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Ashlar's product range Vellum Draft, Vellum 3D and Vellum Solids have been updated to form the Designer Elements series.
This comprises Graphite for drafting, Neon for 3D publishing, Argon entry level modelling, Xenon that adds history-based associativity and Class-A NURBS surface modelling and top of the range Cobalt offering parametrics, assembly modelling and additional drawing functionality.
The range is intended to allow the most appropriate tools to be selected for each application.
Vellum has always offered very intuitive sketching using the Drafting Assistant to dynamically indicate construction lines, snap points and alignments in 3D.
Freeform surfacing and solids capabilities are also retained in Argon, offering backwards compatibility.
Other supported data formats include ACIS SAT, IGES, STEP, DXF and DWG.
Although the range is available on both Mac and Windows platforms, Pro/E and ParaSolids converters are only available under Windows.
Mac roots are evident in the graphical feel of the interface and the inclusion of adjustable perspective, photorealistic rendering and animation as core functionality.
Animation options include walk throughs where the camera orientation is tangent to the path, fly bys where the camera moves along the path but remains orientated towards a fixed point and path animations where separate paths can be defined for both the camera and the reference point.
VR movies can also be generated.