Mechanical 2D Drafting 3D Modelling

BricsCAD V24: What's New in BricsCAD® Mechanical?

By The Bricsys Team 7 min 23. novembra 2023
BricsCAD Mechanical V24 Whats New (1).png

BricsCAD® Mechanical V24 provides manufacturers of all sizes with the fastest path to complete and accurate production materials. With this release, we've focused on helping our users with cost-saving and software deployment. We have bridged functionality gaps between BricsCAD Mechanical and other CAD software, so now it's simpler to make the switch to BricsCAD, save on cost, and accelerate your time to deliverable.

BricsCAD Mechanical V24

We developed BricsCAD Mechanical V24 with our users' needs in mind, so we included highly requested features to bring you a complete designing and drafting toolset that is familiar and compatible with your current software. Let's look at what's new in BricsCAD Mechanical V24!

Workflow compatibility with Part Reference and Associative Part Lists

Associative Part List BricsCAD Mechanical

We've made interoperability even more seamless, so using your legacy DWG files with BricsCAD Mechanical is easier than ever. When you migrate from your legacy CAD to BricsCAD, you can rest assured that you can work with the DWG files you created in your previous software with no loss of vital part reference or part list data. If you need to make a new part reference, you can do so with the AMPARTREF command and add properties to the part reference via the Properties Panel. Add the part name and number, and you'll be able to see it appear in the part list.

BricsCAD® Mechanical's 2D design and drafting capabilities

2D BricsCAD Mechanical

The powerful 2D design capabilities in BricsCAD Mechanical V24 let you quickly update existing drawings. You can quickly turn drawings into mechanical components with the BMFORM command. This command creates a new mechanical component as an internal reference in your current drawing.

Copy in BricsCAD Mechanical

You can further optimize the drawing process with intelligent commands like CopyGuided, automatically aligning copied entities with relevant geometry using temporary guide curves and accepting polyline and multi-line segments with guide lines.

Quad in BricsCAD Mechanical

Unique BricsCAD features like the Quad speed up your CAD workflow by directly displaying your most used and needed commands under your cursor.

Mirror in BricsCAD Mechanical

The Manipulator is a visual tool that gives users dynamic movement, rotation, mirroring, and scaling of selected geometry without command input, helping you save time and ensure accuracy.

Turn 3D assembly models into 2D drawings with BricsCAD® Mechanical

3D Assembly BricsCAD Mechanical

BricsCAD Mechanical V24 helps designers convert 3D models into complete and accurate production materials. Assembly technicians need a package of materials to complete their job effectively, and creating these materials requires various personnel, from engineers to illustrators. Using BricsCAD Mechanical ensures you can generate these materials all in one single platform.

Component production drawings in BricsCAD Mechanical

When you need to turn your 3D assembly models into drawings to pass on to the production team, you can generate component production drawings to allow the assembly technician to reference the drawing against the actual component to check for any deviation from the manufacturer's specifications.

General assembly drawings in BricsCAD Mechanical

Once you've generated the component production drawing, you can visualize the final product with a general arrangement drawing. This drawing includes details like high-level dimensions, component locations in the assembly, and a parts list or BOM for the assembly with annotations.

Exploded view drawing in BricsCAD Mechanical

The exploded view drawing of the assembly gives you a high-level overview of how the various components come together. These drawings include trailing lines indicating how the components interact to create the final product.

Create 2D instruction manuals from 3D assemblies with annotations

Annotation in BricsCAD Mechanical

You can generate an assembly manual for a detailed, sequential, step-by-step product assembly guide. The manual includes detailed instructions outlining when and how the components should be assembled. Each step will have assembly notes and a pictorial graphic generated from your CAD model.

Text annotations in BricsCAD Mechanical

BricsCAD Mechanical can help you quickly and easily create 2D instruction materials from your 3D models for assembly production. You can add particular details to each step in the assembly process on the 3D model. BricsCAD lets you communicate plenty of detail in each step of the process. Insert 3D annotations like arrows, tools, or text into the 3D model space, then select which steps you want to add it to, and the annotation will only appear on those steps.

Step by step export BricsCAD Mechanical

Then, you can export the step sequence to an SVG file complete with annotations. Each step in the sequence will have its own SVG file. You can then import the SVG for the relevant step in the manual.

Optimize DFMA with existing 3D models with BricsCAD® Mechanical's assembly inspection and validation tools

When you create your manual, you'll want to ensure that the instructions produced are the best option for your assembly or maintenance process. In BricsCAD Mechanical V24, we've provided a prototype of our growing manufacturing validation or design for manufacturing and assembly toolset. Now, you can set up analysis rules and ask BricsCAD to inspect the assembly steps and ensure your assembly instructions are as efficient as possible.

To use the assembly inspection tool, you need an as-built sequence to start the assembly validation process. This sequence mirrors the order in which the technician would assemble the components in the real world. You can also use this sequence to create assembly instructions.

Assembly validation in BricsCAD Mechanical

The Assembly Inspect command starts the inspection tool process. In the inspection dialog, you can select the newly created as-built sequence and verify that its steps match the order in which it should be built. You can choose a 3D model of the tool required in the assembly process from the configuration tab and map this to the components it's used on.

Assembly validation results BricsCAD Mechanical

The next step allows you to check the rules and parameters used on the assembly you're configuring. You can configure three parameters: tool usage, global translatability, and visibility. Once you set these parameters, you can run the validation process and view the results, which show an evaluation of each set of rules for each step so you can easily see any changes you need to make.

BricsCAD Mechanical makes it easy for non-3D experts to reuse existing 3D models easily for technical publications and design for manufacturability studies, and now users can generate a component drawing, a general arrangement drawing, an exploded view drawing, and graphics for an assembly manual - all in one platform!

There's plenty more in BricsCAD Mechanical V24, so watch our Breakout Sessions for an in-depth look at some of these new features!

Want to learn more about BricsCAD® V24?

If you're curious about what else you can do in BricsCAD V24, check out our YouTube channel or take a peek at the rest of the Bricsys blog to learn more!

Have you used BricsCAD® V24 and have some ideas or suggestions?

Fantastic! We love hearing your thoughts on BricsCAD® – all feedback is welcome, whether good or bad. The best way to tell us what you think about BricsCAD is to send us a support request; our support team will gladly help.

Get started with BricsCAD® V24 today!

Buy BricsCAD or download the 30-day free trial now and discover how you can accelerate your time to deliverable with BricsCAD.

2. novembra 2023 9 min

BricsCAD® V24: What’s New in Lite and Pro?

Welcome to BricsCAD® V24 - the powerful, efficient, and easy-to-use CAD software designed to streamline your workflow and accelerate your time to deliverable. BricsCAD® V24 is faster and more efficient than previous versions of BricsCAD®, and it's also more user-friendly, making it the perfect tool for both new and experienced CAD users. This release includes features and enhancements to BricsCAD® Lite and BricsCAD® Pro to automate and optimize your everyday workflows. Let's dive into what's new for BricsCAD® Lite and BricsCAD® Pro in V24!

19. októbra 2023 4 min

Which BricsCAD® is right for you?

If you're considering BricsCAD®, you're probably wondering – which BricsCAD is right for me? There are five BricsCAD editions so you can choose the BricsCAD that suits your needs best. Whether you're working in 2D, 3D or both, there's a BricsCAD for you. Choose from BricsCAD® Lite, BricsCAD® Pro, BricsCAD® BIM, BricsCAD® Mechanical or BricsCAD® Ultimate. Let's take a look at the various BricsCAD product levels!

Follow us on social media