What’s New in BuildIT 2016.5

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.


Saved Views in the Views Toolbar is Reintroduced

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.


Position and visibility of annotations are now saved with Saved Views

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.


Multi-Touch Capability for View Manipulation

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:

View Manipulation Gesture
Rotate 2 fingers move
Pan press and tap
Zoom 2 fingers pinch
Rotate in view 2 fingers rotate

Model Interaction

Import CAD Files with a Drag and Drop

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.


New Point Selection Method

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.


Mesh Smoothing

Meshes can be smoothed out while maintaining their boundaries and sharp edges with the new command.



Various Options for Plane Boundaries

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:

  • Follow measurements (rectangular): The plane will have a rectangular shape with its corners aligned with your measurements.
  • Follow measurements (envelope): The plane will have the shape of a polygon.
  • Follow active coordinate system: The plane edges will run along the axes of the active CS.

Best-Fit Alignment with Axis Suppression

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.


Inspect Virtual Axes of Cylinders in Inspect Geometry

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.


Meshes can be used as a surface in Surface Deviation Analysis

This is particularly useful when analyzing the deformations of an object from the way it was when you first scanned it.



Added 'Find and Replace' and 'Autocomplete' in the Process Editor

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.



Slots, Straightness, and improved user-friendliness

  • Added support for Slot features (also used for tabs or grooves)
  • Added support for the Straightness tolerance
  • Compute and Restore DRF alignment with a double-click in the Manager



Annotations, Circle Analyses, paraboloids and external files (pdf, image, text) in Entity-Based Reports

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.


For more info

For the complete list of changes, consult the release notes which are available here.

Download BuildIT 2016.5 here.

You can also visit our website for more details.