gCAD3DFeatures Principles of operation What gCAD3D can and cannot do VWR viewer MAN manual text entry CAD interactive graphic modelling Multi-model support Interactions Add-On Programs RemoteControl Processes ScriptPrograms Plugins Tutorial-videos Functions for documentation Codes - Formats gcad file format Installation Build Development-tools Development-documentation License Authors Support Development History of gCAD3D
What gCAD3D can and cannot doIt can Import and display data from Iges, Step, wire frame and solid objects Create and modify wire frame elements Create surfaces Create simple solid bodies Assemble user-created ancillary programmes Export wire frame elements as Dxf and Iges Export surfaces as Vrml-1, Vrml-2, obj, tw Iges It cannot yet Create or modify complex solid bodies
Multi-model supportA model can consist of multiple models (sub-models) - Functions for creation / use of subModels: internal subModel external subModel CatalogPart Function to activate subModel: - only in VWR or CAD: - select modelname in browser-window with right mousebutton; - select "activate" Function to rename subModel: - only in CAD: - only the active subModel can be renamed - select modelname in browser-window with right mousebutton; - select "rename" NOTE: all external models, where subModel will be renamed, become changed into internal subModels. Function to remove subModel: - only in CAD: - only the active subModel can be removed - select modelname in browser-window with right mousebutton; - select "remove" NOTE: all external models, where subModel will be removed, become changed into internal subModels.
Functions for documentation- Display of 2D drawings, 3D models and images in the same display space. - drawings/ models can be generated by scripts / templates - all display objects can be combined with interactions
Development History of gCAD3D 1995 The first version named xcad only for Linux and AIX. Graphics and User Interface with X11. 1998 First version with the name gcad. Graphics with OpenGL (Mesa), with GTK user interface. The name corresponds to the abbreviated version of GTK CAD. 1999 gcad was renamed gCAD3D (since approximately 1998 there also a gcad by Inigo Serna Robledo did exist) 2003 New CAD engine. Ported to MS-Windows. 2005 Step-import. 2006 Textures. 2007 Standard Parts (catalogue). 2008 Script progams. 2010 64-bit-Version Linux. 2011 neutral GUI-Interface, Gtk3-Interface 2012 Debian-packages 2013 RemoteControl, Processes. 2015 License changed to GPL-3. 2020 New module PRCV 2021 New module MDL MDLFN