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solidThinking VANTAGE

The high-end CAID solution

For complete control in a concept to production workflow, solidThinking VANTAGE provides a comprehensive modeling, analysis, reverse engineering and rendering environment for the most demanding industrial designer with engineering needs, or for the engineer seeking a matchless surfacing suite to work in harmony with other tools.

This flagship version of solidThinking offers all the modeling and rendering features you can find in the DESIGN version plus exclusive features such as:

Make Manifold, Shelling, Solid Offset, Associative Dimensioning, Plotting, and advanced control of Tangency, Curvature, and higher order continuity. With robust file I/O and interactive, crack-free tessellation for rapid prototyping, solidThinking VANTAGE provides all of the tools necessary for seamless production while retaining the industry leading advantage of solidThinking’s interactive Construction Tree.

VANTAGE is truly the top of the line for critical Design and pre-engineering.

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solidThinking VANTAGE includes everything found in solidThinking DESIGN plus:

Exclusive tools
The Curve to Arcs tool allows you to obtain a new curve made up of a series of accurate arcs approximating the original planar curve.

Useful for exporting to a CAM solution, where a succession of joined arcs is preferred to a generic curve.

Extend curve and Extend surface allow you to extend a curve/surface for a user-defined distance or to a given curve/surface.

Make Manifold
Showing the true range of unique and powerful tools in solidThinking VANTAGE, the Make Manifold tool seamlessly bridges the gap between a high-end surface modeler and advanced solids creation, while maintaining the highest level of interactivity for the designer and engineer.

In a non-manifold environment, the intermediate stages in a construction process do not have to be a closed solid (as with a manifold solid modeler). The Make Manifold command produces a manifold solid or cellular topology from a non-manifold topology. This tool automatically deletes excess faces, edges and vertices to get to achieve a manifold topology, and maintains the interactive history connections of the Construction Tree, granting the designer the power to evaluate any design alternatives.

The Make Manifold power and flexibility can best be explained by following how surfaces can be combined to construct a simple mouse starting from few curves.

Shelling
The Shelling command is a new feature for the advanced solid modeling of physical enclosures. This allows the VANTAGE user to create a shell and define its thickness by just selecting the faces you need to remove.

Wall thickness can be easily changed in the Modeling Tool panel, and includes full support for positive or negative offsets.

Solid Offset
The Solid offset command allows you to offset or inset a solid on all of its faces, or just an interactively selected few. With robust options for automatically rounding edges to maintain offset distances, and precise control of solid enclosure tolerances, the Solid Offset provides yet another advanced solid modeling tool to insure easy tooling, molding and manufacturing across a range of design requirements.

Analyze and improve the quality of your design
solidThinking VANTAGE introduces a new advanced analysis tool to interactively control Tangency and Curvature Continuity.

The program examines the selected adjacent edges, relatively to the characteristics of continuity of affiliate surfaces. Checks point to point possible openings, not parallelism among tangent plans and differences of curvatures. Edges where continuity is respected (G0, G1, or G2 depending on the check type you set in the Modeling Tool panel) are displayed in green.

Associative Dimensioning and Plotting
2D/3D dimensioning system for the automatic creation of horizontal, vertical, aligned linear dimensions, arcs and circle radii, curvature radii of NURBS curves at any given point, diameters, edges, angular dimensions. Leader command for quickly creating leaders (text annotations).

The power of the Dynamic Associative Dimensioning is realized when a revision to a drawing comes through, or a design changes.

With Associative Dimensioning on your model, you can edit your entities and have the dimensioning change as well, in real time.

Connection from Design to Documentation. You can now compose drawings and pictures on a virtual sheet of paper and configure plot scale, paper size, plot area, paper orientation. Multiple drawing layouts are possible.

Data exchange made easy
The continuously updated import/export plug-ins include IGES, STEP, VDA/FS, DXF, DWG, 3DS, Lightwave, Maya, RIB, SolidWorks, STL, VET, VRML and many others.


Find out more about solidThinking:
www.solidthinking.com

Software packages:
solidThinking MODELER
From your sketches to the final surfaces, solidThinking MODELER is the breakthrough 3D modeling environment that delivers all the necessary tools for the creation of high-quality, manufacturable 3D models.



solidThinking MODELER XL
For complete control in a concept to production workflow, solidThinking MODELER XL provides a comprehensive modeling, analysis, reverse engineering environment for the most demanding industrial designer with engineering needs, or for the engineer seeking a matchless surfacing suite to work in harmony with other tools.


solidThinking DESIGN
From your sketches to the final surfaces, solidThinking DESIGN is the breakthrough 3D modeling and rendering environment that delivers all the necessary tools for the creation of high-quality, manufacturable 3D models and the power to render them with unsurpassed photo-realism.

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Tutorials:
Beverage Bottle New! (2 MB)
Editing parametric points

The User Interface (754 KB)
Get you acquainted with solidThinking user interface.

Revolving Objects (551 KB)
Build revolving surfaces using Lathe.

Modeling a Teapot (796 KB)
This simple modeling tutorial will focus on building surfaces while using construction curves.

How to create a Fountain Pen (469 KB)
How to design a fountain pen using lathe, trim, birail, and other modeling tools.

Modeling a CPU Case (484 KB)
Create a Central Processing Units case.

Modeling a Chair (463 KB)
Use CurvesNetwork, Skin, Intersect and Trim.

Modeling Eye Glasses (627 KB)
How to build a pair of eye-glasses with a metallic frame.

Working with Shaders (338 KB)
Learn how to obtain particular materials such as metal, plastic, rubber and glass.

Textures (526 KB)
Discover how to use textures in solidThinking.

Lights (604 KB)
How to correctly set light sources.

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