon menu
  • Multilingual user interface featuring switching of languages during runtime
  • 3D-NativeCAD Converter:
    - Selection of parts and assemblies for conversion.
    - Conversion of Unigraphics, SolidWorks and Parasolid files
    - Update of the interfaces with support of Inventor 2012, CATIA V5R21 and Creo 1.0
    - Interfaces with 64bit support
  • Premium-Version:
    - Import of Unigraphics and SolidWorks files
    - Updated Premium interfaces with support of Inventor 2012, CATIA V5R21 and Creo 1.0
    - Premium interfaces with 64bit support
  • Import of multiple 2D-drawings into one session
  • Support of unicode charsets in 3D and 2D
  • Improved alignment of cross sections and moving the cross section with the mouse
  • Taking screenshots by marquee selecting sections of the screen and copying them to the Clipboard
  • Displaying previews when choosing Custom Views
  • Permanent highlighting of selected parts and assemblies
  • Enhanced program settings

  New in Version 9.05

  • Updated native interfaces supporting Inventor 2010 and 2011
  • Fixed failure of 3D-PDF export of models with long/missing part names and small parts
  • Fixed failure of conversion of assemblies to file formats, which do not support assemblies
  • Selectable file associations during program setup
  • Minor bug fixes

  New in Version 9.04

  • Fixed version bug when converting to CATIA V5R18 and V5R20
  • Fixed import error in Premium import

  New in Version 9.03

  • New "2-Step conversion" option in 3D-NativeCAD Converter
  • Updated native interfaces supporting CATIA V5R20 and Pro/E Wildfire 5
  • Translation to CATIA V5 possible down to V5R6
  • Projected area calculation with decimal numbers

  New in Version 9.02

  • Fixed bug in 2D-diameter calculation
  • Section line is drawn permanently in section only mode when section is moved
  • Fixed switching of measure modes after creating a diameter or radius dimension
  • Fixed crashes when loading ddd/exe files containing multiple models
  • Improved online request of license keys through firewalls
  • Made 2D-pictures stay displayed while dragging
  • Corrected dimension preview when measuring 3D-clearances

  New in Version 9.01

  • Catia V5 import/convert bug solved
  • IGS import bug in Advanced Version solved
  • Output version for CATIA converter added (CATIAV5R19, CATIAV5R18,CATIAV5R17,CATIAV5R16)
  • Output version for SAT converter added (V20, V19, V18)
  • Drag and Drop in Converter added

  New in Version 9.00

  • Premium version supports import of native CATIA V5, CATIA V4, Pro/E and Inventor files
  • 3D-NativeCAD Converter converts CATIA V4/V5, Pro/E, Inventor, STEP, IGS, VDA, SAT to CATIA V4/V5, STEP, IGS, VDA, SAT and STL
  • New measurement functions and improved display for 3D dimensions
  • 2D-measurement and 2D-markup
  • Section plane rotation by two axes for cross sections
  • Adjustable text size, colors and lines for annotations and dimensions
  • Auto-Explode in Assembly Explode tool
  • New Tooling Analysis with draft display and projected area calculation
  • New 3D file format PLY - load and save
  • Selection of an animation for the start of EXE files

  New in Version 8.55

  • Improved dual monitor support
  • Improved support of long part names for 3D-PDF export
  • Authenticity of program is verified by code signing during installation

  New in Version 8.54

  • Improved interfaces for 3DS, STEP, IGS, VDA, SAT, PARASOLID
  • Minor bug fixes

  New in Version 8.53

  • Start of EXE/DDD files without slideshow (can be optionally set in "Publish File")
  • Improved context menu in 2D section (when no 2D-Data is loaded)
  • Information tool: Improved display of information when changing the view
  • Improved interfaces

  New in Version 8.52

  • Bug fixes in DXF-Import, IV-Import and Custom Views Editor
  • Solved proxy connection problems for online key request and update check
  • Print with scale disabled for all perspective views

  New in Version 8.51

  • Bug fixes in 3D-PDF export, DXF section export and Custom Views Editor
  • Direct start of slideshow when starting EXE files enabled again
  • Integrated online key request by e-mail

  New in Version 8.50

  • Publishing of 3D-PDF files
  • 3D-Tool Free Viewer to view 3D-Tool EXE and DDD files
  • Perspective Display.
  • Custom Views Editor to change the order and names of Custom Views
  • New Render Modes: Hidden Lines - colored and black/white
  • Display of non-sectioned Elements in Cross Sections
  • Export of section lines as DXF files
  • Online request of License Keys
  • Online request of Trial Keys

  New in Version 8.14

  • Improved import of STL files
  • Bug fix in "Custom Views"
  • Increased speed of 3DS export

  New in Version 8.13

  • Bug fixes in new functions

  New in Version 8.12

  • Picking of points in not closed sections
  • Display of recently used files in file menu
  • Improved display of background images
  • Bug fixes in Annotations-Dimensions and VRML-import

