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form.Z 3.8 Adds Parametrics and New Subdivision Options

Support for Web 3D Objects Coming (August 03, 2001)
auto.des.sys, Inc. announces the release of form.Z 3.8, replacing form.Z 3.8g that was originally shipped in May.

auto.des.sys, also announces the support of VET, through its export to the MTS format, is coming soon. "This represents a most direct way for creating 3D web content from form.Z models, something our users have been requesting in recent months," said David Kropp, Senior Vice President for Development. auto.des.sys and Viewpoint are currently working together on this.

form.Z 3.8 introduces a new object personality to its repertoire of personalities. The new types of objects are based mostly on the ACIS modeling engine and are called smooth to distinguish them from the traditional form.Z objects that are now referred to as facetted.

While there is frequently a need to distinguish the two types of models, auto.des.sys believes there is an even greater need to blend and integrate the two types. This results in a modeling environment that offers the best of both worlds and fluent conversion from one type to the other.

These enhancements affect all of form.Z, but three areas benefit most from the new smooth objects and operations:

1) super-flexible rounding and blending
2) trimmed surfaces that preserve their smoothness after operations are applied to them
3) exporting/importing parametric entities that preserve their parameters all the way to the milling machines. In addition, smooth objects are resolution independent and render perfectly smooth, regardless of how close the viewer is positioned.

Consistent with the spirit of "smoothness" are the additional subdivision capabilities offered by v. 3.8. These operations allow designers to work with low-resolution models and set scenes quickly, then subdivide the models and transform them into the high resolutions that are appropriate for realistic renderings. Previous versions of form.Z already offered subdivision procedures but V. 3.8 has added more based on new research.

form.Z 3.8 also offers one more direct translator to the LightWave format.

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