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LITIO 2.0 is a sheet metal add-on for AutoCAD and GStarCAD, that calculates and draws the flat sheet development of ducts, rectangle-to-round transitions, cylinders, cones, pipe intersections, connections, bifurcations, elbows, etc. It is very easy to use and very versatile. It is ideal for the sheet metal-processing industry: for HVAC, hoppers, cyclones, dust extraction, ducts, conveying systems, silos, piping, etc.

Smart VectorImage : is a stand-alone program that converts scanned drawings, maps and raster images into accurate vector files (such as DXF, EPS, SVG) for editing in any CAD application.

There are many PDF to DWG or DXF converters. To find the best one is really problematic, especially because every one has it's own benefits, and everybody prefers something else. In this short review, I would like to introduce you a well-known PDF to DWG/DXF conevret known as AutoDWG PDF to DWG converter.

I point not to the list of features, but to the practical facts, what could be usefull to know, before you install the trial version and test this converter for your needs.

The converter provides the conversion of the vector objects, the conversion of the raster objects, and thanks included OCR optical character recognition system it enables also texts conversion. All of this sounds really great, but what you can expect from this converter in a reality? I will unhide it to you in this review.

Mesh Unfolder in a general unfolding utility for unfolding 3D mesh data. It imports DXF/STL/OBJ/WAV surface data exported from a CAD system, extracts the 3D meshes, unfolds (i.e. flattens) the mesh, by minimising tensions, and exports the unfolded data back to the CAD system. A powerful utility that is more general than Sheet Lightning (above) and can be used to unfold boat panels, shoes, lamp shades, aerofoils, or anything else that is made from sheet material.

MESH UNFOLDER is very powerful CAD software that is able to unfold 3D CAD designs that are more general than the design set of Sheet Lightning v6, defined by 3D mesh surfaces or surface models. A mesh can be created in most CAD systems, such as Autocad, exported to a DXF/STL/OBJ/WAV file, then imported and unfolded in the Mesh Unfolder software.

Specialised engineering 2D/3D CAD and Parametric design for mechanical engineers. Create and unfold sheet metal duct, structural steel and fabrication designs for manufacture. It handles everything from simple cylinders, cones, rectangular ducts and ovals, to adapters, adapting any of these section types, interections and multi-intersections between of any of these types to any level of complexity. The software integrates to general CAD systems via DXF files, exporting both 2D patterns and 3D models.

The Professional version includes also Importing DXF Center Line Designs and additional special designers for complex design generation

Specialised engineering 2D/3D CAD and Parametric design for mechanical engineers. Create and unfold sheet metal duct, structural steel and fabrication designs for manufacture. It handles everything from simple cylinders, cones, rectangular ducts and ovals, to adapters, adapting any of these section types, interections and multi-intersections between of any of these types to any level of complexity. The software integrates to general CAD systems via DXF files, exporting both 2D patterns and 3D models.

Tbl2cad

the tbl2cad is Microsoft Excel (2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016) add-in to export Excel tables to the DXF file format (as lines & text objects) as well as to import DXF tables containing the line & text objects to the Microsoft Excel table. The add-in is CAD independed and you can process your tables independent to your actual CAD system.

There is avaiable also free version. The free version of tbl2cad writes the text "Free version" instead of your text and it is designed especially to test the add-in with your Excel. Anyway - the free version can be also used to export the Excel table geometry (includuding the text sizes & position) to the DXF file.

MITCalc is a set of engineering, industrial, and technical calculations for your day-to-day routines.

This professionally multi-language prepared package includes solutions for gearings, belt and chain drives, springs, beams, shafts, bolt joints and many others. The calculations support both Imperial and Metric units and are processed particularly according to US, many European and Japanese standards. The sophisticated interaction with many 2D CAD systems (AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, IntelliCAD, Ashlar Graphite, TurboCAD) allows the relevant drawing to be developed in a few seconds. MITCalc is developed in Microsoft Excel. It allows not only easy user-defined modifications and expansions but also mutual interconnection of the calculations, which is unique in the development of tailor-made complex calculations.

This professionally multi-language prepared package includes solutions for gearings, belt and chain drives, springs, beams, shafts, bolt joints and many others. The calculations support both Imperial and Metric units and are processed particularly according to US, many European and Japanese standards. The sophisticated interaction with many 2D and 3D CAD systems (AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, IntelliCAD, Ashlar Graphite, TurboCAD, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks) allows the relevant drawing to be developed or 3D models to be inserted in a few seconds. MITCalc is developed in Microsoft Excel. It allows not only easy user-defined modifications and expansions but also mutual interconnection of the calculations, which is unique in the development of tailor-made complex calculations.

MITCalc

MITCalc is a set of engineering, industrial, and technical calculations for your day-to-day routines.

This professionally multi-language prepared package includes solutions for gearings, belt and chain drives, springs, beams, shafts, bolt joints and many others. The calculations support both Imperial and Metric units and are processed particularly according to US, many European and Japanese standards. The sophisticated interaction with many 2D CAD systems (AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, IntelliCAD, Ashlar Graphite, TurboCAD) allows the relevant drawing to be developed in a few seconds. MITCalc is developed in Microsoft Excel. It allows not only easy user-defined modifications and expansions but also mutual interconnection of the calculations, which is unique in the development of tailor-made complex calculations.

Smart Sheet Metal Unfold In AutoCAD is a powerful AutoCAD plug-in tool to convert any 3D model into the 2D contour. With this tool user can utilize the powerful model capability in AutoCAD to create any sheet metal model and then unfold the sheet metal model into 2D contour layout for the NC Machines.

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