Get Your 3D CAD for the iPad

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February 14, 2012 · by Duane Craig · Cloud Computing News
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AEC businesses that are bringing iPads to the job can get a new, free tool for viewing and marking up large, complex 3D models. The CadFaster application for the Apple iPad®, is available for free in the Apple iTunes App Store. Raimo Kuismin, chairman, CadFaster says:

Our customers are using this app on their iPads to share their models with anyone, anywhere and improve their productivity while they themselves are on the go. We’ve listened to our customers’ feedback and have updated the interface and added support for new features so that it not only saves more time, it’s easier to use. Using our add-in software, compression ratios can be up to 20 times the size of the original model size.

According to the company, most 3D model viewers are generic purpose viewers, with navigation functionalities limited to 3D orbit, pan and zoom. CadFaster|Collaborate™ offers a “natural building explorer environment” which includes a new walk-through mode that allows inside point-of-views of interiors and design details and possible collisions with disparate design elements. For ultimate portability, the 3D models are highly compressed before they are exported and stored in a cloud database. The app also includes demo models to work with.

What’s New in the CadFaster iPad App:

  • Walk-through navigation mode
  • Turntable navigation model (Z axis lock)
  • Fine-tuned user interface for 3D model navigation
  • Support for landscape orientation in 3D views
  • Support for model measurement during co-browsing sessions
  • Various user interface improvements

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