3DPowerTools

"The folks at 3DPowerTools Inc. have come up with is an incredibly practical slew of creation, editing and visualization functions that AutoCAD has never provided out of the box and which 3D modelers have been waiting on for years. I say... years. More than 50% of my daily work, since Release 10 appeared on the market, has been comprised of modeling and editing surfaces in 3D, and my reaction after working with this package for the first 2 hours was 'I can't believe it. It's finally happened.'"
-- Dave Espinosa-Aguilar
AUGI Board of Directors

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Pricing

Electronic License: $195.00
(downloaded software/online help/electronic manual)  
   

 

Rich Primitive Set

Create solids by using 3DSphere, 3DBox, 3DPyramid, 3DTorus, 3DCylinder, 3DCone, and 3DWedge. Create solids and surfaces using 3DExtrude, 3DTaper, 3DRevolve, 3DSweep, 3DLoft, and 3DHelix. Select arbitrary extrusion paths; specify arbitrary taper angles and extrusion directions. Sweep profiles along arbitrary paths; blend between two sections.

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Box
(12.5KB)
 

Cone
(15.1KB)
 

Cylinder
(11.7KB)
 

Pyramid
(14.1KB)

 


Torus
(24.4KB)

 


Sphere
(18.8KB)
 

Extrude
(16.3KB)
 

Taper
(20.6KB)
 

Taper
(32.3KB)
 

Revolve
(30.0KB)
 

Loft
(30.1KB)
 

Helix
(43.2KB)
 

Transparent Orbit

In the middle of any 3DPowerTools or AutoCAD command, use 3DXOrbit to change your viewpoint so that you can more clearly visualize the effect of your edits.

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Torus/Orbit
(64.7KB)
 

Taper/Orbit
(45.8KB)
 

Extrude/Orbit
(56.6KB)
     

Interactive Shaded Dragging

All 3DPowerTools commands provide immediate feedback by showing you the results of the command as it proceeds. This feedback occurs in the current shading mode. For instance, if your viewport is Gouraud-shaded, 3DCylinder displays a smooth-shaded cylinder being lifted off the UCS while you drag your mouse.

3DPowerTools takes advantage of the capabilities of AutoCAD and the underlying video hardware to redraw only the changed portion of the scene. This greatly facilitates working with large assemblies.

 

Powerful Solid and Surface Editor

Our innovative, UCS-free solid and surface editor allows you to model intuitively and organically. Move, scale, and rotate vertices, edges, and faces in all three dimensions without worrying about setting the UCS.

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Solid Edit
(43.7KB)
 

Surface Edit
(59.8KB)
         

 

Intuitive Object Manipulation

The 3DModify suite of commands enables you to manipulate objects by clicking and dragging. This command combines move, scale, and rotate into one 3d-aware, mouse-driven command. Use the context menu (via a right click) to switch between subfunctions (such as 3DRotate, 3DMove, and 3DScale).

Axis-constrained translations and rotations allow you to position your objects precisely. Tab and shift-tab cycle through angular snap points. Interactive dimensions display the angle rotated or the distance translated.

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Move
(48.2KB)
 

Rotate
(46.1KB)
 

Rotate
(43.9KB)
     

Edit in Perspective Projections

AutoCAD does not allow point entry in perspective. 3DPowerTools overcomes this limitation -- all 3DPowerTools commands work in perspective projection, allowing you to visualize your model in a more realistic fashion.

 

Reviews:

  • CADALYST Magazine (January 2000): "3DPowerTools speeds up the design process by providing vertex-editing and quick face-editing tools. It also adds excellent new orbit tools such as Center Orbit, which is absent in AutoCAD 2000 ...." Read more
  • Drew's M-CAD Connection: "This is just my humble opinion of one good valued 3rd Party addition to Mechanical Desktop 4. Drew's Rating: 5 stars .... I highly recommend it!" Read more

 

What users are saying:

  • "My reaction after experimenting with it for 15 minutes -- WOW!"
    -- our first paying customer
  • "Holy Mackerel is this thing going to be hot once it's released!! We (News Group Junkies) have been screaming for this functionality in MDT4."
    -- Quinn Zander
  • "Wow, this is really slick!

    Take a good, close look at 3DPowerTools: it's got some very slick features, like being able to dynamically constrain movement of 3D objects along the X, Y, or Z direction, and it also works similarly to MAX in drawing objects dynamically.

    I'm definitely going to incorporate this into my 3D usage!"

    -- Robert Grandmaison
  • "The tools are easy to use and should be appreciated by both novice and hard-core ACAD users!"
    -- Nino Caldarola
  • "Great job you guys. Here are 2 dwgs that I had my plant manager do. He has never tried to work with 3D before; he thought it was too complicated. I had him try 3DPowerTools and in a couple of days he created these 2 dwgs and now loves 3D."
    -- Buzz Harris
  • "I have been working with AutoCAD for 14 years waiting for true 3D capability for my clients. Finally, I have it."
    -- Richard Weiss, AIA, Architect, 33 Inverness Way, Inverness, CA
  • "I think 3DPowerTools is a great tool for the average designer."
    -- John Rankin

 

 

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