We are really happy to announce our latest release, BuildIT 2016. We have handpicked some key changes which are detailed below. For the full list of features and enhancements, please check the release notes.
Lots of new elements have been included to enhance the capabilities of the software and to improve the user experience. Here are some of the latest updates for views, model interaction and measurement.
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Using the View/Set Current View command, you can now set the view to be in perspective to give better depth perception and more realistic rendering.
Also in the View/Set Current View command, we have included the option to define section planes. This feature can be used to unclutter the view when working on a model, as well as to prepare your model for clearer and more aesthetically pleasing reports.
With that in mind, we have made it easier to manage the views by including a Views section in the Object Manager. You can now quickly save the current view with the sections you have just defined, continue working with another view and recall previously saved views at a later point to easily include them in your reports. The most commonly used options are available by right-clicking on the views in the object manager. You can also restore a saved view by clicking on it in the Object Manager.
In order to make the distinction between Design and Constructed geometries more functional, we have renamed these groups Nominal and Actual, respectively. Nominal geometries are considered to be part of the model and should not move with respect to each other, whereas we now offer the option to move Actual geometries along with the device’s measurements when aligning (Available through File/Settings/Measuring/Alignment).
BuildIT now offers powerful new filtering features to augment the search function of the Object Manager. You can now use type-based filters to narrow down the search results. These filters include a wide variety of criteria such as type of geometry, tolerance evaluation status and so on. This makes it easy to view failed tolerances, or surfaces which were not yet measured. These filters are available by clicking on the arrow next to the search field in the Object Manager.
We have included a Select All shortcut (Ctrl+A) so that it is now possible to quickly select the search results when filters are being applied.
Views, Analyses, CS, Devices and Alignments can be set as active simply by double-clicking on them in the object manager.
We have added options to manipulate the view using only the mouse, removing the need to hold the shift key to rotate and pan the view. This is all fully customizable through File/Settings/Mouse.
Holding down the Shift key when clicking on the Quick Connect/Relocate button will prevent the broker from automatically connecting to the device. This is useful if you wish to relocate a device that is not yet turned on or to serve as a reminder to relocate the device at a later time.
When working with laser trackers, it is sometimes useful to send the beam to a specified location on the part being inspected, without dragging the probe to that location. Previously, BuildIT only allowed users to aim the beam at points, and in this release we are extending this feature to all geometries. Simply right-click on any geometry and select “aim” to point the beam to the specified location.
The Inspect Target command is a great way of ensuring that measurements are evenly distributed across a surface. BuildIT 2016 now has the option to display the deviations from the surface being inspected in real time within the control window, allowing you to validate your alignment while you inspect your part.
Automation and processes have become even more powerful and flexible in BuildIT 2016. AutomateIT now offers a series of new tools to meet your needs, while fully preserving compatibility with processes created in earlier versions of BuildIT.
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For a better integration of user-defined commands into BuildIT, processes can now each be given their own custom icons. This makes them easier to recognize in the menu, and allows them to be used as built-in command functions in the software.
In order to design custom commands with more flexibility, new variable types are available in AutomateIT. These allow you to include new UI elements, such as user defined lists, color picker panels and checkboxes, in your command forms, to be used in conjunction with branching conditions within processes.
BuildIT contains a new simulated device called the Mouse Probe. It is now possible to move a simulated probe in the 3D view as if it were an actual probe, using only the mouse. This feature allows for quicker and more intuitive process recording as well as more realistic troubleshooting.
It is now possible to reorder variables in the Process Editor’s Variable List by using drag and drop. It is also possible to delete multi-selections, which are performed by selecting the variables while holding the Shift and Ctrl keys
Using the File_Read command available in AutomateIT, file content can now be read as a list, using each line as a distinct value instead of a unique, multi-line value. This allows you to define custom list variables using the content of an external file during a process. The process could then loop over this list variable to perform some operations, enabling BuildIT to process third-party information more easily
AutomateIT now offers a direct way of evaluating arithmetic, logical expressions and advanced mathematical functions. These can be seamlessly integrated within your new or existing processes without having to resort to additional commands or operations.
Another powerful feature included with AutomateIT in BuildIT 2016 is the possibility to break out of looping operations by including a branch out condition, allowing for even more dynamic automated solutions.
BuildIT has become more versatile with this latest version by being able to evaluate additional GD&T tolerances as well as offering new means of visualizing measurements and data.
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Circular runout and total runout tolerances as well as circularity tolerances are now supported in BuildIT 2016. These tolerances can be defined on circle, cylinder, cone, sphere and surface features.
Diameter tolerances can now be evaluated using values taken outside of BuildIT. This allows the use of more precise or better adapted instruments to measure features that could not be evaluated properly using a portable CMM. Dimensions taken with calipers or a micrometer can now be seamlessly included in your reports.
With the new GD&T evaluation command, you can easily visualize the actual geometries based on your measurements to better understand the GD&T results and to assist you in fixing your part.
To better visualize the results of the analyses being performed, we have included the option to display a histogram of the current analysis in the main view. This is useful to investigate the cause of unexpected deviations and to validate your alignment.
BuildIT supports material condition modifiers for datum features. The automatically computed alignments will be optimized such that you can benefit from the added bonus from your datums and have the most tolerances pass.
BuildIT 2016 has redesigned the reporting scheme to improve your ability to generate reports in a quick, easy and customizable way. It is more closely integrated into your workflows, while keeping full backward compatibility with previous versions.
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To make the creation and management of reports more convenient and efficient, we have added a new panel to the user interface. This panel contains all of the necessary tools, allowing you to quickly and easily manage multiple reports inside of a single model.
Different types of entities can now coexist inside the same report, as they will behave both according to their type and the chosen settings. It is possible, for instance, to include information about constructed and nominal geometries, GD&T tolerance evaluations and custom views of your model in the same document in order to produce more versatile reports.
New elements have also been included in the reports. Surface deviation analyses now have the option to display histograms to better visualize the distribution of measurements over inspected surfaces.
It is no longer necessary to run a dedicated command to populate a report. Including an element in the report is done directly from the 3D view or from the Object Manager by sending it to the Report panel.
These elements can then be reordered and managed easily inside the Report panel through our drag and drop interface, allowing you full control over the final output.
Reports can be populated from scratch by creating a blank report, or organized beforehand using report templates, giving flexibility to your reporting process.
Templates provide a powerful tool to guarantee the uniformity and repeatability of your report’s output, as well as automatically verifying that you have included all of the required elements in your report.
As before, reports can be outputted as PDF, Excel or text files. They contain customizable formatting such as the title, header, footer and company logo.