ISD's CAD and PDM solutions bring "Smart Design" to Engineering

Hannover Messe 2012 / Hall 7, Stand B26

Dortmund, (PresseBox) - At this year's Hanover Fair the ISD Group will present the latest versions of its software solutions: HiCAD, the CAD software, HELiOS, the PDM solutions and HELiCON, the tool for the creation of product configurators. The motto of the new developments and enhancements was "Smart Design", i.e. providing the user with intelligent support through automation of tasks and verification of defined rules. Among the highlights of the new version are the Design Checker and the Design Sharing option. The new versions allow an optimal shaping of design processes, from the automation of subtasks through to the construction of complete models at the push of a button.

HiCAD 2012 with Design Checker

The new Design Checker is the ideal tool to enhance the quality of CAD drawings and reduce time through early error detection. You can use the tool to verify whether your drawings are in conformity with general design guidelines, e.g. check itemisation, material assignment, feature logs, views, and much more. If any errors are detected, HiCAD will issue appropriate warnings and provide suggested solutions. The checking steps are freely configurable and the checking reports can be output in several formats, e.g. as XML or Word file.

Design Sharing and Enhanced Modelling

The "Design Sharing" option enables the export of 3-D drawings to 3D-PDF format. This interactive representation enables you to view and evaluate your CAD models from all sides even without HiCAD, e.g. by moving, rotating, panning or zooming them. The export formats U3D (Universal 3D) and JT (Jupiter) are supported as well. 3-D modelling has also been enhanced significantly: For example, the new Grid Repeater enables the creation of complex multi-body structures in only a few steps. Clones of parts, part lists or assemblies are created on a grid by means of linear displacement, rotation or moving along composite edges - if desired, also with vertical displacement. Furthermore, you have the option to deform parts along sketches, or apply raisings, indentures or imprints to parts by wrapping sketches onto them.

New Look & Feel

The new functions have been embedded in a new Look & Feel that provides maximum user-friendliness. In addition, HiCAD 2012 allows an adjustment of Ribbons and context menus to customer-specific requirements by means of the new Context Menu + Ribbon Editor. The Online Help also has a new Look & Feel and is now browser-independent. Besides the locally installed Online Help, you can now additionally use the Online Help on the Web, which is updated regularly and therefore provides - especially after the installation of software patches - always current information.

Numerous industry-specific enhancements

The industry functions, too, have been enhanced significantly - from mechanical engineering, plant engineering and sheet metal through to metal and steel engineering. Examples of this are the new data format with quick Vault Server access in Plant Engineering, the new design variants for front plate connections, strap and pipe joints in Steel Engineering, the new 3-D features in Metal Engineering, and much more.

ISD Software und Systeme GmbH

The ISD Group is ranked among the globally leading providers of innovative and highly integrated CAD and PDM solutions. The software products HiCAD, HELiOS and HELiCON provide the user with efficient functions, innovative automation tools and a unique flexibility. HiCAD is a state-of-the-art 2-D/3-D CAD system with specialised industry solutions for mechanical engineering, steel and metal engineering, sheet metal processing and plant engineering. The PDM solution HELiOS constitutes the central "knowledge reservoir" of your company facilitating the gathering, management and distribution of documents and information. HELiCON is a tool enabling the rapid and convenient creation of customised product configurators.

With more than three decades of experience in the field of engineering, the ISD has always been an extremely competent and reliable partner - from product development and consulting to after sales service.

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