BricsCAD V22 Helps Users Solve Design Problems
Now in V22, the BricsCAD family of products is optimized to improve design, construction and manufacturing workflows.
November 2, 2021
Software developer Bricsys, part of Hexagon, makes available new versions of its computer-aided design (CAD) products: BricsCAD Lite, BricsCAD Pro, BricsCAD Mechanical, and BricsCAD BIM. Now in V22, the BricsCAD family of products is optimized to improve design, construction and manufacturing workflows.
“BricsCAD V22 brings our team another step closer to achieving our vision of being the first all-in-one design platform for Building, Civil, and Manufacturing, that is flexible, offers design freedom, and helps our users solve problems faster,” says Rahul Kejriwal, head of Bricsys.
“The BricsCAD product family enables continuous and efficient workflows from conceptual to detailed design, so our customers can spend more time doing what they love best—designing great things.”
Users can switch between Bricsys’ 2D, 3D, BIM and Mechanical products all within one DWG-based, multi-purpose CAD platform. Rich Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) enable hundreds of Developer partners to create applications spanning the spectrum of design disciplines. Integrations with other applications to help users across multiple disciples and industries work better together.
V22 marks the official launch of BricsCAD’s Parametric Block workflow, an alternative to legacy dynamic blocks. Parametric Blocks let designers create and reuse geometry in an intelligent and adaptable way for faster drawing creation, and smoother design changes.
Overall, BricsCAD V22 improvements can be summarized in five key areas.
A Stronger Core Platform
Hundreds of improvements and fixes, including faster entity selection speed, and smoother large-model handling are some of the product performance and stability enhancements in the latest release.
BricsCAD V22 offers a more efficient way to capture and document design data. Multi-threading accelerates file and drawing load times, and the unification of 3D manipulation, rotation, and modeling commands delivers a more consistent experience and a faster learning path for new users, the company reports.
Performance enhancements to 3D Direct Modeling, overall graphics performance, and BricsCAD’s Text editor facilitate greater useability with complex drawings. In V22, BricsCAD’s Point Cloud workflow has been improved, with a stand-alone Point Cloud pre-processor, more efficient storage of processed Point Cloud data, built-in deviation checking, crop solids and geographic location support.
Improvements across BricsCAD’s command structure, and enhanced handling of DWG-based data help enhance V22’s compatibility with legacy CAD products. Customers can better reuse their legacy Dynamic Blocks, and there are familiar express productivity tools, like BLOCKREPLACE and BLOCKTOXREF.
Working with complex, composite drawing elements like multi-leaders is improved, and new tools for CAD managers, like drawing standards checking workflow assist with data migration, sharing and collaboration. V22’s new ARRANGE feature, an alternative to the ALIGN command, uses machine learning algorithms to provide a convenient, high-performance way to position multiple items in specific orientations, working on both 2D and 3D entities.
Improved Data Optimization
The AI and Machine Learning-powered features in BricsCAD have been expanded, to automate repetitive tasks, and enable smarter ways of reusing 2D and 3D design data for maximum productivity.
2D drawing and data simplification features now include an automatic Polyline optimizer, and there are multiple improvements to BricsCAD’s tools designed to help users simplify duplicate geometry. The Copy and Move Guided commands can handle a larger set of reference entities as guide curves, and work with specific 3D geometry in BricsCAD V22.
The BLOCKIFY automatic data simplification workflow now includes a new symmetry detection engine, to expand the command’s capability to classify repeated objects.
Refinements to BricsCAD’s modern, OpenLISP-based development system have increased the performance and stability of the BLADE LISP programming environment.
Bricsys is investing in additional capabilities in the Civil Engineering design and Point Cloud processing and visualization areas, to provide a solid base for partner solutions addressing specific workflows in these areas.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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