BricsCAD Journey: Exploring each Workspace

BricsCAD Journey – Part 7: Exploring each Workspace

Thanks for joining me on my journey as I explore each pre-defined workspace in BricsCAD. If you haven’t already read my last post, please do! It will help you understand the BricsCAD editions and levels I refer to in this post.

In my Welcome to BricsCAD post, I introduced you to Profile Presets. The profile you select determines which workspace is active when you launch BricsCAD. Regardless of which profile you select, you can easily change the current workspace. Simply right-click on the Workspace control in the status bar. You’ll find a similar Workspace control at the top of the application window in the 2D Drafting and 3D Modeling workspaces. Now, let’s take a closer look at each of the pre-defined workspaces.

BricsCAD Workspace controls

2D Drafting Workspace

In the 2D Drafting workspace, you have easy access to the most common tools for drafting and annotation. These tools are available in all the BricsCAD editions from Classic to Platinum. If you’re exploring BricsCAD as a former AutoCAD LT user, the 2D Drafting environment should feel familiar to you. However, the 2D Drafting workspace in BricsCAD includes valuable tools you won’t find in AutoCAD LT. I’ll describe some of them in future posts.

BricsCAD 2D Drafting workspace

3D Modeling

The 3D Modeling workspace offers easy access to tools for 3D modeling and visualization. These 3D tools are available in the Pro and Platinum editions. If you try to access them while your Trial level is set to Classic, you’ll see most of the 3D tools are disabled.

BricsCAD 3D Modeling workspace

Mechanical

The Mechanical workspace is optimized , as you might expect, for mechanical design. Start by creating or importing a 3D solid. Then, easily modify your design using 3D direct modeling tools and constraints. Next, combine your parts with standard parts from the included libraries to create complex assemblies. The mechanical tools and libraries in the mechanical workspace are available in the BricsCAD Platinum edition.

BricsCAD Mechanical workspace

Sheet Metal

The Sheet Metal workspace provides tools for sheet metal design. First, create or import the desired shape of the solid using direct modeling operations. Then, convert them to sheet metal to prepare for production. Next, automatically unfold sheet metal parts with a single click. Rework your designs at any time without having to restart from scratch. Finally, export your design for CNC machining. The Sheet Metal functionality is available in BricsCAD Platinum edition with a Sheet Metal license (included in the 30-day trial).

BricsCAD Sheet Metal workspace

BIM

The BIM (Building Information Modeling) workspace includes tools and libraries to design your building from concept through documentation. First, use direct modeling functionality to imagine and explore your designs. Then, attach information such as materials and compositions to building elements. Finally, generate sheet sets with design documents directly from your building model. The BIM tools require BricsCAD Platinum edition with a BIM license (included in the 30-day trial).

BricsCAD BIM workspace

What Next

As I continue my journey through the land of BricsCAD, I’ll take you on a more detailed tour of the Classic edition. From there I’ll work my way up to the Pro and then the Platinum editions. I hope you’re learning as much as I am. I’ll see you at our next stop!


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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 (Current article)
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
19) Settings
20) Classic Edition

Heidi Hewett

As User Success Manager, Heidi brings her passion for learning to Bricsys, where she will work to help our customers understand the fastest path to success with BricsCAD products. During her 26-year tenure at Autodesk, Heidi worked as a Training Specialist, a Senior Applications Engineer and as a Technical Marketing Manager.

2 comments

  • Thank you Heidi, your blog is extra nice for old AutoCAD people. I work with Acad2k4 writing CAM software using LISP and OpenDCL. Therefore I am not that familiar with all the new developments. It is so good that Torsten is working on BLADE, an LISP IDE for Bricscad. I am a registered developer at Bricsys, they kindly provided me with a NFR to Platinum and Communicator. I test my software using them but have not explored very many of the current tools. The subjects you chose to talk about were perfect in their order and description. I am happy to correspond in anyway useful. I have been around since R12 for DOS.
    Best,
    Jim

    • Hi Jim,

      Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad to know I’m on the right track. It can be a challenge to find the best approach to describe such a powerful application. So, I’m just explaining as I learn.

      Heidi

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