Before you start playing around with this new version, have a look at some of the important changes that you might find interesting. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on improvements to the interface, measuring, reporting, GD&T and meshing!
For the full list of features and enhancements, please check the release notes.
In 2016 we made a few major improvements but with them came some changes that were unwelcome. Your voices were heard, and we’ve made the list of saved views easily accessible again via the toolbar.
Saved Views now also recalls the visibilities and positions of your annotations, making it that much easier to have things just the way you want them in your screenshots.
If you have the luxury of using a touch screen with BuildIT, you’ll find it easier to manipulate the viewport with a few gestures:
|Rotate||2 fingers move|
|Pan||press and tap|
|Zoom||2 fingers pinch|
|Rotate in view||2 fingers rotate|
No more having to go through File, Import, Models and browsing for the file! Just drag and drop it into the viewport, as if you were opening a BuildIT file.
Selecting points in clouds often works better with Polygon selection. In both the Delete Points in Cloud command and the Extract Surface from Cloud command, you’ll have three methods of selecting your points: Point Selection, Rectangle and Polygon.
Meshes can be smoothed out while maintaining their boundaries and sharp edges with the new command.
For those who record planes, you now have greater control of the way you can fit the planes. You can add a margin to the edges of your measurement, saving you the extra step of using the Extend Plane command.
You can also choose one of three types of boundaries:
If you’re familiar with Advanced Points Best Fit or with the Auto-Alignment functionality in Inspect Fit Point, one of the features that made them so handy was the ability to suppress certain axes for some of the points. In this version, you can suppress axes for other geometries, such as surfaces and curves, in the Best-Fit Alignment command.
If your probe is larger than the holes you are inspecting, as is often the case with laser trackers, Inspect Geometry will give you the deviation between the probe center and the hole’s axis. No more need to construct cylinder axes beforehand. Simply check the “Include virtual axes” option in the command form.
For automation power users, typos can be problematic when using variables. Two improvements will help you ward them off: the new Find and Replace, which will allow you to rename variables or objects across the board, and Auto Complete, which suggests existing variable names as soon as you type the first letter.
In this release we’ve expanded the types of objects you can include in the entity-based reports. You can now include paraboloids, circle analyses and most annotations: Right-click on them for the contextual menu, and select Add to report.
We’ve also added support for external files in Entity-Based reports. Right-click in the report’s tree structure and click Add File. PDFs, images and text files will be incorporated into the PDF report as-is, while other file types will simply be embedded as a hyperlink to open them.