ZW3D Features

Data Import
· The brand new integrated translator imports from Catia V4/5/6, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor and ACIS.

Prominent Healing Capacity
· Analyze and heal different kinds of topology conditions including cracks, gaps, mismatched vertices and tiny edges.
· Show information of open edges to help identify even tiny ones.
· Quickly fill gaps with new surfaces.

3D Annotation
· Add 3D annotations for the models, including distance, radius and angles.
· This will always be shown when opening the drawing, which conduces to subsequent communication

Reverse Engineering

· Work with STL, point cloud and scan data to build surfaces and 3D models.
· Support 3D printers.

ZW3D delivers an easy-to-use Ribbon interface and workflow, flexible–efficient 3D design capabilities, and a productive assembly performance. With well-defined sketches, detail parts and assemblies to 2D drawing, ZW3D takes designers from concept design all the way to finished products. Not only can you access quality tools to create smooth surface models and sheet metal parts, but you can also deal with point data or STL data with built-in reverse engineering. ZW3D gives you productive design with ease.

Convenient File Management

The ZW3D file (*.Z3/VX) is a multi-object file. It can hold many different objects: parts, assemblies, 2D drawings and CAM plans as you need. It acts like a folder, making it easier to manage. Also a single-object file is provided to meet different requirements.

Smart and Friendly Sketch

Most product design begins with two-dimensional sketches, which can drive feature geometry. All the tools to draw well-defined sketches are available. Additionally to conventional tools, you have various other useful tools to speed up sketch drawing.

• Ready-sketch provides many different geometry symbols, helping    designers save drawing time. 
• Trace profile delivers a very flexible method to deal with interconnecting    sketch geometry, without using the trim operation. 
• Smart dimension & smart constraint help designers quickly generate a    well-defined sketch. 

Flexible and Efficient 3d Modeling

ZW3D is different to traditional 3D CAD software tools as it offers an unique product design experience, based on Solid & Surface Feature Hybrid Modeling technology. Combined with parametric modeling and Direct Edit, you can enjoy more efficient design.



• Based on ZW3D’s unique OverdriveTM kernel, Solid-Surface Hybrid Modeling  allows Boolean operations between solid geometry    and surface geometry, which makes design more flexible as solids are not required. 
• Parametric modeling gives designers full control to easily edit    feature geometry.
• Direct Edit modeling offers more flexible tools to modify geometry    quickly on native or imported models without history regeneration.
• Provides flexible surface modeling tools to create smooth    product models. 
• Many powerful modeling tools deliver more design possibilities,
   and give designers a constant stream of innovation, such as: 
   Morph , Wrap , and Emboss .

Productive Assembly Design

Easy-to-use assembly capabilities help designers manage assembly and check large assembly design in order to accelerate design process and improve productivity.

• Easily deal with large assemblies, including Top-Down design and   Bottom-Up design.

• Interference check and dynamic section tools provide clear, visualized    interference results to help designers identify errors early.

• With animation tools, designers can demonstrate the design’s basic    operation as they would with a real life product. This can be saved as a    *.AVI video.

2D Sheet

2D Sheet is directly linked with a 3D model, so updates to the 3D model can be automatically reflected in the 2D sheet. This saves design time and reduces human errors.

• Automatically create2D associative viewswith projection, sectioning    and detailing.

Dimensions and Annotations include ANSI, ISO, DIN, JIS and GB    standard, as well as support for custom.

Generate the Bill of Material, Hole & Electrode tables with    auto-ballooning.

Easy to customize the Symbol, Hatch pattern and 2D sheet templates.

Additional Modules

• Sheet Metal

Easy to create many different sheet metal features, such as: flange, lofted flange, dimple, and louver. It is also possible to fold or unfold solids or open geometry in ZW3D using the Solid & Surface Hybrid Modeling technology more tutorial.   

• Reverse Engineering

With built-in reverse engineering, designers can use STL, points, and scan data to build surface or 3D models, as well as prepare models for CNC machining by refining meshes, building surfaces and repairing gaps. This could then be linked with a 3D printer to create a real model.

Any problems that occur in the machining stage will cause great losses, not only economically, but also losses in time. Verifying the structure reasonable, part manufacturability and product assembly before going into production is a very important part. With ZW3D’s flexible and visual verification tools you can detect 3D models during the design process to shorten the product development cycle, reduce development cost, save time and increase productivity.

Draft & Thickness Analysis

For a plastic product design, draft analysis and thickness analysis is very important to ensure that the product structure is reasonable and to determine a product’s mold-ability.
· Draft angle or thickness information of any position is available by hovering the mouse over the model.
· Positive draft, negative draft, and need draft will be displayed in different colors.
· The thickness analysis result provides min and max thickness values.

Dynamic Section & Interference Check

During the assembly design process, the interference check feature and other auxiliary tools help designers verify that the parts and assembly will fit.
· Use the section feature to visually check the interference between shapes in one part or among components in an assembly.
· The Interface check feature is used for checking the interference between the components or the assembly, and provides detailed results: number, volume and area of Interference regions.
· The Drag tool helps designers to check if the components move as intended.

Animation Simulation

Use vivid animation to demonstrate many different kinds of operation of the design, such as: movement, disassembly and assembly. This video is a dynamic product presentation instead of the real product.
· Verify and simulate assembly movement based on the defined constraints.
· Exploded view animation to simulate assembly or disassembly process.
· Save the *.avi video for viewing by others.

Automatic CAM
ZW3D provides powerful CAM functionality in one seamless environment, capable of generating CNC toolpaths from 2-axis through to full 5-axis. Automatic analysis of the ZW3D model, through the built-in strategy optimization, enables the identification of pockets, holes and surface topology enabling it to apply the most appropriate tools and cutterpath.

Adaptive Machining
Rough and finish machining operations consider stock material, clamps and the rest material left after each operation, minimizing air cutting, while adaptive feedrate control modifies cutting conditions according to the engagement of the tool, increasing tool life and improving the quality of the finished part. High speed machining routines allow the machining of hard materials with highly smoothed toolpaths which produce a uniform and high quality surface finish.

5-axis Machining
Optional 5-axis toolpaths include a range of strategies such as Planecut which keeps the tool perpendicular to the surface and Swarfcut which keeps the side of the tool in contact with the surface, offering a wide range of options to the programmer.

Productive Manufacturing
ZW3D Machining typically reduces programming time by 50% and machining time by 30%, and gives users an automated system which has the flexibility and power to cut the most complex components.

Integrated Machining - Advantages & Benefits
ZW3D's automatic CAM greatly simplifies CNC programming, making it easy to become productive thanks to its powerful machining strategies. These bring the skills of an experienced machinist within the reach of every machine shop.

  • Adaptive control of cutting conditions improves the surface finish, speeds up machining, and improves tool life.
  • Feature recognition finds and cuts all the features of the job, eliminating the possibility of human error.
  • High speed machining makes it easy to cut hard materials. For applications such as mold manufacture, it allows more of the part to be cut in one operation.
  • The optional 5-axis machining allows highly complex parts to be cut with ease enabling companies to compete for more work.
  • ZW3D gives engineers powerful, innovative manufacturing tools in a single transparent environment.