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.
In the Drafting and Drafting (toolbars) workspaces, 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 Drafting environment should feel familiar to you. However, the Drafting and Drafting (toolbars) workspaces in BricsCAD include valuable tools you won’t find in AutoCAD LT®. I’ll describe some of them in future posts.
The 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.
The Mechanical workspace is optimized for mechanical and sheet metal design. 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.
For sheet metal design, 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 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).
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
20) Classic Edition