The future of CAD modeling
MegaCAD combines the benefits of parametric history-based modeling with the ease of use of the direct, history-free modeling approach. Users are completely free in their choice of workflow. They are not forced to define drawing objects via parameters. Designers can choose whether to create 3D models directly, on the basis of features, or from parametric 2D sketches.
They can thus respond swiftly to changing conditions without being hampered by parametric dependencies. This practical design approach accelerates the user’s workflow.
Designers are freed from the straitjacket of strictly defined parametric design and can react quickly and with great flexibility to a wide range of requirements.
Just as manufacturing companies need 3D and 2D CAD systems, they also need parametric, history-based and direct modeling approaches. Designers should not be forced to make a decision, but should be able to use any modeling approach within a single digital model.
The benefits at a glance
- 3D modeler and fully-featured 2D drawing board in one
- freedom to use preferred workflow without restrictions
- intuitive operation for convenient design work
- professional results through precise 3D solid models
- convert 2D views to solids directly
- drag and drop elements to move and align them automatically
- smooth integration into existing process steps
thanks to numerous included 3D interfaces
Hardware and software recommendations for MegaCAD 2014
MegaCAD 2014 was designed for Windows XP Professional SP3, Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7 SP1. It can also be used in Windows 8. MegaCAD 2014 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit(1) versions.
We recommend Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit).
Terminal servers, virtual PCs
MegaCAD 2014 is not suitable for use on terminal servers and virtual PCs.
Graphics cards of the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series and models of the GeForce 400 series are adequate for small or mid-sized projects. In both cases, models for around €100 will provide sufficient performance.
For demanding users, we recommend using a PNY NVIDIA Quadro 600 or Quadro 2000 graphics card, or an AMD FirePro™ V4900, V5900, or V7900. MegaCAD 2014 uses the advanced OpenGL features of midrange and high-end graphics cards.
Desktop PCs and notebooks with onboard graphics using shared memory, i.e. without a separate graphics card with dedicated memory, are not suitable for use with MegaCAD 2014.
The Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip integrated in third-generation Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processors provides sufficient performance to run MegaCAD 2014. We nevertheless recommend using a separate graphics card with dedicated memory.
We recommend matte (anti-glare) 24-inch TFT displays with 1920 x 1200 resolution (16:10). Full HD 1920 × 1080 displays (16:9) are less suitable due to their lower vertical resolution. 1280 x 1024 is the minimum resolution required to use MegaCAD 2014 productively.
A 102-key keyboard and a 3-button (laser) mouse with a scroll wheel, or a trackball is required for MegaCAD 2014. For MegaCAD 3D, we also recommend the use of a 3D input device such as the 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator or SpaceExplorer, or the SpaceControl GmbH Space Controller.
Processors and RAM
for small to medium projects
for larger projects
MegaCAD Metall 2D
|AMD Athlon / Pentium 4|
1 GB RAM (2)
|AMD Athlon X2 / |
Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel i3
2 GB RAM
MegaCAD Metall 3D
MegaCAD Unfold & SF
MegaCAD Profi plus
|AMD Athlon X2 / |
Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel i3
2 - 4 GB RAM
|AMD Phenom II / |
Intel i5 and i7 (3) AMD Opteron / Intel Xeon (4)
4 - 8 GB RAM
(1) Not all applications are available in 64-bit versions at the present time. For more information, please refer to our price list.
(2) We generally recommend 2 GB RAM for users of Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.
(3) MegaCAD can be run on multiprocessor/multicore systems. It only uses one processor (core), however. We therefore recommend third-generation Intel i5/i7 processors with Turbo Boost®.
(4) While Opteron and Xeon processors are typically used in servers, they are also suitable for high-end CAD workstations, particularly if significantly longer availability of spare parts is a consideration.
Smooth data exchange with all major systems
Mature interfaces for seamless integration into existing CAX environments
With the help of MegaCAD 3D converters, users can import 3D models created in other CAD systems and work on them in the convenient, familiar MegaCAD environment. The finished design can then be transferred back to the customer’s destination system.
MegaCAD is thus an ideal complement to existing high-end CAD systems. In many cases, the investment and training requirements for such systems are completely disproportionate to the design task to be solved. With its mature interfaces, MegaCAD can be integrated into existing CAD-CAM environments with ease.
All major interfaces are available to this end:
The MegaCAD direct interfaces support the import and export of CATIA 4 and 5 data, as well as the import of Inventor and Pro/ENGINEER files. Thanks to its CATIA interface, MegaCAD has earned an established position among automotive suppliers.
The SAT (ACIS) format guarantees direct, lossless data interchange with the more than 250 CAD/CAM applications also based on the ACIS kernel.
MegaCAD 3D also supports the direct import and further processing of AutoCAD 3D models (DXF/DWG). This feature distinguishes MegaCAD from many competitors.
The user can also process neutral formats such as IGES, STEP, STL or VDAFS.
The output of STL files, which is supported by all MegaCAD 3D versions, is the basis for the rapid prototyping of MegaCAD 3D models using a variety of methods such as stereo lithography, fused deposition modeling (FDM), laser sintering, etc. The optional STL converter allows such files to be imported.
MegaCAD 3D models can also be used for Internet presentations via VRML output.
The file formats in detail:
|SAT and SAB|
|import and export of solids, surfaces and 3D splines|
|VDA-FS||import and export of surface models in 1.0 and 2.0 formats|
|IGES 2D+3D||import and export of trimmed surfaces and volume models (manifold solid B-rep objects) in 5.3 format, including all 2D data and 3D assembly structures|
|IGES 2D||import and export|
|STEP||AP203 (import and export) general mechanical engineering|
AP214 (import and export) automotive design
|CATIA 4||*.MOD and *.EXP|
import of 4.1.x and 4.2.x formats
export of 4.2.4 format
|CATIA 5||import and export of up to CATIA 5 R21|
|Pro/E||import from Revision 16 to Wildfire 5|
|STL||import with healing function|
export with a variety of setting options
|DWG/DXF (2D+3D)||import and export (ACAD 12 to 2012)|
MDT proxy elements
solids (embedded SAT files)
surfaces (new algorithm with optimized memory management of triangular surfaces from older AutoCAD versions)
model and layout areas
|VRM||export of 1.0 format (geometry only)|
|WMF||export and import of Windows meta files (vector graphics and bitmaps)|
|BMP||import and export of various bitmap formats (BMP, PCX, TIFF, JPEG, etc.)|
|HPGL||import and export of 1.0 format|
|CDL (2D+3D)||export and import of geometric data as ASCII files|
|ACESS||export and import of 2D drawings as MDB (Access) files|
Hardware and software recommendations
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel i5|
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
|Operating system||Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1|
All converters require a current version of MegaCAD.