By DE Editors
LEDAS Ltd., a provider of variational design tools known as Driving Dimensions plugins for different CAD platforms, has announced the beta release of its new plugin Driving Dimensions 0.1 for Rhino 3D. With this plugin, Rhino users get a tool for bottom-up assembly design and kinematics simulation with assembly constraints compatible with the capabilities of many MCAD software packages.
With Driving Dimensions 0.1, Rhino users can position their 3D parts with respect to each other by specifying assembly constraints (fixation, concentricity, coincidence, parallelism, perpendicularity, or tangency) and driving dimensions (distance and angle) between their faces and edges. The Driving Dimensions plugin automatically satisfies all constraints and dimensions, making a consistent assembly from existing parts. An assembled mechanism can then be animated by varying a parameter of one of its driving dimensions. A constraint manager tool allows navigation over all assembly constraints and driving dimensions imposed on geometric elements of a designed model.
A free beta is available for download. Driving Dimensions 0.1 for Rhinoceros is compatible with Rhino 4.0 and above and can be run on 32-bit Windows XP and Vista.
For more information, visit LEDAS.
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