HiCAD 2017 - Delivering Experience

Delivering Experience – Four decades of experience, competence and know-how have been put into the our new Major Release, HiCAD 2017, that comes with a multitude of new functions and functional enhancements, taking user friendliness and ease of operation to a new level.

Examples of this are the new Spirals function for the generation of high-precision curves, the variable 3-D dimensioning, the new functionality for the generation of 3-D developments, the revised Steel Engineering connection for Base plate + anchor plate, the new Stiffener Design Variant, the dynamic manipulation of pipelines that already have parts mounted to them, the interface to the KISTERS 3DViewStation format with direct loading options for HiCAD data within the KISTERS viewer, direct access to BIMcatalogs.net by CADENAS, and much, much more… 

The Highlights:
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General
  • Enhanced Save part function
    Parts from the Profile Installation area can now be saved directly to designated catalogues
  • New file format for 2-D files
    Similar to the .KRA files in 3-D, figure archive files also exist for 2-D with the file name extension .FGA. These contain the previous 2-D data (.FIG), the DB attributes (.FIG.DBA2) as well as the attribute container data (.FIG.ATC) and thus replace the previous 2-D files. Furthermore, the new .FGA format allows a displaying of the 2-D files in a Viewer and contains the 2-D HCM data.
  • Modified Drawing tab
    All setting options and editing functions for production drawings can now be found directly beside the functions for drawing generation.
  • View mode
    The View mode enables the precise displaying of changed settings in the Configuration Editor.
  • Enhanced Catalogues
    Numerous new standard parts - especially for roof, wall and facade elements - have been added to the Factory standards catalogue, e.g. Schrag profiles, Folko and Titgemeyer countersinks and much more.
  • Access to BIMcatalogs.net by CADENAS
    Access to 3-D BIM CAD models has been made even more comfortable. You can now use the  BIMcatalogs function to access 3-D BIM CAD models in the product catalogue BIM catalogs.net by CADENAS. The 3-D BIM CAD models can be imported rapidly and easily to HiCAD by Drag & Drop, where can they processed further.
Interfaces
  • Update to CADfix 11
    With the update to CADfix 11 the following format versions will be available in HiCAD: CATIA V5 2016 (R26), SolidWorks 2016, ACIS R26 (2016.0.1) and Parasolid 28.0.

  • 3DVS export for Kisters 3DViewStation
    The 3D ViewStation Desktop of the Viewer provider KISTERS is a universal 3D-CAD viewer for native formats. Files from different CAD applications can be converted into common 3-D and 2-D formats (3D-PDF, IGES, JTOpen, 2D-PDF) and visualized in the 3DViewStation. With HiCAD 2017 you can export drawings to the 3DVS format and exchange them for viewing purposes. Also, a direct integration of the HiCAD file format (SZA and KRA) into the 3DViewStation has been achieved in cooperation with KISTERS.

  • IFC import without feature data
    For the import of IFC files you can deactivate the Create feature checkbox if you do not want to save the feature data after creation of the part in HiCAD. During IFC export, parts are generated via feature calculation. After creation of the part the feature data will be discarded if this option has been deactivated beforehand. This can be useful in large drawings, where the feature data may decrease the overall performance.

  • DSTV-NC export - Now with Favourites Management
    The settings for DSTV export can now be saved as Favourites and re-used at any time

  • Access to BIMcatalogs.net by CADENAS
    Access to 3-D BIM CAD models has been made even more comfortable. You can now use the  BIMcatalogs function to access 3-D BIM CAD models in the product catalogue BIM catalogs.net by CADENAS. The 3-D BIM CAD models can be imported rapidly and easily to HiCAD by Drag & Drop, where can they processed further.
3-D Processing and Modeling
  • Hide/show edges: Assembly points and weld seam edges
    The Show/hide edges in view  function now also allows a hiding and showing of assembly points and symbolic weld seam edges in the active view. The dialogue window has been expanded accordingly for this purpose.
  • Revised "Spirals" function
    The Spirals function has been revised and features a redesigned dialogue window.
    Besides greater user-friendliness, the new dialogue offers the following advantages:
    • The spiral will be immediately visualized dynamically.
    • More accurate curves are created.
    • Besides cylindrical spirals, conical spirals can be created.
    • Start and end of the spiral can be modified.
  • Variable dimensions
    The new Variable dimensions function is a smart, variable dimensioning function that combines a multitude of individual dimensioning functions. It is thus possible to quickly create axially parallel or free linear dimensions, angular dimensions between two edges, arc dimensions as well as circle, radius and diameter dimensions with only one function.
  • Designate edge state
    Workpieces are not infrequently produced with unwanted burrs or undercuts (missing material). You can use the Edge state  function to describe the condition the inner and outer edges of a workpiece according to ISO 13715.
  • Purchased parts / Factory standard parts
    Use this function to insert parts from the catalogue Factory standards > Purchased/Factory standard parts into your drawing, e.g. end caps or glass holders. When you are working with HELiOS, these parts will always preserve their article master, irrespective of the project to which they belong, i.e. these parts will behave like standard parts.
Sheet Metal Processing
    • "Clone feature" for "Attach flange" function
      The Attach flange function can now be cloned via the feature log by means of the Clone feature function. This means that you can now execute the Attach flange function multiple times as a "pattern" with the help of HiCAD's Feature Technology.

