Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
I'm pathologically inquisitive with the scars and the piles of stuff to prove it. I'm always buying low-end software with the object of developing proficiency in, say, home otolaryngology, but generally the stuff is poorly structured, if at all, for self-instruction. After figuring it out, I get frustrated because the software does not do real work and does not scale up as I progress. Then, I learn that I have to buy and learn a completely different application to do what I hoped to do. That's where VX Corporation's VX Innovator turns the tables on this sort of rot.
VX Innovator is your answer if you are a start-up on a tight budget or if you need to make CAD/CAM accessible and functional to people without the skills like management. VX Innovator is entry-level CAD/CAM designed to get you going. Then, as your skills and needs progress, VX Innovator scales up to any of VX Corp.'s high-end CAD/CAM products for mold & die design, rapid prototyping, machining, and so forth.
Entry-level is not dumbed-down. VX Innovator, a hybrid modeler that lets you work with surface and solid geometry, has the power to do real design work like create 2D layouts of parts and assemblies that include BOMs. It has basic surface editing, enables in-place assembly modeling, and offers imported model healing. It has such tools as sweep and loft. It supports formats like DXF, DWG, IGES, and STEP.
But, the real trick for getting you up and running quickly is that it comes with VX's Show-n-Tell tutorials built-in. I'm not wild about the name — not that I have a better one — simply because people might think that they are dumbed-down or childish. Not a bit. Show-n-Tell tutorials are by and from really smart people for really smart people who need to learn CAD/CAM. They're a great way to learn software in a hurry. See the link in today's Pick of the Week write-up for an earlier bloviation of mine on Show-n-Tell.
And it's that approach that makes VX Innovator innovative. It's smart, high-function software for smart people who have to get CAD/CAM creds and do lots of useful work at the same time. But rather than leaving you in the cold when it's time to grow, VX Innovator scales up to higher-end work without making you learn a new developer's approach. And it's inexpensive: $995.
You'll find a bunch of links to demos, datasheets, product comparisons, and so on in today's Pick of the Week write-up. VX Innovator is what you use to expand or to start your business all the while knowing that it won't let you down now and that it will grow with you.
Thanks, Pal. -- Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering Magazine
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