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VX Corporation, formerly Varimetrix, continues to champion hybrid surface, solid and wireframe modelling combined with manufacturing capabilities in version 4 of their flagship modeller now called VX CAD/CAM.
The product also includes sheet metal, assembly modelling, drafting and rendering tools.
Target users include industrial designers, plastic component and tool designers using integrated split line and draft analysis tools and integrated design and CNC users.
VX CAD/CAM is aimed at the mid-range desktop market primarily under Windows NT / 2000 but also UNIX.
While some users will be content with the legacy UNIX feel even under Windows, the icons are somewhat garish and the non-standard forms untidily structured.
It is easy to start modelling in the sketcher, but command sequences and modifiers are controlled through text based command line rather than graphical dialogs.
The history view is also a text list without any graphics to help identify each sketch or feature type.
The sketcher gives graphical, dynamic feedback to indicate automatically captured constraints such as parallel and perpendicular to existing entities.
VX uses a system of levels to be able to manipulate parts, sketches, CAM data etc.
within the same application window.