By Anthony J. Lockwood
Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
VX Corporation just came out with a point upgrade of its VX 2009 CAD/CAM system. And this is a terrific time for you to check out this unsung powerhouse of design-through-manufacturing solutions. There are two reasons why it’s a terrific time, and I’ll explain why in a minute. First, the cool part of the upgrade.
VX 2009, version 14.2 to make this official, has a cool new Morph feature. Now, what Morph lets you do is directly edit shapes like bend angles quickly. This means that you can use it in non-stylistic applications for bending and unbending parts, repairing models, and applying over bends. It appears quick and easy.
That’s not all of the user-inspired upgrades. VX 2009 v14.2 contains all sorts of enhancements in its drafting, modeling, and 2-5 axis CAM functions as well as the ability to section unhealed imported parts, even ones with bends applied to them.
A lot of other CAD/CAM systems get more press than VX 2009. Maybe that’s because VX Corporation is too busy making some terrific software that their users ask for than bother with the likes of me. But, I have to say that VX 2009 is the real enchilada. Years ago, these guys integrated solid, surface, and wireframe modeling with a unified parametric strategy. They have their own kernel that makes all these different functions — drafting, MCAD, machining, etc. — seamless. VX interfaces with Parasolid, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, and other formats peacefully in a multi-vendor environment. Its CAM tools are a native part of the modeling engine, which means that you have complete synchronization and associativity between design and manufacturing. And their “Show-n-Tell” tutorials are second to none.
But look, here’s the reason why you should learn more about VX 2009 today. Go to the links in today’s Pick of the Week write-up and poke around the general VX versions that best describe your type of work. Then, sign up for a 30-day trial. Only, don’t take 30 days to work with it. Do it right away, because from now and until the 24th when you purchase the VX version you need, you can get special discount pricing on your VX 2009 system of choice. VX is good stuff. Give it a spin.
Thanks, pal. — Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering Magazine