3D parts and assemblies into 2D manufacturing drawings is
straightforward and easy in Alibre Designs 2D Drafting module. Just
pick which views you want to include, and let the software
automatically create things like design dimensions, center marks, hole
callouts, and the title block. Then refine the drawing with additional
views and annotations until you are finished.
you change your 3D model, the 2D drawing automatically updates to
represent the new values. Your section views, dimensions, orthographic
views, and everything else will update automatically for you so you do
not have to completely redo the drawing. You can even change design
dimensions from within the 2D drawing, and the 3D part will update
start in the Drawing View Creation wizard. The wizard guides you
through the selection of a drawing template and the initial view
creation, whether youre detailing an exploded view, an entire
assembly, or a single part or sheet metal flat pattern. You can select
whether to automatically project design dimensions, hole callouts,
hidden lines, center marks, center lines, cosmetic threads, thread
callouts, hole callouts, and more. You can add each of these items to
an individual view later if needed as well.
you create 3D parts and assemblies, you can enter in rich information
about them such as the Product it
goes with, the Engineer
that approved it,
the Part Number,
or the Description for
example. You can create 2D drawing templates that take advantage of
this data by using Design
Properties Fields. When a Design Property Field is used in a
template, it automatically pulls data from your part or assembly. This
means you can create instant title blocks, and you only have to update
information in one place, which dramatically cuts down on human error
and hours spent.
Design can take exploded views you create in the 3D assembly and
transfer it into a drawing for you. With automatic BOM creation, you
can quickly insert an exploded view and a Bill of Materials and apply
callouts for the parts you want using a variety of callout styles.
Its as easy as clicking on the part you want to call out.
in Alibre Design is as easy as selecting what you want to dimension.
Just click on items in the drawing and then place the dimension. You
can use normal or ordinate dimensions. The Dimension Styles feature
gives you complete control over how your dimensions look. Easily
define units, tolerances, arrow styles, symbols, alternate units,
fonts, and more.
views are easy to create - just draw the region you want and then
click the detail view button. The view is created automatically.
views allow you to keep only the portion of the view that you are
interested in. Just draw the area you want to keep and use the Partial
views let you view the interior of your parts easily. Draw any section
shape and then use the Section View tool to generate automatically
updating section views.
one of the six principal orthographic views is insufficient to define
geometry, such as with inclined or oblique planes or features, you can
create auxiliary views by simply selecting an edge.
detailing long parts, especially with uniform cross sections, it is
often useful to create a broken view. Using the Broken View wizard,
the process is automated and instant.
the Datum and Feature Control Frame wizards, you can quickly and
easily define geometric tolerances.
the Surface Finish wizard, you can quickly apply surface
specifications to your drawing.
the Weld wizard you can quickly make weld specifications.
can apply rich text notes to your drawing, using leaders or setting
the notes at an angle if you are required to.
the Layers dialog you can easily set layers for anything on the
drawing, turn layers on and off, or create new layers and edit the
Design Professional and Expert contain a full suite of mechanical
design tools aimed at precise, fast model creation.
design is the de facto standard for 3D mechanical design and
manufacturing. If you are not using a true parametric modeler, you are
wasting time. Parametric basically means that you create intelligent
parts, assemblies, and drawings that can be updated later easily and
with a minimum of rework. Wherever a part is used, for example in an
assembly, BOM, or 2D drawing, changes will be reflected automatically.
Design is built from the ground up to be fully parametric. All modules
are completely interconnected and design changes are a matter of
double clicking dimensions you used to create your part originally and
typing in new numbers. When you open your assembly, you will see the
part has been updated for you. When you open your drawings, you will
see all the views, including partial views, section views, and
anything else will also be updated. The dimensions will have changed
for you, and you will not waste any time needlessly redoing 2D
Design allows you to make mechanical parts of any complexity quickly
and easily. With workflows designed for quick changes and easy
updating, iterating the design is an efficient process. Quickly make
parts, tools, fixtures, molds, and any other surrounding manufacturing
Easily and efficiently define relationships to save time and
ensure accuracy when design changes occur. Sketch Constraints,
many of which get applied automatically for you, allow you to
ensure real world design criteria are maintained.
Use or reuse your Excel data to drive classes of parts or
entire assemblies easily.
Design Expert makes combining multiple parts into an assembly easy.
Drag-and-drop constraint management and real-time previews allow you
to be less concerned with whats technically happening and more
concerned with your design. Create exploded views you can reuse in 2D
drawings, query the assemblys physical properties such as mass,
detect collisions, and easily change or update parts directly from
within the assembly workspace. Simulate assembly motion by clicking
and dragging parts to see the real-world motion in action, before
creating physical prototypes.
Intelligent snapping technology works for you to make quick
work of assembling multiple parts into a physically accurate,
moving virtual prototype.
Create exploded views automatically or manually. Transfer
these views into a 2D drawing, or export an animated PDF with
assembly or disassembly instructions.
Run an interference detection to ensure that all parts fit
together properly, without running into each other. Detect
problems in the design phase, before creating physical
prototypes that have to be scrapped.
The Alibre Design sheet metal module delivers fast and easy-to-use tools
for designing parts made from sheet materials. Its fully integrated
into Alibre Design with a dedicated workspace so you only see tools
that are relevant to sheet metal design. The Lofting Wizard makes
transition pieces easy, such as square to circle profiles. With Alibre
Design 2011 you will also enjoy powerful tools to let you convert
normal or imported parts into unfoldable designs.
Sheet metal design in Alibre Design is easy and powerful. Work using
concepts already familiar to you, such as tabs, flanges, cuts, dimples
and lofts. Every design aspect is completely editable at any time.
Single-click flat patterns let you analyze your design early and
often, maximizing design iterations and minimizing mistakes.
Alibre Design sheet metal design module is perfect for enclosure
design, duct work, or general component design. At any time you can
unfold the model to check for design integrity and overlaps.
Complex lofted transitions can be made easily with the Lofted Flange
Wizard. The Wizard graphically guides you through the creation of
complex geometry such as square-circle or oval-circle transitions. A
wide variety of parameters allow you to get the geometry perfect the
first time. This feature is only available in Alibre Design Expert.
New in Alibre Design 2011, powerful conversion tools let you take
imported files or files you design in a part workspace and convert
them into native sheet metal parts you can unfold. This powerful tool
makes converting your existing libraries of sheet metal STEP files,
for example, quick and efficient. It also supercharges general sheet
metal design, allowing completely new workflows that are typically
substantially faster at accomplishing the final goal. A wizard guides
you through the conversion with lots of graphical feedback. This
feature is only available in Alibre Design Expert.
you ve created your sheet metal part in 3D, you can easily create an
associative 2D drawing that updates if you make any changes to the 3D
part later. Creating a flat pattern for a 2D drawing is as simple as
selecting the Flat
in the 2D Drawing creation wizard.
design calls for standard part such as bolts, screws, nuts, or linear
actuators. Modeling these components yourself is a waste of time, prone to
error, and isnt useful since you wont be manufacturing them yourself.
Alibre Design Professional and Expert include two part libraries with
millions of standard components for you to download and incorporate into
though components such as bolts are easy to model, if you have to do it
all the time it can add up fast. The two part libraries that come with
Alibre Design Professional and Expert cover a huge variety of industries
from Aerospace to Food and Beverage. Fasteners, brackets, actuators, LEDs,
consoles, and many other items are available.
having extensive part libraries at your disposal, you can search
manufacturer-specific components to determine what components can be
off-the-shelf. Custom typically means expensive - if its
already out there, theres no reason to remake it yourself.