TurboCAD 21 Professional

TurboCAD 21 Professional

£914.04

High-performance CAD software that offers comprehensive, professional architectural and mechanical CAD features for for drafting, detailing, and modelling.

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#1 Best SellingNew TurboCAD Pro 21 offers over 30 new features and major improvements to every area of the program.

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TurboCAD Pro delivers affordable, professional CAD software for design, drafting, and detailing. Parametric constraints, 3D surface and ACIS® solid modeling, Redsdk and LightWorks™ photorealistic rendering, architectural and mechanical tools, and extensive file support appeal to professionals across disciplines.

  • Time Saving Features – 64-Bit Compatible Version, GPU-accelerated Drawing Engine, Multi-threading Support, Progressive, Ray-traced Rendering, New Redsdk 3.3 Rendering Engine, AutoCAD 2D workalike mode, and more!

  • Precision Drafting & Detailing – A large selection of 2D and 3D tools, snaps modification, and drawing aids, powerful drafting palette, history tree with editor, advanced layer controls, PDF underlay, a full range of dimension types and styles, tables, text, viewports and more!

  • Powerful Architectural Tools – House wizard, self-healing walls & self aligning blocks, AutoCAD® Architecture (ACA) compatible architectural objects (parametric), section, elevation, and terrain tools, styles & style manager!

  • Robust Mechanical Tools – New ACIS® R24 engine, 3D solid and surface design and modification tools, geometric and dimensional constraints, assembly tools, a powerful parametric parts manager, and more!

  • Rendering & Visualisation – Choose from wireframe, hidden line, or high quality photorealistic rendering with material editor as well as artistic render styles. Both a Lightworks and Redsdk engines are available with a universal manager.

  • Outstanding File Compatibility – Open, import, or embed up to 35 file formats and export up to 28, including newly updated AutoCAD® 2013 .DWG, Adobe 3D .PDF, and many others making it an excellent companion product.

What’s New? Back to the top

New Drafting and Detailing

New Arrow Tools
Four new arrow tools (Arrow Arc, Arrow Curve, Arrow Line, and Arrow Polyline) allow you to rapidly draw arrows. Specify the arrow tail and arrowhead or create your own.

New Auto-Shape
Quickly sketch out standard shapes (arc, line, box, etc.) and TurboCAD will automatically create the precision shape.

Improved Area Units
Specify Area Units discretely from Linear Units. Example - Measure area in feet and distance in inches. (Metric also)

New Custom Text for Dimensioning
Customised text formatting for dimensions includes bolding, superscript, subscript, italics, support for multiple font scales, and multi-line.

New Delta Distance and Delta Move Angle(s)
You can now move a selected object simply by specifying distance and a direction.

New Rotate View with Viewport
A new option has been added to synchronise the rotation of viewports and views while retaining the possibility of discreet rotation.

Improved Dimensional Updating for Drafting Objects
New TurboCAD 21 offers improved associative interactivity between Drafting Objects and Dimensions, with or without viewports.

New Move Dimension Text
Edit dimension text from inside the dimension tool using the local menu, for added flexibility and improved productivity.

New Architectural

New PPM Objects as Doors and Windows
We’ve extended parametric scripting such that the resultant objects can be used as doors and windows.

3D Modeling/Mechanical

New Slice Any Solid with a (ACIS) Surface
Any flat or curved plane in space can be used to bisect a solid.

Improved Quick Pull
Three new options have been added to the Quick Pull tool. TurboCAD Pro users can now push pull on fillets to increase or decrease the radius of the fillet. The ability to push and pull on bends, and increase or decrease the radius of the bend has also been added. And finally, now you can push on the side of a cylinder and increase or decrease the radius of the cylinder.

Improved ACIS 3D Modeling Engine
The powerful ACIS 3D solid modeling engine and interoperability filters in TurboCAD Pro and Pro Platinum has been upgraded to R24. This update enhances several of the 3D solid modeling features in TurboCAD based on this engine, including a new ACIS faceting algorithm, improved quick pull tool, and more.

New ACIS Faceting Algorithm
A new algorithm has been written that gives more adequate results in some cases, and adds options to the ACIS faceter properties.