  New in Version 8.11

  • Support of 3D-mouses made by 3Dconnexion
  • Bug fixes in VRML, OBJ and Advanced Interfaces (STEP, IGS, VDA, SAT, PARASOLID)
  • Fixing of some program bugs

  New in Version 8.1

  • Simplified user interface
  • Property Editor to editing element names, colors and transparency quickly
  • Improved 3D und 2D interfaces

  New in Version 8.0

  • Redesigned and simplified measurement tools with automatic pre-selection of references
  • New tool “Assembly Explode” to create exploded views
  • New tool “Animation” to create animations
  • Export of animations into AVI-video
  • Display of elements using different render modes: shaded, shaded with edges, wire frame
  • Filled intersections when doing cross sections
  • Easy editing of part and shell names
  • Function to align the view parallel to the screen
  • PDF-Manual
  • Up to 50% increased display speed
  • Highlight function when moving the mouse pointer over elements in the element list

  New in Version 7.5

  • Assembly handling: 3D-Tool now supports assemblies when importing STEP and PARASOLID as well as VRML files from PRO/E. New assemblies can be configured as well.
  • New tool “Annotations-Dimensions“: Easily apply dimensions and notes directly to the CAD model.
  • Show background images and background text.
  • New full screen mode for presentations.
  • New shade mode: Shaded with black edges.
  • Improved 2D-printing with high resolution plots and pen assignments.
  • Support of Windows XP Styles.
  • Improved Help with Icons.
  • Improved 3D and 2D interfaces.

  New in Version 7.1

  • VRML 2.0 Export.
  • Improved VRML Import.
  • Improved IGS/STEP/SAT/VDA Interface.
  • PARASOLID support in Advanced License (Beta Version).

  New in Version 7.0

  • 2D-Support for: DXF, DWG, HPGL, HPGL2
  • with Delete, Move, Scale, Change colors, Blank Layers, black/white Display of Lines.
  • New supported 3D file formats: VDA, SAT, VRML, IV.
  • Support for shell names from IGS/Step.
  • Support for shell names from Pro/E assemblies via VRML.
  • New highly improved Print/Create picture interface.
  • New Help System.
  • Better compression of created EXE files. (up to 50%)
  • Support of icon creation - provides graphic thumbnail icons for your created Exe Files.
  • Optional Zip compression of exe Files as e-mail attachment. (includes a password option)
  • Improved IGS/STEP interface.
  • Sizeable list of shells/layers.
  • Batch mode for EXE creation.
  • Drag and Drop support to load Files - Drag Files directly in the 3D-Tool window.
  • Show and hide of complete files in shell mode.

  New in Version 6.7

  • Improved interfaces for IGS / STEP, 3DS, XGL.
  • New company address.

  New in Version 6.6

  • New supported file format: STEP files (optional).
  • New menu opened with right mouse button for quick access of functions.
  • Improved Interfaces (especially IGS, XGL, 3DS).
  • “Tip of day” added.
  • Some automatic repair functions added:
  • Search of near points.
  • Auto orientation of surfaces.
  • Improved note function (right direction of note creation).
  • Improved picture quality by using antialias when printing and creating pictures.
  • New export file format: (*.3ds) 3D-Studio.

  New in Version 6.5

  • German version available.
  • New design.
  • New supported file formats for import:
  • (*.igs) IGS files (optional) > all 3D-CAD Systems.
  • (*.xgl *.zgl) XGL files > SolidEdge, Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor.
  • (*.obj) OBJ files > Alias Wavefront.
  • (*.3ds *prj *.pli) 3DS files > 3D Studio.
  • (*.dxf) DXF files (3D-faces only).
  • (*.asc) ASC files > 3D Studio.
  • New export file format:
  • (*.mac) Ansys Macro with the geometry of the part.

  New in Version 6.0

  • “Custom Views” to save the complete display settings, the zoom and the displayed or blanked components. So you can easily point out details to the person viewing your data.
  • Slideshow to display a sequence of “Custom Views”.
  • New options when creating EXE files:
  • View Only - Disables measurements and reloads so only viewing is possible.
  • Specification of a Custom View to start with.
  • Added “load last used files”.
  • New rotation method: about screen center - easier rotation of big parts and zoomed details.
  • Rotation of views by 180°: horizontally, vertically, normally.
  • Added create copy in move, rotate and mirror dialog.
  • draft angle analysis in 3 Modes:
  • Show the parting in 2 cavities.
  • Show the draft angles as positive, negative and zero.
  • Show the angles in different colors.
  • Wall thickness analysis: check the different thickness of the entire part at once.
  • Some new toolbar icons, e.g. for creating an exe file.
  • Bigger picture size for export (up to 10.000 x 10.000 points).
  • Faster Help.

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