DesignCAD 3D MAX

DesignCAD 3D MAX

Creates, exports and manages 2D and 3D designs
DesignCAD 3D MAX v27.0
27.0
12 May 2019
Review
DesignCAD 3D MAX v25.0
25.0
30 Jul 2015
Review
DesignCAD 3D MAX v23.0
23.0
14 Sep 2013
DesignCAD 3D MAX v22.1
22.1
17 Dec 2012
DesignCAD 3D MAX v22.0
22.0
22 May 2012
Review
DesignCAD 3D MAX v21.2
21.2
17 Apr 2012
DesignCAD 3D MAX v21.1
21.1
15 Nov 2011
Review
DesignCAD 3D MAX v21.0
21.0
30 Apr 2011
Review
DesignCAD 3D MAX v20.0
20.0
18 Jun 2010
DesignCAD 3D MAX v19.1
19.1
21 Apr 2009
Editorial review
DesignCAD 3D MAX v19.0
19.0
15 Feb 2009
DesignCAD 3D MAX v18.2
18.2
11 Oct 2008
DesignCAD 3D MAX v18.0
18.0
7 Sep 2008
DesignCAD 3D MAX v17.2
17.2
25 Aug 2008
DesignCAD 3D MAX v17.1
17.1
7 Mar 2008
DesignCAD 3D MAX v17.0
17.0
28 Sep 2008
DesignCAD 3D MAX v16.0
16.0
27 Nov 2008
DesignCAD 3D MAX v15.0
15.0
26 Jul 2008
DesignCAD 3D MAX v14.0
14.0
25 Jul 2008
DesignCAD 3D MAX v12.0
12.0
3 Mar 2008

What's new

v27.0 [12 May 2019]
- AutoCAD 2018 Import/Export Support: DesignCAD 2018 is now able to import DWG and DXF files in AutoCAD 2018 format, and able to Export DWG and DXF files to AutoCAD 2018 format.
- New Icon Scaling Option: DesignCAD 2018 offers the ability to scale the toolbox icons from 16x16 pixels up to 64x64 pixels in size steps of 8 pixels. This allows users with ultra-high-resolution screens to scale the icons up to a usable size.
- New Control Curve Command: DesignCAD 2018 adds a new type of curve entity to the existing set. Now in addition to Curves and Bezier Curves, we have the ability to create Control Curves (NURBs) with both Cubic and Quadratic weightings. Control Curves use the points you set as an enclosing cage to constrain the shape of the curve, rather than as a set of points the curve must pass through.
- New Arc Tangent to 2 Lines Command: DesignCAD 2018 adds the new Arc Tangent to 2 Lines command, which draws an arc of a specified radius tangent to two picked lines. The result is similar to the arc formed by the Fillet command, but it does not trim the tangent lines to meet the endpoints of the resulting arc.
- New AutoHatch Feature: DesignCAD 2018 adds the ability to automatically create a hatch fill pattern in 2D shapes without having to separately run the Hatch, Hatch Line, or Hatch Fill. The current AutoHatch pattern can be set from the AutoHatch Settings in the Options menu; the pattern for an existing object can be changed from the AutoHatch Settings in the Info Box's toolbar.
- New Text Option: Dynamic Scaling: DesignCAD 2018 adds a new Dynamic Scaling option to the Text command. When this option is enabled, text scales automatically and proportionally between the first two points set; when it is off, text is drawn at the specific size specified in the dialog box.
- Insert Manager Improvements: The Insert Manager no longer deletes selected blocks, images, or symbols immediately – it marks the ones selected for deletion, but they are not actually deleted from the drawing until the 'Apply' button is pressed. Pressing 'Cancel' will unmark the selected objects and leave them intact.
- New Normals Shading Mode: DesignCAD 2018 adds a new OpenGL Shading mode named 'Normals'. When this shading mode is active, facets of 3D objects that face toward the camera are shown in a lighter color than those facing away from the camera. This makes it easier to locate and correct mis-aligned facets in the drawing.
- New Mixed-Mode Shading Mode: DesignCAD 2018 adds a new OpenGL and RedSDK Shading mode named 'Mixed Mode'. When this shading mode is active, 3D objects are rendered in a combination of Shaded and Hidden-Line modes, making it easy to see the underlying wireframe construction of shaded objects.
- Improved Solid Engine: DesignCAD 2018 has improved the underlying solid engine so that new solid primitives are created in such a way tha the surface normals consistently face toward the outside of the object. This also applies to new Sweeps and Extrusions. Similarly, Boolean operations performed on newly-created objects result in more consistent surface normals than with previous versions.
- New Is Solid Watertight Command: DesignCAD 2018 adds a new command to check a selected solid for watertightness. Also, when performing Boolean operations (Solid Add, Solid Subtract), it checks the result for gaps in the mesh and gives warning if any gaps are detected.
- New Solid Leaks Test Command: DesignCAD 2018 adds a new command to help visually identify leaks in a triangulated Solid Surface object. The command creates two new layers in the drawing: HoleEdges and ExtraEdges. If there are holes in the mesh (specifically, if any edges are used in only one facet of the Solid Surface), blue lines are drawn in the HoleEdges layer. If there is extra geometry in the mesh (specifically if any edges are shared by more than two facets of the Solid Surface), red lines are drawn in the ExtraEdges layer.