New Faceter Properties
Now users can control the facet resolution of the display for improved productivity. Low res displays more quickly while high res displays more slowly (speed depending on the image). This allows you to find a balance between quality and speed of display.

New Edit Tool option "Node Filter"
On objects with a large number of nodes, a node filter has been added to the edit tool that allows you to select a subset of nodes optimising performance and ease of use.

New Edit Tool option "Workplane by 3D object"
New option "On/off 'Workplane by 3D object'" was added to Editor Tool TC20.

Rendering

Improved Render Manager
Now a universal tool for managing and editing of photorealistic elements for Redsdk and Lightworks.

New Redsdk Photorealistic Enhancements
New, full support of Redsdk Environment, Luminances, Render Styles, and HDRI.

New Geo-located Sun
Universal Sun Light calculations and rendering in TurboCAD 21 are now based on one of three modes:

  1. user geo-location, date, and time
  2. longitude, latitude and custom GMT
  3. angle and azimuth

New Redsdk Engine
The Redsdk rendering engine by Redway3d has been updated to version 3.3.

Improved Redsdk Photo Rendering
New ability to configure the number of threads for Redsdk raytrace rendering.

Improved Redsdk Selector Tool Enhancement
The selector dragger is now drawn as a RedSDK object in RedSDK mode for smoother viewing when moving the camera or scrolling.

Interoperability

Improved DWG/DXF Read/Write filters
Files filters have been updated to support import and export of the latest AutoCAD 2013/2014 file formats.

New SKP 2013 Read/Write Filters
Update of both Read and Write filter based on the new SketchUp 2013 APIs

Key Features Back to the top

Powerful Performance
TurboCAD Pro is delivered in a 64-bit version to load, process, and render files of nearly any size. (32-bit version is also delivered if required by your hardware.) The Turbocharged drawing engine takes advantage of GPU-based graphics cards for smooth zooming, panning, rotating, and moving as you design. And multi-threading takes advantage of multi core processors for lightning fast calculations.

Fast Drafting & Detailing
TurboCAD Pro is rich in fundamental drawing tools and drawing aids that speed design. Quickly and easily create views and viewports of any size and shape. Access extensive paper space and printing capabilities, a multi-select drawing tool, marker and schedule tools, leaders, multi-leaders, dimension tools, and symbols content.

Extraordinary Drafting Palette
Create associative 2D sections based on standard views or sectional planes of 3D surface or ACIS® solid models, including XREFs, and more! With more than 15 file formats for 3D models supported that may be opened directly, imported, or included via Xref that the Drafting Palette will recognise, TurboCAD Pro is a fabulous companion product.

Architectural Tools
TurboCAD Pro includes an integrated suite of architectural tools that accelerate productivity in design and drafting, or in the documentation of existing compatible architectural models. The architectural objects are AutoCAD® Architecture (ACA) compatible so that .DWG models with ACA extensions may be read, modified, and documented as needed. TurboCAD Pro architectural tools include Wall, Window, Door, Roof, Stair, Marker, Schedule, and Terrains, with many more in TurboCAD Pro Platinum. And all the architectural objects have both 2D and 3D representations, so that elevations, floor plans, and ISO views are easier to document.

Mechanical Tools & 3D Modeling
TurboCAD Pro includes a complete set of 3D drawing and editing tools, surface modeling tools, and powerful ACIS® solid modeling tools, making it ideal for both single part and small assembly mechanical designs.

  • 3D drawing primitives - Box, Rotated Box, Sphere, Hemisphere, Cylinder, Torus, Wedge, Cone, Polygonal, Prism
  • 3D Editing and Modification Tools - Sweep, Extrude, Revolve, Loft Facet, Edit Booleans, Quick Pull
  • Assembly Tools - Axis, Facet, 3-Points, Tangents, Edge & Point
  • Specialised Mechanical Object Tools - Thread, Pipe, Bolt
  • More available with TurboCAD Pro Platinum.

Powerful Parametric Constraints
Often referred to as variational sketching, the D-Cubed™ 2D DCM constraint manager from Siemens Industry Software Limited gives you greater control and productivity. By setting up constraints, you get more done, create part families faster, incorporate red-line changes more quickly, and have the flexibility to evaluate different designs with ease. Access a host of geometric and dimensional constraints in TurboCAD Pro, as well as mid-point and pattern constraints with TurboCAD Pro Platinum.

