AutoDesSys formZ Pro

form•Z pro is a powerful 3D design application featuring a variety of modeling personalities and tools with an easy to use interface to express and communicate your imagination. It is based on advanced 3D solid and surface modeling methods that maintain accurate representations as you progress from design to visualization, layout, animation and fabrication.

form•Z pro includes all of the features found in form•Z Jr plus many advanced modeling tools, STEP and IGES translators, animation, layout, network rendering and interface customization.

form•Z pro 8 is the latest version that introduces subdivision modeling as yet another modeling personality that enables the quick design and exploration of organic forms that originate from basic shapes. These forms are easily manipulated using a suite of subdivision tools that empower this new personality.

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Available for OS X 10.9.2 and Windows 7/8/10.
  • Solid and Surface Modeling tools including Booleans, NURBS and Subdivision Surfaces.
  • Native support for 64 architecture on OS X allows for more content creation.
  • Imports SKP, KMZ, DWG, DXF, DAE, OBJ, SAT, STEP and STL files.
  • Exports DWG, DXF, SAT, STEP, DAE, and STL for 3D printing.

form·Z pro 8.5 features

form•Z pro v8.5 introduces a new suite of creative design tools to enhance form generation. These tools offer a variety of ways to create new and interesting forms especially when combined with each other. These tools also work well with many existing form•Z pro tools like subdivision surfaces and deformations to make even more interesting forms. These new tools suite includes:

  • The Voronoi diagram tool creates a formation of cells from a set of points.
  • The Point Scatter, Surface Scatter, and Volume Scatter tools create formations by distributing copies of objects on or inside of other objects.
  • The Parametric Map tool allows 2D objects to be mapped onto a surface or face of another object.
  • The Wrap tool creates a new object from the 3D spatial boundary (or convex hull) of a set of objects or the 2D boundary of a planar set of points.
  • The Delaunay Triangulation tool creates robust triangulated meshes from a set of points on a surface or plane.

The form•Z pro Layout environment has been migrated to its own app. The new form•Z Layout app includes numerous improvements plus a title block feature including a library of ready to use title blocks. Commonly used title block text can be auto filled from a user-defined dictionary.

form•Z pro v8.5 includes an interface for the Augment reality app. With Augment, you can visualize your form•Z models in real world settings, at real size, in real time on OS X and Android mobile devices.

form•Z pro v8.5 also includes:

  • ACIS r25 and (ASAT r25 file format) support for improved smooth modeling
  • Improved display performance for layout files and complex 3D model files.
  • Enhancements to the Bend Along Path tool and Align/Distribute tools.
  • Improved numeric input.
  • New High Quality smoothing export option.
  • A variety of improvements and enhancements throughout.

The form•Z workflow features a dynamic smart interface that senses what you intend to do and protects you from unwanted actions. This includes automatic picking, automatic guides and snaps that assist you in drawing accurately without limiting your creativity.

The complete interface and the tool palettes are fully customizable, including the “heads up display” palette, where you may place the tools you use frequently for instant access.

Workspaces group related tools and palettes together making it easy to switch between tasks. These can also be customized and new ones created.

Interoperability is a traditional strength of form•Z. form•Z Pro supports over 20 formats including 3D Studio, DGW/DXF, Sketchup Rhino, STEP, STL and IGES.

The internal water tight modeling representation used by form•Z means that form•Z models are ready for 3D printing. Models can be directly exported to industry standard formats for transfer to any 3D printer, CNC or milling process. The Object Doctor and 3D Print Prep tools aide in identifying objects that will not print well due to thickness or other printer limitations.

Advanced rounding and blending operations enable the creation of smooth transitions between surfaces. Advanced features like variable radius and hold line rounding make it possible to create unique solutions.

form•Z projects can be fully animated in form•Z Pro. This includes animation of the camera, objects and lights. Animation tracks can be created for the individual parameters of the parametric objects which allows for craetion of dynamic designs. Animations can be rendererd with any built-in or plugin rendering engine and exported as individual frames or standard movie formats.

The Reshape and Offset tools capitalize on real time Boolean operations to offer sculpting actions that produce robust solid models from interctive actions

Subdivision modeling makes creating organic shapes fun. Start with a simple facetted cage model and create a smooth flowing form. The suite of Subdivision tools allows shaping and sculpting subdivision surfaces with simple, easy to use controls. Subdivisions are useful for tensile structures; organic surfaces ranging from exotic roofs to character meshes, these tools make form•Z a versatile modeling tool.

The Sun Palette enables the quick evaluation of natural light in a building on any given day or time. Quickly create animation of the sun light through a day or an entire year.

Fully parametric and dynamic generation of 3D forms that can be further manipulated at any time after their initial generation.

Powerful formula tools create complex curves and surfaces based on mathematical formulas with ease. The included predefined library of shapes is a launching point for a whole new method of form creation.

Dynamic clipping planes allow for non-destructive cutting of models. This real-time dynamic interface allows for complete inspection of a design.

The form•Z interactive display takes advantage of modern OpenGL capabilities. This is most noticeable in Shaded Full display mode with real time ambient occlusion, bump mapping, soft shadows and multi sampling features. These aid in real-time visualization and design evaluation as they yield better depth perception and spatial definition.

A comprenhesive suite of NURBS tools combines unprecedented ease of use and power. The NURBS analysis features aid in the evaluation and refinement of your design.

The Information Management system generates spreadsheets from modeling information including quantities, physical characteristics and custom attributes.

The form•Z layout environment allows you to quickly create to scale drawing sheets of your design. With form•Z layout you can place plans, elevations, sections and 3D view of your design into a page layout. These are linked to the 3D model so as the model changes, the drawings are automatically updated.

Components make it easy to reuse and share frequently used content. Components can be embedded in the form•Z project or stored externally in directory of project files. Components can be easily be created and modified in form•Z. A library of entourage components is provided.

form•Z includes an extensive library of materials that are ready to use. The Materials editor allows you to create your own materials and materials groups.