Wow! This is the 20th stop on our BricsCAD Journey and wraps up our tour of the Classic edition. But, we’ve only just begun!
Classic 2D Design and Drafting
The first stage of our journey has focused on core functionality that’s available in every edition of BricsCAD including Classic. If you’re joining me as a former AutoCAD® user, you might compare BricsCAD Classic to AutoCAD® LT. Both applications focus on 2D design. However, while BricsCAD Classic offers all the tools you would expect for traditional 2D design, it also offers some you may not expect.
Basic 3D Design Visualization
The design industry often separates 2D and 3D design. But the distinction can be a little fuzzy. You may produce 2D design documents but the things you design are almost certainly 3 dimensional. And, there’s a good chance your design integrates something designed by others. For example, maybe you produce 2D drawings of a building that require you to represent various components of the elevator. If a 3D model of that elevator exists, why not take advantage of it?
While BricsCAD Classic doesn’t let you create 3D models, it does allow you to view and analyze them with basic tools. You can, for example, orbit a 3D model using the Lookfrom tool as well as other common navigation methods. And, you can use the Section Plane tool to cut a temporary section plane through a solid model.
The Classic edition also supports visual styles so you can view the model with hidden lines removed or more realistically. Some visual styles are even handy for your 2D designs. For example, you can give them a sketched appearance using the Sketchy visual style.
In addition to the obvious benefit of visualizing relevant 3D designs, you can take accurate measurements. Plus, you can use draw and snap tools to accurately recreate relevant geometry for your 2D drawings.
3D Mesh Modeling
Some of the basic mesh modeling tools that you may be familiar with from AutoCAD® are available in the BricsCAD Classic edition. For example, you can create mesh primitives (box, cylinder, torus, etc) and other mesh objects. While these mesh modeling tools don’t offer the advanced 3D modeling functionality offered in the Pro and Platinum editions, they do offer an introduction to 3D modeling.
BricsCAD LISP Advanced Development Environment (BLADE)
All editions of BricsCAD, including Classic, offer full LISP support. You can run LISP routines developed in AutoCAD® and other CAD applications. And, you can develop your own in the BricsCAD LISP Advanced Development Environment (BLADE command). Learn more about BricsCAD LISP!
Learning and Support Resources
The BricsCAD Classic edition offers significantly more functionality than what I’ve covered so far. It includes, for example, fields, sheet sets, and arrays. In fact, I could easily write another 20 posts just on BricsCAD Classic functionality. But I’m anxious to move on to the next level, BricsCAD Pro! If there are topics you are particularly interested in exploring, please send me your requests at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to add them into our itinerary! Or, if I’m not traveling fast enough for you, you may want to do some additional sightseeing on your own. Here are some great resources to help guide you!
Learning BricsCAD – Learn BricsCAD even with no prior CAD experience with this free online learning content. It includes instructional videos with corresponding exercises and drawings.
BricsCAD for AutoCAD® Users eBook – Download an ebook that describes the advantages of moving to BricsCAD software, how it compares to AutoCAD®, and some of the transition issues to consider.
BricsCAD Webinars – Attend live webinars that cover a variety of BricsCAD topics including the tools and functionality I discover on my BricsCAD Journey.
Support – Search the BricsCAD Knowledge Base for answers to your support questions or submit your own support requests.
BricsCAD Online Help – Access the BricsCAD Help system even if you don’t have access to the software. It offers detailed information from the User Guide, Command Reference, System Variables and the Developer Reference.
Bircsys’ YouTube Channel – Tips, tricks and demos to ramp up your CAD workflow.
It’s been great having you along for the first stage of my BricsCAD Journey. I hope you’ll continue to tag along for the next stage as we explore functionality in the BricsCAD Pro edition.
A quick overview of Heidi’s Journey
Here is an overview of all the articles of Heidi’s journey:
1) First impressions
2) Download and install
3) Welcome to BricsCAD
4) Exploring the interface
5) Command access
6) Exploring trial levels
7) Exploring each workspace
8) Drawing Entities
9) Settings for Drawing Entities
10) Drawing with Styles
11) License options
12) Working with blocks
13) Working with references
14) Working with Layers and Linetypes
15) Editing Entities
16) Entity Manipulation
17) Selection Methods
18) Drawing Explorer
20) Classic Edition (Current article)