Annotation
TurboCAD Pro includes tools necessary to rapidly annotate your designs. The Drafting Palette accelerates creating Views, Sections, Elevations, Floorplans, and Detail Views in numerous display styles. A full range of Dimension types that are style driven are available as well as Tables, Text, and Multi-Text tools as expected. Plus, dimension scaling in Viewports within a paper space is automatic.

Symbols Library
TurboCAD Pro comes complete with a number of sample symbols as well as a much larger collection of parametric parts. This program also includes several special parametric symbols used in certain types of annotation that help in communicating with manufacturers.

Parametric Parts Manage
Create and consume parts that remain parametrically controlled even after insertion into your drawing. There is also a method to draw variably constrained parts and convert them to parametric parts using a wizard. Because the parts can be saved individually, like a symbol, libraries of .PPM objects can be created, shared, and reused from project to project.

Easy Design Director
The Design Director palette streamlines work and enhances productivity with advanced controls for Layers, Layer Filters, creating Layer Sets, setting and saving Work Planes, controlling Named Views, and more.

Rendering & Visualisation
TurboCAD Pro provides several render modes in which to work, or present your designs. The Redway3D® drawing engine utilises the power of supported on-board GPU or graphics boards for faster panning, zooming, and orbiting, while the Lightworks v8.3 rendering engine allows you to create stunning photorealistic and artistic presentations of your designs.

Lighting & Materials
A new material editor along with a complete library of materials is included with TurboCAD Pro. Define physically accurate materials, including reflective surfaces with ray tracing and radiosity. There is also robust support for lighting and luminance.

External References (Xrefs)
All of the file formats that may be opened and imported, except bitmap images, may be used as an external reference (Xref). TurboCAD offers Xref clipping for dozens of file formats and binding of Xrefs, which can then be exploded and edited. Xref layers are also easy to manage, including with layer filters.

Software Developers' Kit (SDK)
TurboCAD Pro lets you extend the functionality of the application with the ability to develop new tools, functions, and behaviors. Custom routines that are performed on a regular basis can be automated. Specific tools for vertical applications can be created and added. Even commercial plug-in applications may be developed and sold. Updated documentation and samples are provided and there is a wiki and forum-based support online.

File Interoperability
TurboCAD makes it easy to maintain your intellectual property investment and share your work. New TurboCAD Pro 20 supports export of 3D models to 3D .PDF which can be viewed interactively with Acrobat Reader. Plus, users can open, insert, or embed up to 35 file formats and export up to 28, including .DWG, .DXF (from R14 through 2013 including AutoCAD® Architecture extensions), .SKP (Google™ SketchUp™, to version 8), .3DM (Rhinoceros®), .3DS (Autodesk® 3ds Max®), IGES, STEP, .OBJ, COLLADA (.DAE – export); and many more.

Plug-ins, Symbols, and more!

System Requirements Back to the top
Version 21
Platform Windows 7, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 8 32-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 8

TurboCAD Pro is delivered in a 64-bit version to take full advantage of your hardware’s available computer memory to load, process, and render CAD files. A 32-bit version is also available if required by your hardware.

64-bit System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows ® 8* 64-bit, Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista (64-bit) - 2 GB RAM.

32-bit System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows ® 8*, Windows 7, Windows Vista**, Windows XP** - 1GB RAM.

*TurboCAD 21 is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.

** 32-bit version of TurboCAD 20 Pro will run on XP and Vista platforms; however, these platforms are no longer being officially supported.

Recommended:
Your experience with TurboCAD 21 Pro will be greatly enhanced with a newer generation, higher speed CPU, 4+ GB RAM, and larger display resolution and graphics support.

The optional GPU-accelerated Redsdk render modes require a supported graphic processing unit (either a chip on the board, or on a video card). The latest video drivers are typically required. Newer boards with more power and VRAM generally provide greater performance.

For advice on the best TurboCAD product for your needs call Paul Tracey on 01962 835 081 (1), or e-mail ptracey@avanquest.co.uk.

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