What’s New in BuildIT 2017

We are extremely pleased to announce our latest release, BuildIT 2017. Below, we have handpicked some key changes that we’d like to highlight for our users. For the full list of features and enhancements, please check the release notes.

Model Interaction

Construct surfaces by sweeping

There is a new way of constructing surfaces in BuildIT 2017. The Surface Sweep command will create a surface by sweeping a profile along a path curve or around the rotation axis of a circle. This functionality allows users to create very complex surfaces directly in BuildIT.


Simplify meshes

Effortlessly reduce the number of triangles in a mesh by using the new Simplify Mesh command. Select the mesh and use the slide bar to determine the desired amount of simplification. BuildIT automatically selects the areas where triangles can be removed while maximizing the level of details of the output mesh.


Support for Japanese, German and Chinese languages

BuildIT 2017 now features Japanese, Chinese and German translations. Select the language from the Settings in the File menu.


Added a shortcut to revert to default user settings

Holding SHIFT while launching BuildIT will prompt the user to delete previous user settings and reset to the default configuration.

Edge detection

BuildIT can now automatically detect points in a cloud that are located near the edge of a hole and associate them to the geometry.


Info tab for annotations

All the information is now readily accessible in one place for Inspection, Distance, and Angle annotations. Click on the new Info tab in the object manager to access it.


Supported Devices

Set the F12 key behaviour

FARO Vantage tracker users can now select the behaviour associated to the F12 key. Conveniently select between Homing, Camera Search, Spiral Search or Combo Search in the ADM tab of the Device Broker.


New supported devices

BuildIT now supports the VantageS Laser tracker, the Array Imager (Cobalt) and the VectorRI Laser Radar (LPT100) from FARO, as well as the TPS Total Stations from Leica.



GD&T Tolerances are now evaluated automatically

GD&T tolerances are now evaluated as soon as they are added, edited or measured.


Define GD&T on Geometries

It is now possible to define GD&T tolerances directly on geometries that aren't defined as features yet. The feature will be automatically created.

New ISO-1101 compliant functionalities

In compliance with the ISO-1101 standard, BuildIT now supports the definition of Positional tolerances on plane features. It is now also possible to define Position tolerances without DRFs.

GD&T order rearrangement

It is now possible to rearrange the order of appearance of the GD&T tolerances within the callout's annotations. Simply right-click on the tolerance and select Move up or Move down from the menu.



Added a Search function to build entity lists in processes

The Search function allows the user to narrow down the list of returned geometries by adding type-based filters to the search. For example, the user can now easily generate a list solely made up of measured cylinders or of only surfaces that are in show. This level of control was not possible with the Find function.

For example:

  • $(_SEARCH('IDEAS')_) will be the same as $(_FIND('All Objects','IDEAS*')_)
  • $(_SEARCH('IDEAS @Surfaces')_) will be the same as $(_FIND('All Surfaces','IDEAS*')_)
  • $(_SEARCH('IDEAS @Surfaces @Measured')_) required looping and testing for associated measurements.
  • $(_SEARCH('IDEAS @Surfaces @Show')_) had no current equivalent.
  • Add values to a list variable during the execution of a process

    AutomateIT users now have the flexibility of adding values to a variable list during the execution of a process. If the variable parameter Add to List of the General: Set: Variable command is set to True, the variable will be created if it is not already defined as a list variable and the Value will be added to the list.



    Custom logo

    Customizing your report's front page logo has been made simpler. Just browse to any .png file from the BuildIT settings reporting tab.


    New tolerance settings for deviation analyses

    Positive and negative tolerances have been replaced by upper and lower tolerances with a user-defined nominal value. These new settings allow users to define tolerances that are offset from the nominal position of the CAD.



    Improved rendering

    The rendering of point clouds with shaded discs has been greatly improved. Select the point cloud shading detail level from the BuildIT display settings.


    For more info

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

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