    • 3-D Development
      The new functionality for creating and processing of 3-D developments replaces the 2-D development function that was available until HiCAD 2016. Highlights sind die automatische und manuelle Bestimmung der Blechausrichtung, die Blechabwicklung in eigener Ansicht sowie die automatische Zeichnungserstellung der Abwicklung mit Verkürzung.

    • Select allowance method inthe Feature-log
      If you have not chosen an allowance method during the creation of new sheets or the attaching of flanges, this will be indicated by a corresponding entry in the feature log. You can double-click this entry to open a window allowing you to select an allowance method.

    • Tear-open edge in analytical development
      You have now the option to change the parameters of tear-open edges when using the Surface ... (analytical) development functions. This can be useful, for example, if you want to create a temporary development to calculate costs for pipe machinings.

Steel Engineering / BIM / Metal Engineering
  • Mounting drawings - Automatic creation of axonometric view
    Besides the projection types Front, Back Bottom, Left, Right, Top, Bottom you have now the additional option to automatically create the axonometric view when generating mounting drawings. The selection window has been expanded accordingly for this purpose.

  • Enhancements fpr Production drawings

    • Specify the position of the sheet development
    • Hide boltings
    • Specify position of BOM
    • Automatic sectional view creation for attached parts
  • Revised Base plate + Anchor plate connection
    You use this variant to insert base plates and anchor plates for columns (vertical beams). Insertion can take place with welded plates and anchor plates, complete with shear connectors and head studs or anchors with inserts. The insertion of ribs as additional stiffening elements on flanges and webs, or the applying of galvanization holes are also possible.
  • New Design Variants for stiffeners
    Stiffeners can now be inserted via the new Design Variant Stiffener (2401) in the Civil Engineering functions docking window - with chamfered or filleted corners (internal or external), one-sided or double-sided, as partial stiffeners or full stiffeners, with or without weld seams. In this way it is possible to change the stiffeners via the feature log entries.

  • Enhanced Railing Configurator

    • Railing with framework
    • New Design Variant for glass railings
      The Infill, glass element variant has been revised completely. Allowed glass elements (material and glass structure) are the glass panes from the catalogue Factory standards > Glass panes, the glass holders can be taken from the catalogue Factory standards > Purchased/Factory standard parts.
    • Simplified Corner and transition infill for railings
  • SCHRAG profiles
    C-, CL-, T- and Z-Profiles
  • BIM - New "Information" function group
    The new Information function group has been added to the Management+BIM Ribbon tab. Use the new functions to display BIM-relevant information for the active assembly and check the active drawing for invalid parts.
  • BIM - Purchased parts / Factory standard parts
    Use this function to insert parts from the catalogue Factory standards > Purchased/Factory standard parts into your drawing, e.g. end caps or glass holders. When you are working with HELiOS, these parts will always preserve their article master, irrespective of the project to which they belong, i.e. these parts will behave like standard parts. These parts are of particular significance when working with the Management + BIM module, as it must be ensured here that the parts/assemblies with the manually created/assigned article masters will preserve their article masters when being inserted in an existing project. Furthermore, sub-parts in assemblies must not be BOM-relevant here.
  • Metal Enginering - Direct call of eluCad from HiCAD
    Use the eluCad  function to transfer parts directly to the eluCad software
Plant Engineering and P&ID
  • New Variants
    • SWAGELOK - Metering valves, Plug valves, Pipes
    • Ermeto - Valves
  • Use the Guideline Route for the Restriction of Part Selection
    If you are using the PDM system HELiOS as part data source you have the option to use the route of the guideline as a restriction for part selection. New attributes which will be analysed during the part insertion are available for this purpose. These attribute are useful if you want to restrict the part selection options for more extensive pipe classes when inserting the parts, so that only one, unique selection is possible and no search mask will appear.
  • Change Pipeline route
    With this function it is possible to change the route of an already installed pipeline. It only takes into account those segments of the pipeline whose length can still be modified. In general this includes straight pipes, straight segments of bent pipes and guidelines.
  • Placing of parts on guidelines
    During interactive part insertion, some parts require the specification of the insertion position on the guideline with the cursor. In older versions, the cursor could only be moved along the guideline. In HiCAD 2017 the placing of parts on guidelines has been made more flexible: The cursor can now be moved freely, also allowing the selection of points outside the guideline for the specification of the insertion position. In these cases the insertion position is the projection of the selected point onto the guideline. This method makes part alignment much easier in many cases.
  • Pipe-dependent placing of loose flanges
    Loose flanges can be placed manually or automatically on the connecting point of straight pipes. In the process, the first connecting point of the loose flange will be placed on the connecting point of the straight pipe. Sometimes, however, it is desirable to move the representation of the loose flange slightly away from the connecting point, e.g. in cases where the straight pipe ends with a flanged edge which is not to be overlapped by the geometry of the loose flange. To achieve this, you can define a suitable distance in the feature variables of the straight pipe.
  • Direct access to the master data of a P+ID sheet
    You have now the option to edit the master data of a P+ID sheet without having to call the Load sheet dialogue.
  • Utilisation of any HiCAD frame in P+ID
    You can now use any HiCAD frame instead of the P+ID frames
  • Hide current pathsIf desired you can suppress the representation of current paths in the P+ID.

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