v21.1 [15 Nov 2011]
New DesignCAD 3D MAX version 21 includes 600 3D models you to quickly drag and drop into your design. Each colorful, fully texture-mapped symbol can be modified to your exact specification. Choose from:
129 structural models – doors and hardware, windows and window treatments, fireplaces, wood moldings and more
234 kitchen items – cabinets, appliances, faucets, sinks, counters and more
52 bath items – tubs, faucets, sinks, vanities and more
134 residential items – furniture, lighting fixtures and home décor
51 office items – desks, file & storage cabinets, tables, shelving and more
Work with the latest AutoCAD® files. Import/Export support for AutoCAD 2010 and 2011 .DWG and .DXF file formats has been added so users can collaborate with people using even the latest Autodesk® software versions. This includes compatibility with AutoCAD® layouts and PaperSpace, plus support for AutoCAD® layers, linestyles, views, and blocks. New DesignCAD 21 even offers limited support for Architectural Desktop (ADT) objects, which are now recognized and exploded to DesignCAD equivalents.
DesignCAD 21 now offers support for long layer names, up to 255 characters.
DesignCAD 21 is now able to use the same paperspace template more than once in a drawing.
Dimension tools now have an "outside" text placement option similar to that in other CAD programs.
New DesignCAD 21 offers enhancements to the management of default settings and custom workspaces to improve ease of use.
DesignCAD 21 offers improved resolution to shadows cast by directional lights when rendering a zoomed area.

v21.0 [30 Apr 2011]
- New 3D Model Content for Easier Architectural Design
- New DesignCAD 3D MAX version 21 includes 600 3D models you to quickly drag and drop into your design. Each colorful, fully texture-mapped symbol can be modified to your exact specification. Choose from:
- 129 structural models – doors and hardware, windows and window treatments, fireplaces, wood moldings and more
- 234 kitchen items – cabinets, appliances, faucets, sinks, counters and more
- 52 bath items – tubs, faucets, sinks, vanities and more
- 134 residential items – furniture, lighting fixtures and home décor
- 51 office items – desks, file & storage cabinets, tables, shelving and more
- New AutoCAD 2011 Support
Work with the latest AutoCAD® files. Import/Export support for AutoCAD 2010 and 2011 .DWG and .DXF file formats has been added so users can collaborate with people using even the latest Autodesk® software versions. This includes compatibility with AutoCAD® layouts and PaperSpace, plus support for AutoCAD® layers, linestyles, views, and blocks. New DesignCAD 21 even offers limited support for Architectural Desktop (ADT) objects, which are now recognized and exploded to DesignCAD equivalents.
Improved Layers
- DesignCAD 21 now offers support for long layer names, up to 255 characters.
Improved Paperspace
- DesignCAD 21 is now able to use the same paperspace template more than once in a drawing.
Improved Dimensions
- Dimension tools now have an "outside" text placement option similar to that in other CAD programs.
Usability Enhancements
- New DesignCAD 21 offers enhancements to the management of default settings and custom workspaces to improve ease of use.
- Improved Shadows for Directional Lights
- DesignCAD 21 offers improved resolution to shadows cast by directional lights when rendering a zoomed area.

v19.1 [21 Apr 2009]
New Arrow Command.
New Grid Option.
New Option to Turn Off Nested Groups.
New Option to Print Hidden Line as Dash.
New BasicCAD additions.
General Improvements.

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